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Brian C., Medford, Oregon
Step Up To Cabover Platform and Storage Box
2021 Chevy Silverado 3500
2019 Arctic Fox 865
Every square inch of storage in a camper is precious. My wife and I really wanted a space for our shoes, sandals, and boots that wasn’t in the way. Additionally, getting in and out of the cabover was a little challenging and the small step to get into the wet bath was always a bit in the way.
My wife wanted all drawers to be easily accessible.
This led me to design an L-shaped box. Additionally, she preferred that we didn’t put any holes in our camper. To meet this requirement, I planned on using non-skids on the bottom of the box.
There is nothing about me that even comes close to resembling a skilled wood craftsman. I had to buy a jigsaw because I had no other power tools to cut wood.
I ended up buying a 4×8 sheet of plywood from Home Depot. I had them cut it to make sure everything was as square as possible. Then I used my jigsaw and a piece of wood that was straight to use as a guide for all other cutting.
Due to the difficulty of getting the unit into the camper, I had to have the lid and the box as two separate units that attached to each other, which was rather challenging.
Because the box is a step, the top had to be stable and be able to support 200-plus pounds without issue.
The storage step has been working great and all of our footwear is no longer on the floor to trip on.
I purchased everything at Home Depot. The 4×8 plywood piece was $70. An indoor/outdoor 6×8 carpet remnant was $22. A 20-pack of 1.5-inch corner brace was $10. Three hinges were $15. T50 1/2-inch staples were $4. Various screws were $10. I also had to buy a jigsaw for $140, and a staple gun for $32.
We went on a two-and-a-half-week trip which allowed us to try out the step. It worked really well, but we determined that the height of getting onto that step was a little higher than we preferred.
So, I added another step to the front of it which also can be used as a cubby to slide shoes into when we are too lazy to put them in the proper storage bin.
I had to add a hinge onto that step so we could access a flip-down cupboard.
We are very happy with how it has worked so far. It took me five hours to design and then fifteen hours to build. This modification cost me $131 for the materials and $172 for the tools. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium due to its challenging design and multipurpose function.
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