Here are three over the top overcab storage cubbies. Who would have thought this much storage could be possible in the cabover?
1. Cubbies in Overcab for Added Storage
Submitted by: Mark Siminoff, 2005 Dodge Ram 3500, 2004 Alpenlite Saratoga 935
Above: The cabover before the modification
My wife, two children (who are seven and nine years old) and I do a lot of extended traveling in our truck camper. We were constantly struggling with not having enough well-organized storage space.
Above: The driver’s side cabover before the modification
To address this need, I modified the wardrobe and cabinets on both sides of the cabover area of my truck camper so that we would have room for all of our clothing (both clean and dirty), linens, towels, toys, books and musical instruments.
Above: The completed cubbies in the overcab, scroll down to see Mark’s process
The factory installed wardrobe on the passenger’s side consisted of a small, difficult-to-access closet with a pair of doors that opened over the mattress. It only offered space for items hung on hangers or placed on the floor. The cabinets on the driver’s side were small, difficult to access, and didn’t have any shelving.
To better manage our storage needs, I built custom cubbies that are designed to hold folded clothing, plastic bins (for things like socks, underwear, toiletries, and personal electronics), and/or shirts and jackets on hangers.
All of the individual shelves are easily removable so that space can be made for large items if necessary. On the driver’s side there is a canvas dirty laundry hamper which can be easily carried into the house or laundromat.
A spare flat-folded hamper is stored alongside the open one and can be deployed if the primary one gets full.
On both sides there is a generous space along the floor where long items, like fishing poles, umbrellas, and kites, can be stowed.
Above: The driver’s side of the finished cabover, note the bungee cords across the front of the cubbies. The top shelf on the driver’s side is designed to carry a guitar and a ukelele.
In addition to the small wooden lip at the front of each shelf, there are provisions for bungee cords to be attached across the front of the cubby openings.
These will prevent items like books from falling off out while on the road. By the way, to date nothing has ever fallen out.
The vertical partitions and shelves are made from birch plywood and the front faces are solid maple.
Above and below: The passenger’s side of the finished cabover
We now have lots of room for all of our stuff and each person has their own dedicated cubbies that can be used or reconfigured as they see fit.
Truth be told, the best part of the whole mod is the laundry hamper.
2. IKEA Storage Cabinets For Overcab Storage
Submitted by: Thomas Bowes, 2010 Chevy Silverado, 1998 Bigfoot 30C10.11F
The bedroom area in my camper was water damaged and needed to be torn out. I also disliked the hamper cabinets that were part of the original design.
I tore out the cabinets and the flooring and replaced the cabinets with IKEA Kallax shelving units with drawer and door inserts. By raising the units to just below the windows, I now have additional storage under them for extra pillows, blankets, and clothing.
I used three units to construct the new cabinets, custom fitting them into the angled space at the front of the bunk. I also added two 120-volt receptacles on each side of the head of the bed.
So far the mod has worked out fine. The forward facing doors and drawers allow items to be stacked and accessed more easily than the old vertical hampers. The top of the new cabinets can also be used for sundry items such as boxes of tissues, a clothes basket, and my CPAP machine.
It’s a little tricky getting into the bottom drawers as the mattress is somewhat in the way. The bottom drawers are good for small items that can be reached without having to pull the drawers all the way out.
The tilt forward bottom hinge arrangement on the doors has worked out well, allowing them to be tilted out about 45-degrees for access to the inside.
It took me 40-hours to complete this modification and cost me $500. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is hard.
3. Overcab Shelves For Bin Storage
Submitted by: Ron Richardson, 2000 GMC Sierra, 2012 Wolf Creek
Above: Before picture of the cabover
We are going the Yellowstone for three weeks next year and the four of us (husband, wife, and six and four-year old boys) need more storage for clothes. The passenger’s side of the cabover was the best place for shelves.
The window was covered with reflective insulation. A frame was constructed out of 3/4-inch by 3/4-inch poplar. Two identical frames were built.
The first frame was put against the wall. The same poplar was used for horizontal supports and 1/4-inch plywood was put on top of them.
The front frame was added. More poplar was added to create a horizontal lip and keeps the bins from sliding out. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the bottom two shelves have it and the top shelf does not.
Above: Shelves without bins
The shelves give us six big bins that are 13-inches wide, by 16-inches deep, by 7-inches tall. We use the shelves for clothes, a microwave, and miscellaneous storage. The bins help us pack at home and are easy to take out when we need them. The shelf system can also be easily removed in the future.
Above: Shelves with bins
The shelving took me 20-hours to complete. The staining and finishing was done over several days. The wood cost $120. The bins will cost another $70. In my opinion, the skill level of this mod is medium.