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Old 08-02-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
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Storage Solutions: battery box and new made-to-open twin beds

We removed the side gaucho on one side and the closet and drawer assembly on the other, from our 24' Argosy. These are to be replaced with twins on both sides, which are hinged past the wheel wells, water heater, and most of the battery box. Click image for larger version

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ID:	136564We removed the old, broken plastic battery box, to be replaced with a bigger one that will hold two deep cycle batteries. Click image for larger version

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ID:	136565 Here the battery box top is off. The top of the battery box will screw on to prevent leaking battery fumes. Before remaking the battery box, the plywood floor was impregnated with fiberglass resin to protect the floor from a possible battery acid leak. The battery box was then constructed from old scraps of melamine. We want to use the under-bed areas for storing our duffle bags of clothes, etc, and want to be able to lift the bed with bedding on it and have it stay open as we rummage for stuff. We started with one "lid stay" toy box hinge on each side of the twin bed platform, shown here, with the battery box also in view.Click image for larger version

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ID:	136566 After further consideration we mounted a second set of hinges on each side of the bed, shown hereClick image for larger version

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ID:	136567 The beauty of these hinges is that we can now open the bed-tops only a few inches or all the way and the top STAYS OPEN. Click image for larger version

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ID:	136568 We will be doing the same thing with the seats of the dinette- installing the stay-open toy box hinges that we purchased from ROCKLER. They are awesome.


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Old 08-02-2011, 11:01 PM   #2
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Great idea, been thinking about doing something similar myself, the current set up is such a waste of space and hard to access when the beds are made which is all the time! Thanks for sharing

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Old 08-04-2011, 06:29 AM   #3
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Thats a great idea, thanks for posting such good pics. I was considering the use of a shock rather than a hinge for something similar but I believe that particular hinge is a better option.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:21 PM   #4
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:14 PM   #5
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Does anyone know if this would work with sport 22 bed?
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Old 12-19-2014, 02:33 PM   #6
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I like that option. Removing the closet allows for a longer bed. I'm 5'18" and the 76" bed is a little too short on the end.

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