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Old 11-12-2017, 10:43 PM   #1037
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So does anyone here have Sumos on a 4x4 AI?
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:19 PM   #1038
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Rear shelf

With my twin bed mod, I have quite a bit of storage space in the back. Unfortunately, much of the area is hard-to-use vertical space. Even with my patio rug and window coverings stored vertically, there is a lot of empty space. That got me thinking about adding a shelf in the rear. It will be an especially great place to stow throw pillows and bedspreads at night.

I bought a sheet of Asian Sand laminate from HD. When sprayed with two coats of crystal clear enamel, it is indistinguishable from the gloss laminate in the balance of the coach.

I used leftover plywood to make a 14" wide shelf, with the top one foot down from the overhead cabinet. There are 3" edges front and rear to keep things from sliding off. I kept the shelf fairly high and narrow because I didn't want the shelf to make the beds feel cramped.

I was unexpectedly invited to go to Washington with the veteran's Honor Flight over Armed Forces Day, so the project was delayed a few days. I finally had the time and the AI at home today to install the shelf. It took a lot of cut and fit since nothing back there is perfectly square.

The shelf is hung on two 12" x 13" pieces of 3/4" plywood. I used Kreg pocket screws to attach the plywood hanger. There are 7 Kreg screws at the top pointing outward on each side into the overhead cabinet. At the bottom, there are 4 Kreg screws on each side, 4 pointing inward and four pointing outward into the shelf. I wanted to make very sure that the shelf will withstand road impacts.

The shelf is trimmed in black self-adhesive edging and lined with black marine bunker padding. My AI has black upholstery, so the black looks appropriate.

The photos here are before I install any trim pieces. There will be triangles of laminate at each side and then the vertical hangers will be covered with the marine bunker cladding, attached with spray adhesive and stapled at the corners.

I ordered one of the neat clothes hangers that are on the recent AIs to install on the bottom of the shelf. I need to make a run to the marine store for some more bunker padding to finish up.
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Old 11-13-2017, 03:01 PM   #1039
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Nice job.

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Old 11-13-2017, 07:04 PM   #1040
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Very clever and if there’s a way to slide it up when empty to ease rear access that would be awesome since the beauty of rear twin layout is easy pass through.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:12 PM   #1041
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Very clever and if there’s a way to slide it up when empty to ease rear access that would be awesome since the beauty of rear twin layout is easy pass through.
My twin conversion leaves the electrical "bridge" across between the beds in place. Access to the rear is limited. I cantilevered the bed heads to allow storage underneath and I have the "trunk" under the floor that is missing in factory twins. Access through the rear, to me, is unimportant given the advantages listed above. I frankly would not want a factory twin.

My shelf is permanently fixed and is sturdy enough that I could chin on it.
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:11 PM   #1042
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Finished shelf

I now have the shelf all trimmed out I added a folding clothes hanger like those on the more recent AIs.

I was going to do some more laminating, but I settled on finishing out with the marine bunker padding.

The shelf is a perfect fit for the storage boxes I use as is shown in the last photo. I can stack 2 boxes and the vertical fit is tight enough that it would take quite a jolt to cause the top box to slide out of the depression on the top of the bottom box.
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:48 PM   #1043
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I now have the shelf all trimmed out I added a folding clothes hanger like those on the more recent AIs.

I was going to do some more laminating, but I settled on finishing out with the marine bunker padding.

The shelf is a perfect fit for the storage boxes I use as is shown in the last photo. I can stack 2 boxes and the vertical fit is tight enough that it would take quite a jolt to cause the top box to slide out of the depression on the top of the bottom box.
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:46 AM   #1044
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EZ add ons:
I used self adhesive weatherstripping tape on the outer edges of the fridge freezer box, where the plastic swing door is hung. This helps prevent frost buildup that can bind the door from opening or closing. I had to remove the door by bending it at mid point slowly just enough for the end pins to pop out of the holes on the side walls, they appeared to be 1/8” aluminum rivets doing the hinge job (on a $150k moho)
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I used 3M clear Velcro to mount another LED puck by the bathroom wall opposite the microwave to provide needed light there and another Velcro inside the fridge door for the same puck if my wife really needs to see what’s left in the fridge.
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Old 11-24-2017, 02:51 PM   #1045
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Magazine rack

I removed the rear TV. To us, it was just in the way. I had modified the front TV with a swing-down mount and we watch that one from the second-row seats. The rear TV will be installed in our guest bedroom.

That left me with 4 threaded holes in the side of the wardrobe. I bought a nice-looking magazine rack at Staples ($13) that fit the space perfectly and covers the holes.

I used one of the threaded holes from the TV mount to mount the top-left corner with the original bolt. I drilled a slightly undersized hole for the top-right corner and threaded an original bolt in. I may replace these later with slightly shorter silver-colored round-head bolts of the same size. The bottom of the rack is mounted with two adhesive strips.

A lot less in the way than the TV was and we now have a place for magazines, maps, brochures,etc.
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Old 11-27-2017, 12:26 PM   #1046
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Finally figured out a way to use the least-used, most maligned space in an Interstate, the back side of that annoying tip-out panel in the wet bath. The placement doesn't interfere with bathing or any other use of the wet bath— provided the tip-out panel is tipped out.

If it turns out that the broom and squeegee rattle too much in transit, I can add a second set of hangers lower on the shafts to provide two-point attachment.

I used 3M Command Adhesive hangers: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...1?ie=UTF8&th=1
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Old 11-27-2017, 12:33 PM   #1047
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On a completely separate issue (hence the back-to-back posts), I replaced the OEM aerator on the galley sink with this one that includes its own on/off button: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The on/off button allows me to instantly interrupt or restart the flow of water without changing the mix between hot and cold.

In addition, it provides a backup in case I forget to return the faucet lever to the "cold" position before closing the sink lid, to keep from emptying my fresh tank into the gray tank in transit.
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:10 AM   #1048
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Sound bar on back tv

I added a sound bar on the Samsung Tv in the rear cause sick of the dull sound of the tiinybspeakers that aren’t loud enough when watching during transit. The sound bar is plug into the earphone port and the USB port on back of the tv so it powers down when u turn off tv. It is also used separately as a Bluetooth speaker for rear music. Sound is improvement .
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:38 AM   #1049
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I added a sound bar on the Samsung Tv in the rear cause sick of the dull sound of the tiinybspeakers that aren’t loud enough when watching during transit. The sound bar is plug into the earphone port and the USB port on back of the tv so it powers down when u turn off tv. It is also used separately as a Bluetooth speaker for rear music. Sound is improvement .
Make and model of the sound bar? And where did you get the mounting bracket for the sound bar?

I thought about adding a sound bar to mine, but there is no good place to attach it to the wall. Never occurred to me to attach one directly to the television.
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:23 AM   #1050
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Looks like this one.

https://www.amazon.com/LONPOO-Soundb...onpoo+soundbar

Great idea on the install!

Link to brackets for install on TV

https://www.amazon.com/Mounting-Drea...XZGMN1ETM216FT
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