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Old 09-29-2018, 11:44 AM   #1233
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I'm starting to wonder how much trouble it would be to mount a small microwave in the upper cabinet over the galley, like in the "Shorty."
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We have a Lounge Ext and I too am tired of getting on my knees to operate the microwave.
JOHN, TOSKEYSAM - Sometimes, being short has it's advantages. I do not need my microwave relocated. It is in the perfect spot. Now if I could only relocate my windshield lower at microwave level, then I can clean it without needing my 14ft. ladder.
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Old 09-29-2018, 01:02 PM   #1234
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We have a Lounge Ext. We are having new cabinetry installed in place of the second row seats. This cabinetry will house the relocated microwave several inches higher. .
I posted this on another thread but it fits here.
I installed this cabinet bin/storage a year ago and it is by far the most useful mod I've done. It has really improved the travelling and camping experience

The amount of storage is amazing and the extra counter top is priceless.

The crates are very functional. Easy in and out and way more efficient than drawers or cupboards.

It is anchored to sleepers that are attached with the seat bolts. Rock solid. (but the whole mod is reversible)

I know it's not "Lear Jet" pretty....more "Wordless Workshop" from Mechanix Illustrated...but the laminate matches on the top and sides.

The design could easily be modified to hold the microwave.

The dimensions were all driven by the crate sizes. I thought it would be too tall, but it's very ergonomic. The pedestal table still fits.

I tried to get some cabinet makers interested in building it but it didn't draw any interest...too small of a project, I guess. So I made it myself
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Old 09-29-2018, 01:13 PM   #1235
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I posted this on another thread but it fits here.
I installed this cabinet bin/storage a year ago and it is by far the most useful mod I've done. It has really improved the travelling and camping experience

The amount of storage is amazing and the extra counter top is priceless.

The crates are very functional. Easy in and out and way more efficient than drawers or cupboards.

It is anchored to sleepers that are attached with the seat bolts. Rock solid.

I know it's not "Lear Jet" pretty....more "Wordless Workshop" from Mechanix Illustrated...but the laminate matches on the top and sides.

The design could easily be modified to hold the microwave.

The dimensions were all driven by the crate sizes. I thought it would be too tall, but it's very ergonomic. The pedestal table still fits.

I tried to get some cabinet makers interested in building it but it didn't draw any interest...too small of a project, I guess. So I made it myself
VATOM - Nice job. I wish I had the flexibility to do that to gain useful storage. But for now, using the 4 front seats are needed. Maybe when grandson does not travel with us anymore. Regarding cabinet makers, there are many that custom make just drawers for kitchen storage solutions. We used them for our stick house pantry, they do any custom dimensions. Since you already have the framing, it may be an option if you want wood drawers with full extension slides.
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Old 10-01-2018, 12:05 PM   #1236
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I posted this on another thread but it fits here.
I installed this cabinet bin/storage a year ago and it is by far the most useful mod I've done. It has really improved the travelling and camping experience

The amount of storage is amazing and the extra counter top is priceless.

The crates are very functional. Easy in and out and way more efficient than drawers or cupboards.

It is anchored to sleepers that are attached with the seat bolts. Rock solid. (but the whole mod is reversible)

I know it's not "Lear Jet" pretty....more "Wordless Workshop" from Mechanix Illustrated...but the laminate matches on the top and sides.

The design could easily be modified to hold the microwave.

The dimensions were all driven by the crate sizes. I thought it would be too tall, but it's very ergonomic. The pedestal table still fits.

I tried to get some cabinet makers interested in building it but it didn't draw any interest...too small of a project, I guess. So I made it myself


VAtom, thanks for posting this. It is very similar to what I have been planning. Can you post or send me more details and photos?
Thank you.
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Old 10-01-2018, 01:46 PM   #1237
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VAtom, thanks for posting this. It is very similar to what I have been planning. Can you post or send me more details and photos?
Thank you.
The top is 36 x 22
The box is 40 hi x 30.5 x 20 deep
The bin openings are 14 x 12
The oak is 1-1/2" door stop stock for the nautical edges.
The joinery is Kreg.
I bought 24 x 48 x 3/4 MDF because it was easy to transport home.
Plywood would be a better choice than MDF which is way too heavy and has no end grain.
The space between the driver seat and cabinet fits our RTIC cooler or 12 gallon trash can.
The plug is still barely accessible.
The crates are Farmplast

https://www.milkcratesdirect.com/?gc...8aAspaEALw_wcB
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:46 PM   #1238
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Nice work! Kreg is the way to go.

I love Kreg joinery. That's all I use any more. I have, in my shop, 3 different biscuit joiners and several doweling jigs; I never use any of them anymore. Someday, I'll bite the bullet and garage sale the bunch.

My wife calls me a "toolaholic." I guess she is right. I just hate to give up any tool and I have to avoid places where I end up buying more.

OTOH, I can and do fix everything around here, so she can not gripe too much.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:34 PM   #1239
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Yep. Around here as well. Wife tends to buy me tools for most new projects.
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Old 10-02-2018, 06:34 AM   #1240
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I'm cross-posting a note in this thread for those readers who may have done extensive mods to their Interstate and who may not have considered the insurance ramifications of their own upfits and cumulative investments.

I'm running down numbers and options right now on our existing policy, and this is just a thumbnail of what I've found:

-- Amount by which a standard policy write-off payout would fall short of our purchase price: $17,000

-- Amount by which a standard policy write-off payout would fall short of the actual cash that LB_3 and I have invested in our rig (forget about the 1,000 hours of DIY labor - no valuation of that in this figure): $32,000

-- Amount by which a standard policy write-off payout would fall short of the purchase price for a comparably-upfit replacement van: approx. $57,000.

I mitigate some of that exposure by carrying an Agreed Value policy instead of a standard policy. But that would only ever supply a maximum pay-out equal to the original purchase price.

Furthermore it's getting harder for me to sustain that policy due to a number of factors, including Progressive's belief that the van has been depreciating rather than appreciating, as I would argue it has done. I'm inquiring as to what an independent vehicle appraisal would cost, and if anyone could even do it (it's a camper van, not a restored classic car).

Anyway, for those of you modding with solar, lithium, and other pricey options, this is something you may want to evaluate for yourself. My numbers above are fairly big, and those are for an OLD Interstate. What might a newer Interstate's numbers look like?
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:23 PM   #1241
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Flooring. Tv. WiFi. Cellbooster

Flooring.
The floor is too cold so we installed carpet I cut carefully. However it was hard to keep clean and had to go. Used it as a pattern to install 1/4 foam flooring that interlocks. Now the floor is easy to clean and warm. Removed the carpet at the back of the airstream as it was covered in pine needles from camping. Foam flooring is so much easier to keep clean.

Tv
Removed from tv as we never used it. Installed a 32 inch tv that is rotated 90
Degrees. Finally a tv we can stream to TCL ROKU and walk past without hitting our shoulders.

WiFi booster
This helps a lot when we are close to WiFi but not in the store. Could be Walmart Macdonald’s etc. this picks up a signal from 2 miles away and boosts it. Then assembled a few WiFi signals into one decent one.

Cell booster.
Required for being in areas that are more remote. Adds one to two bars to the signal.

AGS
Required if you have a pet and would like the ac to come on when the van gets too hot. Had to replace the magnum controller with a smarter one and AGS module. Works well. Also starts generator if batteries are 55% SOC

BMK.
Upgraded magnum has the ability to know the state of charge (SOC) rather than just a voltage. Now we know if we go to sleep at 85% we will wake up at 65%

Doubled batteries.
Hung two more batteries on passenger side under van. AGM due to cold temps we live in. Will do lithium some day.

Upgraded radio

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4 100w panels and Victron controller.

Box on back for bikes
Added bike storage where the bikes can be covered. Also extra storage in box beneath bikes.
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:54 PM   #1242
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CAMERONS - any mention of bikes and/or storage and my eyes perk-up & ears open-wide Nice stuff!
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Old 11-19-2018, 05:50 AM   #1243
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Mods FYI --

Sprinter Parts Depot is advertising Black Friday week sales. One or more deals each day of this week. I don't see this promotion on their home page, but it's in the email circulars.
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Old 11-30-2018, 06:06 PM   #1244
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gaining back wasted space

It puzzled me as to why airstream installed one garbage can in a massive drawer under the kitchen sink in our GT 2016. It is a colossal waste of space. I took out all the drawers and had a look at how to gain back some space. some of it is gone forever, airstream installed 15 inch deep drawers in cabinets that are 18-19 inches deep ?? why would anyone waste that much space ?! without rebuilding all the drawers that space is hard to recover. However, the garbage drawer is too colossal a screw up not to address I removed the drawer and rebuild one then remounted the existing cabinet front. the result was that I could fit double the number of garbage cans and had a space for recycling. Or in our case we opted for one garbage can and using the rest for storage. For those who want to do the same PM me and I will share some learnings if I did it again.
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:43 PM   #1245
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CAMERONS - You lucky they gave you a garbage can. With my AI Lounge, my garbage receptacle is to open the sliding door and throw garbage out the side. I can only sit in envy of your problem

Nice job reclaiming wasted space. As far as drawers being too short, you do not need to rebuild it. You can still reclaim some space by attaching a box of same width behind drawer for smaller stuff & lesser accessed items, like duct tape, TP, paper towels, etc. You get the picture. I have done it before in my home (not in AI). Build it out of wood or acrylic or PCB. Screw it on, glue it on, or even just hang it on its top rear edge or even heavy duty double edge tape.
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Too funny Alex. I guess airstream was learning and installed a garbage can some progress. Good point on extending the drawers ! I am going to solve the solution a different way today. Rather than rebuild another drawer to reclaim the length I am going to build drawers to install on top of the existing drawers. There is 3-5 inches of space atop most of the large drawers. This space is about the same size as the cutlery drawer. So when I am done we will have 4 times more smaller drawers. Hopefully this will mean we don’t have to store stuff in the microwave
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