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Old 02-18-2004, 02:46 PM   #15
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Manual and magazine rack

I realized one day that there is quite a bit of wasted space under the folding table. When folded, the structure doesn't come near the wall. I decided to build a rack in that space to contain my trailer manual and additional magazines or books. It will provide a place for some of the women's magazines my DW always trucks along.

The rack is constructed of red oak, stained and varnished to match the other wooework. I tied it to the wall in the center with brass elbows to insure that the weight of the manual would be supported. I installed it today and here is how it looks.
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Old 02-18-2004, 02:56 PM   #16
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Flashlight holder

I like to have a flashlight handy near the entry door for emergencies. I received a great rubber Airstream flashlight as a gift and decided to build a holder for it in the space under the fire extinguisher and magazine rack.

As before, it is red oak stained and varnished to match the woodwork.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:05 PM   #17
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Bedside table

The storage space in the bedside table is so deep and narrow as to be about useless. Since I don't keep anything more than a clock on the table, I decided to hinge the lid for better access.

There is an outlet and phone jack on the streetside wall that require some clearance and the top would hit the cabinet above if simply hinged at the bathroom wall. For those reasons, I used my bandsaw to cut an "L" in the top, leaving 3" at the streetside and 2" along the bathroom wall. I faced the cuts with veneer and used a brass piano hinge as shown in this photo.

I also narrowed the top by about an inch so that it would interfere less with the bed covers. I have a duvet on the bed which tends to be bulky.

Now, I can reach and see the whole space.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:06 PM   #18
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Nice customizing John. I like how you combine practical with cometic and get a good result.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:13 PM   #19
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Bad photo, but ...

here is the top open. The camera strap obscures part of it, but you can see the dividers that break it into 3 sections for socks, undershorts, and shorts. I fancied up the tops of the dividers for appearance.

The bottom surface of the top is veneered with black laminate left over from my International mods.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:20 PM   #20
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That last part of the change ...

was extending the shelf out to the door so that things wouldn't fall between the shelf and door.

I extended the shelf wiith oak plywood and put a molding on the front.

I'm considering to split the bottom part with a shelf, as well to mke it more useful.
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:26 PM   #21
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One last change for today

I was tired of digging the big plates out from under the small plates, so I split the overhead cabinet with a shelf. The black divider is part of the original dinette table from my old International; it already had a nice curve on the corner which makes it look really classy.

The white pieces that mount the shelf are "F" shaped plastic molding from HD that I stumbled across. The slot in the "F" is a press fit for the plywood and works great for mounting thin plywood shelves. I used the same stuff to mount the dividers in the bedside table.

I also put a shelf in the cabinet over the pantry which I use for drinking glasses and mugs (forgot to take a photo). I mounted that shelf with the same plastic moldings. That shelf holds the Koozies and plastic drink cups while the mugs have plenty pf space underneath.
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Old 02-18-2004, 04:03 PM   #22
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Great work John, looks original equip.!
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Wonderful ideas. Will apply several to ours.

Quite impressed with your craftsmanship.

Have you had any luck mounting anything to the exterior walls? Am wondering what it would take to get inside the wall with a reinforcing plate.

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Old 02-18-2004, 10:47 PM   #24
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Wonderful ideas. Will apply several to ours.

Quite impressed with your craftsmanship.

Have you had any luck mounting anything to the exterior walls? Am wondering what it would take to get inside the wall with a reinforcing plate.

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The inner skin is surprisingly strong in shear. Items such as the spice rack are supported by just 4 metal screws into the liner. I moved the spice rack in my trailer over about 3" to make room for an adjacent wall-hung unit which I haven't built yet.

When I modified the dinette to a couch on my previous International, the back of the couch was pretty much suspended from the inner wall. I had no problems with screws pulling out or becoming loose.

By using a number of screws, you can suspend quite a load from the wall. For heavier loads, I would go to multiple screw inserts (RivNuts) to provide a larger bearing surface.
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Old 04-27-2004, 08:17 PM   #25
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Talking Very pleased

Since there is now an official thread for Classics, I felt our 34 foot should be represented.
One week after its delivery and shakedown cruise, April 2003.
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Old 12-28-2004, 01:03 PM   #26
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Wheelwell closeout in queen bed model

In the bedroom of my queen bed model, there is a carpet covered closeout over the wheelwell. For some unknown reason, Airstream put the furnace vent in the closeout which makes it take up way more floor space then necessary. Where the furnace vent would logically be, there is a big cutout in the wardrobe wall.

I have removed the closeout and intend to relocate the furnace vent onto the wardrobe wall. The closeout will be shortened by 6 1/4" to provide a little more footroom at the foot of the bed where I usually dress. Doesn't sound like much, but I can't stand wasted space when the space would make using the trailer more comfortable.
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Old 01-01-2005, 07:07 PM   #27
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All done

Here is the modified closeout installed. I still have to replace the baseboard with a slightly longer piece.

The imprint on the carpet shows how much I took off of the closeout. Not much, but it is right where I stand to change clothes and gives me a bit of room to move around.
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The closeout will be shortened by 6 1/4" to provide a little more footroom....
The imprint on the carpet shows how much I took off of the closeout. Not much, but it is right where I stand to change clothes and gives me a bit of room to move around.
6 1/4 inches in a travel trailer is acres of space! Your modifcation will clearly make moving in that very tight area far more easy.

I can understand why some space saving steps are not taken - it might be too expensive, too labor intensive, too much extra weight, or any number of reasons. What I have never understood is the lack of effort to improve space utilization when it costs nothing, or could even save money.

We had an even more glaring example of this sort of thing when we got our '85 25' Sovereign. To make a long story short, I rebuilt the bedroom dresser/credenza with 3" or so less depth, yet built 40% larger and deeper drawers. This 3" (along the 5 foot plus length of the dresser) makes the difference between being able to just stand there and being able to comfortably change clothes. Most of the space gained had been simply shut away behind the drawers, totally inaccessible.

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