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Old 06-08-2016, 05:20 PM   #1
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Can I cut a new hole in the side of 79 AS MH?

Hi there my friends. My hubby and I are knee deep into changing a 1979 AS Motor-home with the center bath and twin beds in the rear. I want to change the twin bed thing and put in what would be about a king size bed. We already took out the night stand and are about ready to re-frame the bed, but we will lose that precious storage space that is beside the generator, and the isle space. So I was thinking that if we could cut a hole (square) into that passenger rear panel beside the generator and have a hatch cover made, could we make that space a storage area for his golf clubs or our tabletop barbeque? I don't know where the support panels are or is there a major concern about cutting into the rear panel?

Would appreciate any thoughts about this.
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Old 06-08-2016, 06:16 PM   #2
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Cutting a hole into an Airstream moho is the easy part.......making sure it won't leak is the tough part.

You need to first post pictures inside and outside with what panel you wish to cut, giving as much info on dimensions for possible hatch size and measurements to nearest walls, ribs (look at rivets on outside for location) and generator. Then hopefully someone will have a hatch that could work for you. Once you have the hatch, then you will know what size hole to cut.

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Old 06-08-2016, 07:23 PM   #3
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:56 PM   #4
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I like using a tool like this Porter Cable Multi Tool. I use it to cut just about anything on my Argosy. Works like a charm!

Like Tony said, the first thing you need to figure out is the size opening you want and then figure out what size hatch can be found that will do the job. I've got a smaller hatch available, probably not big enough for a large golf bag but it might suffice.

Anyway, pictures and dimensions would be very helpful for us to see what you're contemplating.

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I should add to make special note of ANY electrical wires anywhere near the area you want to cut as you're near the Genny and a Fein saw, or as Brad calls it, Multi Tool, will cut into a cable or wire in a heartbeat.

When I cut my rear air vent, I swear to almighty I didn't breath as there were bundles of 12 V and 110 Volt wires on both sides of the cut and I had to cut across them, as well as along the wire..

Oh, like Brad said, welcome to the forums.

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Hi there my friends. My hubby and I are knee deep into changing a 1979 AS Motor-home with the center bath and twin beds in the rear. I want to change the twin bed thing and put in what would be about a king size bed. We already took out the night stand and are about ready to re-frame the bed, but we will lose that precious storage space that is beside the generator, and the isle space. So I was thinking that if we could cut a hole (square) into that passenger rear panel beside the generator and have a hatch cover made, could we make that space a storage area for his golf clubs or our tabletop barbeque? I don't know where the support panels are or is there a major concern about cutting into the rear panel?

Would appreciate any thoughts about this.
This is the 79 rear bath with the shower on the inside, but as you can see its just air to the left of the genny compartment.
I like to use my trusted Bosch Sabre saw with the newest and finest metal cutting blade. First map it out with blue masking tape to have a perfect line to follow, AFTER you have the new hatch in your hands for measurements. You do want an original Airstream type door with the frame thats riveted.
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But then I wonder why people don't keep their awesome twin beds for day time use and just use this simple method to turn the twins into a huge king bed. Best of both worlds and no storage lost.
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It's the reason I love my rear convertible lounge; two sofa's during the day and a king size bed for sleeping.

Looks like ASmotoring79 is in great hands!

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It's the reason I love my rear convertible lounge; two sofa's during the day and a king size bed for sleeping.

Looks like ASmotoring79 is in great hands!

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Tony, I didn't know you had the cool rear lounge (with fold away table to boot) That must be the finest layout of all, IMHO. I think that the rear full size bed is such a waste of precious space.
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Yup, can seat 13 comfortably in mine plus the only bed I've ever slept in that I can't touch the bottom or top.

Sorry for thread hijack but OP is away taking measurements.

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Sorry for thread hijack but OP is away taking measurements.

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I don't think its a hijack, Tony. I always appreciate seeing all the options possible when doing a major remodel like this. Especially when I am almost done executing my brilliant idea
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Old 06-09-2016, 11:36 AM   #13
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I have the same setup in my '90 Excella. Personally, i have no use for twin beds. I plan to build a base with a lift for a queen mattress and use the space below for storage.
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original equipment access doors are available in different sizes
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