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Old 03-26-2011, 01:43 PM   #1
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Adding shelves to roof lockers.

So, after the first trip in the new AS, Mama and I agreed that we could make better use of the roof lockers if they had shelves in them. My wife cautioned me that I was not permitted to do less than my best work in our new rig.

After some thought, a Menard's shopping trip and the required order from McMaster-Carr, I was ready to measure, mill, drill and install the shelves.

I used 5/8" thick melamine faced shelving and added a light oak edge band to the front edge to sort of match the rest of the cabinetry.

I used 3/4 x 3/4 aluminum channel which, with the 1/16 legs. should have been 5/8 inside but no, it was 0.615 and the shelving was 0.640. So, back to the router table to mill the ends of the shelves to slide into the channels.

Sounds worse than it was - not bad at all.

(2) countersunk screws to secure each channel into the cabinet sides was accomplished by pre-drilling with the channel sitting on a spacer board. The AS is in the backyard while the new parking slab is curing and is decidedly not level! The shelves slip into the channels and get secured with a single screw down from the top through the channel.

The results are as shown. We only did the living room and galley lockers - still debating the bedroom ones.
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:48 PM   #2
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Very nice! zz
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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Nice job, well thought out. Always good to have a foreman providing instructions.
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:48 PM   #4
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Wonderful cabinetry solutions. I'll mention it to Linda. I wager I will have yet another item for my Honey Dew List.
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The shelves work great except...

when you're driving, everything comes off the shelves! I left the shelves set back from the door far enough to maximize the use of the lower shelf. I'm happy with that but the space between the edge of the upper shelf and inside of the door allows everything to slide of and then fall out when you open the door.

The obvious solution was to stretch a bungee cord from side to side of the locker to retain the stuff on the shelf. I opted to drill holes, pass the cord through and knot it off in the dead spaces at the end of the locker. Those spaces are accessible by removing the speakers.

Also, we needed a pot rack to make it more like home. No attempt will be made to travel with the pots hanging there. I was able to match the OEM hooks from gatelatchusa.com.
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An elegant solution! You've done a wonderful job on this addition to your Rolling Home. Nice work!
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Your new shelves look great. I can't wait to see what you do with the bedroom closets. I'll be watching this thread!
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I love it, very yachty! Thanks so much for posting pics. Very helpful.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:09 PM   #9
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More bungees please!

So, after (2) trips with everything still jumping off the shelves, I installed a second bungee cord across the top shelf. This has done the trick.
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Looks great...and really does make good use of the space... We may have to copy-cat you (the best form of flattery, as they say)...
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TB & Greg & Sadie:
If you do go this route, I bought the 3/4 aluminum channel and the 3/16 bungee from McMaster-Carr online. The shelving is form the building store - in this case Menard's.
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Hi, my wife and I were contemplating adding a few shelves in our trailer; I like your mounting design. Clean.
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It was very logical and easy to do. I'm happy with the way it came out.
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Great job! Looks like I have a project for the rest of this week!! Thank you for posting the pictures!!
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