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Old 03-25-2019, 08:37 PM   #1
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Big Overhead cabinet

My '73 Safari was a twin. Maybe it didn't make any difference, but the overhead storage was not big, plus it had tambor doors that were a pain and took up room. So when I converted to a double bed, I wanted a bigger overhead. Viola!

The new cabinet is 15" high at the front and 24" deep. This is only one inch higher and 4" deeper, but it increased the volume by 60%. Sliding doors also helped. I used double stick tape to seal the frame to the shell and two pieces of "D" shape rubber gasket on each door to ensure that the gap between the doors is airtight.

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Old 03-26-2019, 10:45 AM   #2
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Hows does it attach?
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:58 PM   #3
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At each end, the shelf part has two screws each into the shower and kitchen partitions (the old cabinet also had the same attachment to the partitions). Then the frame that holds the sliding doors is screwed (two places) into the ceiling. You may not be able to see the divider partition in the center of the cabinet, but it is attached to the lower face piece, the upper face piece, and has four screws into the ceiling.

The shelf itself uses the original extrusion at the back edge, so it's supported along its length by 6 pop rivets. The shelf is 1/4" cheap maple plywood, but it fits fine into the original extrusion.

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Old 03-26-2019, 09:19 PM   #4
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Hi: That is a well designed overhead. It will be much handier to access than the under the bed storage cabinets. You could even use it as a bunk bed for small kids. (only kidding)

I didn't realize you work working a 77 Safari. Good deal. Nice size for the mountain roads. It might be said you have too many Airstreams.

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I didn't realize you work working a 77 Safari. Good deal. Nice size for the mountain roads. It might be said you have too many Airstreams.
You can guess who said we had too many Airstreams.

Actually, the '77 Safari is next winter, after I finish this one and enjoy the summer. I'm going to try and work the double bed up front and a dinette mid ship.

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I thought you said 73 Safari twin in post #1. I read your profile list of Airstreams and it says 77 Safari. And that is next winter's project...

Could it be you are a closet Airstreamer? Concealing trailers behind your shop? I wonder how long your profile listing would be if all your trailers were included.

I do find it interesting that you "cut a corner" on that new bedroom layout to make access around the big bed easier. Wish I had thought of that. I made the twin beds bigger in my 75 Overlander for more sleeping comfort, but less aisle width, and less bath doorway entry room. Luckily my feet are smaller than my butt and I am able to wiggle into the bathroom. If I had cut the corner, entry would have been easier. I must remember that one.

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Old 03-27-2019, 11:37 PM   #7
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My spouse says I'm a member of AA, and the first "A" isn't Alcoholics.

I recently made the street side twin in my wife's new Flying Cloud wider by about 5". This allows us to use it together (we have slept together on a German Pullman -- which is about 6" wide -- with no problem) and it doesn't take anything out of the aisle, since the bathroom forward of that side is wider than the bed.

Everyone should be familiar with the cut corner. I've used it on at least 2 other remodels and you really don't notice it--feet are not as big as butts. The only issue is that you can't flip the mattress years in the future...

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Could it be you are a closet Airstreamer? Concealing trailers behind your shop? I wonder how long your profile listing would be if all your trailers were included.

I do find it interesting that you "cut a corner" on that new bedroom layout to make access around the big bed easier. Wish I had thought of that. I made the twin beds bigger in my 75 Overlander for more sleeping comfort, ...
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