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Old 09-12-2017, 09:04 AM   #1
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Underbelly Storage Mod

We all know storage, especially exterior storage, is at a premium on our AS's. I have a 27FB twin, which already has 3 generous exterior compartments. Yet, I don't have a good convenient place for my outdoor rug, and things that I don't really want within the interior shell (i.e. bug spray, small propane tanks for cooktop)

So I went about creating a sliding underbelly storage compartment. There are readily available kits, but they are quite spendy, and tend to be two compartments accessible via either side, rather than a single span which I wanted for my rug. Usable storage is 88"x13"x6"

It hangs 6" down, which is barely lower than the folder stairway. Also, my trailer is lifted 3" so clearance is a non issue. This is likely a lot more effort to engineer and make this from scratch than most people would want to deal with, but it's an idea for those really wanting more storage.

Here's parts of the build. I siamesed two storage bins, bracketed with aluminum channel and angle for slides.

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Old 09-12-2017, 10:32 AM   #2
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Thanks for sharing, looks like a great bit of storage. I've been contemplating how to get something similar, though I would actually be OK with it not being full length. Storage space on my 22FB is a bit more limited than your 27FB, I only have 1 exterior compartment.

Where did you source your tubs? Please post more as you get it mounted up.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for sharing, looks like a great bit of storage. I've been contemplating how to get something similar, though I would actually be OK with it not being full length. Storage space on my 22FB is a bit more limited than your 27FB, I only have 1 exterior compartment.

Where did you source your tubs? Please post more as you get it mounted up.
I too am very interested in this project! Please continue to post details and sources for parts. I have a Sport 22FB and would love to add additional storage in a similar fashion. I was thinking of using the back bumper area for an under-frame mounted storage drawer but need to source parts etc.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:17 AM   #4
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Hi

One word of caution: Doing this on a trailer with a 3" lift kit is a bit different than doing it on a stock trailer. I'd be very careful about looking at clearances, especially if playing in the vicinity of the back bumper ..... That said, if it's higher than the slinky storage tube and closer to the axle, no harm at all.

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Old 09-12-2017, 01:38 PM   #5
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I started with the following tubs -https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MTRZP46/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They have a bunch of different tubs. The one I started with was 7.5" tall. While it would likely have been fine from a clearance perspective, I didn't it hanging too far down, for aero and clearance, so I cut it down to 5.5". Given how much reworking of the tubs to make pull handles, and slides, I likely would have just done it in sheet metal the second time around.

I located this storage right behind the rear wheels. So clearance there is not as much of an issue as it would be at the far extents.
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:57 PM   #6
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Finished! Works and slides better than I could have hoped. The location is perfect for shoes and the outdoor rug with it's location next to the door.

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Old 09-17-2017, 11:07 PM   #7
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That looks great, what are you selling them for?
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Old 09-25-2017, 07:57 PM   #8
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Hah, if only I were retired...
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Old 11-24-2018, 09:06 AM   #9
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This is a genius mod. Itís on the list.
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Old 11-25-2018, 11:56 AM   #10
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What a great way to add some extra storage, and get a place for your shoes too! Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-25-2018, 12:53 PM   #11
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Thanks all. It's partly because I have an SUV that I built this storage. I like that all my "camping" gear is wholly within the trailer and not dependent on any storage within the vehicle. Leaves space for passengers as I often have 6 people in the car.

This really would be awesome if it were a factory option for extra long gear storage. I have a 27FB twin which has 3 external compartments and the bumper storage. I keep the slinky in another added tube storage underneath. So my AS model has just about as much storage as is possible/offered in different layouts. Yet, we all know that external storage is never enough in any AS.
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