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Old 06-24-2019, 06:41 AM   #1
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Recent Globetrotter Modifications

My wife and I are so excited about our new upgrades. A friend of ours is a master cabinet maker. We hired him to make a few modifications for us in our 27FB GT Twin Bed. He made our under bed pull out trays into full extension soft close drawers. In addition, added a door to an otherwise unusable space below the curbside bed which we will use to store our manuals. The coolest mod was that he doubled the space in our utensil drawer by adding a full sliding drawer above the current utensil tray. He also added dividers to drawer below the utensil drawer and added flip out storage under our sink. I am waiting for the tab pull to come in to replace the duct tape we have as a temporary measure. The next best part of this is that he only lives 15 minutes from us. Made it real convenient to get the job done.

Can’t wait to get back on the road to use it!
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:56 AM   #2
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Those are great, GOUSC. I’ve done some of the same. Didn’t occur to me to do the flip-out in front of the sink—that’s a really great idea (I have it in my kitchen at home and it’s a perfect place for sponges and stuff) so that is now on the list. I was going to do drawers under the beds and couch but ran out of time. So those are on deck for this coming winter.

FWIW, I’m documenting my Globetrotter mods in my Traveling with Tatay thread. I’m currently traveling and all of them are working out really, really well.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:06 AM   #3
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Those are great, GOUSC. I’ve done some of the same. Didn’t occur to me to do the flip-out in front of the sink—that’s a really great idea (I have it in my kitchen at home and it’s a perfect place for sponges and stuff) so that is now on the list. I was going to do drawers under the beds and couch but ran out of time. So those are on deck for this coming winter.

FWIW, I’m documenting my Globetrotter mods in my Traveling with Tatay thread. I’m currently traveling and all of them are working out really, really well.
Just took a look at you page. You have a lot of really neat stuff going on there. I'm gonna have to find that trash can you use as the small one has really bugged us. Looks like you are handy with woodworking so it should be no problem for you to add the sliding tray to your silverware drawer. Basically notch out the back of the drawer to the depth of the upper tray you build and then add full extension slides on the side that lock when closed for travel. Doubles your space.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:42 PM   #4
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I'm gonna have to find that trash can you use as the small one has really bugged us.
It’s this one in 4 gallon. Take the lid off before placing the can in the area, then put it back on afterwards.

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Looks like you are handy with woodworking so it should be no problem for you to add the sliding tray to your silverware drawer.
Yep, I’ve done my own version of that. The one in your post that is now on the list is the flip-out storage in front of the sink. I’m always looking for a place to keep the dish sponge...
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Is it this trash can as I couldn't get the link you referenced to work.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:47 PM   #6
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Is it this trash can as I couldn't get the link you referenced to work.

Sorry. Yes, that’s the one. The photo reminds me—I also took off the handle. Get the bags too, they fit and work really well.
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Okay you guys are making the rest of us jealous (and the DW’s)! Super work and great ideas; thanks for sharing!

Gousc, what is the padding-like material you have on top of the beds platforms? My guess is it’s to keep the mattresses from sliding around (found ours on the floor after the last travel). I see you added plywood extensions to support the mattresses as well.

Also, you should ask your cabinet guy if he’d be interested in selling the cutlery tray setup or at least plans. I think it should be a standard factory installed feature.

You guys rock!
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Glad you like the work our cabinet guy did. With regard to the other items, I did add the plywood extensions per a prior post made by “Hans627”. They work great at keeping us from having the feeling we were falling off the bed. The material on top of the plywood base is called “Hydrovent”. This was a suggestion by “Kodiak2006”. Although it may help keep the mattresses in place, it’s main purpose is to allow ventilation under the mattress so that mold doesn’t develop on the bottom of the mattress since there are no box springs.

With regard to the plans for the cutlery tray setup, my friend would love to do this, and any other work similar to this you need done. However, I’m sure he doesn’t mind my sharing how it is done as there is nothing proprietary about it. He said it is a common space saving technique others have used for years. I had been in touch with Ultimate Airstreams at Alumapalooza and their trays only have access to a half tray on the top that slides back and forth. This tray gives you full access to the top and bottom so it essentially doubles your storage space. I believe you may see Ultimate Airstreams using this system in the future for their Grand Lounge cabinet storage as they were unaware of this technique. Here is how you do it;

He left the original divider in it's original location on the bottom. Lets say the rear part of the box is 5" high and the bottom storage box is 2.5" high (these are not the exact measurements but you will get the idea). He cuts the back part of the drawer down where it is 3" high. He then builds the upper storage tray to the height and depth he needs. Then he puts side full extension glides on each side of the upper storage tray. Since he now has a hole opening in the back of the drawer, this top shelf can slide all the way back when you open the drawer.

The glides also locks into a store position so it will stay in place while traveling. I think it should hold, if not, then I can add some sort of latch in addition.

We live in Mooresville, NC and our Master Cabinet Maker / friend is only about 15 minutes away from us and not far off of I-77. If you are travelling thru the area it’s a lot closer than Jackson Center, OH or Portland, OR for most of us in the Southeast. I would highly recommend him for any work such as this. His contact information is;

Marte Yerkins
704-657-6901
Marte@kitchenretrofit.com e-mail address

www.kitchenretrofit.com web site
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:19 AM   #9
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YouTube video of GT Upgrades

If this link works then it will show you the operation of all the upgrades and how they were done.

https://youtu.be/ww_fUd4ipZc
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Glad you like the work our cabinet guy did. With regard to the other items, I did add the plywood extensions per a prior post made by “Hans627”. They work great at keeping us from having the feeling we were falling off the bed. The material on top of the plywood base is called “Hydrovent”. This was a suggestion by “Kodiak2006”.
Gousc, I can’t thank you enough for the detailed explanation of your upgrades and even sharing the video! We’re heading out to Colorado in August so I’m going to get done what I can before we go.

By the way, I couldn’t find “Hydrovent” but did find “Hypervent” :-)
Sound like good insurance to prevent mold under those expensive Tuft & Needle mattresses!

Thanks again,
Jeff & Caryle
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