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Pocket doors, overhead cabinet and couch...

Posted 04-05-2010 at 08:20 PM by Bowmans

To start, we worked on the overhead cabinet over the kitchen sink and stove. Here is an image of the cabinet as it is being built. The stove vent and control panel are also in this cabinet. We had to work on the vent control that opens the outdoor vent cover so it would open and the filter needed a mount so we made some grooved mounts and a turn catch to hold it up.

Here is the overhead cabinet with the end cap attached.

We also added pocket doors between the bathroom hall and kitchen to replace the plastic folding doors. They sit in between the shower wall and the kitchen wall that houses the grey tank vent piping so the space was limited but room for 2 sliding doors. Here is a series of photos starting with the doors open to closed.

Next we started building the new couch. It is 7 foot long and instead of flipping down like the original goucho or sliding out on slides, we decided to go with a foldout to allow the seat to be slightly declined back. it isn't done yet but we got good start.

Here is the frames we made to start with.

Here they are mounted to the floor and 2 cross supports mounted. The 2 end compartments will house 10" 3 way speakers in enclosures. The 3 center compartments will be for storage.

The back end has a permanent piece of plywood attached in the photo below.

The seat portion will have hinges the allow the seat to lift up to the back of the couch (yet to be built) and the bed portion will fold out from under with legs tucked inside. Here is the bed portion in the photo below with the legs folded out. I ran out of wood so the seat portion will wait until we hit the lumber yard.

Still have the rest of the week off so hopefully we can get the couch done and well into the cabinet at the front of the camper.
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Total Comments 13


  1. Old Comment
    You did a beautiful job.
    Posted 04-05-2010 at 09:25 PM by WANDER WANDER is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Great work!
    Posted 04-06-2010 at 03:56 AM by cruiser54 cruiser54 is offline
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    Bettye's Avatar
    I really like the pocket door!
    Posted 04-06-2010 at 01:37 PM by Bettye Bettye is offline
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    DavidsonOverlander's Avatar
    Very nice work!
    Posted 04-06-2010 at 01:44 PM by DavidsonOverlander DavidsonOverlander is offline
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    Silverfoxrae's Avatar
    great job! I like the panelling look.
    Posted 04-06-2010 at 04:42 PM by Silverfoxrae Silverfoxrae is offline
  6. Old Comment
    how much weight have you added?
    Posted 12-18-2011 at 10:46 AM by LRPorter LRPorter is offline
  7. Old Comment
    Bowmans's Avatar
    I haven't weighed the whole trailer after the reno so I can't give you a total dry weight. I can tell you that I weighed most of the pieces that came out and the pieces I made to replace. I added a little under 200 lbs not including the floor as I didn't weight the carpet. The new floor is a quarter inch, snap together flooring so it probably weighs a little more than the carpet that was removed. It still pulls great and safe and we love it which is all that really mattered to me.
    Posted 12-19-2011 at 12:06 AM by Bowmans Bowmans is offline
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    laducky's Avatar
    Such a source of inspiration for my own project! Love the construction and the details!!
    Posted 02-28-2014 at 05:53 PM by laducky laducky is offline
  9. Old Comment
    Love all the pictures! Keep them coming!
    Posted 02-28-2015 at 06:30 AM by Swimhard4 Swimhard4 is offline
  10. Old Comment
    Thank you very much for posting this for us all to see!

    Question for anyone who knows, how do you attach the new wood to the airstreams inside wall? I haven't been able to find info on this. Thank you!
    Posted 06-14-2016 at 05:07 AM by Hazwick Hazwick is offline
    Updated 06-14-2016 at 05:08 AM by Hazwick (Mis typed)
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    Caroyl's Avatar
    How did you attach the upper cabinets?
    Posted 01-15-2017 at 04:48 PM by Caroyl Caroyl is offline
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    Bowmans's Avatar
    I attached the top of the overhead cabinets using a strip of 3/4" by 3/4" pine in the inside of the face frame. I used screws to hold the strip to the cabinet face and then about 6 screws in to the aluminum. For the bottom, I used the same type of strip across the bottom, under the cabinet bottom. I also used about 3 butterfly brackets across the top strip and 3 across the lower strip to make sure they didn't pull out. Where the overheads touch a side wall, I attached firmly on the inside of the overhead.
    Posted 01-15-2017 at 08:53 PM by Bowmans Bowmans is offline
  13. Old Comment
    On the overhead cabinets is the back of your mounting strip that attach to the inner skin cut at an angle if so what angle & now did you get the correct curve for the curved end cap- great work and I would like to copy at your idea
    Posted 09-25-2018 at 12:00 PM by ShinyShanty ShinyShanty is offline

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