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Old 05-05-2015, 07:46 PM   #1
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Anyone know what would be inside bedside tables?

We would love to have drawers in the nightstands on each side of our bed but our TT did not come with them. Instead, they put outlets on each side as it shows in the picture. My husband thinks the pass-through is where the carpeted areas are in front of the nightstands. So we are wondering if the area inside the nightstands would be a hollow space and maybClick image for larger version

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Old 05-05-2015, 07:54 PM   #2
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You might have a little space in there for a small drawer, but then again, I'm sure you'll have a bit of wiring in there so I don't know if it's really worth the effort.

You might consider removing the top and filling in the space with a custom cabinet to fill the space between the upper and lower wood work. Personally though... I would get more practical use of the small cabinet top for clock, glasses, etc. vs an enclosed cabinet.
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:56 PM   #3
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My bet is that it is hollow and I'll also bet there is carpet back in the area behind the outlets. Our TT has drawers in that space on each side and the outlets are on the wall, each side, above the table area. If you look in the storage pass-thru area you should be able to see if it is sealed off or open.

To relocate the power outlets in the wall above the drawer area shouldn't be a difficult problem, you may have to add a little wire to hook it up.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:22 PM   #4
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Go in the basement and measure how high the ceiling is in the basement, that should be the floor of the bedroom. If there is only one level of ceiling in the basement, then the space under the cabinet top is vacant except wires, etc which can be moved out of the way.
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Old 05-06-2015, 04:43 AM   #5
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Pull the receptacles out and look inside hole.....
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:21 AM   #6
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I have removed the end panel and used the extra storage space you show in
my last 2 trailers! In our cases the area was about 18" deep. In a previous rig there was an outlet in the end panel. I disconnected it and pulled the
wire back down into the pass thru storage area and just taped it off and
tied it up out of the way.
The area was carpeted all the way back.
In my current rig the area was not carpeted but neither was the outside
area in front of the panel. We purchased "throw rugs" from Lowes that matched our interior colors and cut them to fit the shelf both in front of
the panel and inside the new storage area. We used plastic bins to just
slide in and out creating a new "sock drawer" for both of us.

IF yours is carpeted in front of the panel I bet it is also carpeted inside the
"storage area" you are trying to access.

Follow up-- You will most likely find the frame that surrounds the panel is pocket screwed in place from the rear. The panel is probably stapled to the
inside of the frame. I was able to push in on the panel and get it loose and out.
Then I used a tiny electric screwdriver to remove the 2 pocket screws per end
and removed the bottom frame. This allows us to easily slide our bins in and
out. I left the side and top frames in place. (My pocket screws were square drive, so if a phillips bit won't work- try square drive.)

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Curb side will likely have water lines near the back corner. Drivers side open. We removed the front panels, installed drop down doors and moved the receptacles inside the enclosure.
Very handy storage, I store my CPAP in one.
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Does anyone have any pics to show how it looks after it was changed?
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:35 PM   #9
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does anyone have any pics to show how it looks after it was changed?
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Looks like same trailer ...I have been impressed with all the storage (always forget about under the end of bed & seem to never use over the bed) but the longest we have gone is 8 days so far.
That remodel looks great because we added a really thick comfy mattress & I actually have to use the front part of that area to get up onto the bed from the floor and the bedside storage & extra light would be great (hate the overhead LED - way too bright to read in bed at night so I always end up on the couch to read)
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Henboy, That mod looks great! I hope this is something that we can eventually do with our nighstands. Where did you get the door fronts?
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Drawer fronts were ordered direct from Forest River.

I used the same fronts as furnished on the kitchen cabinets. They are pre-finished, but a bit too wide to fit the nightstand opening.

Cut them down to the width to fit the night stand. Self closing hinges from Home Depot.

We converted both sides. The curb side has water fill lines running thru it. Just caulk/seal around the openings where the lines come thru the wood and carpet.

There will be extra slack in the electrical lines when you move the plugs inside the opening...just push the wire down into the pass thru and secure.

The extra space is very useful, we use it every night.


We also converted the "fixed" door front near the floor, below the radio, to a hinged door (It had 4 hinges permanently fastening it to the cabinet frame). I just removed 2 of the 4 hinges and added a knob. All the manuals, instructions and paper work now go in there.

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I also found some baskets about the size of half of the top of the nightstand. then got 2 pieces of trim of any kind and nailed them into the top to create a slide free zone for the basket in the corner. Holds my books or whatever when in transit.
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