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Old 07-19-2017, 01:12 PM   #1
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Bin recommendations needed for understorage

We have a MicroLite 21DS. The large passthrough underneath is nice, but reaching stuff in the middle might be a challenge.

Has anyone found storage bins that are sturdy enough to take some abuse that are low and long enough to work perfectly in that space? The slide out shelf is a nice idea, but very pricey.
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:33 PM   #2
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We use storage containers (I'll call them Rubbermaid), designed for under the bed storage. We use 4 of them. On each side of the trailer we have one on top of the other. Just put the commonly used items in the top bins, because the only way to access the bottom bins is to take the top one out first, or push the top bin toward the center to get the bottom lid opened enough.


*Note. Not sure the opening size for your trailer compartments, on our Mini light, these bins cant be removed from the "door" or "passenger" side. That opening is taller, but narrower and the bins are too wide. So all of the bins have to come out on the "drivers" side of the trailer (that opening is short but wide).
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:40 PM   #3
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Milk Crates work real nice, and have all those openings in the sides. You can use a stick to push them inwards, and a hook on the end of the stick, or a rope, to pull them out. Simple but works .....
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I've built my own pass-thru drawer for the last three RV's we've owned. Makes it a lot easier to access the center of the pass-thru.

Here's what I built, but it could be customized to fit any size pass-thru.

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Old 07-19-2017, 02:04 PM   #5
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I've built my own pass-thru drawer for the last three RV's we've owned. Makes it a lot easier to access the center of the pass-thru.

Here's what I built, but it could be customized to fit any size pass-thru.

That's real nice! I like that! What did you use for materials?
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:05 PM   #6
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I bought cheap laundry baskets from the Dollar store. Hook them or just lean in to pull them out from center.

One holds setup tools and supplys. One holds fresh water and cable hook ups. One holds dump station supplys. One holds other misc tools and equipment.

Will probably upgrade to covered underbed style storage bins later. As we get more organized and settled into the new trailer, I can look for specific sizes needed.

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Old 07-19-2017, 02:07 PM   #7
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We use storage containers (I'll call them Rubbermaid), designed for under the bed storage.
I haven't looked at the Rubbermaid ones, but the ones they sell at Bed, Bath and Beyond would never stand up to trailer use. I like the concept, though.
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That's real nice! I like that! What did you use for materials?
Here's the drawings for the last couple that I've made.



Here a link to a little different design.
Pass-thru drawer plans.
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Old 07-19-2017, 06:39 PM   #9
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That's awesome! Thanks for sharing! One question though... where do you get plastic garage door rollers? All that I've ever seen are metal with ball bearings inside.
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We use clear plastic storage containers so you can see what's in them. Also use a couple of plastic dish pans for citronella candles, newspapers for the fire, bungies, etc. Would use milk crates but small trailer, small opening. Always keep the tools just inside the opening.
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That's awesome! Thanks for sharing! One question though... where do you get plastic garage door rollers? All that I've ever seen are metal with ball bearings inside.
Amazon, where else?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016VNU14E...a-324894558848
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:35 AM   #12
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We use clear plastic storage containers so you can see what's in them.
Good idea, except in my experience, the plastic is rather thin and won't take the abuse. Thanks for the tips!
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OP, Do you have the Murphy bed option? If so (I do), the pass through is easily accessed under the sofa. If not, does the mattress pivot up for storage access? And, if the mattress does pivot up, is the pass through storage accessible or is it walled off from the under bed access? I'm not familiar with the non-Murphy bed construction so thank you for educating me if yours is the standard queen. Otherwise, the storage under the sofa is very accessible.
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OP, Do you have the Murphy bed option? If so (I do), the pass through is easily accessed under the sofa. If not, does the mattress pivot up for storage access? And, if the mattress does pivot up, is the pass through storage accessible or is it walled off from the under bed access? I'm not familiar with the non-Murphy bed construction so thank you for educating me if yours is the standard queen. Otherwise, the storage under the sofa is very accessible.
I do not have the Murphy bed option. In my configuration, under the standard queen bed are three drawers and a space behind that for some things that would be accessed less frequently by lifting the bed. The pass-through is behind that, but is totally enclosed and not accessible from the inside.
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Gotcha. The Murphy bed does eat a bit of the pass through space but the under sofa accessibility helps make up for space lost.

Good luck with your bin search! And I hope you enjoy your 21DS as much as we are enjoying ours!
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