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Old 08-30-2011, 07:45 PM   #1
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235 RKS enhancements

Well, I finally got around to making use of all the space in my trailer. This has been an issue from day one, lots of space and no storage. A couple hours later, my mods were complete!
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:51 PM   #2
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Nice job man!
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:01 PM   #3
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Nice job man!
Thanks Bob. I kinda made is sound like it only took a little while... more hours than I care to discuss, divorce almost (from my wife, kids and myself!). It turned out that it was a lot bigger job than I imagined. I have a new appreciation for the people that build travel trailers. They really are carpenters' and more in many aspects!

This is step one, step two will add cabinetry above the couch and a remodel of the t.v. shelf along with some added wall cabinetry in the bathroom...

Step three is to do the same thing that mod guy did with the wasted space under the couch. I also ordered doors for under the dinette. I hate taking the cushions off to access that storage.

Of course I hope to complete these things before the season is over but time is not something I have a lot of with two young children who would much rather be camping than watching me tear the trailer apart and put it back together!

happy camping,
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:50 AM   #4
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Yeah, I've looked at Mod Guy's modifications with envy. FYI, I have added some cabinetry by the couch and in the bathroom. I bought pre-made cabinets from Lowe's. They are a pretty good match. I also put one over the wardrobe where you did your mod. You are right in your assessment. The 235 has lots of space but not enough storage from the factory.

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Very cool! I like what you did with the closet, I wish I had thought along those lines when I did mine.

In June we did a 10 day vacation and, after doing the under couch mod, we actually had enough storage for all our stuff! Everything had a place to be put away. The factory TV shelf makes a great storage cabinet.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of your enhancements.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:28 AM   #6
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I got around to working on mod #2 and 3. I thought I needed some storage above the couch so I added an extra shelf. I didn't have enough of the radius edge rail so I've put the square edge in for the time being on the bottom. I might put doors on this setup but will try it this way for now.

The T.V. shelf was only used for storage so I modified to be a shelf and T.V. mount. The idea is to buy a LCD T.V. and put it on a swivel mount leaving lots of storage on the shelf.

I have plans for the bathroom also, I will make room for towel storage and a few other things (curling irons, straighteners etc!).

I still haven't got around to the dinette storage or the couch area, maybe before the end of the season...

happy camping,
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Looking good!
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How did you remove the tv shelf? I have been wanting to do something similar.
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You do NICE WORK!!!!
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How did you remove the tv shelf? I have been wanting to do something similar.
You'll need a thin scraper/spatula type tool to pry off the small 3/4" wide trim off first. To remove the paneling I used a paint scraper to get underneath and pulled down. This sometimes results in broken paneling (depending on how many staples/brads are in it).

Once you have the paneling removed you can get the 3/4" framing out (mine was screwed into the walls and adjacent cabinetry). I could not have done this without some new material as the bottom rail wasn't long enough for a straight run. Your dealer should be able to get some cabinetry pieces or you could try and contact forest river yourself.

A brad nailer is a must along with a Kreg tool. A small handheld jig that drills holes in the rails the same as the factory. You'll also have to buy the kreg screws to use also.

All these mods turned out to be a lot more work than I thought but I think the extra shelving will be worth all the trouble. Nothing a lot of patience and time won't cover!

Good luck,
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