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Old 06-11-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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Friday night, we put a towel rack in the bathroom. We found this one online from Kohls (Tip, if you have a Kohls near your, go into the store and order this on their Kiosk. If you order things from online at the store, you get free shipping to your home versus if you order online you pay shipping). This towel rack has two bars, front and rear and you can stack a few towels on top. I think I have seen these in some hotel bathrooms. Here is the link and a photo of what it looks like.

Chrome Bath Shelf and Towel Rack


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Old 06-11-2011, 05:01 PM   #2
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Today I added a shelf in the bedroom. There is a nice outlet up by your head when laying in bed that would be good for charging cell phones, but there is no place to put your phone. I found some finished shelving material at Home Depot (it is not good Formica, just vinyl coated particle board that is made by Rubbermaid). It is in the window and flooring section of the Depot and it is really for building your own shelving and bookcases. I cut the board down to 5" wide because I did not want to hit it getting out of bed and I made the length 28" (There is room for about 36", but again, I did not want to be hitting the corner of the shelf getting in and out of bed).

Now Lucille and I have a place to lay our cell phones and charge them at night and Lucille also says her coffee cup will rest up there once I get up in the morning and fix the coffee and bring her coffee in bed!??! Sound like someone is awfully spoiled for camping!

Here is what it looks like.

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Old 06-11-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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Lucille just had to have a trashcan in the bathroom. This is the smallest one we could fine and found it at Wal-Mart ($10). You kind of have to put it in next to the toilet by feeding it in sideways from the floor, head first and then standing it up once it is in the corner. It does work and you won't have to worry about securing it before driving down the road (it has no place to go). When stepping on the pedal to open the lid, you kind of have to make sure it is rotated just right or the lid hits the side of the toilet preventing it from opening.

If anyone else finds a smaller one, we might still be interested since this one is so tight, but being chrome, it matches our TP holder, our Shower Caddie (both shown in this thread: Calling all Cherokee Gray Wold 19RR owners) and our new towel rack (above).

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Old 06-11-2011, 05:10 PM   #4
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Looks good!

What did you use to anchor things to the walls?
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:24 PM   #5
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This afternoon I tackled something else that was bothering me with the 19RR design. The cabinet over the sink. I didn't like how it opened "up" and since they did not put in a shock to hold it up when opened, every time you go to use this cabinet you have to have both hands free, one to hold the door up and the other to use to get or put away what ever is in this cabinet. I decided to move the hinges, handle and spring latch 90 degrees.

I also did a similar modification to the divider inside this cabinet as I did the one under the sink. They put a divider in this cabinet to block all the wiring for the controls behind the white board. Again, it seems they just have a bunch of these dividers all made up at 12" and they just slap them in at an angle so they can use one size for every location. I trimmed about an 1" off of this one so that I could get it flatter. I also took the terminal connectors (4 of them) for the power awning and bent them all 90 degrees from the back of the switch since this electric device seemed to be sticking out the most. Pushing all the wires flat, I was able to get this divider much "flatter" and closer to the end of the cabinet so I increased the cabinet space. I finished off the bottom of the cabinet with some rubberized shelf liner they have a Wal-Mart for $0.99 a roll (I think it is about 5' by 12").

I do have two holes in my cabinet door now, from where the handle was, but it is not that noticeable and as "CampingQueen" said, you can just cover them with stickers (she suggested butterflies, but it would be nice if someone finds decals of wood grain similar to the cabinet color). I may try a little wood filler and mix some stain and dab on the wood filler. The holes from the old hinge connection point are not noticeable once the door is shut. Now I can open this cabinet and not have it slam down shut on me. (however, it does swing out very wide, so if you bend down to get something, make sure you don't stand up under it an bonk your head). Here are two photo's of it open and closed.

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Old 06-11-2011, 05:32 PM   #6
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Ken0042, I just used #8 x 1.0" long flat head zinc coated Construction Screws (look like drywall screws but zinc coated). The tech at The OutPost RV said that I shouldn't have a problem screwing right into the paneling and that walls are all thick enough as long as you use 1.0" or less screws.

Again, I am careful not to strip them out in the thin paneling and snug them down by hand. I put 3 "L" brackets on the bottom of the shelf in the bedroom, each with 2 screws into the paneling and 2 into the bottom of the shelving (those were 5/8" long #8 screws of the same type since 1.0" would come out the other side of the shelving).

I wouldn't line the shelf solid with books or do chin-up on the towel rack, but it seems pretty sturdy. I will be sure to let everyone know if I experience problems. I have heard of people using spring wing nuts where you drill a larger hole and push those through, but those are tricky to get things snugged down and level since the bolt moves around in a hole big enough to push the wing nut through. Plus if you over load a wing nut and it rips through the paneling, it is going to leave a big hole versus a small stripped out hole by screwing directly in.

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The last thing I did today (last post for today, I promise) was to put a shelf in the upper cabinet next to the couch. At first Lucille and I could not decide if we were going to install another hanger rod like is in the upper cabinet next to the fridge, or create more kitchen storage. We figured, "hey, we are camping, how many clothes are we going to have that need to hang up". Plus with us not having much of a plan for that bunk bed area, we figured that is tons of storage for the bedroom.

Therefore we wanted to put a second shelf in the upper cabinet next to the couch. We figured we would store cups and dishes above the sink and use this upper cabinet for food. We have the lower cabinet by the couch (already with a middle shelf) full of pots and pans, mixing bowls, toaster, coffee maker.... Hey Lucille, we need to make room for a blender down there!!

I used the same Rubbermaid shelving material for this shelf as I did the shelf we put in the bedroom. I could not find any that was 17.25" x 20", so I bought a long 12" board and cut two pieces 17.25" long and then trimmed the second one down from 12" wide to 8" wide. I took some of the left over shelving (from the 12" to 8" trim) and screwed it to the bottom of these two pieces making it one 17.25" x 20" shelf.

I had to notch three of the corners since there are wood stringer in the two front corners and the rear left corner. I then marked these three stringers and the back right corner at 16" up from the bottom of the cabinet. I then took the same wood screws I am screwing into the walls and ran 2 screws into each stringer at 90 degrees from each other right at 16". For the back right corner, I just partially screwed in 2 1.0" screws in this corner.

I then lifted the shelf up and into the cabinet at an angle and let it come down and rest on the 8 partially inserted screws. We now have two shelves (bottom and 1 shelf mid way up) to use as our pantry and put our food in.

That's it for the mod's for a little while. We are taking this coming Friday and next Monday off and going camping just north of Jacksonville at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park for a 4 day weekend and visit our oldest Son.

Here is what the shelf looks like.

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Old 06-11-2011, 06:08 PM   #8
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I like the over the sink thing Tom

I'm thinking that I will put a shock on mine. Unfortunately, the shocks that I bought for that are in my utility trailer that is out on loan till the end of June..... I'll post up when I get it installed.

Thanks again for all the ideas!
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Essness - I like how you braced the back of your drawers better than my method! I guess that is what I get for going first! I like how you put the long piece of wood straight up the back and mounted both drawer frames to that. Did you screw the bottom of the piece of wood into the floor or carpeted fender well? So that is how I should have done it without running screws in from the outside.

I think it is great we call all share our ideas with photos.

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Essness - I like how you braced the back of your drawers better than my method! I guess that is what I get for going first! I like how you put the long piece of wood straight up the back and mounted both drawer frames to that. Did you screw the bottom of the piece of wood into the floor or carpeted fender well? So that is how I should have done it without running screws in from the outside.

I think it is great we call all share our ideas with photos.

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Tom,

I didnt realize the picture doesnt show the base The 2X2 is screwed from the botton up through a 9" piece of 1X4 that is screwed to the carpeted wheel well. My wife is a bit of a pack rat and I have to anticipate that there may be some weight in those drawers. I thought it might be best to try to control a little bit of the potential for side to side movement over time.

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