My bed base mod (with thanks to rmac04401) using some storage boxes on special at Menards. They take a large cloth covered box insert. I made the box up, laid it against the inside of the luan and marked around the box with a pencil. Despite what I intended when I started the process of cutting I ended up just using a sharp strong knife to cut the luan. A straight piece of wood helped to join the small holes drilled at the corners of the lines. I also strengthened the top rail with extra wood screwed together.
I screwed a piece of wood (matching the size of the bed base bottom piece) to the floor at the back end of the box but did not screw the box to it. I screwed the box to the bed base bottom and the side strut at the front end. These seemed sufficient to hold the box steady. As some of my work was not perfect, I laid a bead of silicone to hide small imperfections along the cuts on the top and rear side where the cuts can be seen. I squeezed a piece of carpet between the top of each box and the bed base rail to protect the top of the box as much as possible. I also laid a piece of carpet between the boxes on the floor for protection and some sound reduction.
The outside mat and the two large outside chair frames slide in the left hand end of the storage; the Walmart table lies on the bottom of the space between the two boxes; a steel folding chair next; and then the 2 chair covers on top of that. The second steel chair lies across the space on the top straddling the space between the 2 boxes. In the space between the boxes and the end of the bed I put a clothes holder thingo which is in 2 pieces; a bed set for a twin bed; and the picnic tablecloth and holders. These are all things you get out once when you arrive and put back just before you leave, but probably not access for 1 night stays.
The arms of my former bed holder uppers were reduced but now open and slide along the boxes and when they are about 4 inches from the near end, I let the bed rest on them. When I lift the bed I push them to the front of the trailer a bit and then they slide along the carpet and fold against the bed top. Low tech low cost but they work great.
Hope the pix help any wanting to try my low cost, low tech bed storage system. Total cost: 2 boxes at $15 each after Menards rebate; 2 storage inserts at $6 each; bits of wood, carpet and silicone all of which I had already.
The left side box installed
The boxes installed and a green insert box in the near one with the Walmart table on the carpet piece between.
The storage space finished.
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