Originally Posted by edhawk
GREAT idea! MY wife has been asking me to do this for about a year now. I decided to tackle the vinyl window mod to the bunk ends first.
Who did you contact (name, phone, address or e-mail?) to get the drawer front? Did you ask for a specific size? I think it would be similar in size to the drawers near the stove. How much was the drawer front?
Thanks and congrats. Great looking job along with great pics.
I measured everything up and contacted Forest River Parts Department. They told me that they had a drawer front in my finish sized 13 1/2” x 6 3/4” which was perfect. They actually offered to make me up a drawer box, include the rails, attach the same OEM knob and everything for $49.96 plus shipping.
They didn't really want to do this - they wanted me to go to a dealer, but I talked them into it.
They shipped it to me a few weeks later and it looked great, except that they built the drawer box too large (they did not follow the dimensions in my attached schematic and they didn't account for the thickness of the rails to fit into the opening). I had them make it a second time - and they got it wrong AGAIN. I finally gave up on them, took the drawer apart (which was a beast to not destroy it) got my own nail stapler from Home Depot, ripped all the drawer box pieces down to the correct size with a circular saw and re-built it to the correct dimensions.
The only "tricky part" was figuring out how to mount the rails as the sidewalls of the cabinet are insanely flimsy. I got wood from Home Depot (actual dimension 1/2 by 1 1/2) to mount one end into the cabinet front which is sturdy and run all the way to the far back and tie into the corner braces of the cabinet and then hung the rails on that lumber. (Key point: don't level this with a level unless your camper itself is level. I almost made that mistake until I realized my driveway isn't perfectly level, so I mounted my rails based on measurements from the cabinet top vs using a level).