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Old 06-05-2011, 01:29 AM   #1
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Found Under Couch Storage

Couch as built from the factory.


The only thing under the couch is the furnace, duct work, and part of the wheel well. There was no access to the area.

Couch kick panel removed. The panel just hung in front of the couch, with a cutout for the furnace air intake.




I used a utility knife to cut out the paneling. I removed the center brace, it was not supporting anything, just bracing the paneling.



I framed the opening and removed some staples from the fabrinc on the kick panel. I pulled the fabric back from the cutout for the vent, and cut the panel into two sections. I used one as this door, using a section of the removed paneling to cover the back side of the door.
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Door complete. There is enough of a lip at the top to pull the door open, so I decided not to add a pull. I had to secure some of the duct work up and to the back of the compartment. This will be a great shoe storage compartment.


I built a drawer for the other side and attached the other part of the kick panel as the drawer front. Again, lip at top allows it to be opened without adding a pull. The Funace air intake was attached directly to the paneling.


The drawer is about 14" front to back, and 27" wide. The back of this area has the wheel well and some duct work.


When the rear bed slide is retracted in, the couch must be in the down position. The full extension glides allow the drawer to pull out past the edge of the couch cushion for easy access when the bed is in.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:50 AM   #3
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Wow! Great use of space!

It sure seems like all RVs do not really make ideal use of the space on board. I love seeing mods like this!
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:55 AM   #4
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wow huge!
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:54 AM   #5
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Super Mod!! I would not be surprised to see this become standard on Surveyors. If Forest River's staff isn't following this forum they are missing out on some great design ideas.
Nicely done Mod Guy.
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:00 AM   #6
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Very Very nice work.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:42 AM   #7
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That looks professional!
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:59 AM   #8
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Great engineering !!!!

Excellent job. Looks great. You need to apply for a engineering and design
job at the RV factory, YOU ARE HIRED !
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:03 AM   #9
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I have the same trailer and this will be one of the most useful mods I will do to the enterior! thanks
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:53 AM   #10
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I just got done with this mod, it turned out amazing! 27wx16d large drawer and where you had a flip down pannel, I was able to redirect the air vent and put in a 14wx22d drawer. My wife is so very happy not to have to move a suite case around the trailer all the time now. Thanks for that mod!!!
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