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Old 07-03-2019, 09:58 PM   #1
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Underbelly storage

Enjoy seeing other RV'ers upgrades so would like to share one of ours.
We do a mix of full hook up, partial and boon docking.
We stored our sewer hose fittings and macerating pump in a bin in the storage compartment of our RV. Wasn't comfortable with this so came up with a solution that works for us (had a long Canadian winter to think about it).
Made two underbelly storage compartments.
Used 1"x3/4" aluminum channel , aluminum rivets, self tapping screws and two large mixing tubs for extra storage of items we do not care if they get wet or dusty.
Only four screws used to mount on RV frame so easy removal if we need to access underbelly.
We use small linch pins to secure bins in place for travel and easy access.
Drilled four 1/2" holes in each tub for water drainage.
Upgrade cost was about $70.00 and well worth it.
Have tested the new storage at highway speeds on many trips (some heavy rain), pleasantly surprised. Items stay dry and bins did not move.
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:19 PM   #2
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Our 2007 Jayco had similar setup in the Pantry for storage. How do you lock them in place to keep from sliding out on the road ? Do they fill with water if traveling in rain or sitting at CG ??
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:38 PM   #3
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Our 2007 Jayco had similar setup in the Pantry for storage. How do you lock them in place to keep from sliding out on the road ? Do they fill with water if traveling in rain or sitting at CG ??
Have not had them fill with water on trips with heavy rain. In fact, had an item in a paper bag in the bin the bag did not get wet. Not sure what CG is?? If CG means Campground then no. When Bins are closed they are behind rain drip line.
Have 1/8" linch pins installed to keep bins in place,like this: https://www.amazon.ca/Forney-61352-L...%2C493&sr=8-32
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Old 07-04-2019, 12:03 AM   #4
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Have not had them fill with water on trips with heavy rain. In fact, had an item in a paper bag in the bin the bag did not get wet. Not sure what CG is?? If CG means Campground then no. When Bins are closed they are behind rain drip line.
Have 1/8" linch pins installed to keep bins in place,like this: https://www.amazon.ca/Forney-61352-L...%2C493&sr=8-32
If your big on security you can use pad locks rather than linch pins.
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Old 07-04-2019, 05:46 AM   #5
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I hope 4 screws is enough to keep that attached. What are they drilled into?

I would hate to see one of those coming at me at 70 mph, when Iím on my motorcycle.
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Old 07-04-2019, 05:57 AM   #6
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Great idea and well done. I will be measuring up my tt to see if I can copy.
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:13 AM   #7
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I hope 4 screws is enough to keep that attached. What are they drilled into?

I would hate to see one of those coming at me at 70 mph, when Iím on my motorcycle.
Took me a while to respond...churned on your comment.
I too am an avid biker as noted in my profile, and as you, am concerned of all the road hazards.
If you read my original post, I have put many miles on the new storage set up in heavy rains before sharing.
Since this post, they have gone through mud and shearing winds. Bins and rails are secure.
The bins are used frequently and rails checked before each travel (like everything else, on a lengthy checklist).
The bin rails are secured into the frame as noted in the OP. Due to the rails being aluminum, the tapping screws and rails have a barrier of rubber to prevent corrosion (aluminum and steel do not like each other).
If it makes you feel better, I built this added storage on my Construction and Millwright Trades.
I was just wanting to share our storage option with the group. It is working well for us.
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:14 AM   #8
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Great idea and well done. I will be measuring up my tt to see if I can copy.
Any questions let me know.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:44 AM   #9
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This is a great idea! I will be borrowing this from you.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:56 AM   #10
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Nice idea.
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