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Old 02-09-2020, 03:10 PM   #1
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Hi fellow 26RK owners. Well technically I haven't picked it up yet.. but..

When looking at it, in the Kitchen, most units I see have a "pots-n-pans" drawer under the stove. This one doesn't. Does anyone have any insight on this? Is this an east coast vs west coast thing like a few other subtle items?

Any thoughts on if I can just remove the panels and add a drawer? I noticed other models in the PNW / Oregon area are the same.

Also, I notice that the 2020 models on this coast are missing some cabinet doors. The lower cabinet to the right of the fridge doesn't have a door and there are no cabinet doors in the vertical storage next to the sink in the bathroom. Again, these are things I noticed on pictures of several units located near Oregon (the west coast assembly area).

I'm wondering how much horse-power I have before it leaves the lot (paperwork already signed), to get these things added as they are listed on the Forest River site as supposed to be there.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-09-2020, 03:44 PM   #2
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Hi fellow 26RK owners. Well technically I haven't picked it up yet.. but..

When looking at it, in the Kitchen, most units I see have a "pots-n-pans" drawer under the stove. This one doesn't. Does anyone have any insight on this? Is this an east coast vs west coast thing like a few other subtle items?

Any thoughts on if I can just remove the panels and add a drawer? I noticed other models in the PNW / Oregon area are the same.

Also, I notice that the 2020 models on this coast are missing some cabinet doors. The lower cabinet to the right of the fridge doesn't have a door and there are no cabinet doors in the vertical storage next to the sink in the bathroom. Again, these are things I noticed on pictures of several units located near Oregon (the west coast assembly area).

I'm wondering how much horse-power I have before it leaves the lot (paperwork already signed), to get these things added as they are listed on the Forest River site as supposed to be there.

Thanks in advance.
the Vibes made on the West Coast may have differences from the Midwest-made Vibes. they can have different floorplans and features.
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I also noticed the same thing so I built and added a full extension drawer under the stove. I also utilized the small space next to the microwave to build and add a spice rack. There seems to be lots of untapped spaces.
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I also noticed the same thing so I built and added a full extension drawer under the stove. I also utilized the small space next to the microwave to build and add a spice rack. There seems to be lots of untapped spaces.
Oooohh Pictures, please !!! In looking around I got the impression there was a lot of untapped potentials. Would love to get ideas.
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Here's some, hope they help.
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Doesn't appear the pics went through, trying again.
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Old 02-23-2020, 04:46 PM   #7
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THANK YOU !!!!!

Also what caught my eye is that K-Cup holder with cups is EXACTLY what we've been talking about trying to find...

Also, how did you match the wood? We have the lighter "Millwood" finish and I really haven't seen that anywhere I normally shop.

By the way, this is an edit. Since my initial response, Lisa saw the slide-out spices and was very impressed also... Nice job.
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:09 PM   #8
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Those were from hobby lobby. Suggest adding struts to bed for easier access. I also added struts to doors above couch, no more balancing with my head. Utilized space under sink counter with deep drawer for cleaning products. And shelves above bedroom closets.
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:20 PM   #9
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If you're careful you can cut out the existing panel that's there and reuse as I did for the spice drawer. I framed the existing panel for the stove drawer with leftover barn siding.
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:23 PM   #10
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Closet shelves.
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:39 PM   #11
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These work great for potholders & hot pads. Again, from hobby lobby. There's also a large empty space in the back, rear corner behind the upper cabinet. If you cut that panel out, great storage for paper towels and other large, bulky items.
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:45 PM   #12
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Hanging pegboard in the basement helps to organize campfire gear. Cut up sections of shoe holders are great for storing items both inside and in basement.
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:53 PM   #13
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The Horn, those are some really good looking mods.
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Old 02-24-2020, 12:19 AM   #14
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If you're careful you can cut out the existing panel that's there and reuse as I did for the spice drawer. I framed the existing panel for the stove drawer with leftover barn siding.
You sir are officially my hero !! I'm handy and building things and fixing things, but I lack design sense, so I just don't think of these things.. Thank you so much for sharing and congrats on the excellent ideas.
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I'll just add one more to the list.. one mod I really liked in regards to the shelf above the bed of our 2019 268RKS..... before, during and end result.
I also added those mini reading lights under the shelf... drilled a few well hidden holes and tapped into the power going to the factory light switch on the wall below the factory shelf.
Doors came from FR directly. $20 each + shipping. I was also able to get the sticky vinyl wrap to make my pine wood frame look like factory. I took out the ugly 'box' that covered the fresh water tank fill (inside the front storage) and used one of the panels to finish the center part of the new 'wall' for the shelf.
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Old 02-24-2020, 09:27 AM   #16
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Thank you, I enjoy woodworking as a hobby so these changes are fun and the benefits make camping better, especially on long trips.
I love the cabinet door idea you made above the bed, may have to look into that. It looks like it should have always been there. I also removed the wall around the fresh water fill in the basement to gain more space.
I built and added a shelf above the TV to mount a center channel speaker when I upgraded the stereo system to a 5.1. I utilized the shore power cord space for a subwoofer. This involved cutting the shore power cord and connecting to a Male plug that is on the outside. Doing this also eliminated rodent access as we keep our camper plugged in.
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Added note, when we pulled the original stereo we found that the TV coaxial splitter was factory connected backwards, probably why we had reception issues. And when I beefed up the the right wall of the outdoor kitchen to add a swi g out TV arm we found that the coax cord to the outside connection was a bad crimp.
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