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Old 01-22-2021, 03:01 PM   #1
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Wasted under sink storage.

I was looking behind the 1/8th inch plywood wall under the sink in my RV and saw some potential storage space. I removed the wall and investigated. There were some furnace air ducts running on the floor but that was it.
I used 2 x 4s to block up my new base so it is really rugged. I installed walls so I wouldn't lose anything and that was it.

I now have some bins for the chemicals and supplies, cutting boards and strainers etc.
Everything is screwed so I can remove to access everything if ever needed.


I then looked behind the drawers and found wasted space there also.

I was able to use the stock drawer face and the slides as they went all the way to the back wall. I then made new drawer boxes that were a little taller and 5" deeper. Now my utensils fit!



Just thought I would share as there is probably wasted space in many models. Take care.
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Old 01-22-2021, 03:38 PM   #2
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Very nice work and very well thought out!
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:09 PM   #3
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Excellent work.

My only question.....where do these joined drawers fit into the equation of the photos here?
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:18 PM   #4
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Thank you. Sorry they are not joined. I just posed an old one side by side with an original one I had not modified yet. I have now done all three. I reuse the outer face.
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:35 PM   #5
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You da man.
Only woodworking furniture I could make is a log stool.
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:51 PM   #6
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I'm curious what Forest River brand your RV is. I'm amazed how much space is wasted inside some RV cabinets. Some brands do better than others, but they all seem to need some shelves or drawers added. It like they do just enough carpentry to get a unit sold, but it's really not quite done yet.
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:56 PM   #7
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RV-ing is supposed to be so you can get away from it all, and all you want to do is find more space to take it alllllllll with you.

Geeesh.
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Old 01-22-2021, 05:02 PM   #8
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Georgetown 270s

Georgetown 270s, same as on my signature. I got a smaller class A so I would not be excluded from some national parks so I need to take advantage of all the space I can.
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Everyone always is looking for more storage, you'd think somebody would take the hint at the design phase.

Blanked off panel next to our microwave proved to be a huge empty space extending behind the adjacent cabinets.

Now:
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Old 01-23-2021, 12:25 AM   #10
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Georgetown 270s, same as on my signature. I got a smaller class A so I would not be excluded from some national parks so I need to take advantage of all the space I can.
Yep, I’ve done the same. Got a 27 foot class C to fit in smaller camp sites. But I have 3000 pounds of cargo capacity. I put a cabinet or a shelf in every available spot so I can to maximize the storage space in the short RV. Just tonight I finished building a new cabinet to utilize some previously wasted wall space in the bathroom. Before and after photos are attached.
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Old 01-23-2021, 06:26 AM   #11
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Nicely done. RVs seem to have an awful lot of wasted space where, if you are clever, can take advantage of.

Our little tt had a blanked off panel below the pantry next to the fridge. I removed the panel, finished the inside with stained wood to match the cabinet, and now I have a nice 2-shelf shoe cubby.

Also, the pantry had no shelves. Added them and now I can store lots more in there.

One thing they did very nicely. There is a drawer under the sink that is U shaped to go around the sink. It is finished with a plastic insert with dividers for utensils. Very clever!
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Old 01-23-2021, 08:38 AM   #12
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Good job

BehindBars.... The 2440ds is one model we considered due to it's size and layout. Just happened on the used 270s.
A smaller motorhome with both a dinette and a couch like most models out there seemed like such a waste for two people. Maybe for shorter trips but for year long trips we wanted more storage.
Due to the fact that we do a lot of cooking and eating outside.... We actually removed our uncomfortable dinette and put in a reclining loveseat. I will get on the computer and post a couple pics.
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Dinette area

I removed the dinette. I made a console to keep electronics, chargers and cords. I also had room left over for a storage trunk. There is a lot of room behind the installed recliners also and keeping the overhead cabinets I didn't lose out on storage space. If you are wondering about the fridge that was a swap also to a GE 12v dc.
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Excellent work there, jaudet71!
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Nice mod jaudet71

You guys that know and execute carpentry improvements infuriate guys like me that can barely build a pallet.

Iím assuming the reason you went to carpet where the dinette was, is to hide the mount that was for the table. The original flooring looked to be in good shape otherwise.....but it does look cozy.
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Yes, just wanted to cover the screw holes for the table mount as well as some seat belt mount gouges. I bolted down the loveseat but the rug will help hold that more firmly too.
I am currently in the early stages of making a folding table to go between the driver seats. To take the place of the stock small round cocktail table.
I am modeling it after these photos. It will be the same size as stock but will unfold when we need it.
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Once again.......terrific work.
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Would that be with or without a back? LOL
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Would that be with or without a back? LOL
A stool by MY definition, does NOT have a back on it, which is fine, because for me that would mean you want a DELUXE model.
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I was looking behind the 1/8th inch plywood wall under the sink in my RV and saw some potential storage space. I removed the wall and investigated. There were some furnace air ducts running on the floor but that was it. .....
Just thought I would share as there is probably wasted space in many models. Take care.
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in between the 2012, 2017 and 2019 tow behind trailers as well as the 3 5th wheel trailers we have owned all have had spaces that I've converted to storage or counter space. sometimes there have been a handful of wires along the floor or like you found duct work.
Our 2021 SOB Cougar had a ton of extra space in the pass through hatch to the point that the wall paneling was taken out and reframed.

Good Job!
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