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Old 08-17-2016, 09:58 PM   #1
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Question Will my portable solar panels store under bed in a 21'?

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I was at ETI the other day (visiting from Los Angeles) and i forgot to measure the opening where the big flap lifts up, right under the mattress, on the permanent bed, on a 21'.

Is anyone in their 21' now, and could you possibly measure ?

I won't hold you responsible, plus I also know this might vary a bit, from trailer to trailer.

Our portable solar panel suitcase is 28" wide, 24" deep, and 5" thick.

Iím pretty sure they wonít store in a bench seat in the dinette.

We will have the dual 6v, all plugs inverter.

we do not have the U shaped dinette, FWIIW.

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I do not have dimensions available but I am able to store my suitcase 120 watt panels in the wardrobe. I did have to move the clothes bar up about 1/2 inch to get enough clearance.
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:18 PM   #3
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I do not have dimensions available but I am able to store my suitcase 120 watt panels in the wardrobe. I did have to move the clothes bar up about 1/2 inch to get enough clearance.
Sadly the wardrobe will have 2 shelves.

my better 1/2 told me so.



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That opening is fairly large and deep so entering at an angle should not be an issue, I know it is at least 24" wide so you should be good. You may want to lay some thin plywood to protect he floor from the sharp corners of the aluminum case.
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Your solar suitcase would fit in my setup. The net opening where the clothes hang is 5 1/8" not including the door catch. The depth is 25" in the wides ( middle) and 24" (top and bottom) due to the curve on the back wall. The opening height is 34"

I was going to build wood drawers, so I would not sacrifice space with a prefab drawer.....But with a suggestion from here about The Container store I went a looking. To my surprise these stainless steel drawers were almost a perfect fit, I lost a couple of inches in the depth. But the "thinness" of the stainless steel probably makes that up, and at $15 each, I went home happy. Even happier with the amount of clothing that fits this closet.

You might be able to get Reese to do something similar only with the shelving you want ? You might want to consider more than 2 shelves,as Each drawer can stack lot's of clothing. And I can pull them out and set them on the bed to sort through the pile.
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Sadly the wardrobe will have 2 shelves.

my better 1/2 told me so.



thanks anyway.
We have the shelves in the wardrobe too - it works out very well as a pantry.
I think if I was handed that case to store, it would end up against the back wall between the dinette benches.... I'd pad the bottom and put a strap between the benches to keep it secure. It wouldn't be in the way there even when not deployed, say for a quick overnight.
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Curious Losangeles will your portable solar be in addition to the stock roof solar panels?
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We have the shelves in the wardrobe too - it works out very well as a pantry.
I think if I was handed that case to store, it would end up against the back wall between the dinette benches.... I'd pad the bottom and put a strap between the benches to keep it secure. It wouldn't be in the way there even when not deployed, say for a quick overnight.
Hey there

Thanks for the idea of between the dinette benches. I would not have bought it that.

The bonus of that location is ... It is heavy and thus would help reduce tongue weight a bit.

As opposed to under bed. Would increase tongue weight there.

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Curious Losangeles will your portable solar be in addition to the stock roof solar panels?
Hi Lynn

The last minute addition to the build sheet is DUAL roof mounted solar panels - by ETI

they need to beef up the roof, at build, where the 2nd panel goes.

The reality is that unless we are at an incredibly shady spot (rain forest in Pacific Nw?) we won't even need to deploy (or carry) the portable panel.

Oh and we will have dual 6v batteries.

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