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Old 11-11-2012, 12:10 PM   #11
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I used the 48" ones that are shown in the link that Jim provided.

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Old 11-11-2012, 01:08 PM   #12
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Beautiful craftsmanship, Paul!
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:05 PM   #13
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I am guessing THESE are the ones he used.

I am still planning to do something along this line, but I would not go so deep, maybe 36". This would allow longer things, like my table and chairs, to go in behind from the outside access.
Jim and Paul,

Thanks for the information. I agree the 36" depth may be a good compromise. I'm on the short side and 48" is a long reach for me.

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:28 PM   #14
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2 drawer variation

I really liked Paul's idea, but wanted to be able to stand in the aisle next to the open drawer, so I opted for (2) 36-inch drawers with slides from the same hardware outlet. I purchased (4) plastic tubs from our nearby Lowes and then built the drawer boxes for a snug fit. The little tubs are great to carry into the house to load and unload for a trip.

I also added back, and side walls to the under-bed area so the remaining exterior access storage did not migrate into, and jam the drawers. The 36-drawer depth also allows for longer items to be stored across the back of the area (e.g. laundry drying rack).

Works great for us . . . .

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Old 11-11-2012, 10:11 PM   #15
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Very nice, Bret.
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And, clever, with the portable plastic inserts.
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I have also been contemplating adding a large drawer in my 19'. Like Jim, I would not go full depth as I would like to keep space to put longer items through the exterior hatch (chairs, tables, bunk poles, exterior mat). What is troubling me a little bit is whether I can live with the loss in storage height that would result from any sliding tray/drawer system. Right now we have a couple of large plastic bins that we had bought that are exactly the right height to fit under the bed. With a tray or drawer underneath, the bins would no longer fit through the opening and we would either have to look for some new bins, or just store things directly in the drawer. I will ponder some more and maybe do this as a winter project.
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I have also been contemplating adding a large drawer in my 19'. Like Jim, I would not go full depth as I would like to keep space to put longer items through the exterior hatch (chairs, tables, bunk poles, exterior mat). What is troubling me a little bit is whether I can live with the loss in storage height that would result from any sliding tray/drawer system. Right now we have a couple of large plastic bins that we had bought that are exactly the right height to fit under the bed. With a tray or drawer underneath, the bins would no longer fit through the opening and we would either have to look for some new bins, or just store things directly in the drawer. I will ponder some more and maybe do this as a winter project.
Hey,

If you have any clearance at all say about 1 inch you can mount the sliders(I picked up Heavy Duty Ones) they are rated by weight then using alum 1" or 2" L angle ( Bottom L Down and facing in to each other) mounted to the sliders themselves. Then use a piece of 1/2" hardwood plywood to span the bottom of the L's. Cut the plywood so the piece your dropping in has the grain running perpendicular to the slides. Attach the plywood to the bottom L angle using countersunk screws. Use another piece of the 1 inch L angle leg up across the edge opposite the interior access doors. It will double as a lip to prevent the bins from sliding off the end and as a stiffener. If you like get a piece of 3/8's L angle and put it on the front edge L down it will also stiffen the board more and prevent the edge from getting worn etc. Alum L angle is sold in most hardware stores in up to 6 foot sections and can be either hacksawed or cut on a table saw with a plywood blade. Because of the moisture you might get from the side access door a good coat of some sealer should be applied to the plywood. Perhaps the better wood workers here could tell you which stain matches best to the wood used in the trailer. As long as you have about an inch of vertical clearance your only problem would be your horizontal clearance. When you mount the sliders to the floor BE CAREFUL with screw length. I do wood work but nothing like some here can so I go with what I know metal :} But using some metal and some wood you don't have to loose so much space and you still get strength. I have seen several of the setups here and they look great but you do loose inches do to wood thickness etc. If you need I can go dummy up what I am saying and take a picture for you.

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Cypher,

Just ran across your post and if possible, I would very much appreciate seeing some photos of your setup. I am the poster child for those "Dummies" books.

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Cypher,

Just ran across your post and if possible, I would very much appreciate seeing some photos of your setup. I am the poster child for those "Dummies" books.

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I will go dummy up what I am talking about Rich, I have not bought the alum side pieces yet and debating a single slide out or a double. The double would allow you to stand in the aisle while you slide one side or the other out might be convenient. Might be a bit maybe today or tomorrow.

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