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Old 04-24-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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19' Under-bed storage

If you have a 19' trailer you know there is a lot of room under the rear bed. The problem I found was accessing anything we put in there. The solution, at least for me, was a large drawer. It measures 11" deep by 23" wide and 48" long. I used 1/2" Baltic Birch for the box and 48" full-extension drawer-slides from Lee Valley. The drawer box is assembled using a rebate and dado joint and the bottom is fully housed in a groove on all 4 sides. The drawer-slides are very expensive but in the end I think they are well worth the money. I purchased a number of Tupperware containers that fit into one side perfectly. So I know what is in each bin I cut rectangles of clear mac-tac, stuck them to the lid and used a sharpie to indentify the contents. If the contents change I'll peel off the mac-tac and stick a new piece on.
The right side of the drawer is more than long enough to hold the optional bunk bed tubing as well as extra papertowels and umbrellas. While I was installing the drawer I also added 1/4" MDF pieces that run front to rear on both sides and help support the mattress above. These pieces also seperate the storage area from the drawer on the door side which allowed me to have a secure spot for the axe I bring along. The other side ensures the power cable won't get caught in the drawer.
The drawer-slides securely lock in the closed or open position. To release the drawer I attached a piece of oak solid across the front that pushes down on the 2 levers that release the drawer.

Overall, it's an excellent addition to a great trailer.

Cheers,

Paul
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:12 PM   #2
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Re: 19' Under-bed storage

Very impressive, Paul! You could go into business with that.

We were looking at that space and thinking we need a pole with a hook to get items on the other side from the hatch. Want to put much of what is now in the front box back there. The batteries must be most of the 100-lb. Capacity of the box.

Your drawer will beat the heck out of what we do, I'm sure. Really nice job that obviously took a lot of doing.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:41 PM   #3
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Thanks!!! It wasn't too painful. Making the drawer at work was easy as was attaching the drawer-slides to the plywood L's that are screwed to the floor. The spacing between the plywood L's has to be quite accurate or the drawer-slides will bind. The most difficult part was attaching the drawer to the slides. These large slides do not come apart like small full-extension ones do so driving the screws in from the side to attach the slide was a challenge due to the lack of space.


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Wow.. looks like it right out of the Escape factory! Great job and excellent workmanship..
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Re: 19' Under-bed storage

That looks great Paul. What would you estimate the weight at?

I was planning something similar, a roll-out tray and just use baskets on it, but sides might be nice. I have a few sheets of 1/2" BB in my shop at all times.

I put a roll-out under the counter to hold our pots and pans. It works great.
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Re: 19' Under-bed storage

If you don't care how it looks, I got "underbed" plastic boxes with small wheels on one end at London Drugs. I'm sure you can find them anywhere. They are about 18 inches wide and about three feet long or so and maybe 8 inches deep, with a lid. Cheap.

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Old 04-25-2012, 10:24 PM   #7
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That looks great Paul. What would you estimate the weight at?

I was planning something similar, a roll-out tray and just use baskets on it, but sides might be nice. I have a few sheets of 1/2" BB in my shop at all times.

I put a roll-out under the counter to hold our pots and pans. It works great.
I would guess the total weight at 50lbs with about half being the slides.
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Re: 19' Under-bed storage

Since I leave the bed made up permanently in my 17B, I removed the hardware for the table set up & keep two laundry baskets + my toaster oven stored under the bed. I added a set of 4 heavy duty cup hooks & a nylon cargo net from one of my older Town & Country van to keep everything in place during hard stops. Although the drawer is a far better solution, the laundry baskets are my simple approach.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:23 PM   #9
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What size drawer slides did you use?

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Old 11-11-2012, 11:49 AM   #10
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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.
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