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Old 09-26-2019, 05:01 PM   #1
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Who has modified the top step for storage and can you send some pics. Were there any issues that you ran into and has it worked out as good as you thought
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And to piggyback on this, I’m interested if anyone has a solution to keep the middle and/or bottom step open without using a hand in order to access the storage area.
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Who has modified the top step for storage and can you send some pics. Were there any issues that you ran into and has it worked out as good as you thought
If you send me your email address I will send you some pictures I just did a step mod in my new 5.0 TA
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I did mine a while back, I'll see what I have for pics. In the mean time here's the write up from ChrisR when he did his, the 1st to do such.

https://escape440.wordpress.com/2016...s-and-storage/
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Same as Ej, send me your email, the zip file is 11Mb, 15 images.

Things may have changed, but the issues I had were... The existing step is glued on. The back wall was anything but straight, had to shape a couple of the parts to fit so the hinge would work correctly. Found a pretty close match for the carpet at HD of all places. Should have checked the staple length before attaching the new carpet. Some of the new material had to be inserted from underneath, temporarily removed some existing bracing to allow such. Some of this depends on how picky you are.
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Same as Ej, send me your email, the zip file is 11Mb, 15 images.

Things may have changed, but the issues I had were... The existing step is glued on. The back wall was anything but straight, had to shape a couple of the parts to fit so the hinge would work correctly. Found a pretty close match for the carpet at HD of all places. Should have checked the staple length before attaching the new carpet. Some of the new material had to be inserted from underneath, temporarily removed some existing bracing to allow such. Some of this depends on how picky you are.
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Who has modified the top step for storage and can you send some pics. Were there any issues that you ran into and has it worked out as good as you thought
I did this right away. A couple issues you need to deal with is that you can't really lift the large area to the left easily, but you can still access it well. As well, you can't raise the tread on the right side either, needing to allow an inch or so it can miss the handles of the drawers there.

I followed a path similar to what Chris R did, and put a nice oak piece on all the sides of the steps except the right angled side of the lower step.

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And with the treads open.

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And to piggyback on this, I’m interested if anyone has a solution to keep the middle and/or bottom step open without using a hand in order to access the storage area.
To hold the lower 2 treads open I just rest the lid of the step above one it, and to hold the top tread up I just open a drawer a little bit with the tread behind it. Easy peasy.

Oh, and I also added a light under the stairs, very handy.
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thanks Bob, Jim. We use the top step space for laundry, very convenient location. And a light in the large space under the stairs is very useful.
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What Jim said, I did the same though probably not quite as professionally done. I didn’t make a separate area out of top step but provided easy access for a folding table we carry that wouldn’t before and a partial shelf for shoes. I purposely replaced carpet with a commercial grade, which is easier to keep clean.
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I purposely replaced carpet with a commercial grade, which is easier to keep clean.
I never, but sure wish I did. It is now in the 'to do' list, but not critical.
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I did this right away. A couple issues you need to deal with is that you can't really lift the large area to the left easily, but you can still access it well. As well, you can't raise the tread on the right side either, needing to allow an inch or so it can miss the handles of the drawers there.

I followed a path similar to what Chris R did, and put a nice oak piece on all the sides of the steps except the right angled side of the lower step.

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And with the treads open.

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To hold the lower 2 treads open I just rest the lid of the step above one it, and to hold the top tread up I just open a drawer a little bit with the tread behind it. Easy peasy.

Oh, and I also added a light under the stairs, very handy.
Jim I see you have a 2017 5.0, I have a 2019 5.0, I notice some differences and have some questions.
1. What is the grill on your bottom step? I do not have that.
2. What are the switches on your entry wall? I do not have those.
3. Your door below switches and outlets is small. Mine is taller. Is yours custom for some reason, or is it a change ETI has made.
4. Is that the original location of your fire extinguisher. Mine is on the wall with the stripper pole. My switches are there also.
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Jim built his cabinets and such, as opposed to having ETI do it, big difference. Look at ChrisR's trailer too, another custom job.
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Jim I see you have a 2017 5.0, I have a 2019 5.0, I notice some differences and have some questions.

1. What is the grill on your bottom step? I do not have that.

2. What are the switches on your entry wall? I do not have those.

3. Your door below switches and outlets is small. Mine is taller. Is yours custom for some reason, or is it a change ETI has made.

4. Is that the original location of your fire extinguisher. Mine is on the wall with the stripper pole. My switches are there also.
1. That is an electric toekick heater I installed.

2. I converted my bed captains lights into having 3-way controls, and this are the lower switches, with swapped out switches on the lights.

3. I built all the doors and this cabinet, again using an idea from Chris R. My cabinet goes right up to the drawers and right down to the exterior hatch storage. I also built in 2 drawers.

4. I just installed it where I wanted it. In time I plan to use a recessed housing.
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Nice work, especially the oak on the steps. I will be doing something similar soon. Is the heater A.C. or 12 volt.
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