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Old 10-14-2013, 09:23 PM   #11
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The problem with a single drawer is you cannot stand beside it and reach items easily. You have to REACH to pick up things at the back. My surgery fixed back would not like that, if the items are even a bit heavy. YMMV It's all about your needs now and in the future....

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Old 10-14-2013, 11:37 PM   #12
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Understood. At the moment I'm still thinking clothes and other light objects in this storage area. But heavy objects at the back would certainly be awkward.

And while I'm leaning towards a single drawer at the moment, I haven't stopped thinking about alternatives. The design is still in progress, and likely will be for a while. I'll implement the other, more straight forward projects first. The game's not over 'till it's over.


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Old 10-15-2013, 07:19 AM   #13
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As an ex- 19' owner I survived without under bed drawers. All my clothes were topside. Underneath was for my outside chairs, chocks,grills, mats all through the exterior hatch cover. I stowed some emergency only items around the water heater (compressor and tire repair) in a box to protect the heater. I also installed a lip to prevent items from getting into the pump area.
I covered the floor with some carpet to eliminate the frame bolt protrusion. Things easily slide on the carpet. Access under the bed interior was for dirty clothes, shoes, computers any any souvenirs we may have purchased. These went into 4x $general bins and 2 collapsible auto trunk organizers.
Adding heavy wooden drawers and metal slides take up too much room and weight. IMHO.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:09 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by dbailey View Post
OSB? Mine is plywood. I'm happy that way -- really don't like OSB.
Are they using plywood for the seat and bed platforms now? I have no issue with OSB at all, but that is because we use tons of it for construction, and it is preferred over plywood.
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Weight of the single drawer might also be a consideration. With four large bins, it could get pretty heavy.
We would not be loading ours up with much weight. Our dirty clothes, and a few other items get stored under the bed. They roll so easily too, that anyone could slide them.

There is about 5' from the under bed doors to the back of the trailer under the bed. Our longer items that we store from the outside can easily fit along the back two feet, thus my thought of a 36" drawer. I tried a test with my wife to see how far she could quite comfortable reach back to grab something, and she could reach 24" quite well, and would likely want to brace one had on the bed to reach back further. It still is easier than getting on the hands and knees to reach further underneath. For a reference, your pot drawers in the kitchen are close to 24" deep.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:58 AM   #15
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An option that I've been considering for maximizing both the versatility of this storage capacity is to install two, 36" sliding platforms (no sides) using 1/4" plywood. Then, epoxy strips of heavy-duty Velcro (one side to the plywood, the other to plastic storage containers) to hold various sized storage boxes. Would give me the most options (including nothing at all) with a minimal increase in weight.

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