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Old 06-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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It has begun... Modifications, that is.

Here's a quick snap of the first of several planned modifications to our new 19:
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Hi Doug,
That looks like lovely work! Can you provide more details as to how you attached it or maybe a close up photo of the upper part? Did you screw it into the fiberglass? For the last few weeks I have been wracking my brain as to how to achieve more shelves and storage for all the little things that don't have a good home elsewhere.
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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Here you go. The trick is to build it so that it just fits, then it doesn't need as many attachment points. Cutting the backs of the shelves to form-fit to the side of the trailer, while keeping the shelves level, was the biggest challenge here.

The two photos below show the top left and bottom right of the shelf.

At the top left I've put two screws up into the cabinet above -- these two screws support all the weight. Since they're inserted vertically into what I assume is particle board or some other form of composite, they won't support a lot of weight. But they'll be fine for dish soap and hand sanitizer.

At the bottom right, I've got a block attached to the side of the shelf that just fits behind the shade flange on the window. It's not attached to anything on the bottom right, but the shade flange keeps the shelf from moving out from the wall and the fact that the block just fits keeps the shelf from moving to the left or right.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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Looks great, Doug.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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Hi: dbailey... I'll be in the Ottawa area next weekend to inspect the work and assess any extra value added!!! Looks like good workmanship tho. Hope around nine will be fine. Alf
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:09 PM   #6
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9 will be excellent. I might have a prototype of the second modification done by then, if this wonderful weather doesn't drag me out of my shop.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:11 PM   #7
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I don't believe there is any particle board in the trailer, anywhere.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:48 PM   #8
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You're probably right. I can see the framework inside the counter cabinet and the frame there is done with pine (or some other similar soft wood). Likely the frame in the overheads is the same. On the other hand, the *feel* of the screw going into the material didn't feel like pine. It felt denser. Not sure what that means.

Regardless, just as a matter of good design principle: unless I know it for certain I assume the worst. That's not to say I assume it's particle board or anything else in particular; rather, I just consider it to be an unknown and I plan/design with the assumption that its ability to hold a screw is the poorest of the likely alternatives. That is to say: "better safe than sorry".
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:56 PM   #9
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Doug, very nice job. Those are certainly handy shelves.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:20 PM   #10
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Thank you for the other photos Doug. Very creative....I wish I had asked for more reinforced walls in our trailer (I have just one)....it's tricky to hang shelves without solid wood and I didn't realize the need we would have for them until we got our trailer!
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