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Old 11-01-2019, 02:32 PM   #1
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Under-bed Storage Solution for 21

Was looking for an inexpensive, light weight, under bed solution for clothes and shoes. Got a few estimates from a few local plastic suppliers, $300+ for an open box 12x10x36. Solution ($50) was 4 milk crates zip tied together with wheels. Most units I saw on the forum had rails to pull box out. Didn’t want to fabricate a frame with rails, so why not wheels. Unit slides out straight because wheels are non caster. Each milk crate is 13wide x 13long x 11high. Total length 52”. Total weight=10 pounds. Since the door framing has a 1.75” lip, there is enough clearance to lift unit over lip and roll out. The front wheels are rested in 2 furniture pads glued to floor. Working on a latch system to hold in place while traveling. All materials sourced from Home Depot.
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:35 PM   #2
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I don't have a 21 but as I read your measurements I remembered that I was looking for something that would fit under our dinette as we always leave it as a bed.
I think that 11 inches high would fit.

I just may stop at Home Depot on the way home and pick up a couple.

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Old 11-01-2019, 06:56 PM   #3
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How do you keep the middle from sagging?
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Old 11-01-2019, 07:24 PM   #4
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A timely post. Now that I've installed my heater in an alternate location I was starting to consider building a drawer etc. for that location.

Showed your post to my wife and she could see the benefit over a solid drawer on slides that would only be half the length. Happy to see that Home Depot in Canada also carries the black milk crates. $8.47CDN, might as well buy new ones rather than use the beat up old yellow ones that I have kicking around.

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Old 11-01-2019, 08:17 PM   #5
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Middle doesn't sag, unit straight. Unit is high enough to roll out clearing the lip. Out camping now but going to Ace tomorrow to look at gate latches. Bungee worked to camping location.
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Old 11-01-2019, 10:17 PM   #6
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Was looking for an inexpensive, light weight, under bed solution for clothes and shoes. Got a few estimates from a few local plastic suppliers, $300+ for an open box 12x10x36. Solution ($50) was 4 milk crates zip tied together with wheels. Most units I saw on the forum had rails to pull box out. Didn’t want to fabricate a frame with rails, so why not wheels. Unit slides out straight because wheels are non caster. Each milk crate is 13wide x 13long x 11high. Total length 52”. Total weight=10 pounds. Since the door framing has a 1.75” lip, there is enough clearance to lift unit over lip and roll out. The front wheels are rested in 2 furniture pads glued to floor. Working on a latch system to hold in place while traveling. All materials sourced from Home Depot.
Wow - guess I should at least double my prices! Plus I provide a mounting sled if needed.........
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Wow - guess I should at least double my prices! Plus I provide a mounting sled if needed.........
Charley I guess you didn’t have the slide when I ordered Pat
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We don't have our 21 yet, but we did order the additional access door under the bed, near the bathroom. If we use a build a unit like yours, or use Charley's, is there room to put something in the other door? Am wondering if the long slider cuts off the space much behind the additional door. If Charley's units can be used together, I'm guessing that answers my question.
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We don't have our 21 yet, but we did order the additional access door under the bed, near the bathroom. If we use a build a unit like yours, or use Charley's, is there room to put something in the other door? Am wondering if the long slider cuts off the space much behind the additional door. If Charley's units can be used together, I'm guessing that answers my question.
If you want to use a drawer next to the bathroom, you're limited to 14 inches long - otherwise there would be interference with the long drawer that pulls out into the aisle. That drawer can be more than 3 feet long before you hit the black tank on a 21, but I don't make them more than 36 inches long.
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Charlie's drawers are the best, and are super easy to use.
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If you got two doors side by side then you could use 2 of Charley's drawer units. One on the stock side and one on the 45 degree side, opening opposite. That is what I did.
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