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Old 12-29-2019, 03:18 PM   #1
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Modified wardrobe cabinet in our 17B

Our 17B had the standard wardrobe next to the entry door, but it made the dinette seat pretty tight. Shortly after we purchased it, I removed it and shortened it down to the bench height and built a large drawer that opened on the entry door side.

Since we decided to sell it, I finally got around to finish it and added a small door with a document holder to hold all of the manuals, an oak cabinet in the back with a cubbie hole as well as a small drop table. I think it turned out pretty nice. I hope the new owners will appreciate it.
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Old 12-29-2019, 04:32 PM   #2
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Nice work there Tom. Tell us about your new E21 order....
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Our 17B had the standard wardrobe next to the entry door, but it made the dinette seat pretty tight. Shortly after we purchased it, I removed it and shortened it down to the bench height and built a large drawer that opened on the entry door side.

Since we decided to sell it, I finally got around to finish it and added a small door with a document holder to hold all of the manuals, an oak cabinet in the back with a cubbie hole as well as a small drop table. I think it turned out pretty nice. I hope the new owners will appreciate it.
Excellent use of space and well thought out ! Lucky who gets your trailer ! Pat
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Old 12-29-2019, 07:27 PM   #4
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Our deadline for the build sheet is the end of January, so we haven't done a lot with it yet. We have decided on the following combos.
- Oak paneling,
- Tenacity Harvest upholstery
- ButterRum counter-tops
- and Your flooring

Here are some of the other things we have decided.
- 2 roof mount solar panels
- No A/C
- Inverter with transfer switch
- Frameless windows
- 12v drops in all cabinets
- Stove/oven combo
- Hi-lift axle
- Double entry step
- Reinforced walls
- Underbody insulation
- U shaped dinette
This is just a start.
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Old 12-29-2019, 09:08 PM   #5
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New Edition 21 or Classic?
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Old 12-29-2019, 09:35 PM   #6
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New Edition 21 or Classic?
Classic design.
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Old 12-30-2019, 01:11 AM   #7
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What is the upholstery you have in front, under the window?
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Old 12-30-2019, 08:31 AM   #8
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What is the upholstery you have in front, under the window?
The camper has the bunk bed option, but that was removed and this black bolster has been put in its place until such time the bunk beds are needed again.
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Our 17B had the standard wardrobe next to the entry door, but it made the dinette seat pretty tight. Shortly after we purchased it, I removed it and shortened it down to the bench height and built a large drawer that opened on the entry door side.

Since we decided to sell it, I finally got around to finish it and added a small door with a document holder to hold all of the manuals, an oak cabinet in the back with a cubbie hole as well as a small drop table. I think it turned out pretty nice. I hope the new owners will appreciate it.
I was able to see Tom's handy work in person this past weekend. Removing the standard wardrobe and fabricating this custom cabinet really opens-up the interior space upon entry and creates more space when seated at the dinnette. This is amazing customization! Tom is a true craftsman who really pays attention to the details.
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Very nice, I wish I could do that.

Just curious, how would you support the upper bunk without the support arm receptacle on the removed cabinet?
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Very nice, I wish I could do that.

Just curious, how would you support the upper bunk without the support arm receptacle on the removed cabinet?
We haven't been using the bunk bed, but a 1/2 inch support pipe down to the lower bench was the plan. Similar to Scamp's setup.
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I was able to see Tom's handy work in person this past weekend. Removing the standard wardrobe and fabricating this custom cabinet really opens-up the interior space upon entry and creates more space when seated at the dinnette. This is amazing customization! Tom is a true craftsman who really pays attention to the details.
Thanks Joel, Glad you enjoyed the new cabinet.
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Very nice modification. When I had my 17, I found the stock cabinet useless to hang stuff in, so I added shelves but this modification looks (and I suspect, works) great.
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I think it turned out pretty nice. I hope the new owners will appreciate it.
I think you are something of a master of understatement, there - along with apparently being a master finish carpenter! Beautiful work, very smart mod. The new owners are going to love it, I'm sure!

Honestly, maybe ETI could/should get in the know -this is a really nice option you've thought up...
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We removed the wardrobe in our 17B. We found it a little big and intrusive. My wife thought it made the trailer more spacious. We needed a place to put our cooler which worked great.
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The wardrobe is where I hang my shirts, jackets and sweaters. I don't have to fold clothes and simply carry them on hangers from the closet in the house to the trailer.

The top is also a prep space for cooking, cutting vegetables and the like. It's the pass, where dishes are placed, going in and out of the trailer. I set the TV there for the rare occasion that we watch it.


Bottom of the wardrobe is for shoes and bottles of wine ( hot tip, place the bottle in the shoe ( high tops work best ), so they are cushioned.


Side of the wardrobe has 3M Command hooks for keys, check list, etc.
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We removed the wardrobe in our 17B. We found it a little big and intrusive. My wife thought it made the trailer more spacious. We needed a place to put our cooler which worked great.
Hi - did you find any issues removing the wardrobe such as how it is attached to the wall or floor that caused any damage. Also what about the power outlet on the side?
Thanks for any advice you can give on the details of this removal.
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Great job - it really opens up the entry but remains multi-purpose.
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Hi - did you find any issues removing the wardrobe such as how it is attached to the wall or floor that caused any damage. Also what about the power outlet on the side?
Thanks for any advice you can give on the details of this removal.
There is a exposed piece of wood that is glued to the trailer, which the wardrobe attached too. I just built a smaller panel and used that as my attachment point. i moved the outlets to the new panel.
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Thank you - that is what I was considering doing. Sounds like there was no issue with the wall??
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