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Old 01-25-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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Any tips out there to guide me in installing a couple shelves in a 13' Scamp closet? Thanks. Lee
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:04 AM   #2
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My Scamp has the wood interior, so drilling holes isn't a problem for me. However, I installed a free standing wirerack system inside the closet. The rods that hold the shelves are tight top to bottom and it doesn't move during travel. I installed the shelves with the lip up, it prevents items from sliding forward. Works well for me
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:22 AM   #3
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I don't have experience with a Scamp but I recently installed shelves in my Casita closet and I can give you some ideas that might help. First look for places to attach support. In the Casita there is molded in wood bracing for the closet door hinges and for the shower drain valve. I also found a double thickness of fiberglass on the back corner of the Closet/ shower. I used these points to anchor my design. The second tip I can offer is to make your pieces fit the contours of the walls. The compound curves can add strength and support for your shelves. Be careful though when I did mine there were 5 pieces and they will only go in one way. Every time a piece is installed there is less room for the next to be installed.
This closet mod is on of my favorites and well worth the time and effort. It made the closet much more functional. Good luck with yours!
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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If you decide to use screws through the side walls of the cabinet, you can use snap cap covers to give them a stock Scamp look so they will look like they are factory installed.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:54 AM   #5
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I haven't tried it for shelves but you might consider using very high bond strength tape. We used some for the solar panels on the roof of our trailer and they haven't moved.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:35 PM   #6
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I used wire shelving and made them so I could move them up and down - glad I did as I have changed them a couple of times since I have put them in to fit new items I want to store in them. Photos of the shelves I did are in my trailer profile.
Here are what I used on the sides to attach the shelve brackets. Attached them by putting a screw with a cap through the rails from the outside of the closet and used a small nut on the end of the screw on the inside of the closet. As Floyd has said a screw with a white cap on it is not something that you will even notice on the outside.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:44 AM   #7
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Thank you to all who responded with your mods, now I am off to Home Depot. Hope to see some of you on the road one day. Lee
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
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If you're close enough to an Ikea, they have a shelf system that fits exactly in a Boler closet (and I've read mention that it fits in the Scamp closet too) - Ikea has bins that slide in and out (with pre-fit lids). To save weight, I ended up returning the shelf system but kept the bins. Mounted vertical wood runners to the inside of the closet (riveted)... to which I screwed in horizontal bin runners to let the bins slide in/out. Personally I think shelves would hold more, but we opted for bins merely so the kids could pull them in/out and access more.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:02 AM   #9
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Do you have any pix? Is this the "closet maid" wire shelf system from Lowes or Home Depot? Did you just wedge in the supporting rods? Did you cut them the length or have the store do it?

Trying to manage my own closet woes, LOL.

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My Scamp has the wood interior, so drilling holes isn't a problem for me. However, I installed a free standing wirerack system inside the closet. The rods that hold the shelves are tight top to bottom and it doesn't move during travel. I installed the shelves with the lip up, it prevents items from sliding forward. Works well for me
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #10
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Yes Melissa, it is the Closet Maid (or knock-off.. I can't remember). I cut and placed everything. "Have hacksaw will travel." The four shelf support rods are tight, to the closet ceiling and floor. The system does not move at all. The closet is deeper than the shelves are, consequently I have door space that was perfect for more shelves. You can see the door shelves and a tiny bit of the closet mod in this topic: A couple of simple mods that make a world of difference
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Thanks for the pix! Great idea on using the door space! That goes in my "To Do" folder.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:02 PM   #12
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I used PVC to make a kind of ladder system that press-fit against the sides of the closet, so no drilling necessary.

Link to my original post.

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Old 06-19-2012, 01:59 AM   #13
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Ikea bins for drawers/shelving

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If you're close enough to an Ikea, they have a shelf system that fits exactly in a Boler closet (and I've read mention that it fits in the Scamp closet too) - Ikea has bins that slide in and out (with pre-fit lids). To save weight, I ended up returning the shelf system but kept the bins. Mounted vertical wood runners to the inside of the closet (riveted)... to which I screwed in horizontal bin runners to let the bins slide in/out. Personally I think shelves would hold more, but we opted for bins merely so the kids could pull them in/out and access more.

I saw your post--and liked the idea of the Ikea bins with railings in the closet. I have a 16' Scamp and am dying to make the closet more practical. Would you have any photos so I can see what you've done? What were the "wood runners"? How is that setup working for you? Deciding between what you've done or a PVC "ladder" with wooden shelves... Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:03 PM   #14
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Here is a picture of our closet system. My wife likes the plastic containers so you can load them up in the house and bring them outside to the trailer as well as remove one or two to get at stuff in the bottom of the closet. The railing is wood and aluminum "L" brackets.

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