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Old 09-12-2010, 01:53 PM   #15
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:30 PM   #16
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No need to measure -- I know an organizer like that on the Boler rod would not work without some kind of modding. That's because the openings would face the side of the closet in stock position.
How about using one of those old style wooden suit hangers that has the dowel that swivels out to hold your pants. Open the dowel, slide your "shelf" over and latch, then hang it up in your boler closet.


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Old 09-13-2010, 09:03 AM   #17
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Hi Emily,

We were fine in the mountains. We travelled the Coq, 97-C and #1 on the way east and came back via #3 (highest paved pass in BC). We kept our distance and kept to the right on the uphill bits. Our impreza only has a 2.2L engine (137 HP) so your Legacy should be better. Our car has 280000 kms on it too so I'm sure 137 HP is optimistic to say the least. We were mindful about packing light though as the towing capacity of the Scoob is only 1500 lbs. Also, I should note that our car has a manual transmission.

No brakes on the trailer but we will likely make that upgrade to ease wear on the car brakes and add some extra margin of safety in situations where we need to make an emergency stop.

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Thanks Chris for your real life low down, always helpful!
Yes you are right about the Legacy, it has a bit more umph (270HP) and also has a higher tow rating (2000lbs) so the mountains shouldn't be too much of an issue. Our Legacy is also a a manual transmission....way more fun!
I too want to get trailer brakes in the future....safety and less wear and tare on the car.
Have you delt with any of the local trailer shops? If so what was your experience?
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:22 PM   #18
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I used two Skubb in my closet in the Boler, a full sized one and a shoe sized one. They take up the whole space in the closet side to side and leave a bit of unused space behind them. They are too long but that isn't a big deal I just left the extra, it folds underneath.

I removed the side to side pole and mounted a front to back pole to hang them from. The stiff plastic top it the units had to be trimmed to make them fit. I opened up the back top stitching and cut the insert till they fit in the closet level.

I wish they had more support in the cubbies but they do work great. I would like to have shelves instead but don't want any more holes in the glass.
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Thanks Chris for your real life low down, always helpful!
Yes you are right about the Legacy, it has a bit more umph (270HP) and also has a higher tow rating (2000lbs) so the mountains shouldn't be too much of an issue. Our Legacy is also a a manual transmission....way more fun!
I too want to get trailer brakes in the future....safety and less wear and tare on the car.
Have you delt with any of the local trailer shops? If so what was your experience?
Thanks again!
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270HP?!? Are you sure it's not 170HP?

I've been getting assorted bits from Go-West in Coquitlam (city/gravity water panels, butyl tape) and they are nice to deal with. I haven't had any work done by others though.

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Old 09-14-2010, 12:29 AM   #20
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I would like to have shelves instead but don't want any more holes in the glass.
Hi Lizbeth,

I've seen a number of ways to do that, but I'll tell you what I did in about a half hour. I like to make functioning mock-ups to test out whether I will like something or not. Sometimes they function well enough to be permanent

At any rate, here is what I did to make shelves in my Boler closet. I found everything in my scrap stock or on hand already:

First, I found four boards that could be cut to the right height for the four corners of the closet. These were in the 1 x 3 or 1 x 4 range, and the wide sides go against the side walls of the closet.For the one that sits on the wheel well, I placed another short board under it to spread the weight (and I don't store bricks on the shelves).

One I had these all cut to size (the tops could run a bit "wild"), I laid them side by side on the workbench (at the levels they would be at in the camper) and drilled a number of holes for a selection of shelf positions. You can make a line across them all to line up the holes.

I sized the holes for some dowels I had on hand (the small ones with the fluted sides and rounded ends that you use to join wood). Then I placed the four boards in the closet in their positions, and measured for some shelves. I built the shelves out of scrap 1/4" luaun ply, with scrap 1 x 1 type cleats around the edges for support.

To use them, they just slip into place between the uprights, and rest on top of the dowel pegs. The shelves themselves keep the uprights in place with a friction fit. The closet walls and front edges keep the shelves inside. You could screw one middle shelf to the uprights (through the cleats) to help hold them in place on the road (my mockups have not been on the road yet).

Obviously this is not rocket science, and from your previous posts I have a feeling you could carpenter rings around me, but I just thought I would mention it.

I had thought about a neat method I saw used in a Trillium that used ~1" dowels for uprights and shelves with holes in the corners, then pegs in the dowels to support the shelves, but with the Boler closet sloping in at the top it was a little less wonderful. Also I did not have four tall ~1" dowels on hand.

Mainly I was trying to see if I even wanted shelves in the closet. They seem like a great use of space, and yet I find that I never have enough places to put jackets, sweaters, or clothes that are not clean enough to put away, but not dirty enough to be "laundry." I have considered going back to the closet-as-closet for that, but with hooks around the perimeter instead of a closet rod and hangers.

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Old 09-14-2010, 09:21 AM   #21
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270HP?!? Are you sure it's not 170HP?
Yup I ment 270 HP....Turbos are fun!
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Thanks for the write up Raya! I have been contemplating a set up like that. For the not quite dirty clothes I got a few hooks for the back side of the closet since we keep the dinette made into a bed. Those hooks are still in the garage.....

I hang stuff on the ends of the front curtain rod....it's riveted through the shell.
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Yup I ment 270 HP....Turbos are fun!
The 270HP comes as a suprise to a lot of people! Its the reason you don't hear a number of members who pull with a Subaru turbo complaining to much about the lack of power on this hills. ;-)
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My husband thinks the closet in the camper should hold as much as the closets at home and the ironing board. I said no to the ironing board because I would have no place to put my fishing pole and the swim noodles.
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I changed the closet in my trailer to one with shelves. No more closet, I leave my formal wear at home
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I changed the closet in my trailer to one with shelves. No more closet, I leave my formal wear at home
You're kidding...right? I always bring my ball gown and heels just in case!
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You're kidding...right? I always bring my ball gown and heels just in case!
A lady should always have a little black dress and pearls, just in case.


But seriously, I have the six-compartment Skubb in, with bottom 'drawer' pinned up, leaving room on the side for my broom and walking stick and a serving tray. I only keep clothes in the 'drawers'. That combo of 'drawers', and 'closet' works for me.

And, as mentioned above, a carpenter pal made a 3/8" plywood hangar to fit the rod that is perpindicular to the closet door, and the velcro Skubb fastener fits tightly around the top of that hangar. It's very secure.
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I like having the option of bringing the little black dress and the ball gown so I have kept the upper part of the closet for hanging things. My solution for all the clutter was to add an organizer to the door. Found this one with three holders that lift off the door if needed outside - ie one holds the first aid kit etc. With the door closed there is still enough room to hang about 5 items.
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