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Old 01-30-2009, 12:32 AM   #1
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Anyone ever made of these for your trailer? Finding an OEM one is impossible so thinking of making something to gain some extra storage space...anyone have pics or link to similar posts?
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Anyone ever made of these for your trailer? Finding an OEM one is impossible so thinking of making something to gain some extra storage space...anyone have pics or link to similar posts?
Kurt-- is something similar to these what you are refering to? Two are of our Scamp and the other is in the Compact JR we did last year. Larry
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If are these what you are looking for? I have seen some that people have made fron 3/8 plywood. Make a template of your roof curvature and transfer it to the plywood face. Do the same for the 'floor' of the cabinet. They are usually about two or three inches above the end windows. The wiring for the lights under mine runs up behind the moulding from the benches. The ones in my unit are held in place with a couple of layers of fiberglass tape about 6" wide. Someone at the Emily gathering last summer was selling some. Sorry I don't have his name. Maybe someone else can help here.
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If are these what you are looking for? I have seen some that people have made fron 3/8 plywood. Make a template of your roof curvature and transfer it to the plywood face. Do the same for the 'floor' of the cabinet. They are usually about two or three inches above the end windows. The wiring for the lights under mine runs up behind the moulding from the benches. The ones in my unit are held in place with a couple of layers of fiberglass tape about 6" wide. Someone at the Emily gathering last summer was selling some. Sorry I don't have his name. Maybe someone else can help here.
yes, that is what I am looking for. The guy in Ontario making them will not ship them, so I have to make one. I would like to make one out of fiberglass for the weight savings but wonder about their strength? I assume they are attached via the roof and walls?
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PS - how deep is yours anyway?
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:08 PM   #6
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Kurt,

I inherited homemade overheads on each end. The PO made them out of 1970's interior paneling and 1x1's. I did the HGTV solution and painted them with what we painted the hide with and added some trim and new doors to clean up the look. Eventually, I plan to replace them(using the pieces a templates) with a more permanent and modern solution.


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Anyone ever made of these for your trailer? Finding an OEM one is impossible so thinking of making something to gain some extra storage space...anyone have pics or link to similar posts?

You could check these out from Paul Neumeister

http://www.fibreglass-rv.ca/

Or is this the guy who isn't shipping them? If so that's too bad as I was considering one, or two for my Boler.
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I contacted Paul Neumeister but he is unable to ship the cabinets....and he is on the other side of the country.

Interior panelling sounds not too bad. I am not against using wood at all but I want to retain the smooth look of the fiberglass so they look like they belong. My cabinets are sprayed with automotive paint via a HPLV sprayer so I can do the same with what ever I make. I may try amold out of wood and then fober glass around it and add some lights....yours look great up there, one on each end would be great.
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PS - what are you guys storing in yours anyway? Anyone know the depth and general height?
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:50 PM   #10
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Just to point out another rock that has been turned, I called Scamp to ask about these shelves, last October.

They said that they did make some that would likely fit Bolers, and the price was not bad, but the shipping was killer as they have to go by truck. I think it was as much or more than the shelves. I ruled it out based on that.

Good to know about Paul N. (assuming it's him) not shipping. I had contacted him about that same time but had not heard back.

I think that "tabbing" them in using fiberglass tape would be a really good way to go, but it would involve removing and re-affixing some of the Ensolite, and possibly making slits in it (if you did not have the windows removed in order to get to an edge.

I remember reading where (was it you, Larry?) one person who made and installed their own shelving units fastened them using the rivet holes that are usually there for the curtain rods (which do seem a bit trivial to justify four to six rivet holes apiece!). Then he/she hung the curtain rods from the bottom of the new units (you'd get more space in them this way too, because they'd come down lower where the trailer is bigger).

I've been toying with different ideas for these:

1) A simple cleat fastened to the trailer using the curtain rod holes, with the shelves' base on top of it.

2) A cleat fastened to the trailer as above but then the shelves being lightweight "box beams" using the cleat as spacer and thin ply top and bottom.

3) A length of fiberglass angle with the bottom of the "L" supporting the shelves. The angle would be either tabbed in with fiberglass or fastened as above. Would have to check to see if the angle would be a problem vis-a-vis curving trailer sides. Perhaps it would not have to be a continuous piece.

I really would like to tab, and it makes the trailer (slightly) stronger, as opposed to having holes (which are a slight annoyance), but given the Ensolite issues, and the fact that the holes are already there, I may choose to go with #1 or #2 (or maybe a new idea I pick up here!)

Oh, note: I assume that unless one were tabbing with fiberglass, that one would have to add holes to the roof to help support the shelves, or the face pieces.

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yes, that is what I am looking for. The guy in Ontario making them will not ship them
How far are you from Chilliwack? While at the Oregon Gathering last July, I spoke with a couple who had Reace build them a unit for their Boler. He did it in wood... They have subsequently bought an Escape.
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I remember reading where (was it you, Larry?) one person who made and installed their own shelving units fastened them using the rivet holes that are usually there for the curtain rods (which do seem a bit trivial to justify four to six rivet holes apiece!). Then he/she hung the curtain rods from the bottom of the new units (you'd get more space in them this way too, because they'd come down lower where the trailer is bigger).


Oh, note: I assume that unless one were tabbing with fiberglass, that one would have to add holes to the roof to help support the shelves, or the face pieces.

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YUP--- that was me. Used the rivet holes to hold the "L" brackets for the bottom. Then put eyebolts down from the bottom of the shelves to hold the Cafe rods. Just open the eyebolts up to sorta make hooks out to hold the Cafe rods.
And yeah, did have to put 3 holes in the roof to support the cabinents/shelves, one in the center between the doors and one in each corner. Where the cabinents run into the closet and the kitchen cabinent, hung them on those. They don't interfere with headroom at all. (of course the bed is always made up-but were designed not to hit heads anyway) Larry
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In answer as to what we are storing in them---- anything that fits..... Mostly clothes, that way no suitcases or bags to get in the way... Larry
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