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Old 12-29-2018, 03:31 PM   #1
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Closet Shelving

I'm not ready to put in permanent shelving in the closet to my 79 13 foot Boler but wanted something I could use in the meantime that was cheap and light weight. I found these at Home Depot for $4.98 each:
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They barely fit into the closet but with a little finagling, voila! Shelves!
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You can see the top shelf is just a little bowed, that's how tight it was.
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Old 12-29-2018, 06:29 PM   #2
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Looks good I put 2 ladder bracket on each side of the inside wall, held in with rivets and made shelves with a lip on the front so things wont roll out when you open the door. Shelve can be adjusted to height needed or taken right out.
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Old 12-29-2018, 07:01 PM   #3
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I did the same in our Scamp- plastic bins from Big Lots. I like them better than shelves and have no plans to change. They fit very snugly like yours and latch together so they won't come apart on a rough road. To get them in I had to nest them at the bottom of the closet and stack them in place.
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I do plan to put a false bottom in the closet and raise the bins to make the bottom one more accessible, and then cut a second door under the false bottom. Currently the odd-shaped space under the bins is inaccessible.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:59 PM   #4
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I did the same in our Scamp- plastic bins from Big Lots. I like them better than shelves and have no plans to change. They fit very snugly like yours and latch together so they won't come apart on a rough road. To get them in I had to nest them at the bottom of the closet and stack them in place.
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I do plan to put a false bottom in the closet and raise the bins to make the bottom one more accessible, and then cut a second door under the false bottom. Currently the odd-shaped space under the bins is inaccessible.
Great mod, Jon. I'll be heading to Big Lots tomorrow and hope they have them in stock.

Do the tension rods stay in place while on the road or have you had them jiggle loose? I'm guessing the rods were needed to make up for a gap between the bins and the front of the closet.

I'm not sure how you nested them in the bottom to then be able to put them in place but if I can find them, I'll make it work.

As I try to work out the best way to put shelves in the closet (thanks to you both in this thread for solving that) I'm also considering cutting a door in that bottom space. I'm trying to figure out it that will cause any structural problems.
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Thanks to Alex for starting this thread.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:42 PM   #6
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Great mod, Jon. I'll be heading to Big Lots tomorrow and hope they have them in stock.
Thanks! I had to do some looking to find just the right size. I carried a slip of paper with the width and depth of the Scamp closet in my wallet for a while before I found these.

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Do the tension rods stay in place while on the road or have you had them jiggle loose? I'm guessing the rods were needed to make up for a gap between the bins and the front of the closet.
Sharp eye! They were for stabilization but turned out to be unnecessary (the top is very snug), so I later removed them. However, there is one you can't see behind the bottom bin that keeps it pushed tightly against the front, needed because the closet is deeper at the bottom than the top due to the curvature of the shell. I ziptied the rod to the bin, and it has stayed in place for four seasons without issue.

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I'm not sure how you nested them in the bottom to then be able to put them in place but if I can find them, I'll make it work.
Easier to do than to explain. I put them in the closet, one at a time, sideways, then turned and nested them together at the bottom. Once they were all inside and working from the bottom up, I raised them and snapped them together as you see.

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As I try to work out the best way to put shelves in the closet (thanks to you both in this thread for solving that) I'm also considering cutting a door in that bottom space. I'm trying to figure out it that will cause any structural problems.
No problem as long as: (1) don't cut too close to the corners- that's where the strength is, and (2) don't cut through the pieces of wood that reinforce the cabinet- you can see/feel them as thicker spots on the inside of the fiberglass. One runs horizontally under the door in mine, so I'll cut the new door below that.
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We did the same thing with the bins in our Scamp 13. We found the correct sizing at the Container store. Like Jon, I carried a slip of paper around with me everywhere I went so I was always looking! They worked perfectly for us as we used them for clothing and it allowed each person one bin. I'm still trying to figure out clothing storage in our Scamp 16 LO 7 as all of that great closet space isn't there!
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:58 AM   #8
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I guess those bins would work OK, as in better than nothing, but the downside is that you are really giving up a lot of precious storage area down on the bottom of the closet, or else making it more difficult to get to at the very least.

I know some may not want to undertake this mod, but it has worked out well for me. It did require relocating the outlet in the middle of the bottom area. I had to move it off the the side in order to make the new lower cut-out and to mount the new lower door. I also installed a "floor" in the closet at the height of the bottom edge of the large door, so now it is effectively two independent storage areas. May not be what some want, but I just thought I'd throw it out there to add additional ideas. When I relocated the lower outlet, I also added another one up near the top. My wife likes this one for plugging her hair appliances into while using the big bathroom door mirror, and I don't have to trip over cords being run from under the dinette table.
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The wasted space is an issue regardless of whether you do shelves or bins, and best remedied by adding another access door near the floor (as you have very nicely done, Greg).

The biggest advantage of shelves I can see is the potential for adjustability.
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:40 PM   #10
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I have a 13' Scamp, also (1988) but don't understand why everyone is converting the closet. I LOVE the closet. I keep most things at home on multiple hangers, so all I have to do when packing up is take the hangers from the house to the camper: two for shirts, one for pants, one for a couple of jackets of different weights. So easy! I did want some shelves for sleep- & underwear, sox, shoes, so I bought one of those fabric vertical hanging shoe racks, which is more than enough room. The floor under the clothing and the large top shelf are good for miscellaneous items that don't fit into the pantry closet or cabinets over the sink.
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I have a 13' Scamp, also (1988) but don't understand why everyone is converting the closet. I LOVE the closet. I keep most things at home on multiple hangers, so all I have to do when packing up is take the hangers from the house to the camper: two for shirts, one for pants, one for a couple of jackets of different weights. So easy! I did want some shelves for sleep- & underwear, sox, shoes, so I bought one of those fabric vertical hanging shoe racks, which is more than enough room. The floor under the clothing and the large top shelf are good for miscellaneous items that don't fit into the pantry closet or cabinets over the sink.
We're still new to this; got the Scamp at the end of October and have only done a few weeks of camping with it before I winterized it. At this point we decided to keep the hanging clothes on a rod in the back seat area of the truck. We keep other items in plastic storage bins under the beds (which we leave set up full time).

We decided our best use for the closet would be shelves. I'm looking for a way to make temporary changes, like the bins instead of more permanent shelving, in case we want to change how we store things.

Going forward I'm sure we'll change as we learn more how we want to use things. I know we've already figured out we take too much stuff and are paring it down each time out.

Definitely not trying to change anyones mind on how they do things. Just responding so you can understand why some use the closet for shelving instead of hanging items.
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