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Old 04-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Generally we keep the bed made up all the time. We only convert it to a table if the weather is really bad - like when we woke up in northern Manitoba and discovered that it was snowing and windy.

Access to the storage areas under the seats becomes 'inconvenient' - to the point of being a pain when the bed is made! So far we haven't used the spaces underneath for anything other than items 'we might use sometime' - and haven't fished anything out of there yet during a camping trip. We did stuff some bedding in when it was snowing to make a bit more room inside. Basically it seems that we only take stuff we use every day. Some of the items live in the back of the Element - stove, pots, dishes, basic food items etc. Clothes live in bags that get moved around as needed. Jackets, footwear etc in the closet (with shelving).

So - what DO you put in cubby holes that are buried under the bed?
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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Just got my camper 4 months ago and haven't camped in it yet. So my plans are to keep a few spare parts, tools, duct tape, and a can of WD 40 in there.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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My plan (when I get up the nerve to do it) is to install hatches so I can access those areas from the outside.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:53 PM   #4
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I store tables & portable stools etc under the bed when traveling and two Ikea cubes that fit under the bed at the front that contain clothing (one for each person traveling). They are easy to get at and pull out from under the bed without a problem. One of my under the seat rear hatches has my water tank & power cord so it doesnt have much room for anything other than a couple of collapsible water totes and a few lawn games - the other side has less frequently used items - such as a crook pot, a portable oven and an inflatable boat & pump. :-) I dont carry anything in the car other than golf clubs and bike gear.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:37 AM   #5
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Like Bobbie, when I get my nerve up, I plan to put in outside storage hatche on the street side storage. The fresh water tank takes up most of the space in the other side, so I don't bother putting anything in there. For now in the street side cabinet I have rarely (and hope I never need them while camping) items such as 12v air pump, emergency plumbing repair tape and epoxy putty, small squeeze tube of caulking, etc. I also have a Basecamp Aquacube shower in that cabinet as well. I'm installing a small access hatch I purchased at Lowes that I will install near the sink cabinet. I can reach in and turn the controls on to use the shower in the trailer with my make-shift shower setup. I keep a small hand tool set and emergecy first aid kit under the front seat storage since its not large enough for much else. I keep the table permanently down made into my bed. Under the bed I have plastic storage containers that hold clothes and extra food items and TV trays (since I don't have an inside table). Its all still a work in progress as I have yet to take the maiden voyage that is scheduled for next month.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:05 AM   #6
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Generally we keep the bed made up all the time. We only convert it to a table if the weather is really bad - like when we woke up in northern Manitoba and discovered that it was snowing and windy.

Access to the storage areas under the seats becomes 'inconvenient' - to the point of being a pain when the bed is made! So far we haven't used the spaces underneath for anything other than items 'we might use sometime' - and haven't fished anything out of there yet during a camping trip. We did stuff some bedding in when it was snowing to make a bit more room inside. Basically it seems that we only take stuff we use every day. Some of the items live in the back of the Element - stove, pots, dishes, basic food items etc. Clothes live in bags that get moved around as needed. Jackets, footwear etc in the closet (with shelving).

So - what DO you put in cubby holes that are buried under the bed?
We make the bed and dinette everyday, or most days. The curb side has the water tank so there's not a lot of room there for much. We store extra paper plates and disposable silverware with the water tank. The other side stores the power cable, with is very rarely used, and the sleeping bags. I put a partition in so the sleeping bags live to rear on top of the constant breeze fan. Another item rarely used.
The more difficult to get at are the two top entry spaces under the gaucho. There's usually stuff in the corners on the seat. So those get emergency stuff on the street side, like flares (reflectors) jack, and some tools. The other side gets chocks and legos.

Basic rule in our case, if it's to be used for the trailer that's where it lives, if it's to be used outside like camping furniture, it lives in the back of the truck.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:45 AM   #7
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We have the same Uhaul as Chris and do mostly what he plans. However we were out with it for 3 months so the "maybe we'll want this" items went in the under the bed storage areas. Spare door latch & hinges, fan, light bulbs & fuses, some assorted screws, nuts, bolts, and extra shoes. Our water tank has been removed for extra space. One mistake we made was to not make a list of what was in each compartment because a month later it was "where did we pack" whatever. For everyday clothes we have two baskets on drawer slides that are under the bed in the center and pull forward, the bed stays made up always. I also cut an opening into inaccessible space under the furnace and put a door on it and use that area for shoes. Reinforced the opening with plywood on the inside that is attached with fiberglass resin. Removed the closet rod and made shelves with a drawer under one shelf. Camping World has a couple options for drawers. I did see a picture of a Uhaul that someone had made an opening on the face of the front storage area just inside the door for access to that space without having to lift the cushions. No way I would cut an access opening on the outside of the trailer, but if the factory had done it, it would be nice.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:52 AM   #8
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We have had trailers where we kept the bed made up, like many we built deep pullout drawers under the bed to provide easy access. We had two plastic bins in each drawer. Under the seats, via top access we kept rarely used items like our crock pot or electric heater.

Two large bins each were capable of holding a fair percentage of our clothes.
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My ParkLiner eats stuff.... so far a big red sharpie marker... so make a treasure map when ya put something away.

I might add another smaller water tank next to the water heater if I find one that would fit thats worth the trouble to install... a gallon or 2 of extra water isnt worth installing lol could store a few single jugs first lol. The thought crosses my mind to add an outside hatch but like the way it looks without it.

I need to get 2 underbed tubs the right size since Im keeping my large dinette down and storing clothes and cookwear underneath it. I got a great deal on a small t-fal pressure cooker brand new for 10 bucks....love goodwill and even though its small still too big to easily stash away so its gonna be under my bed for the rare times I will use it. Planning on makeing stew in it when I go to my groups Beltaine event end of this month... cook something fresh in it dont have to worry about reheating lol.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:20 AM   #10
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I've made the rear dinette into a permanent bed so getting at the storage compartments from above is difficult. I did use a folding gym mat as the base for the bed so if I do have to open a compartment, it isn't impossible. The driver's side compartment contains most of the trailer utilities, so I don't have to get into it very often. For the passenger side I had Escape install an outside hatch which I use quite a bit. I store my leveling blocks, tool box, jack wrench, gloves for dump stations, etc. There is a photo of the bed set up (as well as a photo of the driver's side under seat storage area) on my trailer modifications page.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:39 AM   #11
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We keep NOTHING in that area. So far our longest trip has only been nine days and the four large Rubbermaid containers that we slide under the bed have contained everything we need - of course we also use the closets and built-in storage areas that are more accessible. If we didn't have a large truck with a back seat and a good sized bed we would probably put hatches in those under-seat areas for some of our gear.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:56 PM   #12
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There is a photo of the bed set up (as well as a photo of the driver's side under seat storage area) on my trailer modifications page.
Jon, I looked at your pictures. Great mods, really nicely done. What kind of cover do you have for your stove top? It looks like its FG or plastic. Nice looking and I'm trying to find one myself to give me some more useable counterspace when I'm not cooking.
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Jon, I looked at your pictures. Great mods, really nicely done. What kind of cover do you have for your stove top? It looks like its FG or plastic. Nice looking and I'm trying to find one myself to give me some more useable counterspace when I'm not cooking.
The cover is metal - an option from Escape.
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Otters,

We added a metal stove cover to our motorhome. It was on a hing at the back. It folded in half as you opened it and it stood 1/2 height behind the stove.

I have seen them where they just sit over the burners, look like a cutting board and lift off.
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