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Old 10-01-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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My husband and I have been doing some thinking on the cabinets in the kitchen and dinette areas of our Scamp 5th wheel. It started out with my husband saying he'd like to put a shelf across the back, above the window and between the two cabinets in the dinette area. I have begun to wonder about just removing all those upper cabinets and replacing them with shelves--of course, with the "stays" necessary to keep stuff from falling out. I like open shelves--they seem homey and friendly to me, and eliminate the endless opening and closing of cupboard doors to find things. He has put some in the loft area and we love them. Other than dust (and messiness, which isn't a problem even with doors on because we carry so little), can you folks think of reasons why we might not want to do this? Thanks for helping us think this through.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:04 PM   #2
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The cabinets are a structural part of the trailer ;-) they help to keep the roof from caving during heavy snow loads.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:50 PM   #3
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The cabinets are a structural part of the trailer ;-) they help to keep the roof from caving during heavy snow loads.
My husband would be adding structure to the shelves, and he thinks it would allow for that.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:21 PM   #4
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We bought a 4 ft section of painted metal wire shelving from Menards. We added a couple of wood supports to the existing side cabinets to support the wire shelving.(cabinets above bed /dinette table in rear of trailer) We travel with the shelf empty and only use it when parked to store light items
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:16 PM   #5
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Smile Shelves vs cabinets

That is what our Trillium has and we love the shelves.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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That is what our Trillium has and we love the shelves.
I like it! What material did you make the shelves from?
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I could be wrong, but those look like factory made shelves to me. They are made from fibreglass.

The cushions look familiar as well.
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Well, you must be neater than me! I suppose it depends on how you "decorate" and what you plan on using the shelves for. But, if you store extra TP or socks in those cupboards, you may want to reconsider.

AND, will you have to remove everything before you hookup and go? Either way, I just want to go... not unpack stuff first just to do it and then reload the shelves when I get wherever I'm going. It may be okay if I was going to be parked someplace for a week or so, but an overnight or short weekend... no way.. what a PITA.

YMMV
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #9
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Well, you must be neater than me! I suppose it depends on how you "decorate" and what you plan on using the shelves for. But, if you store extra TP or socks in those cupboards, you may want to reconsider.

AND, will you have to remove everything before you hookup and go? Either way, I just want to go... not unpack stuff first just to do it and then reload the shelves when I get wherever I'm going. It may be okay if I was going to be parked someplace for a week or so, but an overnight or short weekend... no way.. what a PITA.

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I wouldn't do this if I thought I would have to load and unload the shelves. It's all about simple and streamlined when we are out in the Scamp! We have never found that things shift much in the cupboards when we travel; I was thinking they probably wouldn't try to fling themselves out if there were just shelves. But maybe I should try taking off the doors that are on them now and see what happens.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:36 PM   #10
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Well, you must be neater than me! I suppose it depends on how you "decorate" and what you plan on using the shelves for. But, if you store extra TP or socks in those cupboards, you may want to reconsider.

AND, will you have to remove everything before you hookup and go? Either way, I just want to go... not unpack stuff first just to do it and then reload the shelves when I get wherever I'm going. It may be okay if I was going to be parked someplace for a week or so, but an overnight or short weekend... no way.. what a PITA.

YMMV
(By the way, what does YMMV mean?)
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If you want open shelves in a 5th wheel put them in the front of the trailer over the truck bed where the ride is fairly the smooth. The rear of a Scamp 5er can really get rough. I lost a complete set of new Corelle dishes that was neatly packed and stored in the rear of my 5er at a rail crossing at 3 A.M. one morning. The crossing had just been repaired or so they claimed. The dishes were packed in the second drawer of a three drawer plastic bin under the dinette table. Upon reentry the bottom of second drawer busted and all the pieces were in a neat pile in the bottom drawer. Only one plate survived.
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If you want open shelves in a 5th wheel put them in the front of the trailer over the truck bed where the ride is fairly the smooth. The rear of a Scamp 5er can really get rough. I lost a complete set of new Corelle dishes that was neatly packed and stored in the rear of my 5er at a rail crossing at 3 A.M. one morning. The crossing had just been repaired or so they claimed. The dishes were packed in the second drawer of a three drawer plastic bin under the dinette table. Upon reentry the bottom of second drawer busted and all the pieces were in a neat pile in the bottom drawer. Only one plate survived.
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I appreciate the advice. I hadn't thought about the difference between the two ends of the 5th. We do have shelves in the loft, and everything stays put so well--hadn't thought about the difference in the ways things ride. Thanks.
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YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

What works for me, might not work for you!
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Too each his own. If it works for you and it's safe, do it if it makes you happy. You can always put them back if you change your mind as long as they don't get destroyed in the process.
Personally I like to hide stuff behind doors.
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