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Old 04-02-2021, 10:26 AM   #1
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Built-in cooler progress.

Just at the beginning of removing the front bunk and building in two large coolers and some more storage for our long fall trip this year.

Fit-check: Wine bottles fit upright! #MOSTIMPORTANTFIRST

I'm going to build one in at countertop height on the kitchen side and have one on drawer rails that pulls-out on the door side with a countertop all along the front.

Drain tubes with valves are going to go through the floor so I don't have to bail water out.

I'll send progress updates.
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Old 04-03-2021, 11:09 AM   #2
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Test-fit before starting plywood work.

The one on the left will drop-in and be level with the top of the stove.

The one on the right will be underneath a countertop and roll out on rails for opening.

We'll have a "floor" underneath both coolers so we can store things on the right-side and all along underneath.
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Old 04-03-2021, 05:17 PM   #3
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Alan, what kind of coolers are these?
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Old 04-03-2021, 06:40 PM   #4
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...BZO2SCX8&psc=1


There are several brands that look identical to this one.
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Old 04-03-2021, 07:15 PM   #5
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...BZO2SCX8&psc=1


There are several brands that look identical to this one.
Wow, that holds a lot, and is pretty pricey! (Right in line with your nice planned TV!)

Since I've established myself as Mrs. Bossy with the hitch weight stuff, will just mention that when these are full of food (they can hold 300+# each), that's a lot more weight up front than the original bunks would weigh... so, you know where I'm going with this so, will just hush!
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:12 PM   #6
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I can now travel with a full tank of water which should add 80 pounds or so well behind the axle.


AND I'll fill and weigh before hitching up.
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I can now travel with a full tank of water which should add 80 pounds or so well behind the axle.


AND I'll fill and weigh before hitching up.
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Old 04-04-2021, 06:29 AM   #8
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Alan I did something similar only I opted for a 12v/120v fridge. I'm still working on it and have to install the stove above the fridge, the water and a power outlet along with a drawer face for the fridge.


[IMG]Counter top 4 by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]
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That looks fantastic!
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Old 04-04-2021, 11:18 AM   #10
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Alan I did something similar only I opted for a 12v/120v fridge. I'm still working on it and have to install the stove above the fridge, the water and a power outlet along with a drawer face for the fridge.


[IMG]Counter top 4 by Eric Frye, on Flickr[/IMG]
Whoa, Eric! Will you show us photos of the rest of the interior? And have you done something special to prevent the drawers from coming open in travel?
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Old 04-04-2021, 03:49 PM   #11
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Before,
With lower shelf,
After primer and a coat of paint!
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Old 04-06-2021, 10:53 AM   #12
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I can't believe I found this PERFECT support piece in the metal recycling bin at my maker space!


Installed and screwed to the shell with a temporary center support.
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Old 04-06-2021, 11:33 AM   #13
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Towball weights as I go:
Empty trailer: 65#
With floor and two coolers: 110#


I guess I'm targeting around 150 pounds, so I'll have to see where things go when I load up the rear with our camping stuff and have the axle moved a few inches forward when it's replaced.


(No desire to get into towball-weight fights here, I just read this: http://www.sunbuster.net.au/wp-conte...allarticle.pdf and I know I NEED to stay under 350" for the car, but I want to be significantly less than that as I expect it would be like 22% of a 1,500 pound trailer.)
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:52 AM   #14
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Problems and solutions:
With the "permanent" cooler sitting in front of the stove, we won't be able to get to the front rubber latches, so they got deleted and I built a new latch mechanism.

I made a few prototypes and then printed two sweet latches that go through where the cooler has a hole in the lid and a metal plate so you can lock the cooler shut of you're camping in the methadone clinic parking lot.

It looks like these two knobs are going to work really well.

You press down to compress the gasket and give them a 1/4 turn and it's all locked down.
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Old 04-07-2021, 06:47 PM   #15
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Well, the handle design didn't pass the SRB* so I needed to do a couple of iterations on the design before ending up with the final approved design:

*SRB (Spousal Review Board)
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:17 PM   #16
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Walls and countertop support progress.


Lots of measure/cut/test/cut/test/cut today.
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Well, the handle design didn't pass the SRB* so I needed to do a couple of iterations on the design before ending up with the final approved design:

*SRB (Spousal Review Board)
Obviously well worth the time invested in perfection, especially if said spouse is also the one doing the cooking using the food inside the chests!
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Obviously well worth the time invested in perfection, especially if said spouse is also the one doing the cooking using the food inside the chests!

Well, I do all the cooking, but sometimes I need a glass of wine, so it's great to have everyone loving the latches.
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