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Old 11-08-2011, 01:45 AM   #231
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Yep...the hinge system definitely needs to be stout. My plan is to use steel pipe or tube floor to ceiling and a tension rod or two. I want it to be capable of carrying at least 200 pounds without any sag or wiggle over the road. The shower curtain will push back on the hinged side. Shelves work out to 16" deep by about 26 wide and will have a fully closing front cover plus a 2" lip across the front of each to help keep things in. May be a fair amount of work but all that wasted space in the Odyssey made me crazy and I need all the storage I can muster in this little unit.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:41 AM   #232
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...and will have a fully closing front cover plus a 2" lip across the front of each to help keep things in...
Using a piece of elastic cord to keep stuff on the shelf when you open the door/cover make work better than the lip. With the lip, you will need more height just to lift stuff out and will actually waste space. The elastic cord will need to be replaced every so often (depends on the quality of the cord) but to remove a roll of TV or a can of air freshener would simply involve pulling the elastic out far enough to remove rather than having to allow enough space to lift and clear the lip. With the elastic cord, you wouldn't really need the cover, which will save space (no need to allow for the space require to open the cover if hinged, or the verlap" of a bypass sliding door). If you use a sliding door, the elastic cord will keep stuff from pushing to the front/tipping over, preventing the sliding door from opening. Also you don't have to keep the shelves "full".


For a good lightweight sliding door track, go to Outwater Plastics website and look for the "anti rattle sliding door track"(R101-603-BR). Works great and you can use really thin material (paneling or plastic panels). We had the track in out pop-up and it held up well for decades. Bad thing about ordering from Outwater is that the minimum order is $25 and the track comes in 12 ft lengths but ships no longer than 8 ft (you can get it cut either 8 ft & 4 Ft or 6 ft & 6 ft lengths). For me, coming up with a $25 order is not the problem... keeping and order down to $25 is the problem. They have the best selection of Rev-a-shelf and other cabinet fittings I have found. The catalog is free and easier to find what you want in the catalog and the look up prices online.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:37 PM   #233
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Hey Lorna --- Wow! Thanks for the Outwater link. Looks like a body could spend a whole weekend digging through all the nifty stuff there.
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See this corner right here?



I've now hit my head on it twice. As I'm walking out of the bus, I'll turn to look back in for some reason, and BAM! $#^&*!

The other day I vowed between clenched teeth that this shelf will be torn out forthwith. I don't like the way this shelf came out anyway. I like the way Accordian built his shelves out of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood (viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10764&start=45). That will be my next approach, and I will angle the front edge of the cabinet so it doesn't stick out so far. I've decided to take a break from plumbing work and will now focus on cabinetry for a while so the interior of the bus is basically complete and I can move my cooking implements and dishes in to their new home. I've also devised a scheme to lower the profile of my overhead AC duct from it's current 3" protrusion to about 1.5". This is another threat to the structural integrity of my cranium, which I've decided needs to be modified. So far, I've been just taking measurements and making sketches, but construction will begin soon!

I posted in the "conversion discussion" area asking people about cabinet door fasteners. If anyone has any advice about what has worked well for them or not worked so well, please feel free to share your experiences.
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:45 PM   #235
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Do a search for "positive Latch". That is what is on our Class C. Camping world Internet price of under $10. Shop around to find cheaper and watch out for shipping.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:05 AM   #236
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I finished the fold-out table for the dining booth. I just need to put a couple more coats of polyurethane on it, but I've got it mounted and have already put it to use! It folds into a box that hangs on the wall. I harvested a leg off one of those six foot folding particle board cafeteria tables. I used 1/2" sanded plywood for lightness and bracing underneath for rigidity/strength. It's not perfect, but I'm pleased with how it came out.





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Old 11-17-2011, 01:10 AM   #237
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Here I am putting the table to it's first use:



After 2 years of avoidance, my cat has now decided that he likes hanging out in the bus. A vehicle is the cat's natural enemy, so it took a while for him to come around.



Edit: I feel compelled to point out that the zebra themed seat cover is just a temporary measure to hide the ripped up driver seat. It came with another car I bought, so I had it around. Anyway, yes, aside from being the furthest thing imaginable from being "me", it looks ridiculously bad with the flowered curtains. I don't want to replace it yet because I still hold out hope that I will find another nicer seat to use. Maybe I'll try to dye it black so it doesn't look so... zebra-like. Also the RV jacknife couch I got looks even worse than before in comparison to relatively rich colored curtains. Now the couch not only looks cheesy '80s, but also washed out and dingy. So I will probably make matching covers for the couch and the two dining benches.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:14 AM   #238
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

wow, looks good, glad see you are doing a test run on the table what kind of beer is that?

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wow, looks good, glad see you are doing a test run on the table what kind of beer is that?
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:00 AM   #240
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I detected that in your voice
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