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Old 09-10-2015, 06:30 PM   #1
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Secret Compartments?

Anybody actively build secret compartments into their bus? I ask as I want a safe place to store my guns but I don't want the wasted dead space and weight of a gun safe. I will probably mount a small fireproof safe for important stuff like paperwork. Now I was looking at some of these, http://tacticalwalls.com but they seem a bit... I don't know somewhere between cliche and obvious.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:48 PM   #2
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Know some folks who built a section under their bed. Steel box locked from the inside with a hidden release latch. covered in osb to match the rest of the under-bed compartment and clearly labeled fresh water pump and tank.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:10 PM   #3
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I have thought about this a bit myself. Easiest solution I can come up with is under bed or in a bench seat if you have built-ins like a dinette. False walls aren't that easy to fake in my opinion because there's not really that much space to begin with and any amount of 'missing depth' is pretty obvious. I feel like the most covert option is under a concealed panel in the floor between the frame rails but this also presents intrusion into valuable undercarriage storage space and you have to work around all the mechanicals, wiring, plumbing, etc.

Of course then I just end up asking myself why it has to be so secretive in the first place. I'm not gunrunning or giving tours of my skoolie so just sacrifice a closet and turn it into a vault behind a normal closet door is usually where I end up landing in that whole debate with myself.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:11 PM   #4
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but if I had a tank and pump in another place wouldn't that be kind of suspicious?
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:24 PM   #5
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Of course then I just end up asking myself why it has to be so secretive in the first place. I'm not gunrunning or giving tours of my skoolie so just sacrifice a closet and turn it into a vault behind a normal closet door is usually where I end up landing in that whole debate with myself.
1 Its cool, we all want a little James Bond in our life.

2 Busses are not the most secure homes what can't be seen can't easily be stolen.

3 I want to be a full time nomad I won't have a home to leave them at and I don't want to have to deal with any enforcement agent being a dick about them.

4 As a working artist if I got a commission paid in cash I don't want a blow hard highway patrol officer to seize it under some pretty bad civil forfeiture laws.

So What I was thinking is building a steel framed wall that separates the kitchen and bath that L's into a hall way Using some nice but rustic paneling over some kind of skin leaving about an 8"wall that will contain the plumbing run and a slide out shelf containing everything I want to keep hidden.
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:09 PM   #6
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We set kitchen cabinets out from the wall on the left side of the bus
to accommodate the heater hose channel and rather than lose that
2 inches we built slide out panels to hold spices and cutlery, it could
also house other items. Both panels are 24" x 24" x 1 3/4". We also
added drawers under the toe kicks on the cabinets. There are 2, 24" x
22" x 4" drawers and 2, 30" x 22" x 4" drawers to handle lots of stuff.
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:44 PM   #7
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I am building in several secret stashes. But I plan to keep their locations...well, secret. Lots of places on a custom built bus that will accommodate hiding places. And making at least one of them completely fireproof is worth the effort. Especially for full timers who have their whole lives on board.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:06 AM   #8
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Before you proceed with constructing them, check your state laws regarding secret or concealed compartments in vehicles.

I know here in North Carolina a vehicle found with hidden compartments can be seized by LEO. Doesn't have to have any contraband in them but intent is assumed. Anti-drug running measure.
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I'm thinking of using the space under my kitchen cabinets. Cut a piece out of my toe kick and cover it with new trim.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:32 AM   #10
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Some crooks are not smart enough to know the difference between the floor and the ceiling but often when in a hurry something labeled is taken for granted.
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