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Old 10-24-2018, 06:50 PM   #1
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Securing items in shallow pass through storage

I'm looking at a Tiffin Allegro Open Road that has a lot of "pass-through" storage space. Most, bins have a pass through space on top of the frame that is relatively shallow, maybe 8 to 10 inches. It looks like a good place for fishing rods, lawn chairs, and other flat items.

I'm curious as to how you secure items in these spaces so they don't slide around while driving?
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I just put stuff loose in my pass through. Anything breakable goes in a tote.
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Old 10-24-2018, 09:54 PM   #4
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ABS sewer pipe can be strapped down - put your rods, poles, umbrella's in them.

Think really don't move much in the basement in my experience.
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Old 10-25-2018, 04:34 AM   #5
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I put fishing rods, the long rods for cleaning and squeegeeing, a small folding table , etc.. I do not notice slipping. Tiffin dues a good job with the abrasive paint in the basement compartments.
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I have the rubber shelf lining in my pass throughs....it works fine.

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I just put stuff loose in my pass through. Anything breakable goes in a tote.
Same here. Things tend to stay put pretty well.

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If you don't slam on the brakes, try to avoid curbs during turns and operate normally (speed,etc) Pack your cans and breakables (glass,plastic,etc) in a cardboard box. Big heavy items stored low. Eliminate unused STUFF. You should be good to go.
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I have the rubber shelf lining in my pass throughs....it works fine.

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Old 10-25-2018, 08:46 AM   #10
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The bin in the picture is available at Lowe’s. It’s 16”x24”x7”.

You can put them in the cross bays, and they fit perfectly back to back as the cross bay is ~48” across. I usually have 6 of them across my middle bays.

Lowe’s also carry’s some other Hefty bins that are gray with green lids. The smaller ones also fit in the cross bays. I use them for misc. things that I keep in my back bays.

The cross bay in the rear (at least on my 31SA) has slightly more vertical clearance.

Given the rough surface, I have also taken some thin plywood, and glued ribbed rubber matting to it for my rear bays and cross bay and also the main big bay on one side where I put things that I don’t want to have on an abrasive surface and / or want to distribute loads that could damage the bay floors (folding bikes, air compressor, tool bag, tow bar).

I have an 80# Big Green Egg Mini max that sits in 3/4” plywood.

We put a folding wagon, as well as various folding chairs, table, etc. in the cross bays, including the long cross bay over the genny / propane tank (in which my 7’-10” surfboard fits nicely).

I took some wire closet shelving that is easily removable and put it over the hydraulics that I keep some light things that I bungee down so they don’t move, and it would also protect the hydraulics if anything happened to shift from the main cross bay. That “little project” was a total pita......

Very seldom have we had anything move around in any of the bays.....

BTW, we carry way to much stuff, but are well under all applicable weight ratings.....

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Thanks to everyone for the input. It's encouraging to know things won't slide around in there too much if the rig is driven in a relatively sane manner.



I did wonder why Tiffin did not protect the small bay with the hydraulics from items in the pass through so glad to see at least one way to do that.
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I failed to mention, I also use a lot on plastic bins.

You'll get it with some trial and error.

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We've used some bins in our lower compartments that have worked well. We had carpeting left over and have cut carpeting for all our lower compartments to cushion things and stop abrasion. We have a 34 TGA and in our large center bay and pass through above our propane I added green indoor/outdoor carpet. This makes sliding things in easier. Our items shift a little but not really all that much. I do watch weight distribution. We are about 1500 lbs under max weight and I'd like to keep it that way nut more and more stuff seems to find a spot!


PS - I chuckled when I saw the green egg! I have a son with the XL green egg that I helped build a rolling table for. When I show him that the mini will fit on Toby he'll work on me to get one!
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PS - I chuckled when I saw the green egg! I have a son with the XL green egg that I helped build a rolling table for. When I show him that the mini will fit on Toby he'll work on me to get one!
Tony, just an off topic side note, that is the BGE Mini Max which weighs 80#s; the grilling area is the same as the “regular” BGE. There is also the Mini which is much smaller, not sure how much it weighs.

On one of our first trips in the RV in spring ‘15, we met some folks that we still see on occasion, that carried a full size BGE in their Phaeton. They built a frame it sat in on one of their slide trays..... they now have a Mini Max.

I’ve bet we’ve sold a dozen Mini Maxes to other RVers, in fact, one couple went out and bought one the next day after seeing ours.

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