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Old 05-23-2008, 08:08 AM   #1
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Here is my solution to the problem of where to put the dirty clothes between washings while fulltiming. Kicking that clothes bag around the floor, or stuffing it in a cabinet was not a satisfactory solution. So between the wife and I, we identified an area of dead space in the bedroom under the TV shelf in the corner.



I used the skills of a good carpenter, who also happens be a good friends son-in-law. I roughed up the idea, and he designed the shape and the openings to put clothes in, and take them out.



The shape of the cabinet mirrors the TV cabinet above thereby making it unobtrusive into the walking area around the bed. He measured the TV cabinet, then we subtracted an inch off of the dimension to fit inside the TV cabinet profile. The top lid was cut on the angle and then trimmed with a cedar moulding to make the top easy to lift. A piano hinge holds the lid solid.



The opening is big enough for large items like sheets or towels to be put in easily. I had planned to have the front just a solid piece of wood and to have it "box like". Dan, my carpenter, suggested a full size door that matches my existing cabinets to allow full access for the contents of the hamper. It was a great idea since it allowed us to make the cabinet a full 40" tall. He custom ordered the door, and then sent the cabinet to his professional "stainer" to match the stain on the existing cabinets.



The results and the quality is awesome. And the DW loves the convenience of having the clothes out of the way, and all in one place. A truely great mod to help make our rig more livable for the long haul.

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Here is my solution to the problem of where to put the dirty clothes between washings while fulltiming. Kicking that clothes bag around the floor, or stuffing it in a cabinet was not a satisfactory solution. So between the wife and I, we identified an area of dead space in the bedroom under the TV shelf in the corner.



I used the skills of a good carpenter, who also happens be a good friends son-in-law. I roughed up the idea, and he designed the shape and the openings to put clothes in, and take them out.



The shape of the cabinet mirrors the TV cabinet above thereby making it unobtrusive into the walking area around the bed. He measured the TV cabinet, then we subtracted an inch off of the dimension to fit inside the TV cabinet profile. The top lid was cut on the angle and then trimmed with a cedar moulding to make the top easy to lift. A piano hinge holds the lid solid.



The opening is big enough for large items like sheets or towels to be put in easily. I had planned to have the front just a solid piece of wood and to have it "box like". Dan, my carpenter, suggested a full size door that matches my existing cabinets to allow full access for the contents of the hamper. It was a great idea since it allowed us to make the cabinet a full 40" tall. He custom ordered the door, and then sent the cabinet to his professional "stainer" to match the stain on the existing cabinets.



The results and the quality is awesome. And the DW loves the convenience of having the clothes out of the way, and all in one place. A truely great mod to help make our rig more livable for the long haul.

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Old 05-23-2008, 04:11 PM   #3
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Oh, wow... That is beautiful, Sarge! I bet your dw does love it; I know that I would!

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Thanks Lori,

It's the little things that make the day to day life easier. My next post also addresses an issue to make life easier in the rig.

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Fantastic idea and a beautiful job. I'm just glad mine came with a built-in hamper
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Excellent work, looks as if it came with the coach.
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Sarge...
Great modification! I just went wandering through our coach to see if I could find a similar "open area"... nope ...looks like Monaco used every nook & cranny of that nature... oh well

Again...enjoy the fulltiming... holler if you get up into Central Oregon area...


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Thanks folks! We will definitely be out your way Mama, we are gonna hit em' all.

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Good job Sarge. There seems to be wasted space in a lot of rigs. You can find and used this space if you use your head,like you did Sarge.

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Yeah, you are right Joe. Sometimes you have to beleive that the folks that design the rigs don't USE the rigs!
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Hey Sarge, are you a "Jarhead"?
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Nope, retired LAPD. Some of my best friends are retired jarheads though. Best people in the world.......
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That should be standard equipment in all coaches. Nice job. Love it.
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You are right fun time, you would think the builders would have thought of that...
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