Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-29-2009, 09:00 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 133
Has anyone ever made their own basement storage slides?

I'm having a hard time spending $2,000 or so on pull outs for basement storage.

I am decent at fabrication, woodworking, some metal work etc. I have a few ideas but I thought I would consult the experts. Thanks in advance for any help!

GT
__________________

__________________
2003 Alpine Coach 40FD
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in tow.
2 kids, no dogs or cats.
GTHill is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-29-2009, 09:15 PM   #2
KIX
Senior Member
 
KIX's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: St. Augustine, FL
Posts: 3,579
I made a light weight one for cold drink storage. the height was an issue for me so I sued some sliders that could mount on their sides vs. upright. It's okay for the purpose. I can't remember where I bought the sliders but they did have a good selection. I did do some internet shopping and found prices all over the place. I would think it would be no problem if you have the time to think it out well. Good luck
__________________

__________________
KIX
'02 Ultimate Advantage 40J Spartan MM - Cummins ISC
2013 Jeep Rubicon JK Unlimited
KIX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 01:48 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Jackm's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 627
Very easy. Look for drawer extensions at your local hardware store. Get ones that are heavy-duty enough to handle the expected load. Then, using plywood, build a simple base to support the "drawer". The base is nothing more than a piece of plywood with two sides attached to support the extensions (and the sliding "shelf"). Attach the sides to the board using screws and glue. Then secure the base to the floor of your cargo bin with screws or bolts, depending on access. Technically, you only need sides to hold the drawer extensions but I found it easier to use a base with a bottom.

The sliding platform (that will hold your stuff) is basically a narrower version of the base that is secured to the extensions. Pit a lip on the platform to keep things from sliding off when you're bouncing down the road. Strongly recommend using polyurethane to seal the wood. Prevents moisture-related problems and helps with accidental spills. It's easier than it sounds. And it's a lot cheaper than the commercial versions. You may need to occasionally spray the slide extensions with silicone or WD-40 to minimize sticking and oxidation. Some folks create a custom slide that contains segregated bins to keep their items (i.e. tools) in place (like a kitchen drawer for silverware). If you're using the slide for batteries, use heavy-duty extensions and make sure that the platform is acid resistant. A liner for that purpose would be best. Best of luck.

Jack
__________________
2004 Winnebago Brave 34D with the usual add-ons
Jackm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 08:38 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 133
Thanks a lot for the info Jack. I actually thought about that, but for basement storage I need it to come out a lot farther than what normal hardware store slides will do. The problem is, I can't get to the stuff in the middle easily. So, I need slides at least 4', if not longer. Thanks!

Gt
__________________
2003 Alpine Coach 40FD
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in tow.
2 kids, no dogs or cats.
GTHill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 09:24 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Poltax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 108
You could make the slides by using 1/2x1 or 1x2 channel or square tubing. Thats available in all kinds of lengths. Pick up some rollers are the local hardware store or industrial dist. Then use plywood or sheet metal for your base.
__________________
We dont race on Elvis's Birthday
Poltax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 10:38 AM   #6
Community Moderator
 
"007"'s Avatar


 
Nor'easters Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 26,726
You can order assemblies from this LOCATION of all sizes.
Here is another one.
__________________
98KSCA, 99MACA, 03 KSCA-3740- 8.1 Chev-- ALLISON Trans, now in good hands
VISIT the NEWMAR QUICK TIPS & EASYMODS 1 & 2
QUICK TIPS # 3
RV SYSTEMS & APPLIANCES & RECALLS --- TECH INFORMATION
"007" is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 11:36 AM   #7
Member
 
scepter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 59
If you want to build your tray yourself, then you need those slides.
They are full-extension, 4 feet in length, and can support up to 400 pounds.

Extra-Heavy-Duty Slides - Lee Valley Tools
__________________
2001 HR Scepter
scepter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 11:36 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by 007";528398]You can order assemblies from this [b][URL="http://kwikee.com/ACARGO.HTML
LOCATION[/url][/b] of all sizes.
Here is another one.

These are they type that I'm trying to avoid buying. For any real depth (48"+) They are between $500 and $900 per set. I need at least 4 sets, so this is quite expensive.

I just can't see them being so complicated that they need to be that expensive. I wish I could just buy them but I'm trying to save some money.

GT
__________________
2003 Alpine Coach 40FD
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in tow.
2 kids, no dogs or cats.
GTHill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 11:47 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by scepter View Post
If you want to build your tray yourself, then you need those slides.
They are full-extension, 4 feet in length, and can support up to 400 pounds.

Extra-Heavy-Duty Slides - Lee Valley Tools

Now those slides are a lot more affordable. They don't hold the 1000lbs that some others do, but that maybe enough. Thanks for the link!

GT
__________________
2003 Alpine Coach 40FD
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in tow.
2 kids, no dogs or cats.
GTHill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 12:04 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Auburn, CA, Havasu, AZ & Mulege, BCS
Posts: 5,217
GT- You can get some nice long plastic storage boxes pretty cheap at Target and the like. You have to remove them, or at least tip them out to get at the stuff inside. I used that method along w/a single 60" deep kit type tray, 44" wide. The kits are available @ CW, tho I got the 60" rail kit thru another outfit cheaper.

It took some planning to decide what stuff I get in/out all the time, so the tray would hold that. Less regularly accessed stuff goes in the plastic bins. The 60" worked well for me as the opposite side of the storage area was obscured w/cord reel & AquaHot, and a full 96" wouldn't work, but the 44" width was nice for volume. Also it came out to the patio side which is usually handier. With that & 4 large clear plastic boxes, storage was (relatively) painless and not too expensive.
__________________
Baja-tested '08 2-slide 36'
Alpine: The Ultimate DIY'er Project
EngineerMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 12:12 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by EngineerMike View Post
GT- You can get some nice long plastic storage boxes pretty cheap at Target and the like. You have to remove them, or at least tip them out to get at the stuff inside. I used that method along w/a single 60" deep kit type tray, 44" wide. The kits are available @ CW, tho I got the 60" rail kit thru another outfit cheaper.

It took some planning to decide what stuff I get in/out all the time, so the tray would hold that. Less regularly accessed stuff goes in the plastic bins. The 60" worked well for me as the opposite side of the storage area was obscured w/cord reel & AquaHot, and a full 96" wouldn't work, but the 44" width was nice for volume. Also it came out to the patio side which is usually handier. With that & 4 large clear plastic boxes, storage was (relatively) painless and not too expensive.
Part of my problem is that the storage size and doors on the left size of the coach are very difficult to access. They only open up to 90 degrees and and more shallow due to the slide. I would live to be able to have 8' slides the pull out from the right side of the coach.

I've called Joey bed, but I'm expecting that the prices are very similar. I'm (almost) a full-timer now and with two children I need more storage and ease of accessibility.

GT
__________________
2003 Alpine Coach 40FD
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in tow.
2 kids, no dogs or cats.
GTHill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 06:00 PM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Socorro, NM (until ?)
Posts: 1,552
Accuride Heavy Duty Full-Extension Slides (Series 9301) - Rockler Woodworking Tools

Mobile (vehicle) mount, including RV and truck bodies, emergency vehicle power supply units, load rated to 275 lbs per pair. Drawer widths to 30'' .
Flat mount, anywhere side space is limited, load rated at 110 lbs per pair. Drawer widths 32'' and cycled 75,000 times.



Please bear in mind... load ratings are for a specific drawer width. The load rating drops dramatically once you make the drawers wider than specified>
__________________
Lorna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2009, 10:57 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Poltax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 108
Accuride are some of the best out there. My son in law uses on that brand in his cabinet business.

I still think you can make your own slides from some rectangle tubing then cutting it to the length you need.
__________________
We dont race on Elvis's Birthday
Poltax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2009, 04:21 PM   #14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 20
I stumbled on this as I was looking to make a slide for my toolbox. Seems like it might fit the OP's requirement.
Behold...my home-made Engel fridge slide! - Expedition Portal Forum
__________________

__________________
Brian & Missy
1998 American Eagle, Cummins C8.3
2002 Envoy Toad, SMI AFO aux. brake
Brian_R1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Basement lights NavlAv8r Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum 14 05-01-2009 09:52 AM
slides biglarry Monaco Owner's Forum 2 02-27-2009 04:23 PM
Wil spare tire fit into basement storage compartment? Catpowered Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 17 11-25-2008 03:30 PM
36rd basement storage nextcom1 Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 6 06-26-2008 09:41 PM
Kit Camper Projects - Project #8, Yet More Storage RedneckExpress Vintage RV's 1 02-03-2008 09:21 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.