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Old 04-24-2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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My big project for today was to maximize the storage in our Great West Van Legend armoire unit. We had been hanging clothes in it but decided that was not an efficient use for the space since most of our clothes can be folded away more compactly. I considered custom building shelves but first looked around for modular shelving units. I came across this Elfa drawer unit and determined it would fit almost precisely inside the armoire. In fact in order to get it inside I had to final assemble the frame inside the unit as it would not slip through the door opening complete. The drawers are 17" square by three variable heights of 3-1/4", 7-1/4" and 11-1/4". The deep drawer will hold a kitchen paper towel roll upright.

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Old 04-24-2012, 11:58 PM   #2
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That is a nice fit. Looks like it was made for your van.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:52 AM   #3
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It was so tight a fit that I had to remove those two catch latches at the top of the door in order to get the frame in. Then with the curvature of the back wall the top of frame pushed it tight to the front door frame. That was an exact fit and quite frankly was something I was not anticipating when I bought the unit. I was assuming the back wall was a bit straighter up and down than it was. To angle it inside I had to leave off the front bottom bar that had to be pounded in with a mallet. Since I could not swing a mallet inside the armoire I had to file down the connection so it would slide together without pounding with a mallet.

There is 3-1/2" of dead space on both sides of the drawer unit inside the closet. I'll use that space to carry spare parts of stuff I hope I never have to use while on the road such as a spare flexible dump hose, electrical extension cord, motor oil, etc. Right now I carry a lot of that stuff but seem to have to unload and move it around to get to other stuff.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:06 PM   #4
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Today's project was to relocate the table that was stored inside the armoire. I moved it outside the armoire just behind the driver's seat. I re-used the latch clips at the top and added a teak stay 13" above the floor. In the armoire it rested directly on the floor. This way it will be above any storage boxes and sometimes the cat litter tray.



I also added this pull out string clothes line inside the bathroom for drying wet towels, bathing suits, hand washed wet clothes and stuff. It was a $10 item we picked up at the container store.


I have a few more storage modifications in the works.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:18 PM   #5
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D, nice work. I have been thinking of a better clothes line for hanging towels. I like your suggestion. I just ordered a Jerdon one from Amazon. Thanks for the hint.

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Today's project was to add two wire in-baskets for nighttime bed storage for things like wallet, watch, eye glasses, keys, iPhone, iPad, book, reading light, etc. I mounted them underneath the back overhead cabinet just above our pillows. One for each of us. It is within arms reach when lying in bed.

The baskets are stackable wire in-baskets normally for office desk use and can be bought at Target or the Container Store. I put these in my previous Pleasure-way B and decided to do it again. This time I modified the baskets by hacksawing off metal tabs that stuck up. I used co-axial cable holders with 1/2" long screws.

This is storage for overnight items you might use just before going to bed. You have to remember to empty before getting underway of which most you would do anyway. In the past I've left things like books and they stay in place while driving. The headband reading light can stay as well.

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Old 04-28-2012, 09:51 PM   #7
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My last project to maximize storage in my Great West Van Legend was to put shelves in the back closet located behind the bathroom and cantilevered over the sleeping area. It was just an open cabinet with a coat hanger receiver at the top (left in that you can see at the top). We never used it for hanging clothes and was just kind of a disorganized catchall for us. So I decided to add three shelves. The difficulty I quickly found was the back wall was curved inward from bottom to top, the side walls were not parallel to each other, the front wall was slanted and not parallel to the back wall and there were cutouts for a radio receiver and plumbing inside the cabinet covered with Ultraleather upholstering. Nothing was normal and of course you can't plumb when the B is not parked level. So I had to do a lot of measuring and building of cardboard templates to get the shelf dimensions. Then I had to figure out tolerances to be able to slip the shelves in as the curved inward back wall made it impossible to drop a shelf in from the top and any installed brackets would make it impossible to lift up from below. I finally came up with a wood spacer system to build from the bottom up and insert after getting the shelves at each level positioned inside the cabinet. So I built and installed from the bottom up. The first shelf was a given. It rested on the radio receiver cutout. The next two shelves were space 5" clear so canned goods or a soft drink or beer can could be stored with little spare wastage as I have illustrated with some props. I used 1/2" melamine covered shelf boards that I bought at Menards. I was able to cut the shelves from one 24" x 60" board. Because nothing was square, I used a saber saw with a board clamped down to act as a guide to get a straight cut. Looks simple enough but it took two days.



I noticed the last Great West Van Legend I saw at the RV shows had gone back to putting shelves in this cabinet but they only had two shelves, not three. So now our two hanging closets no longer can be used that way. I think we can live with that since we never carry clothes that really need hanging. I took the hanger receiver that was in the front armoire and installed it under the back overhead cabinet. It is just there for temporary hanging of clothes and things. It may never get used, but is better than throwing it away.

I think I am done with maximizing storage for now.
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It looks good David. Very strong too. You can put a lot more stuff in there now.
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Nice.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:36 PM   #10
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Gordon, Our next project I won't have much to do with. Nancy is taking Joni's design and making some of those baskets you have.
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