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Thread: RRC Rear Storage Compartments/Drawer System

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    RRC Rear Storage Compartments/Drawer System

    I've been meaning to take some pics and post them for a while now, and as I've had a few requests to do so I figured it was time to get off my butt and make it happen, so here it is.

    I built this with the help of a friend who owns a cabinet shop. He and I cut the side pieces, his guys built the drawers to my specs and I did the rest. I wanted it modular, so I can remove one side and leave the other in place if needed. It's built almost entirely of pre-finished 1/2" 7-ply cabinet plywood and weighs probably around 50-60 pounds total. There are crossbars located directly above the seatbelt mounts so that it can be bolted down.

    The left-side drawer which contains most of my camping/cooking gear is almost full-length at just under 5 feet long while the right-side drawer which is tool and parts storage is 3 feet long. We made the drawer slides out of hardwood rather than using pre-made metal slides, which are ridiculously expensive in those lengths. There's a storage compartment ahead of the right-side drawer which is accessible from the top by peeling back the Velcro'd carpet and lifting up on the floor section, but I plan to cut an access hole in the side as that's a bit of a PITA when the truck is fully loaded. The top is cut into 4 sections which are all removable independent of each other and I can access anything stored underneath (in theory, anyway!) from inside the truck if I'm inside and it's raining, or I'm being attacked by bears or something...

    I also made cutouts on the bottom of the side supports so that I can store long items (like the rear axles shown) in the rear seat footwells, though I think I can cut some of the wood out a bit more in that area for easier access without compromising strength.

    The sleeping platform is just about 57 inches long, enough for my 36"-wide Costco folding mattress pad or an airbed which also just fits width-wise between the right-side door and my fridge when I have it in place. Seeing as how I'm only 5'4" the length works out just right for me to be able to stretch out comfortably when I put the passenger seat forward a bit.

    I finished it in time for the Death Vally trip over Easter but didn't have the carpet in at that point. I had originally planned on carpet but the pre-finished cabinet plywood looked so nice that I changed my mind, and then found that everything had a tendency to slide around on the nice, slick finish. So, the carpet went in a couple months later.

    I still have a little fine-tuning to do, but I didn't expect it to be perfect right off the bat and figured I'd come up with some new ideas and changes as I used it. I still want to find something to trim the edges of the carpet with, perhaps a plastic molding of some sort that can slip over the edge of the carpet and plywood but is easily removable...

    I didn't take any pics of the fridge and bed when set up inside, but if enough people want to see that as well I suppose I could do so.
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    Last edited by TigerDan; 10-20-2011 at 12:05 PM.
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    Dan looks great, I want to do something similar in the back of my disco but only the storage compartment. Unfournately my wood working skills are not the best.

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    Thanks Brandon. You gonna make it to Shaver this year? I plan to be there with this rig, sleeping in it again like I did last year. That was what really pushed me to go ahead and build this, it just wasn't too practical the way it was. I had to unload the truck and pile everything and then cover it all with a tarp so I'd have room inside.
    '91 RRC-4.2, R380, LT230, GDE bumper with Smittybuilt 8K winch, Custom 3" lift, 33's, Equipe trailing arms, Rock Ware sliders, Custom diff guards, Maxyedor HD steering, TT/Detroit, Rovertracks axles
    '61 Series II 88"
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    '94 RRC County LWB

    "There are three kinds of men: The one that learns by reading, the few who learn by observation and the rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." -Will Rogers

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    How about a few pictures of the fridge and bed installed?


    LOL! I just want you to work for no apparent reason!!

    No pics needed Dan! Looks great. Pretty snazzy for a Pirate?? Me thinks yer goin squid on me!
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    Looks good Dan!

    any plans for few tie down D rings ?

    And did someone say Shaver lake! I want to go this year!
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    We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARMEDforBATTLE View Post
    Looks good Dan!

    any plans for few tie down D rings ?

    And did someone say Shaver lake! I want to go this year!
    I will be back at SHaver this year, I missed it last year, but it wont happen twice. Elliot rally the So CAL guys and lets make an apperance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch View Post
    How about a few pictures of the fridge and bed installed?


    LOL! I just want you to work for no apparent reason!!
    ...And this would be a perfect opportunity to use those flipoff smileys they have over on Dweb and Pirate... Oh wait, this should cover it:

    No tiedowns, E. I like my crap bouncing all over the inside of the truck when I'm wheeling, keeps me alert dodging flying tools and stuff! Actually, tiedowns are in the plan but I haven't decided just what type and where to put them yet. I do have a method of tying down the fridge, it's sort of ghetto but it works.
    Last edited by TigerDan; 10-21-2011 at 01:37 PM.
    '91 RRC-4.2, R380, LT230, GDE bumper with Smittybuilt 8K winch, Custom 3" lift, 33's, Equipe trailing arms, Rock Ware sliders, Custom diff guards, Maxyedor HD steering, TT/Detroit, Rovertracks axles
    '61 Series II 88"
    '95 D90
    '94 RRC County LWB

    "There are three kinds of men: The one that learns by reading, the few who learn by observation and the rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." -Will Rogers

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerDan View Post
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    No tiedowns, El. I like my crap bouncing all over the inside of the truck when I'm wheeling, keeps me alert dodging flying tools and stuff! Actually, tiedowns are in the plan but I haven't decided just what type and where to put them yet. I do have a method of tying down the fridge, it's sort of ghetto but it works.
    That's what I figured. Dodge rocks and bottle jacks. Sounds like your style.

    Scope this place out... Where a bought a bunch of the crap for the trailer

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    Looks great Dan! I missed that at the Annual Event this year, so you'll have to show me next time we meet. I want to get some of these for my cargo area: http://www.discountramps.com/tie_down_rails.htm

    As for Shaver Lake... I've started to think about trip planning again, and will post up a Gauging Interest thread, here and on NCLR's site, sometime in the next week or so. I hope E, Max, Brandon and some of the other SoCal guys can make the 2012 trip.
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    Nice Dan!!
    All sold a while ago

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