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#1 Dave and Ruth

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 01:36 PM

We skipped getting the sink cover when we picked up our LD a few months ago. Instead, we tried out a cutting board with some legs that fit the sink. It bounced out on the road to Chaco Canyon. Also, the board always seemed to be in the way when we needed the sink, and was constantly being to moved from place to place.

People with the SD have made useful looking flip out side boards to replace their stove covers. These end up out over the bed, and add a lot of kitchen space. This looked like a good idea to me, but with the different set-up in the LD, I figured a sliding sink lid would be the way to go.

I found a roomy 16 x 20 x 3/4 birch bread board, and 32 of miter t-track and t-bar which I cut in half for two 16 tracks. Rather than drilling into the fiberglass counter, I used 3M VHB (very high bond) tape. The stuff is waterproof, incredibly strong, and removable if necessary. It also allowed me to raise the t-bar slightly so that the tight fit between the faucet fixture and the sink would not be a problem. I mounted the tracks on the bread board as far to the right as possible, and the bars on the counter as far to the left. This allows full travel.



The new sink cover hangs out over the end of one twin bed and makes a great side table.



When the lid is closed, it is rigid and strong, great for kneading bread (something I like to do), or chopping stuff.



Partially open, it is still rigid and great for salad prep.

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 04:00 PM

That's a truly ingenious mod! Nice looking, too. Too bad for me that it wouldn't work in a 17-SD. But that doesn't make it any less excellent.

In my outfit I made a cutting board into a sink cover. When I want to use the sink I can remove it and use it on top of the utensil drawer as an extra work surface. It works just fine, but isn't nearly as elegant as yours! dry.gif
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Posted 06 May 2007 - 04:19 AM

anim_wow.gif That is a Great MOD for the Liberty
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Posted 06 May 2007 - 05:04 AM

What an innovative solution! Makes us wish we had an LD so we can do it too!

Thanks for the explanation and pics.

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#5 Dave and Ruth

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 10:36 PM

QUOTE (Robert Brummett @ May 5 2007, 06:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In my outfit I made a cutting board into a sink cover. When I want to use the sink I can remove it and use it on top of the utensil drawer as an extra work surface. dry.gif


I tried the utensil drawer approach and it works pretty well. My problem was the board I had would not stay in the sink while we were driving. And it kept ending up on the bed at various times when we were camping.

When the sliding board is extended, it is still very solid, and would hold a great deal of weight. It also does not interfere with the furnace intake. It effectively gives us a 60 counter.

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 03:25 AM

Nice job! Ingenious! We have 2006 17ft SD and I'm going down to my egg later and see if there might be an adaptation of your idea to put a sliding cover over the stove and/or the sink too! What's the SD folks thinking on this? I'm pretty sure a build up for the "rails" would have to occur but maybe something would work! Will let you know what turns up! Happy Trails! KokomoJoe

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 07:32 AM

friend of mind, took board and cut it the size of the sink, nail to the the back of a cutting board, drop's it in the sink, give more room for cooking...
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 01:17 PM

dave,

very cool mod. but what i want to know is where did you get those plastic holders around the sink for condiments, etc?

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 08:37 AM

QUOTE (f_stop @ Feb 2 2010, 02:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
dave,

very cool mod. but what i want to know is where did you get those plastic holders around the sink for condiments, etc?

p@


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Edited by Dave and Ruth, 03 February 2010 - 08:41 AM.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:41 AM

We did drill holes in the cabinet and attached two shelf holders that fold down to make a place to sit the dish drainer while doing dishes or to use for prep or to sit a crock pot. It folds down against the side of the cabinet when not in use and locks in place when up.

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