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#16 richard.m

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 10:55 AM

thanks to everyone for all the input and suggestions, we appreciate all of them. however, it looks like we have solved our storage container problem. Donna found six "Large Fabric Bins" at our local Target , i attached them in rows of three and they fit perfectly. each bin measures 13"h, 13.25"w, and 13.25"d. the total length of the three attached bins are 39.75" and they slide all the way under the bed with about 6" to spare. the bins do not have tops and the sides and bottoms are rigid when assembled. i attached the bins to each other with pop rivets and backing wachers, using four rivets in each side. they hold a lot of stuff and slide easily out independeltly from under the bed. i will attach a few pics to this post. thanks again, richard.m
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 12:07 PM

Richard:

Thanks for this storage post. Several weeks ago we searched our closest Target for suitable containers, but I don't remember seeing those. Do they have a manufacturer's name identification on them?

They seem to be the perfect size, but I would try to engineer a method of fastening them together while under the bed, for easier access to all three, but being able to separate them. We like to load up our under bed containers in the house and then carry filled containers to the trailer.

Good post, thanks.

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#18 richard.m

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:12 PM

Harold, the brand name on the bins is "itso" which i believe is a Target house brand. the bins were available in several colors (ours is khaki) and were packaged flat in the store. Richard
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Posted 08 November 2009 - 06:59 AM

Richard
I went and looked at these but in my SD the opening they would have to slide in is only 24".
This makes them too wide to go in side by side except from above. There is enough room for them but not to slide them out once they are in?

Ideas?

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 12:12 PM

Hi, all-

I had the plastic tubs under the bed for a while, but I hated having to drag all of them out to get what was in the back, so I built a drawer. It's shallow and is bolted to the dinette seats (which is never made up into the table)--and now I have a tub in the back and it also fits my suitcase and other things. I may go back to open crates, but this allows me to pull out the drawer to access everything there with ease. (I don't have a picture that has the drawer fully extended, so it actually goes the entire length and width of the space between the dinette seats.)

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 06:44 PM

QUOTE (richard.m @ Oct 12 2009, 10:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Any ideas about underbed storage would be appreciated. We've tried two shallow underbed-sized (6" high each) plastic storage bins for our extra clothing, but we have to stack them since they're too wide to place side-by-side under the bed in our 2007 17' LD. This gets a little inconvenient to have to drag both boxes out if you need to get to the lower one. We've checked out plastic stacking drawer systems at Target and Wal-Mart, but two of them stacked are too tall for the space.

Would love to find two decent-sized baskets or bins that are fairly long and deep, but narrow enough to set side-by-side under the bed. Have also considered getting a single extra-large bin, and somehow placing a divider down the middle.



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Posted 13 November 2009 - 06:51 PM

what we use is 2 storage boxes purchased at Jo-Anns Fabrics our unit is in storage or I would measure them. they have wheels on one end and a lid to cover the top, but to inconvient, out the door, they fit side by side , we just bring them in the house to unload. and store them under the bed when not in use

#23 ArizonaEileen

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 02:52 AM

The Jo-Ann's storage boxes haven't been available in well over a year. They've been discontinued by the manufacturer.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 03:16 PM

We tried long clear plastic storage bags on the last trip but not that happy with it. They are clumsy when full. When I read about a large drawer someone was using, it led me to our current method - a very large wheeled suitcase. We already had one and we intend to use one storage bin on a rope behind it. We will each have a zippered compartment on the outside of the suitcase and If we split the suitcase as well as the built-in storage over the bed, we only expect to wheel it out once a day. The front end lays on the carpet and as a safety, I expect to put a rubber bungee hooked on the front. Other end of bungee will go into a ??? Screw eye on slant board?? 2-b-continued - The gist is - the large suitcase is 21" wide for the 24" space and plenty deep to hold lots (underbed clearance appears to be 15").

#25 Alan #1119

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 04:40 PM

The photos are not very clear but this is the stop brace I made from 1"x2" stock and two small hinges. The cross piece fits snugly against the seat walls and the legs fold out to brace against the seat and the kitchen molding. Note that the legs do not go to the end of the cross piece but are inset about 1/2".

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:54 AM

Here's our underbed storage (for kibbles only)!
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 02:40 PM

QUOTE (Alan #1119 @ Nov 18 2009, 08:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The photos are not very clear but this is the stop brace I made from 1"x2" stock and two small hinges. The cross piece fits snugly against the seat walls and the legs fold out to brace against the seat and the kitchen molding. Note that the legs do not go to the end of the cross piece but are inset about 1/2".


Hi Alan,

Thanks for sharing your stopper modification for underbed storage. I hope you don't mind if I copy it? Great idea!!!!!!!
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 03:31 PM

My underbed storage is very similar to that of Alan. Did this mod in Aug 07 and it has been well used since then. It provides gobs of space and with the roller wheels and dual opening top it is easy to access the back end of the bin.

Last month I saw the 'bins' on sale at Wal-mart for $10 each.

Here is one photo and you can see the entire mod at:
http://tinyurl.com/2k36aw

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 04:10 PM

I wet to Target after reading this a few times ad I found some hard plastic bins the same exact size of the fabric ones posted about in the first place. They are made by the same company and in the same series of bins.

It turns out that though the opening under the bed is 28" or so the space between the narrowest spot of framing is only 24". So I got 6 of these plastic bins and stuck them under the bed and I can slide the first one out past the framing and then the rest can follow. They do not slide easily though and are not easy to get in and out after the first two and there is of course no place to put them if you need one of the rear ones.

Then it occured to me that if I lift the table top which is the center of the bed and pretend the rearmost edge is a hinge I can reach each of the 6 bins and just pluck out what I need or throw items back in.
I will probably make a new wooden board with this in mind and a way to hold it open too. The bottom line is that these 6 bins completely fill the underbed space and provide organization and storage I could only dream about before.

I have one for the coffee maker,laundry,clean clothes,tools,etc. and I can load them up in the house if I want to.
I can also just take them in and out as needed and they seem very rugged as well.

Most of the stuff that I had in the closet now is under the bed,I am excited(doesn't take much?).

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#30 Alan #1119

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:38 PM

Leehman,

Glad you are able to use it.

Don,

Darn, I guess Iíll have to paint mine now!
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