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Old 02-15-2020, 04:53 PM   #1
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for those with dinettes and bench seating, has anyone "opened" the ends for access so removing cushions and lid for access isn't required every-time? on another trailer I put doors on the end but this time I'm thinking of framing the opening with Velcro and using leather or vinyl squares as doors. any thoughts?
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:10 PM   #2
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Hello Cleon! there are literally hundreds of ideas on line for dealing with that "forgotten" storage space.

Here's one:

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Old 02-16-2020, 04:46 PM   #3
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for those with dinettes and bench seating, has anyone "opened" the ends for access so removing cushions and lid for access isn't required every-time? on another trailer I put doors on the end but this time I'm thinking of framing the opening with Velcro and using leather or vinyl squares as doors. any thoughts?

A lot of trailers come with drawers built in. Makes it easy to take stuff out. But it does take some of your use able space. If you were to DIY. You could probably maximize that and get the convenience.


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Old 02-22-2020, 11:30 PM   #4
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This is one of the projects I'll be working on when we get the trailer out of storage...
I spoke to one service shop that said the most expensive part of it is getting door or drawer fronts to match, as you can go right to the manufacturer if you want it to look stock. Found a great thread in another forum, where the poster had made his own drawers then ordered the fronts, and used metal drawer slides... was pretty slick. I can't remember if ours has framing with thin panel facing or if it is particle board, or plywood with covering. The post I saw, his material was 1/2" MDF or similar, so it was pretty solid once he cut the drawer opening.
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:15 AM   #5
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You will not regret having drawers. If you go only half deep and leave the larger space behind you will have the best of both. In any case, make sure you use full extension heavy duty slides. Recess the lower back edge of the drawer face to enable a finger grasp, so you won’t have handles protruding into the room.

I would not sweat about completely matching the drawer face; just match the finish. The practicality of the sliding drawers wins out over aesthetics.
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