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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill, isn't that 28" deep?
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In the near future, I plan to add this under the rear bench seat. Just enough cooling space for a few sandwiches and a couple of beers
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having done lots of camping over the years, I have found that the best use of space is to put your gear in bags and pack them tightly into an empty box i.e. your rear seat. If you build a bunch of box compartments, it may be organized but there is also a lot of dead space unless you can match the boxes to the exact shape of the items stored and fill them up. I have thought again and again about building compartments but always scrap the idea because of the wasted space.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love My Westy wrote:
Having done lots of camping over the years, I have found that the best use of space is to put your gear in bags and pack them tightly into an empty box i.e. your rear seat. If you build a bunch of box compartments, it may be organized but there is also a lot of dead space unless you can match the boxes to the exact shape of the items stored and fill them up. I have thought again and again about building compartments but always scrap the idea because of the wasted space.


Agree with this. A big open space gives you more options.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Love My Westy wrote:
Having done lots of camping over the years, I have found that the best use of space is to put your gear in bags and pack them tightly into an empty box i.e. your rear seat. If you build a bunch of box compartments, it may be organized but there is also a lot of dead space unless you can match the boxes to the exact shape of the items stored and fill them up. I have thought again and again about building compartments but always scrap the idea because of the wasted space.


Agree with this. A big open space gives you more options.

Very true. For my own personal use, I always find that as organized as I try to be, everything always seems to end up in a huge jumbled mess anyhow. That's the main reason I wanted to see how other fellow Sambateers had been using and organizing their under bench space.

I really like the door that MootPoint added. Great job on that! I noticed it is right next to another great installation, the bottle opener! Wink

Wildcat has a similar style door on the front face of the bench, but it's actually much wider. Here is a shot of the area:

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Having any access door on the front part of the bench is really ideal, because as rsxsr pointed out, it's really difficult to access your gear under the bench once the bed is folded out. However, in my particular case, the door is so big that it gives me a lot access to my huge jumbled. I think the idea of boxing the area off like MootPoint would possibly create some storage advantages (and maybe a few disadvantages) for my use as well. Definitely lots of good ideas to think about!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sigeats wrote:
Don't mean to hijack your thread, but what about the rear closet? Any cool ideas for using this space? Maybe adding a shelf? What do you keep back there?

As noted above, I put a used 'fridge door (from a kitchen unit I got at U-Pull) and added it to the mirrored closet. As I also mention above, I wanted to add shelves but I wasn't sure what to do. Well, that finally happened a couple years ago. Took the stove lid from that same old kitchen unit, cut it up and used them to make hinged shelves inside (a PITA to work in those closed quarters but it worked, with a lot of blue air).
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They're hinged so I can put in tall stuff if I want to and also hide the leveling blocks and wheel chocks way down in the bottom (I cut off the first one-inch ramp of the leveling blocks - I can drive up that w/o the ramp) and they fit perfectly in the space. I also added little sliding latches to the shelves so I can lock them in the up position if I want.
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All in all it's made the closet quite useful and versatile.
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Ms. Moot uses the space for clothing and such when we travel. If I'm by myself - I'm much less organized - any ol' thing that needs to be put away goes in there.

Safe travels.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the front access door came stock in 1980 model year westfalias
I put one in mine and I built a divider that allows me to access my compact grill or compact stove w/o lifting the bed.
I'll try to snap a pic to add to this post tonight.
but I do have an idea to replace the front face board with a metal frame and make 2 drawers that pull out to get at the gear.. hopefully as a winter project. Idea
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Awesome upholstery - deets?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

danfromsyr wrote:
the front access door came stock in 1980 model year westfalias
I put one in mine and I built a divider that allows me to access my compact grill or compact stove w/o lifting the bed.
I'll try to snap a pic to add to this post tonight.
but I do have an idea to replace the front face board with a metal frame and make 2 drawers that pull out to get at the gear.. hopefully as a winter project. Idea


Thank you. I was trying to figure out which of my family's van had this feature?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are some cool mods, but I'm not sure where you all are putting your monster stereos and the 180 AH of battery to keep it running! Laughing

Here I'm "water cooling" the overheated amplifiers while the Stretch was acting as the boombox for a dance party at Burning Man. The yellow plastic wrapped block is the lithium battery that keeps the stereo (and the freezer and icemaker) running.

Additionally there is still room for the jumper cables, 700W inverter, fuel lines and shoes also store there when the amps don't need the airflow.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely done Otmar. Very Happy

I do have a modest stereo in my van, here's my 10" sub under the rear bench, sitting on top of the HS2800.
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More details on your Li battery setup, please. Maybe you can start another thread. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok some pics as promised.

Please excuse the frayed fabric, it's getting reupholstered this winter with a better DIY job (I hope)

Butane cookstove goes on the bottom and Butane (Primus) BBQ grill slips in the top shelf. it's the Biggest littlest grill out there and runs on the same butane fuel as my (omlete station) cookstove.
I used laminate flooring as shelves, it's thin, it's sturdy and it's woodgrain for looks.. its just resting on runner so it'll slip out for easy cleaning or get that small bit that fell into the back cavity.

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in this pic my starting battery is all the way on the right under the box of firestarter... that battery is hoping to get relocated to the engine compartment (ala Diesel style) this winter

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am working on a storage area that will go above the propex heater, there should be enough room to store my tool kit.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here a few idea I have in my 87
Tool tray between motor lid and cabnet
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Dividers in the flatware drawer
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I like using the rectangular laundry detergent buckets they fit nice and you can take them out as you may need the stuff around the camp site
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Divider sits on top of rear heater box holds Bentely and car jack cradled in back
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Bentley Front and center
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am Wildcat wrote:
That's the main reason I wanted to see how other fellow Sambateers had been using and organizing their under bench space.


Here's mine:

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#15 is currently missing 'cuz the bottle was used up on the last road trip.

#3 also contains minor spare parts, but not as many as it probably should. Laughing

On top of #1 goes the orange extension cord.

Jumper cables, lanterns, first aid kit, net bag, window/door screens, rain fly, LED string lights, bungee cords and cleaning stuff is all in the rear cabinet. Regular traveling gear goes in bins behind the rear seat; behind them goes personal gear (clothes bag, etc.); chairs go up in the luggage bin. The Vanagon Bible (Bentley) goes in the space under the rear cabinet.

I'm contemplating removing the rear heater (never used) to move some stuff out of the rear cabinet to under the rear seat... not sure yet.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use my space under the seat as a wood box. Approx 3-5hrs of wood so one summer night fire. But I don't have the rear heater so pretty square area. I like that slide out tool tray under the closet Jake59.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gregaz - The PO had the rear seats upholstered that way when I bought it. It's an old VW pattern. Earlier this year, I had the Recaro seats upfront re-padded and re-upholstered in the same fabric. Very Happy

danyfromsyr - That's very similar to what I was thinking. Thanks for the pics!

kamzcab86 - Love the photo and details!
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