Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Rear Storage Mod.
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Rear Storage Mod.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next
94-D2

Sutter Creek ca

Full Member

Joined: 03/20/2019

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/20/21 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I needed durable exterior storage for things such as the power cord, propane bottles, gas can, ladders, hoses, fire pit etc. not enough room in the front bullhead storage and don’t really like that stuff in the basement. So, I set out to fabricate a custom rear storage compartment that had the look as if it came this way (except that it is so much stronger than the EOM would have made it. I had a design in mind and a fabricator friend built it to spec for me. It is all steel construction welded and weather proof. 92x24x21 with offset lid and integrated roof ladder (modified from its original 90 degree mounting) with all steel horizontal mounting flanges. The finish is 2 tone power coat with semi reseeded LED tail/brake lights.

[image]

[image]

[image]


2018 Ram 3500 Crew Cab Laramie 6.7L, Aisin, air ride, Ram puck prep, SuperGlide 20K auto slide.
2018 Bighorn Traveler 4 slide w/Apt.



It’s not what you’ve done that commands respect, it’s what you do.

Happy Campin’

RoyF

Fayetteville Arkansas

Senior Member

Joined: 12/20/2009

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/20/21 04:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful job. Does the ladder simply pass through your storage top and is not supported by it?

ford truck guy

Pennsylvania

Senior Member

Joined: 03/22/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/20/21 04:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great looking box...... Nice work, My only issue would be carrying propane back there... in the event of a rear end collision, that would be ugly. But that may just be me...


Me-Her-the kids
2020 Ford F350 SD 6.7
2020 Redwood 3991RD Garnet


Lwiddis

Williams AZ area

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/20/21 05:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agreed...great mod but I too wouldn’t carry propane there.


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, 300 watt solar-parallel & MPPT, Trojan T-125s. TALL flag pole. Prefer boondocking, USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, state camps. Bicyclist14 yr. Army vet-11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560) IOBC & IOAC grad


94-D2

Sutter Creek ca

Full Member

Joined: 03/20/2019

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/20/21 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The ladder is totally supported by the box. It has a cross member inside of the box terminating the flanges. Lots more support than the 90 degree bend and flanges holding it by 8 screws on the fiberglass panel by the OEM. housing a spare 20 lb propane bottle probably doesn’t carry any more or less risk that the 2 30 lb bottles up front in the fiberglass storage compartments. The boxed steel construction of the rear box is really strong and most likely has a bit more integrity than the fiberglass ones up front. Perhaps not as exposed to hazard as a side impact but definitely stronger.

Diamond c

West ky

Senior Member

Joined: 08/11/2020

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/20/21 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I love it!!! Great job!

94-D2

Sutter Creek ca

Full Member

Joined: 03/20/2019

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/20/21 08:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the comments. It was a difficult task. The coroplast had to come out to work on the frame portion and did that after a catastrophic tank leak which prompted a replacement and discovery of an absolute installation mess of all the wiring, plumbing and hydraulic lines (which is a whole other story). So, this was a 3 phase project that has been going on since late October. Actually led to insulating with R19 and installation of on board air and automatic reel. Fall and winter were very busy with it. Pretty good weather allowed for it. Even squeezed in a week trip last month too.

BobsYourUncle

Calgary Alberta Canada

Senior Member

Joined: 12/12/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/20/21 09:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That looks really awesome!

And I can appreciate how much work it was to build because I have one on the back of our TT.

It is soooooo nice to have a place to stow things like the shore power cable, the ground mats for under the awning, the hitch and eq bars when not in use, extra hoses, wood blocks, camp chairs and more.

* This post was edited 03/20/21 09:54pm by BobsYourUncle *


2007 GMC 3500 dually ext. cab 4X4 LBZ
Dmax/Allison

2007 Pacific Coachworks Tango 306RLSS - 32'

RV Rebuild Website
Currently under construction, big project! Will change this when done.

.


94-D2

Sutter Creek ca

Full Member

Joined: 03/20/2019

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/20/21 10:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you. The storage is really valuable. I did a similar project on my 2011 Avalon shortly after I got it. Best mod yet.....

Roger10378

Goodrich, MI.

Senior Member

Joined: 05/29/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/21/21 07:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It looks nice. My concern would be the amount of weight you have added way at the back. You need to get to a scale and make sure you still have at least 18 percent of your total on the pin. Otherwise it may be very unstable driving.


2005 Cardinal 30TS
2007 Chevy 2500HD D/A

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Rear Storage Mod.
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.