Constructing the Passenger’s Side Storage
First up, you’ll remember that we started with a shell (empty) camper. The passenger side is on the right (below).
Passenger side on the left (looking out the back).
Here is the layout that we built:
Because the door is off-set (not placed directly in the middle of the camper), we had less room on the passenger side. Consequently the bench seat storage area is significantly shallower than on the driver’s side.
As with the driver’s side build-out we used a wooden support system, metal L brackets, and 1/2″ plywood.
Once the lower supports were in place, we began building our main storage compartment, which was divided to allow storage of both water jugs and plastic storage bins.
A few of the compartments required wood ‘stops’ installed in the back so storage bins wouldn’t smash up against the window.
And we had to maintain access to the window knob.
The square cutout on the lower panel (far left) is for access to the metal anchors tie-downs that hold the camper to the vehicle. The lower middle compartment (also at floor level) is the location of our diesel heater. The cutout on the bottom right is where the toilet lives. It’s pulled out of the cave and into the main floor area when in use.
A better view of the bench seat with anchor access door. The bench seat lid lifts up to reveal the storage compartment.
A detail view of the top of the main storage area: a cutout for our stove. In a pinch, we could cook indoors but this is primarily where it sits during transportation. We typically cook outside.
Bins in place.
A view of the dinette with seat cushions in place. Note the stove storage.
When the seat is removed, the bench lid lifts and the storage compartment is accessible. In this case, we are able to store four camp chairs (2 adult, 2 kid) in the compartment. A larger storage area is available under the other bench (on the Driver’s side).
Here are all the posts in this series.
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