Custom RV Interior Upgrade

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Project by Roz posted 07-26-2011 06:33 AM 4444 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We just had a fun weekend visit from my sister and brother-in-law. They arrived in their motor home. They have only had it a few months. True to his hard core hot-rodding nature, my brother-in-law had a plan for some interior customizing he wanted to do and ask for my help. He had replaced the television with a flat screen and this left some unused space in the cabinet.
Behind the new television we installed a shelf to house a power unit and a solar power controller and turn the gap into usable space. The shelf slides on a rail to allow for installation and removal of the television. Getting the shelf installed was a trick. To get the shelf in place the rails had to be pivoted downward and the shelf slid onto the rails. Then it could be swung up back into place and the front screw replaced.

They wanted a wooden top with cup holders on the Television cabinet strong enough to mount the monitor for the backup camera. We designed a shelf to fit the space and I added a lip at the back to catch things that might roll off the shelf while traveling. It is attached with four counter sunk brass screws. We added a trim piece at the bottom front of the cabinet to add balance and to tie the new woodwork in with the existing wooden fixtures.

The result is made of 7/8 inch Red Oak stained with Minwax Golden Pecan and finished with three coats of Poly Urethane. The stain is a good match for other woodwork in the Motor home and they were happy with the result. We had fun with our weekend woodworking project. They are off to the North West soon and will be testing our design.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 09:06 AM

Hey Terry, some sisters just have GREAT Bro’s, you’ll be a legend my man, looks a real nice job, half their luck at being able to “test it out”

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 10:56 AM

Great job Terry; I love seeing woodworking tied into unique situations. Excellent job!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#3 posted 07-26-2011 01:40 PM

Terry, thats a nice project.

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 03:08 PM

Nice job… looks like it came from the dealership that way.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 03:16 PM

RV interiors are as difficult as boat interiors… nothing is truly flat or straight. Nice job… very functional and professional looking.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 07-26-2011 03:32 PM

Thanks to you all for the feedback. I am happy witht the results.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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