Looking for a solution: "Pop-Up" panel in a motorhome.

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Forum topic by wildbill001 posted 09-24-2012 01:49 AM 1248 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2012 01:49 AM

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We bought a very used motorhome last month. Had an old tube-TV mounted in the dash, in the front, over the “dog house” or engine cover. It didn’t work very well so out it went. I’m building an insert that will go in it and want to add a few things to make driving on the road a bit easier on me.

One of those things that I would like to add is a pop-up panel, for lack of a better term. What I am envisioning is a panel that contains several 12v sockets (for phone chargers, GPS, etc.) This panel would be normally flush with the top of the new insert until needed. Then, you push down on it and it will then rise up, hinged on one side, to reveal the outlets. The part with the outlets would be, I’d guess, approximately 2” wide.

Anybody have any idea what I could use to do this? I’ve searched for small gas springs but can’t find anything less that 12”. I found the spring-latch—the kind you find on stereo cabinets where you push the glass and it opens but it has a travel of only about an 1.

Hope this makes sense to someone.

Anyway, open to suggestions, comments, ideas.

Bill W

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 03:18 AM

I have made things to conceal but often find I never close them. They are always needed. But, here goes. Can you make the guides to direct it up and stop it. Use springs to push it up and hold it. Get some of those cabinet latches that you puts into and the lock. push again and they release. Have no idea what they are called but that is how they work. Play with springs until you get them as strong as you want. Might put them over a rod and put a nut on the bottom of the rod for a stop. That would also contain the spring and keep it from escaping into a black hole. LOL

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 09:27 PM

I think you are describing what had been used on electronics for years…touch it, it pops up to about 45’....push it down and it locks closed. Check out outfits that sell “build your own” computers.

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#3 posted 09-24-2012 10:41 PM


These two websites produce just such things for conference tables and the likes. I didn’t see anything 12v but I saw a lot that you could modify

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 12:51 AM

Thanks, for the leads. I’ll check them out and see if any will suit my needs.

Bill W

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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