As soon as you are on the bus a bit longer, you quickly notice that it becomes a bit exhausting and super messy if you live out of your pocket all the time. Therefore, we decided to build a closet in which we can store our clothes and other things, this not only has the effect that you know where your things are, but it also looks better. It also gives us the opportunity to properly install all electronic components , such as charge controllers, batteries and cables , without them being disruptive or visible later.
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Screws (piano tape): https://amzn.to/2WLERyK
Double ball snapper (doors): https://amzn.to/2QEq0lP
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Poplar plywood in the thicknesses 9, 12 and 15 mm
Planning & cabinet front
In the first step, we considered which dimensions the cabinet should have, how many compartments, doors and where they should be. Then we knew the amount of wood we need and the dimensions of the individual parts. We were able to conveniently have the majority of the individual parts cut to size directly at the hardware store - which we can really recommend to everyone, because when working with a jigsaw, something can go wrong and have to be reworked. Then we sawed out the doors from the front with the jigsaw. As soon as we had all the individual parts, the surfaces were roughened and oiled several times.
Frames & compartments
After all the individual parts had dried, we screwed the frame together and installed the compartments. We had planned two compartments for each side of the closet - In the meantime and after a few test drives, we found that three compartments per side would be even better. We also installed two narrow compartments on the right side of the cabinet. These are ideal for stowing olive oil or wine bottles without them rolling through the bus in curves.
We had to adapt the side parts to the shape of our bus, unfortunately we could not use a template or contour gauge for this.
Installation in the bus
Once the cabinet was assembled, we installed it on the bus. It is best to do this in pairs, otherwise scratches can quickly get into the floor or the ceiling. Then we attached the cabinet in its exact position. We had previously marked them on the floor in pencil . We used simple angles for fastening, which we screwed into the floor and cabinet. Since we have a layer of OSB panels under the laminate, this was not a problem. We were also able to fix the cabinet to the rear of parts of the vehicle body. It is advisable to leave some space between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling, otherwise it will squeak when driving .
So that the doors remain closed while driving, we have installed ball snappers. These keep the doors closed even when driving bumpy and can be adjusted individually. We also attached a door handle and installed the switches for our LED spotlights . We used pot drills for the holes. Later we also built an electrical outlet and other electrical components in our closet, which has the advantage that we can charge cell phones etc. directly.