|They used to bully kids like this back in the 1970s… I was one of them.|
What I didn’t realize initially is that the 6″ wide by 11″ deep x 21″ tall unused area (next to the side entry area) is a LOT of wasted space. As time passed and more was learned about what needs to be carried, the idea of converting this space to storage seemed like something fun to tackle.
Just a side note… Notice that linoleum doesn’t even extend far enough to cover the wasted space… I had built out the van like a house trailer – started with the floor, laid a small strip of linoleum, and set stuff on top. Redneck construction at its finest!
To the right is a picture showing the new shelving unit. I built it to a height six inches above the counter top. It is made from pine 1×6 boards cut to size, sanded, and painted. I added a 1×2 lip to each shelf to keep the cans from sliding out.
This new storage rack is able to house twenty standard sized cans of food. Though each shelf is only the width of three cans, it is deep enough that you can stagger them and fit five per shelf. The spaces are also tall enough to store larger soups, too! (i.e. “Chunky” brand)
As you can see, I’m using the new shelves to carry soups, sardines, dry beans, rice, medicine, gravy packets, and even Berkley power bait for fishing. I was amazed at how much stuff will fit in here. It’s freed up enough room that the full sized skillet can now be stored in the drawer under the bed (formerly food storage space), not under the passenger’s seat.
Thanks for visiting. Take care! … V.T.