10-Minute Tech: Secret Storage

We have a 2019 Keystone Outback. My husband was looking for the water pump, and during his search he noticed that the end tables on each side of the couch had screw-on fronts. One side housed the water pump, and the other was empty space. He removed the screws from the panels and took them off. I added a wooden knob to each panel, which I painted to match the other fixtures, then my husband placed hook-and-loop fastener material along the side edges of the frame and inside the new door. Now we have easy access to both spaces, and the one that was empty space is large enough to store five or six rolls of paper towels. The cost was less than $5, and it was done in no time at all.

Linda Nichols | Wintersville, Ohio

Tech Editor’s Note: This is a good use of empty space, but if there is wiring or heating equipment inside, do not store items in the space as it could present a fire hazard.


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  1. Great storage find in your RV. Of course, like the tech editor’s comment adds, you need to use common sense in exposing these hidden spaces. But, this grates on my soul (OK, slightly dramatic, I know), when I see such space wasted, seemingly intentionally, by the RV manufacturers. Our 2007 Cardinal reeks of wasted space and ridiculous (and ridiculously heavy) decorative wood fascia. My wife and I live full time in our fifth-wheel, mostly stationary as semipermanent residents in our RV park. But, about once a year, we haul our home out to The Lake, 90 miles away, and I’ve discovered lots of ways to save weight and open up space. Removing the glass-mirror sliding doors in our bedroom closet chucked about 150 pounds. Adding a kitchen island added back about 100 pounds. Removing all of the 1970s-chic window valances not only dumped more than a hundred pounds but brightened up the interior immensely. I popped out a blank panel under our sink, above the furnace, and found that there’s almost 7 to 8 cubic feet of unused space under that counter. Still working out ways to recover and use that space.


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