One of the benefits of having a fixed bed is that I can use the space beneath it to provide the bulk of the campervan storage space. I decided to split this area into two sections. The front section already housed the electrical system and I would also install a fridge/freezer, a waste bin and a toilet in this area. All of this would be accessible from the living area of the van. The rear section would be used as a ‘garage’, housing bicycles, boots, wet weather gear etc.
Front Storage Area
I constructed a framework under the bed to secure the fridge to and for supporting a hinged access door in the middle. The surrounding surfaces were clad with tongue and groove and then the fridge was attached, along with the neighbouring door I’d made out of cladding. I secured a swing top waste bin on the back of the cupboard door and I bought a toilet which lives in the space behind the bin. The toilet came with a quick release floor fixing kit. This means I can secure it when I’m driving but can easily slide it out from under the bed to use.
Rear Storage Area
I fitted a plywood separating panel between the two storage areas. This would protect the electrical system and the fridge unit from being struck by anything in the ‘garage’. I left a gap at one side though, so that long items such as fishing rods could still be carried. I also attached a length of aluminium angle to protect the edge of the flooring at the rear of the van.
Even after splitting the under bed area into two, there’s still plenty of space in the rear to fit a couple of bikes, outdoor chairs/table and a few boxes for boots and other kit. The bed is a nice height too and is comfortable to climb on and off from the living area. Really pleased with how it turned out.
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