For those friends reading who might not be familiar with the RVer’s lingo, “mod” is for “modification.” Mods typically involve some sort of innovation or improvement born out of an idea for greater comfort level or conveniencce. Or in some cases, it can also be for bragging rights born out of shameless ego from morphing the RV manufacturer’s original design into that of your own. In my case, it was born out of necessity.
I can’t even claim it as my own, as I found the idea on the Yahoo group. But that has not stopped me from enjoying it any less. Or from beaming with pride as if I had chopped down the tree and carved the doors myself!
In my Winnie J-model, the space beneath the corner bed in the rear contains the greatest potential for storage. What woman does not appreciate being able to store a myriad of sins under the bed? But in the J-model, this cavernous-by-RV-standards space can only be accessed by lifting the bed. Granted, there is a small hydraulic lift to make this a little easier. However, the previous owner threw in a nice big thick memory foam mattress topper (not pictured,) making this “lift” virtually impossible for a wimp with no upper body strength like me.
A few spare parts from Winnebago, a saw, and “voila,” a half a closet! I like to think some guy was sitting there, kicked back in his swivel seat, sipping a fine microbrew when the lightbulb went off. “Hey…..Wonder….just wonder…if….”
Not only can I not claim the originality for this genius modification, I can’t even claim the work. I asked the home builder who built my brother’s home for a recommendation, and he sent me to Steve. I removed the under-bed panel myself, and took it over to his workshop to get an estimate. As we were talking, I was complementing the beautiful cabinetry work surrounding us. Suddently, he began to open the cabinets, revealing beds in all sizes behind those beautifully carved panels. If you are ever in the market for a “wall bed,” this is your guy….