Cutting a Hole in Our RV’s Wall – Seeking More Storage


You know those home improvement shows where people take sledge hammers and knock out walls?  This video is the RV version of that.  Check it out!

 

When you travel in a Class B motorhome, it always seems like there’s something else you would really like to bring… if only you could find the room.  So I hacked apart our back wall looking for more storage.  I found some, but not exactly what I had hoped for.

I’m not the first person to cut into this particular wall (our RV is a Winnebago Travato 59G).  And I don’t know that it would have been on my radar if I had not seen others do it.  But those wall cutting pioneers didn’t leave me a set of blueprints.

If they HAD left me blueprints, I would have seen that the wall wasn’t deep enough to store what I wanted to.

But then I wouldn’t have made this video.

And I wouldn’t have gotten to take a jigsaw and chop out a hole in a wall.

And Stef might not have gotten to take along her GoSun Solar Cooker.

And the GoSun Solar Cooker makes Stef happy…

So maybe in the end, it was worth it.

 



James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling certified coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.


    21 thoughts on “Cutting a Hole in Our RV’s Wall – Seeking More Storage

    1. John Thorpe

      Nice job Jim! But I just can’t believe you just hacked into that wall. I under stand it was wasted space. I think you had a plan for the GoSun all along. But how are you adjusting to it being stored with out the box. I am not sure I could allow that.
      Something like that I would have to store in the box.

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      1. James - Post author

        The Go Sun was really Stef’s idea. I was kind of bummed by the space issue, and she was trying to put it to its best use.

        Go Sun makes a carrying bag that we should have soon. That’s what the cooker will travel in. But for right now… you guessed it… it’s in its box. 🙂

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    2. Steve Day

      OOPS! I should have viewed your big old metal box vid BEFORE the back panel project. The box appears to have inherited all the formerly hanging items. I’ve been toying with building such a box and hanging it from the bottom where the generator used to be. Access is the question. Also considered adding a second freshwater tank there. Love the aluminum box you had made, The newer Travato bike rack does not permit space to attach such an item.

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      1. James - Post author

        I had thought about a floor hatch for some generator storage, but since we usually have bicycles above that spot, it wouldn’t be very useful.
        But if you attempt the “hole in the floor” option, I’d be curious to see.
        Heck… I’d probably even help you.

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    3. Steve Day

      Hi James. As ever, your work is impeccable. But… where are you going to store all of
      the gack you used to have hanging on that back panel, under the dinette?

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      1. James - Post author

        I had it made. But I’m considering placing a bulk order if I can find enough interested people.
        Look for a more detailed post in the next week or two.

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    4. VW_Vista

      wow, quite peculiar that Winnebago doesn’t do something to utilize this space! either with storage or perhaps extending the bathroom area. 4″ can make all the difference in the world with a Class B!

      Also, the German in me goes into a rage every time I have to deal with Winnebago wiring… does the factory only stock white & yellow wire or do they just not care that we’re living in a civilization here? 😉

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    5. Mike < FISH

      Oh my What Guy,
      So you went easy and slow and you came up with a place where the bride can give her GOSun color cooker a place to go! You da man!!! Like my Grand pa would always say… ” Happy wife…a happy life ” !
      Thank you for finding a place with more usable space which keeps them happy and us in the house! It’s getting a little tight sharing quarters with the pooch and the cat! Job well done…again sir and still taking one for the team!
      The Fish and the guys of the world!
      PS Have a Happy 4th and I will after I have my 5th ..Enjoy the holiday folks!

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      1. James - Post author

        Thanks, Fish.
        Stef is indeed happy about the GoSun, and we’re planning to get lots of use out of it in the near future.

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    6. Michael Hacker

      How much better can a Monday night be?
      If you want the opinion of a Wannabee,
      I’ve got wine, chips and The Fit RV!
      Thank you James & Stefany 🙂

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      1. Stefany

        Awww, Michael! I don’t usually see the comments that come in to James’ posts, but I happened to be on when yours came in. This is so stinkin’ nice! I’m typing with a big stupid grin on my face. Thanks for making my night. xoxo

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    7. Judahcc

      ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I like it and the space will develop itself. Cushion the items so no noise while RV is in motion.

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      1. James - Post author

        Yes – we have a bag on the way that will keep the GoSun quiet. Right now, it’s traveling in it’s original box.
        We’ve got some other accessories stored on the top shelf. We’ll see what happens there over time.

        Thanks for watching!!

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    8. Lauri Callen

      THAT was GREAT!!! I love that you can *laugh* at yourself and also that your videos show “non-perfection”. I just love all your “toys”! But, of course, using them successfully always boils down to one thing…..creativity.

      Thanks for sharing!!!!

      Lauri

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