Tension rods, no way

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  1. RESTLS

    RESTLS New Member

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    Tension rods are just that TENSION rods. I do not trust them. Why? They are TENSION rods relying on tension. Any shift in a camper could cause the tension to fail. We have one in our tub/shower and it fell. Not a good situation. Being a wood worker as a hobby, I have the tools to create a more substantial shelving solution. Noting the attached pictures, I created a PVC system that will not fall.

    I used PVC pipe to create the standards on which the wire shelving bracket are attached. I sanded the lower pole ensuring it slid easily into the upper pole. Pole caps were glued and screwed to the cabinet base and ceiling. Yes, I have no fear of screwing, 1/2” screws into the ceiling.

    A D ring was used to hold the poles in place. The total pole length was ¼” shorter than the distance between the base and the ceiling allowing no pressure on the ceiling.

    The assembly is dismantled, removing the D ring and the assembly and shelves are placed on the table/bed area for storage during PUP collapse.


    Shelf 1C.png Shelf 2A.jpg Top locatedA.jpg Wire pinA.jpg
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Very nice, neat and solid looking! I did have the tension rod version in one of our old campers. I solved the problem by gluing rubber "cups" for lack of a better word, that held the rods from moving. Now we just use pre-made metal shelving over the stove, but what you have made provides much more storage. I may try something like this over a small counter that we have. It doesn't do anything but collect junk right now.
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Looks good , but my tension rods are also good. And hold the same, so to each his own. Btw, i recently had a peak at some other campers that really went the extra mile woth there woodworking skills. Nice mortise and tenon joints, pretty wood. At the end of the day its what works for you. Yours is an a + also.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Looks really sturdy and a very neat job of doing it. Should work just fine for you.
     
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    Looks great!This is our plan as well. My husband did not like the tension rod idea but liked the shelving. He’s also ok with screwing a few holes in the ceiling, it’s not the roof! Just hoping to get it done before our big trip in August!
     
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    Used tension rod method, screwed and glued the closet rod holders to the counter top and ceiling. Three years now and never an issue. I do occasionally have to adjust the length of the rod +/- .5" to accommodate the ceiling height; it's an old camper so not sure why it changes occasionally but not something I'm really worried about figuring out.

    Glad you found a solution that worked for you
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    I always collapse ours to the minimum length anyway for storage.
     
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