Tension shelf mod

Discussion in 'My Favorite Mods, Tips, Tricks (and Blunders!)' started by gketchup, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. gketchup

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    Finally took a stab at the tension shelf mod. I'm so happy with it! We are currently out on our 12 day camping trip and the storage was essential for the food alone! I'm thinking another set may be in order!! Thanks for all of the posts and tips people had!![​IMG]


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    Looks like a job well done, congrats!
     
  3. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

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    Makes ya wonder how anyone could do without them, doesn't it!
     
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    You must really like Parmesan cheese [;)] [:D]
     
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    12 day camping trip! Two of my recipes called for Parmesan! [emoji6] Gotta be prepared!


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    Where did you buy your poles and did you use sockets or velcrow at the top?
     
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    I got everything at Menards. I used the closet rod cups and used the enclosed 1/4" screws to secure them to the ceiling and the counter.


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    I'm surprised the manufacturers haven't caught on Dubbya!
     
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    We have two and love them. Can't imagine camper life without them!
     
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    We are on day 8 of a 12 day trip. I know exactly where I want the second set! [emoji4]


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  11. BigAdm

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    I did this mod and used an adhesive to attach the cups to the ceiling....Although it collapsed my last camping trip......I'm wondering what the rules are on drilling into the roof?
     
  12. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

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    Typically, the roof will be 1" thick. Use screws with plastic anchors no longer than 3/4" long. I really like the EZ-anchor plastic anchors for this kind of thing. Drill a 1/4" pilot hole, snip off the plastic tip of the EZ-anchor, insert and tighten then anchor then use a 5/8" screw.
     
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    Alright, I'm really going to have to jump on this bandwagon...
     
  14. Harvardroger

    Harvardroger If it feels good, do it! If it hurts, Stop!

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    The cups on the ceiling are a must. We found out the hard way when the top of the rods slipped and the whole thing collapsed. I epoxied plastic furniture coasters to the ceiling and no problems ever since.
     
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    I am in the middle of a week long camping trip with my son - first in the camper and with my version of the shelves. I used the cups and applied the industrial strength velcro to attach. So far I have not seen any loss of adhesive. I also picked up some pins from Lowes, and drilled a hole through each lower section of the shower rod. Now when I put it together I slide the pin in and secure it. If the pole loses tension it can only compress a small amount before resting on the pin. So far so good.
     
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    Popiworks Paddle faster, I hear banjos!

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    Very nice - more storage is a must!
     
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    I used wooden closet pole ends and 2x padded tape to adhere them to the ceiling and counter. Figure out level once and done and the poles sit inside the end about 1/2 inch to allow for movement of camper roof.
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    [LOL] This was my first thought. I had a difficult time concentrating on the shelving because my brain was preoccupied with all that Parmesan. [LOL]

    That would take us over a year to use, and I thought we were heavy cheese users. [:O]

    I was all into looking at camper mods, and now my stupid OCD mind wants to look up recipes that use massive amounts of Parmesan.
     
  20. TheEvilKaren

    TheEvilKaren "That's what I do; I drink and I know things."

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    It seems so odd to see all these photos/descriptions of food on the tension shelf. Most of our camping is done in bear country, so we never store food inside except when we're camped at the family property on a MN river. We're pretty safe there except perhaps from some of the extended family! [;)]

    Our food -- and anything else with an odor, good or bad -- lives in the TV unless we're cooking. I did make a tension shelf; it just doesn't get set up when we're camping in the mountains.
     

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