Project Bus # 7 - conversion VW T5 Transporter: pull-out drawer in XXL.By Elisa | On 27. Juni 2019 take an adVANture · On June 27, 2019
DIY Camping Bus as VW T5 Transporter. A few square meters of space, in which everything has to be accommodated, what one needs to live: The rolling at home time must be room wonder, well-being place, kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath all at once. Quasi a kind of Swiss army knife on 4 wheels. Already with the bed extension in the T5 I tried to implement this train of thought and to install a space-saving as well as multifunctional solution.
In order to optimally use the storage space under the bed and to combine several functions in one part, I came up with the idea for a trunk extension with a large drawer with heavy-duty drawer. And in today's article, I want to show you how to build the element pretty easily yourself.
Build the rear extension in the T5 itself.
The drawer in the back of my campervan serves as a storage space for various kitchen utensils, as a storage area and cooking facilities in one. I did not use a built-in kitchen inside the T5 because I mainly cook outside during my road trips.
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For one thing, I do not want all the smells and moisture in cooking (Team Garlic and so on), and second, I love to spend the whole time outdoors. There's nothing like a dreamlike view while the food is leisurely sizzling. The tailgate protects against the sun and light drizzle, only in rain and storm I use the shelves inside.
So it came about that there is now a 1.20m long, 50cm wide and 33cm high box under the bed, which can be pulled out by means of a full extension to about 1.10m and a total of 80kg carries. The full extension * consists of two 1100mm long telescopic rails made of galvanized metal, the ball-bearing guide system opens and closes the rear drawer almost silently, a lock prevents falling out.
The body is made of 18mm spruce wood, which I painted with black plate. So the wood can also get wet for a short time and a damp cloth does no damage. Only the front surface, the front, consists of the wood of an old barn, because of the overall concept.
Step by step - Instructions for the extendable drawer in bulk in the VW T5 van.
I would like to show you a construction manual for a rear drawer in the next lines. Individually adaptable, it is suitable for any size, for any camper, for any height and length. In my case, the measurements were based on the bed and in the width of half of the available space.
In the first step, I took measurements and sawed the floor, the side walls and the back wall. By means of normal screws, the individual parts are fixed to each other and et voila, finished is the skeleton.
Time required: approx. 3.00h for one person.
I already told you why I decided to go for table-cloth. In the second step, I have the body with black blackboard paint * painted from the outside, from the inside with a normal colorless wood glaze. After the first layer has dried overnight, I had to sand all the surfaces again and go over it with another layer (the instructions for this can always be found on the containers of the paints / lacquers).
Incidentally, I used two different brush types for the step. Although each a flat brush, but once for paints (for the table cloth) and one for glazes (for the wood stain). Or one for solvent-based paints / glazes and one for water-based paints / glazes. The brush for the solvent-containing order you clean with universal thinner or turpentine, the water-based order under running water.
Time required: 4.00h (without drying time) for one person.
The boards of the barn for the front I have left something on the side, so that when you stand directly in front of it, the full extracts behind it disappear. Angles fix old boards on a corpus, among them hold them by means of plates.
Time required: approx. 1,50h for one person.
Now came the tricky part that cost the most nerves. First, on one side, I attached the wooden planks between the posts from the bed by means of an angle. Then followed on the side of the first telescopic rail. A substructure, which I do not necessarily recommend for imitation, then served as a base for me to position the drawer outside at the correct height. So I could take measurements for the arrangement of the rail on the opposite side.
The wooden plank in the middle, fastened with carriage bolts on the floor, takes up the second telescopic rail. Afterwards I was able to fasten both rails in the extended state on the carcass.
Time required: approx. 3.00h for one person.
The lid of the same material (plus the same paint) as the body followed at the end. And only then did I notice a mistake that I did not notice before. Since the wooden planks end with the last bedposts, as well as the full extension and the drawer itself, the slats from the bed but survive above, the lid can not be opened over the entire length. In combination with the shorter full extension, I finally had to fix a 25cm wide strip, the rest can be folded by means of Aufschraubscharnieren *.
Above, I also have a sheet attached, which the man has previously geflext the right size. An insensitive surface that is heat, scratch and water resistant and easy to clean. The only drawback is that the metal fades in a certain amount of sunlight.
Time required: approx. 3.00h (without drying time) for one person.
I would like to share some details with you. As the drawer has often opened while pushing and hit the tailgate, I have attached a furniture latch * to the side of a board. A small closure with a great effect, pretty to look at and easy to assemble.
I closed the opening in the rear storage area next to the drawer with a board, which I also painted with blackboard paint, then shortly thereafter artistically operated and then fixed it to the floor by means of an old piano hinge. A remnant of the sheet from the lid protects the back surface from scratches, and an additional angle protects the edge from impact.
Costs and materials used for the rear drawer in the camping bus.
I used the following materials for the drawer in the VW T5:
• glulam spruce, 18 x 600 x 1200mm (3 pcs / 7,75 € = 23,25 €)
• Wood Boards / Timber, 60 x 80 x 2000mm (4,00 €)
• Perforated plate angle, perforated plates (already in possession)
• Screw-on hinges *, 3 pcs / 3,95 € = 11,85 €
• screws in various lengths and sizes (as always owned)
• full extension *, 1100mm (56,00 €): Unfortunately, the rails that I used then are no longer available, but the company offers new dimensions.
• black tablecloth * ( 15,45 €)
• colorless wood stain (11,90 €)
• universal thinner (already owned)
• smooth sheet metal (13,99 €)
• Furniture latch * (2,80 €)
• Piano Band (already owned)
• Jigsaw * (borrowed from roommate)
• Cordless screwdriver * (was already in possession)
• Pencil and folding rule
• Paint brush and glaze brush, one piece each (2 pieces / 3,75 € = 7,50 €)
Most of the materials you will find in the next hardware store, only the Schwerlastvollauszüge in moderation, they often do not have in the range.
The following topics await you in future articles or are already published:
√ Project Bus # 7 - conversion VW T5 Transporter: telescopic drawer in XXL.
√ Project Bus # 9 - Conversion VW T5 Transporter: Installation of a swivel console for the double seat bench.
... to be continued.