As the title suggests, I have a Kodiak chassis (Weekend Warrior Road Warrior) that I want to find a center console mod for. It has an auto leveling system which is incorporated into a small console beside the driver seat. I'd like to move the control panel for the leveling system to the dash (there's room where accessory switches might normally be placed) and remove the side console. I just need something up front and center for drinks and a small amount of storage.
As well, I've seen overhead shelves for the cab area that would go where the sun visors are, for other models. I've searched everywhere and can't find anyone that makes them for a Kodiak. It looks like I could put something there that would allow for about 6" of storage height (thinking CB, note pads, cell phones, etc) and maybe about 10" deep.
Bob & Debra, et al
09 Road Warrior RWS3400
Kodiak / Duramax
Are you handy at building something out of wood? Just wondering how to attach it to the floor?
Take a 2x4, cut it to length and screw it to the floor (no I am not kidding). This is the attachment point, and everything else is attached to it.
Using oak plywood, make a three sided cabinet, about 12 - 18" wide, and starting at the base about 3" deep, getting wider as it grows taller. for a top, use more oak plywood, with holes about 3" diameter (what size is your coffee cups?) or the size of a soda can? Make about 3-4 holders, differant sizes. One solid sheet is at the bottom level, with about 2.5" gap to the top level with openings for the coffee cups and soda cans.
For the bottom, and to attach to the 2x4, then have a small shelf that is 1-5/8" above the bottom. Screw this well to the cabinet. Then you can attach this shelf to the 2x4 with 1-1/4" long screws through the shelf to the 2x4. You want it easy to detach, so you can get to the engine when required. If the cabinet wiggles to much, use a 2X6 to attach it to the floor, or perhaps you need something wider?
This is basically how the carpenters attached a cabinet in their work van, with radio, and other things in that cabinet.
Yes you might want to make the first cabinet out of cardboard and duct tape, sort of a patern. They had lots of plywood, and skill, so they made the first one look pretty good. Next van looked even better, once they had a version to look over and make personal improvements.
To hold the two top layers apart, one had 2" round knobs between each layer, screwed together with a lot of 1" and 2" drywall screws. Pre-dill the holes so that the wood will not crack. Plywood and the 2x4 do not require pre-drilling. But sometimes it will help, so that the holes line up in a good looking pattern.
Then stain and varnish with exterior varnish that is pretty much waterproof, used on boats that see saltwater, so a little water spilled onto the cabinet will fall right off, or not do any damage.