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luv2skyski

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Posted: 05/15/09 06:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've always hated the closet "rods" that were installed in our NL. I don't know how many of you have these:
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But they are a pain in the keister! That one in the kitchen pantry isn't that bad because you can see the holes to put the hangers in (Of course you are still limited to two, three at the most, hangers per hole). But the two in the bedroom are horrible. You have to just about put your head in the closet to line up to these holes:
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So different rods were needed. The main problem was that I couldn't use a traditional rod hanger mount on the wall at the end of the rods because the walls were too thin. They were only about 3/16" thick plywood. So they had to be hung from the ceiling. I ended up using 1/8" thick aluminum angle for the brackets and 3/4" aluminum tubing for the rods. I drilled a hole and then tapered the edges of the angle. After polishing the tubing I used a small cotter pin to keep the tube from sliding out of the angle bracket:
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Back side of the bracket:
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Kitchen closet rod installed:
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Close up:
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Bedroom closet rod installed:
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Ya'll like the sweatshirt? You know you do!!!!! Ok...Ok, here's one for you, Bruce:
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BTW, thanks again for the windbreaker. Here's one without any clutter:
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Now we're able to just hook and push our garments to the back. Much better. Happing camping, Dave.


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Posted: 05/15/09 07:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very Nice!!! You are certainly a very talented person. [emoticon]

BTW, what is that black tube thing?


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Posted: 05/15/09 07:19am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great looking job Dave,
how did you pick what screws to use?
Did you just use the same size that the factory used?
Thats a really cool MI jacket [emoticon]
In our camper the black Thing is the radio antenna and it's in our TV cabinet.


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Not to highjack the topic but

Beddows wrote:

When we did tours on several factories 4 summers ago. We complained about those things at every one of them. Some listened, most did not. My SnowRiver came with plain wooden rods and this spring in Mexico over very rough roads & hundreds of Topes (speed bumps), some of which I hit at high speed, we never lost a single hanger.


I have a fix for lost hangers. Just add some plastic tubes to the hook area. plus cut a small notch to lock in the tip.
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Posted: 05/15/09 10:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, nice job, and excellent pictures. That must be the kind of hanger "rod" that's used in most campers because we have the same in both the main closet/wardrobe and the cabover "wardrobes". Thanks for sharing, and happy camping.


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luv2skyski

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~DJ~ wrote:

BTW, what is that black tube thing?
Yep, Bruce is right, radio antenna.

Spott wrote:

how did you pick what screws to use? Did you just use the same size that the factory used?
I used the same screws that held the old rods in place. I add a couple of extras the same size.

Happy camping, Dave.

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Nice work. Our a bracket like that in it. We have plastic hangers and you have to tilt/angle them to get them in the hole. I only think about replacing it like you did or get metal hangers when I'm fight with it.

(Note to self) Replace rod hanger.

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When we did tours on several factories 4 summers ago. We complained about those things at every one of them. Some listened, most did not. My SnowRiver came with plain wooden rods and this spring in Mexico over very rough roads & hundreds of Topes (speed bumps), some of which I hit at high speed, we never lost a single hanger.

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Posted: 05/15/09 07:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Excellent job. I was thinking about yanking the entire thing out and putting in shelves...still undecided.


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Gee, my old 1988 Bigfoot came with what you installed. Nice job.


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