Was there all along but...

This is crazy but in my 2014 UMB I had a panel above the pantry that I looked at for over 5 years and wondered what was behind it. In the closet there is a little cover that has a label about satellite wiring. I finally opened this up by pounding the panel into the hole pushing out the staples securing the panel to the back of the trim. Inside was a huge opening with a few loose wires. I coiled the wires and pushed to the back. Cut a few pieces of 1/4 inch plywood and pushed them in for a back, floor, and right side. Used the panel for a door, added a handle and 1/2 inch piece of plywood that exactly fits the hole. And with very little effort and a $4 handle, a really nice cabinet above the panty that is very accessible. I can not believe I left this space go to waste for all these years.


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SSTraveler

2014 LTV Unity Murphy Bed
I too have always wondered what was behind that square panel. When I was working with Gamma1966 on his installation of a Multiplus 3000w Inverter he showed me this discovery. I am planning to open this up as well. How did you secure your door? Hinges, magnets? I was thinking maybe a stretchy mesh for my opening. Nice little usable space!
 
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aarpskier

2017 LTV Unity FX
At some point there was an LTV re-design. On our 2017 UFX, the pantry goes up much higher, and the 8' x 10" or so space above it is a finished cabinet with a door and handle.
 
How did you secure your door? Hinges, magnets?
I cut 1/2" plywood to fit perfectly into the hole. By sanding it and putting a little bit of angle to make it a wedge. Now when I push it into the hole no latch or holds of any kind are required.

As many things that I have improved on this coach I'm amazed that this one took me so long.
 

blue

2011 LTV Unity CB
Our 2011 Unity CB came with a finished cupboard above the pantry, so LTV must have eliminated it for later models. We use it to store plastic wrap, aluminum foil, waxed paper, paper towel, etc. Being high, small, and deep, it has limited used. Perhaps a wine rack?
 
Seriously it just jams into the hole and is quite secure without magnets or latches. Not perfect because the panel was a little torn up by the staples but no one is going to notice but me.

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Aqua Puttana

Poly - Thread Finder
Seriously it just jams into the hole and is quite secure without magnets or latches. Not perfect because the panel was a little torn up by the staples but no one is going to notice but me.

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Not to be a wet blanket...
But as you ramble down the highway has it ever popped loose? That may damage something as it finds its way to lower places. A couple magnet units might help to prevent that.

I appreciate the fun of discovering storage space in an RV that can be leveraged. I've found a couple places in the Jayco 23b trailer that provided more storage. Some of it is "secret". Well... not completely, but it gives us some places to stow stuff where it might not be discovered.

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bobtuba

2020 LTV Unity MB
In the 2020, the pantry door goes all the way up to within a couple of inches of the ceiling. I’m guessing that it therefore has one more rack inside than the previous models? Or did it just get shifted up, as there is about 16” of black metal screen below the pantry...
 

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