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After looking at the available options for a drawer system for the loadbed of the van, I decided that I’d rather build my own at a far cheaper price than those commercially available, so herewith the build log.

I decided on the Connect-It system which meant I didn’t have to weld and that it should be lighter than an all wood system.

I also decided that with the square tubing being 25mm, I wouldn’t need 18mm plywood, so went with the 12mm. I wanted 1 drawer as opposed to having 2 individual drawers (in retrospect, probably a mistake but I’ll see how long the frame lasts and stands up to abuse) and also purchased a pair of 1000mm of ball bearing slides.

I bought the square tubing in 2m lengths and as I don’t own a cut off saw, I built a small frame to turn my 115mm angle grinder into a cut-off saw.

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After measuring I came up with the following design which I then got my girlfriend to put into AutoCad.
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After cutting and installing some connect-it pieces

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And eventually, frame fully built after some modifications to the initial design.

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Tried to then fit it into the loadbed and realised that with the bottom of the loadbed being wider than the top, the frame wouldn’t fit in, so once again I modified a small section and cut-out 70mm from the side.

Space to incorporate my camping battery, DC-DC charger with MPPT and some USB/Harrison plugs.


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Using 12mm plywood, I built the drawer with some wood screws and glue and then carpeted the bottom using some speaker box carpeting.

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Now to mount the slides on 12mm plywood that would be bolted onto brackets riveted onto the 25mm square tubing.

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Everything now working and as it should.

Now for the side panels and electrics.

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To be finished off over the weekend
 

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Thanks.

Wanted to get the frame finished and in before the canopy was fitted.

But still a bit of work to finish it off.

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Nice progress, almost there!

Interesting system for the frame, the "Connect it". It is steel?
 

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Connect-It are molded plastic connectors that fit into square tubing (and round bar), either mild steel or aluminium.

Sizes come in 19/25 & 38mm.





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Interesting stuff, thank you.

Looks to be quite strong, wall thickness seems good on these inserts/unions.
 

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Finished carpeting and the final side pieces this afternoon. Just the electrics to wire up but there isn't too much of a rush for the moment.



Fitted the drawer and bolted in the sides.









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Finished carpeting and the final side pieces this afternoon. Just the electrics to wire up but there isn't too much of a rush for the moment.



Fitted the drawer and bolted in the sides.









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Looks good, I had the same thoughts when I got my Nav Last year, went for the 18mm ply Wood option. Also I used 25mm box with roller bearings for drawer supports(skate board wheel bearings) all in around £200
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Thanks.

Yours looks good.

Mine probably cost a similar amount. Picked up a handle and a spring latch yesterday, so will fit over the weekend.

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Thanks.

Yours looks good.

Mine probably cost a similar amount. Picked up a handle and a spring latch yesterday, so will fit over the weekend.

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Thanks look forward to you final photo when complete, it does make the load bed far more useable.
 

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The drawer system is now finished.



Now for the wiring of the 2nd battery.

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Looking good guys ive wanted a draw for years, but just dont have the time to make one from scratch (any offers? Lol)
Im currently working on fitting a roll top under the canopy to make a kind of retractable shelf.
 

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Looking good guys ive wanted a draw for years, but just dont have the time to make one from scratch (any offers? Lol)
Im currently working on fitting a roll top under the canopy to make a kind of retractable shelf.
Hi, never thought about fitting an internal roll top as a sliding shelf, might look into that as an optional extra for my Nav.
I will post the timber cutting list for my drawers I fitted, you should be able to get timber pre cut for you locally(B&Q did mine all to size no extra cost). Assemble take about 2-3 hours, more time if you want to fit locks to drawers and cover in carpet or rubber as I did.
I will also post the list of “extras” I used for runners and locks etc.


Not a big job but definitely worth the effort, tool storage is great post installation.

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