Camper trailer owners
are great thinkers when it comes to solutions for simple problems around camp.
Spencer came up with this simple idea for an extra self supporting shelf on his
swinging tailgate kitchen when he realized he didn't have a place to put hot
pots & pans. The material for the shelf had to handle heat as well as spills of
hot water. Aluminum checker plate was chosen for the project. The approximate
cost for the shelf was around $50 including bending & stainless steel nuts &
Measuring the distance from the side
awning to the tailgate when opened, he found a shelf 450mm wide was suitable & a
total length of 1 metre. It could have been longer but this would have caused
storage problems. Alan rates the shelf at around 5kg to 10kg
without extra support.
shelf is self supporting using clever channel brackets bolted to the tailgate.
sitting in place.
of aluminum shelf showing slot which slips into support bracket.
The rear upturn is 50 mm &
the front downturn is 70 mm.
kitchen with rear shelf in position.
The shelf fits neatly on
the top of the kitchen for travel.
Thanks to Alan for
sharing this great idea.