Camper Trailers Tech Tips

DIY camper cargo draws







The Outback Sturt Camper Trailer is a soft floor camper that flips off the back of the trailer. All our clothes, towels etc. are carried in plastic tubs and stowed in the cargo area under the bed in the trailer. Once camp is setup these tubs emerge from the bowels of the trailer and take up residence on the floor and commence to discharge there contents over a given area. To combat the mess we decided that a cargo drawer would solve the problem.

I managed to secure a couple of 3 stage drawer slides on ebay for about $160 for the pair. The length of the storage area I needed to fill was 1400mm and the bearings are 1200mm extending out for the same length so they were ideal. The spiel says the bearings can handle 120kgs per pair. That is a lot of clothes and towels!


I fastened each of the slides to a piece of 10mm ply wood and bolted both
pieces under the bed, securing it to the trailer floor as well, this formed the 2 walls of the drawer space.


My drawer could not be the full height of the cavity under the bed, I was
restricted by the tailgate opening. I fitted a lid between the 2 walls which
created a storage shelf approx 200mm high between the top of the drawer
space and the underside of the bed perfect for folded tables and clothes


The drawer itself is no more than a sliding base with a front on it. We purchased 4 recycle tubs from Bunnings and they sit on the sliding base.


The tubs are removeable so they are convenient to pack or unpack at home but whilst we are camping they stay where they are and help keep the campsite tidy.

Thanks to Des for sharing this idea