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Old 08-07-2018, 01:47 PM   #11
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So, after wrestling with what seemed like a choice between AC for the rear and a ski slot (how could I choose between my two favorites, climbing season and ski season?!), SMB responded to my dilemma with what I am told is a new solution.

They installed a removable ski slot within the RB 150S storage cabinets.

Pictures illustrate. A few notes:
  • The box is made of wood, sprayed inside and out with black waterproof liner material.
  • Removable - the box slides out to the back. Latched closed with a single metal latch. Seems solid enough.
  • I haven't measured it, but I'm told it is something like 74 inches deep, which will work for my current skis. I imagine by orienting diagonally and with some overlap beyond the cabinet I might squeeze a little more length out of it, but this should will work for my current boards, and certainly for my wife's and kids'. If needing more length for future skis or friends skis that don't fit, I have a nice ski bag and can go to using my padded ski bag lashed to the floor in the front of the van.
  • Two things I'm anticipating - there will be some snow and moisture on skis when putting them back after a day of use, regardless of how well they are cleaned. This will melt in the van and likely drip out of the box and into the area below. I anticipate lining the entry with towels or something both to pad the sliding around of the skis, and to capture some of the moisture. But one modification I can see doing will be adding a small rim to the bottom edge of the box's opening, under the theory that I can mop up the water while on the road, and clean up easier if it's trapped in the compartment. We will see. And the van should be moist during ski trips anyhow from other sources of snow and water, can't see how that wouldn't happen.
  • Notice that the sliding cabinet door openings into the living area are smaller than standard RB 150 designs. Two shelves worth are available instead of three. This suits me fine. The floor of the bottom shelf, visible in the pics, sweetly opens up to access the space below. And, I've been using the space effectively by shoving ropes and climbing gear in from behind (removed the ski storage box for the summer, leaving all that space available.).
  • Stoked on this so far!!

I'm so happy to guinea pig this, and that in the end I didn't have to choose between outfitting for my passions. More later (next winter) as I actually use it and issues arise...
Hi Mike, anything new to report after using this design for a while? I have to finalize my build details in the next month or so, and I'm wondering if you would give this a solid recommendation. Also, if there any any other aspects of your build that you would highly recommend, change, or avoid, please share. Looking to learn from others who have done similar builds for similar usage. Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:12 PM   #12
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Well it hasn't been snowing a whole lot so I don't have any update. I've been using the van plenty on climbing trips, leaving the ski box at home and stuffing ropes and rack in the lower portion of the cabinets. It's been working great in this configuration so far but I won't have any more feedback until the winter.
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:49 PM   #13
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Well it hasn't been snowing a whole lot so I don't have any update. I've been using the van plenty on climbing trips, leaving the ski box at home and stuffing ropes and rack in the lower portion of the cabinets. It's been working great in this configuration so far but I won't have any more feedback until the winter.
Thanks, I didn't know if you got any snow experience late season. Sounds like the dry storage is working, though!
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