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Old 09-17-2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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Ski Storage in 144 LR

Has anyone done anything they really like for in-van ski storage in a 144? Raised floor, under cabinet "slot", etc? Considering options taking into account convenience, transport, and safe storage. Thanks!
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Old 09-17-2017, 04:33 PM   #2
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It may take a little searching of the Threads, but yeah, there are some cool ways folks have stored skis... while your waiting for some definitive lead - get to work learning the Forum. You're gonna find some great ideas...
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Old 09-19-2017, 08:44 AM   #3
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Has anyone done anything they really like for in-van ski storage in a 144? Raised floor, under cabinet "slot", etc? Considering options taking into account convenience, transport, and safe storage. Thanks!
Our shower pan will be a steel unit mounted behind the driver, and powder coated. Roughly 33" long (front to back) without any cabinets above it. On the backside of the shower pan will be the fridge, and then a high-roof upper cabinet. We'll be adding L-track to the walls above and below the window, the ceiling, and to the forward facing walls on the fridge and upper cabinet. We'll then rig up ski mounts to the forward facing wall so our skis are vertically mounted in the shower pan where they can drip dry. The L-track above/below the windows will be used to hang various bags, climbing gear, and occasionally our bikes. Because we have bars in the 740 - 780mm range, we'll have to angle the bars a bit to fit two bikes, but mostly the bikes will be on a kuat rack outside. We'll mount them inside if security is a concern, or if we're spending a lot of time in urban areas.

We won't be able to carry a ton of skis this way, though. Maybe 2 or 3 sets forward facing, and if we add ski mounts to the wall somehow, we could squeeze 4. This might be the first year where our touring setups are also our inbounds setup. So, room for two skis, hang our jackets and pants from the roof between the driver/passenger seats, hang our skins from the L-track in the ceiling over the shower pan, and boots will be on 12v boot driers (plugged in at passenger seat base).
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Old 09-19-2017, 10:22 AM   #4
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Our shower pan will be a steel unit mounted behind the driver, and powder coated. Roughly 33" long (front to back) without any cabinets above it. On the backside of the shower pan will be the fridge, and then a high-roof upper cabinet. We'll be adding L-track to the walls above and below the window, the ceiling, and to the forward facing walls on the fridge and upper cabinet. We'll then rig up ski mounts to the forward facing wall so our skis are vertically mounted in the shower pan where they can drip dry. The L-track above/below the windows will be used to hang various bags, climbing gear, and occasionally our bikes. Because we have bars in the 740 - 780mm range, we'll have to angle the bars a bit to fit two bikes, but mostly the bikes will be on a kuat rack outside. We'll mount them inside if security is a concern, or if we're spending a lot of time in urban areas.

We won't be able to carry a ton of skis this way, though. Maybe 2 or 3 sets forward facing, and if we add ski mounts to the wall somehow, we could squeeze 4. This might be the first year where our touring setups are also our inbounds setup. So, room for two skis, hang our jackets and pants from the roof between the driver/passenger seats, hang our skins from the L-track in the ceiling over the shower pan, and boots will be on 12v boot driers (plugged in at passenger seat base).
That sounds like an awesome set up. I don't recall the specifics of your build, but it sounds like a high roof. Part of my challenge is that I've purchased a LR and 63" won't cut it for any of my skis vertically, although I should evaluate whether I could fit them at an angle in some configuration. Taking a step back, I'm trying to think about returning from a tour / day at the lifts, and the process of stowing the gear, changing, etc. and then drying everything. Today, I just throw everything in back of my Yukon and deal with it where we are staying. I'm still at the stage of 50 vs 30 layouts and how to pull all of the pieces together. Thanks again for the info, it gives me some things to think about.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:56 PM   #5
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I'm now thinking about how to install a ski rack on top of the aluminess rear bumper / box. They have a great bike rack setup, which presumably could be swapped out for skis. The skis would be horizontal on top the box, protected from the wind and road debris. No word yet on whether aluminess can do this, or if I need to find a shop for this mod, but I'm thinking this may be the way to go. Easy to access and secure. I am still exploring a roof box, but I'm the thought of climbing the ladder mid-winter and the weight limitations (electric PH) have me reconsidering.
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We have decided on the Aluminess roof rack with Yakima cross-bars. A bit tougher to access via ladder but solid storage on the Yakima lockable powderhound rack.

Cloths we'll hang from d-rings in overhead inside, boots 110V boot dryer. D5 system as well.
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