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Old 04-18-2008, 06:45 PM   #1
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Secrets?

I spent some time just sitting in the van today examining all the joinery and the way things are stitched together and began to wonder where I could stash papers, cash or extra keys that would be fairly invisible. I'm talking about places aside from a safe or locking underfloor storage which I don't have and which would be obvious anyway.

If the police are going to tear apart your vehicle looking for contraband, well, nothing can save you; I'm talking about casual thieves, like the teenagers who spent an hour or so one night rummaging through my Astro van in Oakland, taking change, my disability placard, the fast trak (electronic prepaid bridge toll device) and scarfing down earthquake emergency provisions (they must have been pretty bored).

While I realize the Catch 22 of talking about this, I thought I'd say right out loud that two places that were of immediate interest to me were:

1. The zipper on the armrest covers, which when open, reveal a space big enough for a spare key or two and maybe some folded bills.
2. Our van is a "50" and I noticed on the driver's side above the closets, but below the PH bed was a 33" long, 7.5 to 9" wide (narrower towards the rear), slightly less than one half inch high space. It would be
easy to cover an insert with the same upholstery material, shaped sort of like a windshield visor that could slip in this space an hold a great deal of paper, spare keys, if they were stored flat, extra debit/credit cards and other emergency identification.

Any other ideas?
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:25 PM   #2
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On the "50" anyway.... pull out the pantry. Look under it. At least in mine, there's a pretty big wasted space under there. Big enough for a small arsenal, if one were so inclined. You could also easily fashion a false-bottom for this little secret place.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:33 PM   #3
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The pantry? which drawer/cabinet are you talking about? Above the fridge?
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:39 PM   #4
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This doesn't show the secret area (which is just below this pull-out section), but this is what I'm talking about. We've always stored food in here:
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:57 PM   #5
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"Normal" 50er's don't have a pantry.
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Are you saying my "50" is a mutant? Of questionable parentage? Oops.
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Yeah in fact I may need to ban you from the "50 only" thread...
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Wait, the guy that sold this to me swore it was a "50." You mean I got taken? I might need to start a new "superior" thread once I can figure out which model this is...
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No way, you guys are pulling my leg. I just checked the sportsmobile site and the floor plan shows the pantry in the RB-50. Also the photos on the RB-50 page show this pantry clearly. You guys almost gave me a heart attack. Nope, what I got is a 50. My SMB lineage is pure.

http://sportsmobile.com/1_rb-50.html

But unfortunately, the sportsmobile page actually touts the secret compartment under the pantry. So the secret's out.
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