Organizing the Class B: Charging Center

Laptops. Tablets. Phones. Bluetooth speakers. Mifi devices.

So much technology that enables this digital nomad lifestyle.

Every screen has a battery. And a charging cable. And our Pleasure-Way Class B motorhome has but three power outlets available on the inside.

Here’s how we found sanity when it came to having a place to both store and charge all the devices.

Convert Space

Our Pleasure-Way had an odd little…I’m not even sure what to call it. With cabinets above and entertainment center below I’m not sure if this was supposed to be a night-stand type of space?

We tried storing fruit there in a basket but found it difficult to see what we had. The little trim rail made sliding the basket in and out hard.

I removed the trim rail and things were easier, but it was clear this space needed a higher purpose. All of our screens needed both a place to live and a place to chage.

Two of the three power outlets were here, so locating the charge center here made sense.

Light But Strong

While shopping for wood I found 1/4” Luan - which is a thin plywood.

The sheets were smooth and straight and the thickness perfect for our needs.

Outsource the Cutting

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My only power tool is a drill. How to get the Luan cut down to the dimensions I need?

Lowes.

They charge $0.25 a cut.

At that price it’s almost pointless to own your own saw.

Home we went with:

  • A stack of shelves
  • Some 90 degree trim
  • Elmers glue
  • Small 90 degree corner brackets
  • Screws, nuts, lockwashers and finish washers
  • A can of Rustoleum spray paint
  • A couple of small plastic bins to store cables and other bits in
  • Some plastic wire retainer clips to keep wires routed
  • A surge-protected power strip with a couple of USB outlets
The space before our changes.

The space before our changes.

$0.25 a cut charge at Lowes - no sense owning a saw.

$0.25 a cut charge at Lowes - no sense owning a saw.

Picnic table project.

Picnic table project.

Assembling the shelves.

Assembling the shelves.

Painting the parts. Rustoleum

Painting the parts. Rustoleum "Lagoon" matched Sally's interior colors the best.

All assembled.

All assembled.

And installed.

And installed.

Powerstrip is located in the cabinet under the shelves - both 12v and 110V power are in this space.

Powerstrip is located in the cabinet under the shelves - both 12v and 110V power are in this space.

Nothing In The Rules

I saw nothing in the campground rules about DIY projects, so proceeded with my shelf build.

I’ll admit - spray-painting wood on the ground in a state park on a busy weekend was risking it. I was determined to get this done. Our sanity depended on it!  I put down cardboard first and used Lynx Levelers to raise the wood up. I kept the work away from and down wind from other folks.

Finished Project

I slid the shelves into place and anchored them to the cabinet with some additional “L” brackets.

The paint stuck well. It looks to be holding up against sliding laptops in and out.

The plastic bins are too small and move back during transit where they are hard to pull out. I’ll look for something deeper soon.

I also ended up blocking one of the three power outlets. I think we’ll be OK though.

The laptops stay in place nicely. It’s good to have a home for all the screens and a place where they can charge without wires dangling everywhere.

Your Home?

How do you manage your cords and cables for all your battery-powered devices?

 

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2 Comments Organizing the Class B: Charging Center

  1. Picture of Debbie ChristDebbie Christ June 12, 2017

    I love your emails about your life.  Keep them coming.  You are very inspirational about what really matters in life.

    Debbie

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