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Quick Tips: Computer Caddy

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

My Itasca Sunstar has no provision for storing things next to the driver. I took a few measurements, made a cardboard mockup for fit and had my neighbor build me a suitable stand for my computer, etc.

The stand weighs about 5 pounds and is made of 3⁄16-inch-thick plywood and is held together with glue and staples. I painted the wood with two coats of Deft clear wood finish. The top is covered with anti-slip material held in place with clear adhesive silicone. The bottom shelf is raised 1 inch because a flat surface would tend to wander around easier on the carpet than the edges of the sideboards. The front and left sides have patches of ¼-inch-thick by 1-inch-square rubber “bumpers” to prevent the wood surface from scratching the wall. It measures 12 inches wide at the front, 9 inches at the back, 2 feet long and 19 inches high.

Now I have a place for my cold drinks, sunglasses, camera and most importantly my Dell Latitude D600 mapping computer with DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2011. The hole in the forward end is for the 12-volt DC power plug visible there. I also added a removable plastic tray (out of an old refrigerator) in the bottom of the stand, which I use as a container for carrying miscellaneous stuff.

I may in the future paint the stand to match the décor of the interior.

— Luther Struve | Pocatello, Idaho 

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