Trailer Trash – Get Clean With a Slide Out Trash Can For Your RV
Finding a place to put your trash that is convenient and out of the way but not unsightly can be a real challenge in an RV. Space is at a premium and no one wants to kick a bag of trash as they walk through their coach. You could just keep your trash bag outside and dispose of it before you go to bed. But sometimes you might forget and in an area with a lot of critters or bears, you might wake up to a big mess. If you have an interior storage compartment or cabinet space large enough, it’s time to do the slide out trash can mod.
Installing a slide out trash can is actually quite simple. If you opt for a residential type, the available kits come with everything you need to get going. You can also use a slide out drawer kit if you want a little more durability, but they will likely cost more. And you have to find a way to secure the trash can to the drawer so it won’t fall over when sliding the drawer out. This can be done by bolting the trash can through the drawer bottom, using large fender washers on the trash can side so the bolts won’t pull through the bottom.
Mounting the sliders can be done in a couple of different ways. The first and easiest way is to use a residential kit. The bracketry supplied is nothing more than two slide rails and four “L” brackets. Each bracket is secured with wood screws to the bottom of the cabinet you are installing the trash can in. The rails then attach to the brackets with machine screws. The assembly that holds the trash can has rails with little roller wheels that slide in to the rails mounted in the cabinet. This is the easiest and fastest way to have a basic slide out trash can.
The other way to do the installation is if you have a cabinet whose dimensions won’t allow readily available kits to directly install without modification. This is where the fun begins. You get to measure out the cabinet depth and buy some sliders to fit that dimension. You may even have to add some spacing strips along the sides of the cabinet so the slides can clear the cabinet’s outer face trim. You might even have to throw caution to the wind and get creative with how you mount the slides to the cabinet. There are many types of brackets that will work and all are available at your local home improvement store.
If you really want to get fancy, you can add a door mount kit. This kit is used to mount the cabinet door you would normally open to slide the trash can out, to the ends of the slides so that when you pull on the door handle, the door and trash can slide out all as one unit. Installation is simple. Remove the door from the cabinet. Remove the hinges from the door. Mount the supplied brackets to the inside of the door and to the ends of the slides. Slip the door brackets on to the slide ends and secure. A nice addition to a very useful mod!
Tip: Weight can be a concern with a slide out trash can. If you fill your can with a lot of heavy stuff, you can exceed the weight limits of the slide rails. Make sure that when selecting a residential style kit, you ask about its weight limitations. With a custom install, this should not be a concern as the construction and attachment of the rails is typically more than strong enough to support the weight of a full trash can.
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