I wanted a way to have potable water on the fly. I thought perhaps it would save space if I made a sink with which to wash hands and dishes, I could kill... ummm... a few birds with one stone.
The potable water can be used for:
-moistening rags to wipe down anything/self.
The whole thing is made of reclaimed wood I had laying around, it's held together by drywall screws and a few nails.
Step 1: Supports:
These are about 20" long. They are the 4 corners that carry the weight of the 7 gallon water jug.
Measure yours to whatever Length you need.
Step 2: Base:
The base is made from 30" long bed slats I reclaimed. I have a bunch of these slats and they look too nice for firewood. Screw these on. I used drywall screws. You can choose the Length you need (depending on your setup). I'm working with a 2001 Toyota Tacoma.
I know --small truck:) but, my GF and I are comfortable in this setup!
Step 3: Other Corners...
Screw on another support, making sure it clears the Height of your jug.
Step 4: The Other Side...
Make the other side the same way, mirror them to be sure they are straight.
Step 5: Strengthen...
Strengthen the supports with a side beam on both sides.
These beams also mark the level of the bottom of the jug.
Step 6: Square It Off.
Find the width of your jug, and use a smaller beam on the side where the spigot will end up.
For the rear, I just used shortened bed slats (same L as the front beam) for the panels.
Step 7: The Tray.
I measured the inside L of where the jug is to sit; cut more slats to fit within, and hammered them in place using 2 nails on each end.
Step 8: The Top.
Finish off the top by connecting the corners. Guess what the Lengths are... YUP! same as the width of the back panels.
Step 9: Braces and Stoppers.
These corner braces were made from random pieces of aluminum I found laying around in the garage. You can use an "L" bracket --I'm cheap. Screw these on per the picture.
OH! These also stop the jug from moving too far back.
Step 10: Fitting the Jug
Finish off the front with a beam. Mine is of a Length that keeps the entire structure square (actually rectangular), but you know what I mean: all corners are 90 degrees.
I made mine to a size that keeps the jug nice and snug, but I'm still able to slide it in/out as necessary.
Step 11: Put It Into Your Camper.
This was meant to fit in the front-right corner of my camper-shell.
A HIDDEN STORAGE AREA!
You can't see it, but there's a spigot inside the lid --I just haven't flipped it around, yet.
Step 12: Fit Your Basin...
This is my basin and sink and open storage bin. I guess you can say it's a "standard size".
I picked it up from the dept store, and there's an RV dishes rack that nests perfectly in it...
I'm planning to buy said RV dish rack soon •_•
Step 13: Look at Your Work!
If you're happy, then I'm happy!
This is a basic structure that can be used as a basis for other additions like: other shelves on top of it, or curtains to hide the jug, hooks to hold dish rags and such.
Stain it or paint it... Hide kitchen related things underneath it --whatever you normally do with your sink and the space underneath:)