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Old 03-13-2012, 09:01 PM   #11
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I have had my Z for 2 years now. The lack of any drawers bothered me at first. My solution for that problem was to put a metal shelf on the top shelf under the left hand side of the sink. I will post pictures. The shelf has low sides that prevent the cutlery tray from sliding off sideways. I have another tray under the shelf that I put my cooking utensils in. I used metal wire shelves in most of the cupboards to make the space more usable. In the bathroom I added a second shower curtain over the factory one. My Z came with a medicine cabinet. a friend bought one a short time later and it only had a mirror. The day she bought it we took the mirror down and added a medicine cabinet. Moved the toilet paper roller to the wall by the door. I added a second towel bar above the factory bar. I also installed a shower curtain rod that goes over the medicine cabinet and shower for extra hanging. I installed a shower surround. I did not like showering with just the vinyl wall paper. I added Command hooks all over. In the bathroom, on the outside of the bathroom wall, straight in from the door. I keep extra towels rolled up on the shelf above the rear bunk. I have a towel rack that hangs on the outside of the bathroom door. Outside I added a square vinyl tube to the rear bumper and on the tongue of the trailer. The one on the bumper holds my Rhino hose. The front tube holds outside things like roasting forks, pie irons, the sensor for my indoor outdoor thermometer. I keep extra blankets on the shelf above the front bed. I have a wire shelf in the cupboard above the sink. Most of the food goes up there. Heavy items like can goods go on the floor of the cupboard below the sink. I keep the dishes in the right side of the cupboard over the sofa. Again I have metal/wire shelves in both sides of the cupboard. I mounted a DVD, then a Blue Ray player under the cupboard, above the dinette. It is at the end toward the refrigerator. I have a 19 inch Vizio mounted above the refrigerator. I mounted it to the end of the ""radio" cupboard. I did not want to drill/screw into the outside wall. I love my Z. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine. Sanitized the water system tonight and camping this weekend!!!
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2010 Jayco 17Z Ex-Port
2004 Ford Explorer V8 with the tow package
2010 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 132 - Nights Camping in My Z 102
2011 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 107
2012 Camping Stats
Nights camping 133 - Nights camping in my Z 128
2013 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 66 Nights
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:03 PM   #12
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we have just purchased one, but have not picked it up. Moving from a Coleman popup.
Noticed that there is not any drawers for utensils and wondered if anyone had ever put one in one of the cabinets under the stove. I really like having a drawer and know I will miss it.

I have an oven, so only the one cupboard. I keep my pots and pans in that cupboard.
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2010 Jayco 17Z Ex-Port
2004 Ford Explorer V8 with the tow package
2010 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 132 - Nights Camping in My Z 102
2011 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 107
2012 Camping Stats
Nights camping 133 - Nights camping in my Z 128
2013 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 66 Nights
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:25 PM   #13
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Here are the pictures of how I store my cutlery and utensils, and blanket storage above the front bed.
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2010 Jayco 17Z Ex-Port
2004 Ford Explorer V8 with the tow package
2010 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 132 - Nights Camping in My Z 102
2011 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 107
2012 Camping Stats
Nights camping 133 - Nights camping in my Z 128
2013 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 66 Nights
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:41 PM   #14
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Here are a few other pictures of the shelves I use in the cupboards.
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2010 Jayco 17Z Ex-Port
2004 Ford Explorer V8 with the tow package
2010 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 132 - Nights Camping in My Z 102
2011 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 107
2012 Camping Stats
Nights camping 133 - Nights camping in my Z 128
2013 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 66 Nights
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:18 PM   #15
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We had a hybrid around that size for the last 8 years.. Just selling it now.
As for storage.. When we first started, we bought each kid a rubber made bin and we stored them outside under the bunk ends. Then the next year we realized that we were not really using the shower and so I bought some plastic type drawers ( looks like a little cart) from Walmart and they fit really well in the opening. We attached Velcro to keep them from moving when we wherei the road. The year after that we had a light weight custom storage unit built that went right into the shower opening. We left the tub but removed the liner and this worked great..but obviously we were sure at that point that we wanted this. Any of those solutions for clothes works though...
We also used a lot of baskets from the dollar store in the cupboards.. They in some cases like under the stove could be stacked and really increased our storage.
We also bought sleeping bags that were the kind that shrink down really small.
I also sewed some custom storage pockets to hang in the bunk ends for the kids junk.
The last thing we did that really helped is that we bought a bunch of the white plastic 3M hooks that can attach to the wall and be removed after. They were amazing.. The big ones even hold coats.. And when we removed them all this year in order to sell.. They did not leave a mark...
So to sum up.. Look at every empty wall space as potential storage with hooks etc.. And look at every unused space with creative eyes and see what you can use it for.
I will post some pics of our mods if I can find them.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:14 AM   #16
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Congrats!!!

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We are picking up our new baby on Friday. Can you tell we are excited? We started out in a travel trailer, downsized to a pop up and now I think we have the right combination - a hybrid.

My questions to other 17z owners - What are your solutions to storage? Where do you store clothes, towels, food, etc? Pictures of mods woud be great.

Also, what size TV will fit over the refrigerater. We have a 26" that we camp with but I'm worried about it fitting.

Thanks for any suggestions or comments.
Congrats, We upgraded from a pop up, the 17Z is a great lil camper, we wouldn't trade it for nothing.
Welcome to the forum, you will be happy here, there are resident "experts" that can answer most questions.
You can check out the mods section for ideas.

You will be happy here!!!
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:56 AM   #17
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We just picked up our new 17Z! so excited!
I noticed in the photos you have fitted sheets on the mattress.
what size are they? queen or full? do they fit decent?
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:13 AM   #18
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We just picked up our new 17Z! so excited!
I noticed in the photos you have fitted sheets on the mattress.
what size are they? queen or full? do they fit decent?

Congratulations on your new camper!!!

Yes I do have regular sheets on my beds. The front bunk is a full size queen, and the sheets fit perfect. The rear bed is 2 inches narrower and the sheets still fit fine. I do buy sheets that have elastic all the way around (on the bottom sheet). On the front bunk, my bed, I have 2 inch memory foam and a thick mattress pad. I lengthened the straps that hold the mattress in place when the bunkend is closed, and I leave all of the bedding on the mattress. The mattress hangs into the camper some, but it makes setting up quicker. Another thing I do when making the beds, is to open the bunkend windows, both the tenting and the screen, and make the far side of the bed from the outside.

Enjoy you Z, I love mine.
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2010 Jayco 17Z Ex-Port
2004 Ford Explorer V8 with the tow package
2010 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 132 - Nights Camping in My Z 102
2011 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 107
2012 Camping Stats
Nights camping 133 - Nights camping in my Z 128
2013 Camping Stats
Nights Camping 66 Nights
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:25 AM   #19
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thanks for the info. I've been setting up housekeeping in it and wondered how you managed to keep the bedding on since it didn't look like more then a sheet could be on the mattress. Never even noticed that the screen opens too, that will make the bed much easier to make. I found at wally world a small plastic drawer system that fits under the stove for my utensils and all the stuff that was in my "junk" drawer in the popup. I am ready to go!!!!
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:04 PM   #20
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I have a 17z and we carry most of the items in the tow vehicle and then bring it into the trailer when we get there. some stuff can go under the benches but not much.
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