Mod #75: Slide Out Trash Can

Mod #75: Slide Out Trash Can

Submitted on: 03/05/09

     Category: interior, storage
Mod Rating: 12345

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Mod Description:

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.

Mod Difficulty:

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 bracketry 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!

TipWeight 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.

ModMyRV recommends these parts for this mod:
Universal Trash Bin Slideout
KV Primium Top Mount Slide Out Bin Single 50 Quart White
Slide-Out Door Brackets

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13 Comments For This Mod

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  1. jmt

    I’d love to do this but I don’t have a good cabinet to use in my TT. I might use a closet.

  2. ModMyRV

    A closet will work just fine. There is no rule that says the trash can has to be in the kitchen. You may have more space in the closet as well for a larger can too. But I would advise checking with your DW before using this highly coveted space. ;)

  3. jmt

    Yep ask the DW for sure.

  4. Bob Vaughn

    This was going to be my next mod….Now that I see the photos it gives me some different ideas on how to mount it in the cabinet…I was going to make mine like photo #4 but after seeing #12 I like that Idea better…..If that trash can is removable then that would allow some flat things to be stored under it and some tall things behind it……Good mod just what I was looking for…

  5. jmt

    I’m thinking about one of these for all my storage stuff.

  6. Bob Vaughn

    I finished doing this mod today here is the link to the photos
    2009-03-08 16:20

  7. Bob Vaughn

    Let me see if this link works for my mod…

  8. ModMyRV

    Looks good Bob! What kind of slides did you use?

  9. Bob Vaughn

    I went to Lowes and bought a light weight center drawer slide….I built a center support then mounted the permeant part of the slide to that then the slider part to the shelf part that I built….I had to make a raised part to the shelf to clear a heater duct in the back of the cabinet so I would not loose that dead space….

  10. Bob Vaughn

    Here is what the base looks like and the shelf…the raised portion is to clear the heater hose that is in the back of the compartment….

  11. jmt

    Lowes does have some good stuff. Check them out.

  12. original

    Did this mod in my own fashion. Maybe spent more than I should have, but it looks nice and it’s out of the way. Photos are up on my blog, but I’ll post some in member mods too.

    I used heavy duty slides with ball bearings. Definitely overkill. but the sliding is nice and smooth.

    Also, I built a very solid, very overkill housing for this as you will see on my blog, however in my defense, I did this so that I could also build drawers above the trash can in the closet space.

    DW approved!

  13. Chris

    Here are two convenient solutions:

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