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Old 09-19-2019, 07:19 PM   #1
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Lightbulb J-panel for the cavity pull-out stairs leave behind(?)

We have an ‘18 Montana HC 305RL. I have MorRyde’s fold-out steps ordered. I have not yet ordered MorRyde’s toolbox (to go in the cavity where existing steps resided) because, after looking at things, it seems to me that a piece of j-panel would fit nicely into that space. Has anyone tried this, yet? The cavity, itself (roughly ~32” wide) where pull-out steps are/were has no j-panel currently present, of course; but at each end of the j-panels (where they meet at each end of the door) has a lip roughly 3/4” wide..that would make a nice place for a new piece of j-panel to lay—the new j-panel would [seemingly] lay nice & flush with existing panel(s). A couple of rivets on each side would hold it snug; and in my opinion, having been painted to match, would like as good (or IMO better) than a black toolbox (that, from what I can tell, doesn’t even fully fill the void, and certainly isn’t flush).

Again, has anyone tried this, or thought of this?
From earlier reading, I’m under the impression that j-panel typically comes in long lengths, is typically white in color(?), and that there are some potential bear traps in achieving the correct paint color/tint...still, I can’t help but wonder about it..
If I could get my hands on a short (~36”) piece of j-panel, I’d certainly give it a legit. shot.
Please feel free to share thoughts & ideas. If I’ve got it figured incorrectly, altogether, please shine some light on this ill-conceived plan.
TIA

PS: it’s not my intent to rag on aforementioned toolbox..in fact, if the j-panel pipe dream doesn’t pan out, I’ll most likely purchase one.
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:11 PM   #2
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A sheet metal shop or a siding company that wraps trim could probably make you such a panel. An auto paint dealer should be able to match the color pretty close.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:51 AM   #3
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Call a Keystone dealer that has a body shop and works on Montana's. They may have a piece of J- panel left over from another repair. I just had the J-panel on the rear of mine replaced. It was about 3 foot. Charged me $100. Seemed pricey to me until I priced it at Trekwood. Hope this helps.
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I installed the box on mine, the box adjust so it can be mounted flush. It gives me a space to store my wheel chokes.
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Old 09-22-2019, 01:47 AM   #5
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I installed the box on mine, the box adjust so it can be mounted flush. It gives me a space to store my wheel chokes.
dhuhn, are those MorRyde’s steps of yours’ (in the pics)?
That box looks good—I could live with that ~just fine~

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Old 09-22-2019, 09:08 AM   #6
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dhuhn, are those MorRyde’s steps of yours’ (in the pics)?
That box looks good—I could live with that ~just fine~

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It is the MorRyde steps. They are very easy to install.
I also moved the light that was under steps to outside of box, I drilled a hole in back of box and ran wires to front door of box,and installed light to door.
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:27 AM   #7
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Haven't decided on what I want to do in that area.
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:59 PM   #8
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How many feet would you need to swing those steps out? My fence is about 4 feet from door.
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45 inches from side of rv to feet on bottom of steps, at least for the four step morryde steps I have and at the height of the rv after leveling in this site.
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