Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Outside Storage on the Fuse 23a

Storage is always a point of contention when looking at a motorhome.   A small motorhome like the Winnebago Fuse 23a has a small amount of storage.   Especially outside storage.   Now maybe its not such a big deal to some, but I want to keep some things outside of the living space and not track dirt and such in and out.   That is why the outside storage is important.

So I guess the real question I want to address today is how much outside storage does the Fuse have?
Per the spec sheet, the Fuse 23a has 23.1 Cubic Feet of exterior storage .   I will be honest and tell you I can't visualize what that really means.   So lets go over what space it has and how I am using the exterior storage.

The Fuse 23a has three exterior compartments for storage.   One dry compartment  under the slide behind the drivers seat.  And two on the rear left side.   There are two because one is a dry storage compartment and one is under the couch.   When I say dry I mean it is an isolated box only accessible from outside and any liquids will stay in the compartment.

Winnebago Fuse 23a outside storage

The one under the slide and behind the drivers seat has internal dimensions of 60" Long x 21" deep x 12" high.   The opening to this compartment is 8" high x 43" long.

Winnebago Fuse 23a drivers side outside storage

I am currently keeping all of the utility equipment in this compartment.  The Stinky Slinky box, the electrical adapters, 30a extension cord, the surge suppressor, the water hoses and adapters, the CATV cord and other stuff needed for the coach to connect to civilization.  There is plenty of room for all of this so  I think the size is good.

Winnebago Fuse 23a outside storage

The dry compartment in the right rear of the coach has inside dimensions of 66" long x 24" deep x 12" high.  The opening is 8" high by 43" long.

Winnebago Fuse 23a outside storage

We are keeping the folding chairs, outside carpet and other patio stuff here.  Things that might bring in dirt and bugs.   One key thing we have to recognize is that the opening to the compartment is smaller than the compartment.  Our folding chairs have to be coaxed in since they are the size of the opening, but once through the opening everything fits fine.  There is still lots of space for other outdoor items.

Winnebago Fuse 23a outside storage

The second compartment is above the dry storage compartment and has inside dimensions of 43" long x 16" deep x 14" high.  the opening is 8" high x 32" long.

Winnebago Fuse 23a outside storage

As you can see in the picture the flooring is brought through this compartment from the rest of the motorhome.  I am pretty sure any liquids, smells or bugs that make it in here would eventually get into the living space.   This space also provides access to the water pump for maintenance and the water tank is visible in the back.  I am keeping tools and some other stuff in this compartment.  It is mostly empty at this point.

All of the compartments lock and the two on the right hand side have latches to keep the doors open as you get things in and out.   The compartment on the drivers side does not have a latch to keep it open. I was conFUSEd about that until I realized that if you opened the slide with the compartment open, something would have to give and whatever broke would be expensive to replace.  Therefore, no latch (and I probably won't try to add one myself just to shoot myself in the foot later).

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