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Old 09-19-2016, 11:46 AM   #1
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Sooo ... we took out a wall.

One of the annoying features of our 28BHBE was the clearance (rather, lack thereof) between the foot of the bed and the little wall that divides up the living area from the bedroom area. My side of the bed is on the street-side, and I'm a restless sleeper, so getting up in the middle of the night several times was arduous at best. There was a cabinet on that wall, and a boot box, and a sliding door, which were all nice, but the constriction of space was just not worth it.

So, DW asked me one night while I was working on the AC ducts whether we could just take part of the wall out. After looking at it and consulting with BigJohnD (another Jayco forum member who has significantly modified the same trailer and many others), we decided to give it a go.

We were careful during "demolition" so that the wall/door could be replaced if we didn't like the result. No need for that, we're happy with the results!

The first pic is after we removed the upper cabinet and the boot box, and took the door down. Sorry, I didn't remember to take pics until after we had already done some work.

As far as "damage" from demolition: there are a few small screw holes in the floor that you can't see unless you're looking for them, there are 2 screw holes in the ceiling (again, not readily visible) and a few scratches on the entertainment center that I'll putty in and cover up with a stain marker. The wall was only anchored to the floor and ceiling through the door track and the boot box. It was stapled to the entertainment center. I thought there were screws there, so I (unnecessarily) removed one of the wall panels from the wall section to get at the screws I thought would be there. Those staples ended up being responsible for most of the "damage" we experienced. There are some scratches on the ceiling, and the staples that attached the wall to the entertainment center caused a few scratches on that space (4th pic).

We intend to mount a curtain in place of the wall and door eventually, to get a little privacy back, but we're in no hurry, my son is 2, so "privacy" is a myth anyway. After a short "test fit", I can EASILY get out of my side of the "bedroom" without touching DW's feet! Or shuffling, or tripping on the dog, or hanging like a half drunk monkey from the door track trying not to tumble into the living room, or fall back into bed!

Just thought I'd share. Any questions, send 'em my way!
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:50 AM   #2
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Nice modification. Before we decided to get into a fifth wheel the 28 was a floorplan we'd considered, but the bedroom was an issue.
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:56 AM   #3
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Great Job! I may have to consider this - My DW's feet always impede my nighttime exits!!
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If and when it becomes necessary get an accordion door. It would fit nicely against the outside wall for travel.
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If and when it becomes necessary get an accordion door. It would fit nicely against the outside wall for travel.
That's a pretty good idea! I would assume it would have to run from the ceiling much like a curtain. Will definitely add that to the list of options. Thanks!
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After just having spent a week camping in my 28 RBDS which has the exact same bedroom setup, I LOVE this mod! By the end of our trip we were talking about trading it in because we despised the bedroom. This is a great idea. Our only challenge is the controls are mounted to the side of the upper cabinet on the bench thingie as you enter the camper. Maybe we'll ask our dealer about it.
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After just having spent a week camping in my 28 RBDS which has the exact same bedroom setup, I LOVE this mod! By the end of our trip we were talking about trading it in because we despised the bedroom. This is a great idea. Our only challenge is the controls are mounted to the side of the upper cabinet on the bench thingie as you enter the camper. Maybe we'll ask our dealer about it.
I would say that if your master control panel is mounted in this wall, you're going to be SOL. My wall had absolutely no wiring of any kind in it, and that's one of the only reasons we even attempted it. If I had found wiring in it, I might still have done it, but re-routing the wires would have been difficult and probably would have caused me not to attempt the mod. One or two wires? Probably fine. All the wires that go into the back of a control panel? Whole lotta nope.

I've had my control panel open, and I can tell you, the only rats nest of wires more pronounced than that is behind the fuse/breaker panel.
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I would say that if your master control panel is mounted in this wall, you're going to be SOL.
That's kind of what I figured but I was still holding out hope! Your description of trying to get out of bed at night made me laugh because that sounds like my DH...... right down to trying not to trip over the dog who lays on his side of the bed!
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I like this idea a lot, looks just like my camper. At 6'3" I barely fit on this bed anyway. I'll sacrifice a little bit of 'privacy' (whatever that is) to feel a little less coffin like. Thanks for the pics. Probably took a few pounds off your tongue weight as well.

Only dilema I have is I really do like that 'boot box' that you had to remove. Mine is packed to the top with a tool kit, and other random stuff.
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I like this idea a lot, looks just like my camper. At 6'3" I barely fit on this bed anyway. I'll sacrifice a little bit of 'privacy' (whatever that is) to feel a little less coffin like. Thanks for the pics. Probably took a few pounds off your tongue weight as well.

Only dilema I have is I really do like that 'boot box' that you had to remove. Mine is packed to the top with a tool kit, and other random stuff.
The weight savings is minimal. Maybe like 100 lbs? And that's being generous. This stuff really doesn't weigh much.

When I talked to John (BigJohnD) about this mod, he felt the same way about the boot box and cabinet. Though he could see the merit of such an endeavor, he just needs the extra storage. But then he lives in his trailer full-time with his family; I totally get it. We were using the upper cabinet for beach towels, and the lower one for a pair of flip-flops and a pair of Crocs. So no big loss on storage; we have TONS of storage throughout the trailer. So much that we forget where stuff is or that we even have it! And I haven't even gotten creative with how we use it yet (we are very inefficient because we have so much storage, we don't need to be efficient).

That little bench is also where we would put our 5-gal drinking water tote with Dolphin pump, so we'll have to relocate that. Looks like it's going back over by the bunk ladder where it started when we first got it.

Privacy? Like I said, with a 2YO, we don't have that any more! LOL!! Maybe later we'll put up a curtain or whatever so he doesn't get "grossed out" seeing mom & dad in bed together! Or maybe we won't!!
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