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Old 06-24-2019, 10:32 AM   #1
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Octane 161 Lower Bunk Mod

I thought Iíd share a modification we made to our 161. Any 161 owner may appreciate this units compact design. Interior floor space is at a premium in this unit. During our first season, we used the standard convertible couch/bed for the lower bunk. It worked ok but as a bed, it wasnít very comfortable.
We decided to change that. We are a family of four and wanted a more comfortable option for sleeping. I removed the convertible couch and replaced it with framed beds and mattresses. Much more comfortable to sleep on and they still act as seating benches (with pillows for backs) during the day.
We found that changing the configuration from bed to couch was difficult because of all the bedding and different sleep schedules of teens.
The two separate lower bunks REALLY opens up the floor plan due to the space between them. We typically camp either all four of us or just myself and my son. When itís only the two of us, the top bunk isnít used and itís raised up all the way. This opens up headroom space between the two lower bunks which makes a huge difference. Even with the upper bunk down in position, the floor space is nice; just need to duck under the top bunk.
I built the bed frames of steel angle iron and bought the 6Ē mattresses on amazon. I also put fold down supports under the beds to square them off to the floor when theyíre down. Not necessarily for support but to level the beds.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:20 AM   #2
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So my guess is you do not park anything wider then a couple of bikes in your garage. I have a 222SL and would love to somehow make the couch/bench/bed something that would at least make a level comfortable sleep platform when put in bed configuration BUT I require the configuration to also fold into the pass thru side stowed position to accommodate a 4 pax side by side.
If there is a mod to somehow make a comfortable bed I’d love to hear about that.
On your mod great job looks fantastic and functional.
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:30 AM   #3
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I actually park two 2-up Can-Am ATV’s in it side by side. Because of the overall width of the two bikes, the front wheels ride up on the trailer wheel wells. I built ramps and covers for them as well as a center ramp out of plywood. That way all four front wheels are elevated to the same height as the wheel wells.
My lower bunks raise up on the happijac system. I know some earlier model Octanes lower bunks only fold up against the walls. If that were the case, they wouldn’t fit.
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:59 AM   #4
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How does that ladder work and what brand/model is it?
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:47 AM   #5
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How does that ladder work and what brand/model is it?
That is a Stromberg Carlson bunk ladder. It comes with anchor brackets that screw to the side of the upper bunk. The ladder has tabs on the top of the posts that slide into the anchor brackets.
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Old 06-26-2019, 12:25 PM   #6
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Looks great!
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How does that ladder work and what brand/model is it?
I should add that the ladder is functional but it really hurts my 55 year old feet going up and down it. I ended up putting new flat 1x4 maple treads on it. What a difference! No more sore feet.
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