Octane 161 Lower Bunk Mod
I thought I’d 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 wasn’t 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 it’s only the two of us, the top bunk isn’t used and it’s 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 6” mattresses on amazon. I also put fold down supports under the beds to square them off to the floor when they’re down. Not necessarily for support but to level the beds.