Originally Posted by Manitoban
Got any updates or pictures? Thx
Apologies for the delay. I put some photos and short video into a Google Photos album versus uploading directly. I did that because the video will likely be too large to directly upload here. Below is the link.
Photo 1: shows what we found after we removed the mattresses and pried off the thin piece of plywood from the bottom of the upper bunk. The plywood was just stapled to the frame. That allowed us to see just where the upper bed frame was mounted to the wall.
Photo 2: shot from above upper bed frame. You can clearly see the screws attaching the frame to the wall. Note: because there's a wardrobe (see photo 1) next to the bed, we had to use a skillsaw to cut the upper piece of plywood in half to remove it from the room.
Photo 3: view looking up from to the upper bunk frame from the lower bunk after we removed both sheets of plywood from the upper frame. On the left you can see the shelf for the lower bunk below the upper frame and the shelf for the upper bunk up above the upper frame. We removed these and re-purposed one of them to use as a storage shelf above the desk we installed after we totally removed the upper bunk frame. I thought I had a final photo showing the desk with the shelf, but can't find that. However, the video in the album does show it mostly completed.
Photo 4: same stage as photo 3, but different angle. This one - starting from bottom - shows the lower bunk's shelf, a section of permanently affixed "shelf" (for lack of a better word) and the upper bunk's shelf. The middle one also contains the electrical box and wiring for the outside kitchen. It's part of the wall and cannot be removed.
Video: my brother-in-law (the master-mind behind the remodeling effort) showing the finished product. Notice that we also laid vinyl planking on the floor and dressed up the edges of the desk and shelf with some pre-etched strips of wood we found at Lowe's.
Photo 5: shows nearly completed project. This photo does not show the shelf that we re-purposed installed. And the desk is still in-progress.
Assuming your fifth wheel bunkhouse is designed similar to ours, removing the bunk should be quite easy. Once you remove the bottom plywood from the upper bunk you should be able to see how the frame is mounted. Note that, because we intended to install a desk, we cut the upper bunk's frame on each side at the point where we wanted the edge of the desk to be - that provided the support for the oak planks for the desk. Then, we started removed the screws that held the bed's frame to the wall. To disassemble the frame, we just used hammers to pry the boards apart - they were fastened to each other with long staples, as I recall.
Also, both upper and lower pieces of plywood were stapled to the frame. To remove the upper plywood, we laid on the floor beneath the frame and hammered the plywood upwards to detach it.
I think that covers the main points. Let me know if you have any questions. What you do with yours once you've removed the bed frame is wide open. We bought 2 pieces of oak - 72 inches x 12 inches - to make the desk. Screwed them directly onto the framing that we left in place.
Good luck with your project!