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Old 04-30-2016, 07:57 PM   #1
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Bunk mod?

My son wants to have a bunk to sleep on instead of the dinette. What do you all think about building a bunk over the sofa? I know it would require removing that cabinet but do you think it could work? Don't want to ruin the resale value though. How would we secure it?

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Old 05-01-2016, 07:41 AM   #2
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Doesn't the sofa fold out?
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Old 05-01-2016, 10:12 AM   #3
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Not trying to be a Smarta$$, but why not just upgrade your camper? We've all been there before. Sounds like its time for something bigger. Not sure how old or what your son weights, but any bunk you build on that wall probably won't hold a lot of weight. Any your son is only going to grow, so not sure its worth all the effort.

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Lots of reasons not to upgrade.....

Just bought the trailer in August. Completely smitten by my little Jayfeather. Love the layout and the huge linen closet in the bathroom. Something I would have to sacrifice for bunks. My oldest son isn't a camping fan so he won't be coming much longer and I usually go without hubby. I am pulling with a very old 1/2 ton Tundra and don't have much more wiggle room with weight plus I am intimidated by something even bigger than my 22Y. It has plenty of room for us but DS12 is tired of breaking down the dinette and setting back up again in the morning. It was just a thought but obviously probably isn't a great idea.
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Doesn't the sofa fold out?
Yes but my other son occupies the sofa bed.
I have two boys ages 12 and 15 both small boys.
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Old 05-01-2016, 10:40 AM   #6
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Anything is doable. It looks like a lot of work and having it match, could be very difficult. It looks like the sofa is alone an inside wall with an opening. The wall would have to be opened up and reinforced. A lot of work. We had a tt when I was a kid where an overhead cabinet along the front of the tt, that converted to a bed. Basically the cabinet front folded down, and landed on a few metal tabs on each of the side walls.

Here's another option, how about a tent? It would give him lots of independence. Get an air mattress to sleep on, maybe an extension cord for a fan.
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I think the age of the boys really answers your question.... The 15 year old is creeping up on not coming camping with you for a multitude of reasons, the most obvious being Girls and Work. You noted yourself he does not like camping, so he will take any excuse he can come up with.

Don't do it! 2 years from now you will be tearing that bunk back out to make the space more usable for for the adult travellers.
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Old 05-01-2016, 11:47 AM   #8
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another option is an air mattress in floor at night ... then in morning pick it up
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another option is an air mattress in floor at night ... then in morning pick it up
Not enough floor space he would block our way to the bathroom.
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We just recently bought a 26bh. Your layout looks similar to ours. Personally I couldn't imagine adding a bunk bed at that location from a functionality standpoint. Is it possible? Probably, anything usually is with enough time, money and engineering. I'm just not sure it's worth it for the small value it adds.

I know you said you weren't considering an upgrade, but if you did, here is a layout of the 26bh. It has bunk beds in it and would solve your problem. We took our 20yr old daughter with us camping this past weekend, and the bunk bed setup was perfect for her. While no one was above her, she used the larger double bed below to sleep in and had her own space separate from ours.



FYI, someone mentioned a tent, and I honestly don't think that's a bad idea. I keep our old tents in the TT in case we have unexpected visitors that wants to stay and we can't accommodate them. I've had friends set tents up for their kids for years. Most kids like the independence and find it cool to have their own space.
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