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Old 05-21-2016, 10:09 PM   #1
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Jayco 23MB: Need to close off a bunk for a baby

Hello all. I'm new to the forum, new to trailer camping, new to Jayco, and looking to learn from the experience of other owners.

This afternoon I brought home our new 23MB TT. We have an 8-month-old and we're looking for some way to close off a bunk so that she's free to move around and sleep in it but so there's no worry of her getting (falling) out. Looking for ideas, since I would think someone else has done what we're looking to do.

I grabbed a photo from the interwebs to show the style of bunk.

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Old 05-21-2016, 11:36 PM   #2
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Hello to you. Congratulations on the new trailer and welcome to the forum.

Sorry. I got nothin' regarding your question. It's been too many years since our oldest was that young and, back then, we didn't have an RV with a bunk bed.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:01 AM   #3
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I have seen the guard that many use at home for the same purpose that slide under the mattress. May have to be modified to fit the bunk.

Idea: http://www.amazon.com/Regalo-Hide-Aw...d+for+toddlers
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I'll have to dig and find a picture of one we did on a previous rig. Simple to make and simply slides under mattress. If just sleeping, I honestly don't think you'll have issues.
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Welcome and congrats on the new rig!!!

If you have the tools, what about making one out of some 3/4", or maybe 1" pvc pipe similar to the pre-made ones. Make the base that slides under the mattress, then a removable "guard" to make it easier to get the little one out. Maybe use a screen to cover the opening, that way air can still flow without any chances of her slipping through.

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Old 05-30-2016, 11:46 PM   #6
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Thanks for chiming in and for the ideas. Our little one is quite a mover and when she wakes up she tends to explore. My wife and I would feel much better if there was some sort of mechanism up to keep her contained in the bunk bed.

The opening is 29" wide.
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I guess the good side is that in 3 months, it will seem like a fond memory!
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This one probably wouldn't work in your application as a child will easily climb over it, but at least it will help with the brainstorm. This rig didn't come with a ladder or rail, so had to improvise. Plus daughter insisted sleeping on the top bunk, and she's a wild sleeper. I mentioned this thread to my wife, and of course she says never underestimate an infant since we've had ours get out of several contraptions. Hadn't found many "baby proof" items that my kids couldn't overcome.

Looking at your set up, I'm thinking more of a hinged swing gate that could swing "in" and pin off when not needed. If it were mine, I'd try to make a nice looking one out of maple or birch, stained to match, with spindles or something to make it look like it came that way.
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I made one for our 28BHS which has the same bunk set up as you. I made a railing out of 1X3 pieces of poplar and used 2 large L brackets and a piece of 1/2" plywood so that it slides under the mattress. I made it so that it will fit on both the top and bottom bunk depending on our needs.
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I guess the good side is that in 3 months, it will seem like a fond memory!
That's true, although we anticipate having more children down the road, so whatever I build now will get plenty of use!
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