yeah, Badger you could do that...but if you made that mattress thicker than the standard 3" cushions the closet doors would not open (shorten the doors or replace them with a curtain? anything's possible) but if you make that a permanent bed you'll have bedding/pillows in the way so you'd end up going the curtain route I would think.
I have only slept in this thing three nights...and on the back bed. It was plenty big/wide enough for one person...as far as comfort I was on/in a sleeping bag and it was very comfortable with just the cushions supplied. I will be having a lady along so it didn't take long for me to realize that 41-42 inch wide was not enough.....so I came up with the "V-berth" thing to solve that problem. Another option would have been to put one person in the front bed and the other in the back bed. To me, "out of the box" the BF17 is really a trailer with two single beds, one at each end.
These trailers are only 14 feet inside....people are kidding themselves if they expect to have a full time double bed in that amount of space....and do all the other stuff in there as well.
It's all compromise...I could have bought something way bigger...and cheaper too...but I wanted something SMALL because I want to do a lot of "bushwacking" with it. I made my peace very early on that the bed would have to be made up every night...the overhead storage deal I showed before is to make that a snap....sleeping bag, two sheets, comforter all rolled up and shoved into the overhead....stowing and deploying should be a breeze.
I don't know what some are saying about "the big front bed" because it's exactly the same 41-42 inch wide as the rear bed (?) must be talking about a different model (mine is a 1500 series...listed at 2800lbs empty...the newer 2500 are definitely heavier with more insulation, dual pane windows
, etc etc)
as far as CB versus G....well both have their pluses and minuses I'm sure depending on several factors including where one intends to sleep....one plus with the CB I can think of is the black tank is located right over the axle
(weight)...another is using the bathroom coming from outside you don't disturb/move somebody cooking for instance....I dunno...I talked to somebody who owned quite a few RVs and she said that was an issue for her...go figure (?)
there's lots of very nice trailers out there...yeah the escape looks like a great lay-out....dinette at the back is a plus for sure in my book (often that's where the view is), access to bathroom right there by the entry door, another plus...the only thing I haven't figured is where the bedding goes...but then you can leave the bed made up in that thing and use the side dinette....but that's 19 feet (bigger)...beautiful trailer, hardly any come up for sale
used in my experience...they're just too new I guess
cheers all, F (interior pictures from another CB, not mine)
"You can't have everything...Where would you put it?"