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Old 09-20-2012, 06:13 PM   #15
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Vickie B. added a front dinette to her Perris Pacer a while back and posted some very useful pictures. I am sure you will agree she did a first class job. Raz

Need help on front dinette for 13' Perris Pacer

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Old 09-20-2012, 06:20 PM   #16
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Boy, Hazel, having been recently diagnosed with arthritis and my husband with stenosis of the spine, we can really relate to stiffness which is why we wanted the permanent bed, front dinette and porta-potti.

Raz, thanks for the link. Vickie B. certainly did a nice job. Hope ours turns out as well.

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Old 09-21-2012, 10:54 AM   #17
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Hazel I have tried laying down on the front bed and there is no way I could sleep on it. It is just to small which is one reason we are thinking about taking it out and a dinette put in its place. Thanks to the person who posted the link to the redo on I think it was a Boler. It looks so nice. Also where can we purchase a nice mattress and topper to go on our bed. Can we get our size or we will we have to trim it. Maybe someone has a suggestion of some place that is less expensive to buy from as we have no experience with this kind of thing. We are new to camping.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:37 PM   #18
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I bought our 4" foam topper from Sears because I wanted an orthopedic matress. It's 54" wide, cut it with an electric bread knife or...leave it full width and let the extra 6 inches or so extend up the rear wall under the window. (Extending the matress up the wall will add warmth but will use up some of the already small bed width--depending on how thick your topper is).

You can also buy foam at WalMart, at many fabric stores, and online at places such as Amazon.

If you haven't already done so, you may want to add a board about 4" wide, the width of the dining room table in the groves that the tabletop sits in when in the down position. Put the board on the side nearest the rear window. Slide the table top forward in the grooves to allow for the board. It will add a few wonderful extra inches to the bed. Even when we were putting our table up and down we left the small board in place and it didn't bother us at all.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:44 PM   #19
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If you would like to keep it simple, you could try what we have done, prior to making any modifications to your trailer. We purchased 2 back-packers self inflating air pads (small/short ones by ALPS Mountaineering) and simply placed them under the original Scamp pads, beneath your torso. I was sceptical that something so small and thin, could do anything, but they really work! We just spent 2 months living/traveling and had none of the usual arthritic back aches. When you want to use the bed as a table, the cushions simply fit under the seat cushions or you could roll them up a stow them away. You can keep your bunk/couch up front and use folding/tv tray/tables when eating, and enjoy the couch for reading or the bunks for the grand-kids.
If this doesn't work, you could then spend the time & expense of the other very nice modifications.
Happy Trails
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:45 PM   #20
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If you do a little research, maybe by googling, you should be able to find a mattress company that will make custom sized mattresses. We had that done for an antique 3/4 bed. An extra $25 for the mattress and the same for the box spring. Probably cost quite a bit more now. Ours was around 25 years ago.

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