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Old 01-10-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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Helle everyone

I need your opinion on a modification i want to make. I already modified the front bench of my Boler and converted it to a dinette. I want to raise the back bed so the top of the matress is the same as the counter. Under it, i could put anything from toilet, cooler, tent, chairs, etc. Has anyone ever done that? And do you have any comment (positive or negative) about this modification?

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Old 01-10-2009, 08:55 PM   #2
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A minor note, but you might have to be careful about poking feet or bedding into the window screens and breaking them (of course you could get around this with protective slats, or the like).

I guess you'd need a little stool for getting in and out of bed, but again, no biggie as long as you don't mind it. If you have the overhead storage bins... would they be potential head bonkers, or keep you from sitting up?

One more consideration is tht you'd probably want to somehow modify the original benches, because otherwise the storage in them would be pretty hard to get to (under the new storage that would be between the bunk board and the tops of the (former) benches.

If it were me I would do a "live" mockup by building some temporary "boxes" out of scrap to support a temporary bunk - but I'd make it strong enough to actually get up there and try it out for a night. Drink enough before bed that you can try getting up at 3 a.m. in the dark

I find that when I make mock-ups like this I either find out that I don't like the new arrangement; or, if I do like it, I still find little things I'll want to change for the final iteration.

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Old 01-10-2009, 09:08 PM   #3
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I was thinking about the added weight behind the axle while under tow. That may cause a lighter tongue weight and induce sway. While towing, if you pulled everything from under the bed and kept it over the axle, or forward you may be okay. Too, heat rises and you may have a comfy bed in the cooler weather, but hot and stuffy during the summer. Unless you run A/C?
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:12 PM   #4
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Unless you have a REAL Good need to do this mod, I'd stay away from it for many reasons!
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:39 AM   #5
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We added a permanant rear bed and a front dinette last year. I made a pannel that fits on top of the seats. It's made in three sections connected with piano hinge so that it could be removed and return the trailer to original. We keep two large totes [his and hers] under it since access to the storage areas has been taken away. They are concealed by a valance normally. I added outside access hatches and one side carriees jacks, cords, tools etc. while the other side carries camp stove and other outside essentials. This was a simple modification that can easily be reversed.
If you carry your porta-pot there you will be continually lifting it in and out, sloshing whatever it contains. I personally don't think that I would like to sleep over it.

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Old 01-11-2009, 02:54 PM   #6
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James,

Where did you find two totes like that that will fit side-by-side under the center section? I've looked high and low (that was me at Wal-Mart, Target, etc. with the tape measure in hand) and all the ones I've found are just a scoch too wide to do that. Anything small enough to fit is then ridiculously, space-wastingly small Do you have a brand/model# you'd be willing to share -- or where you found them? Or maybe your trailer is wider there? Although it seems as if the molds are the same. Let's see, I'll measure...

Okay, the width between the benches on my Boler is 29" The totes I happen to have are about 15-1/2" wide (but I could not find any that were this type of size but less than 14-1/2" wide). Mine look about like yours in overall proportion and size.

Just as an aside, I converted to a bed by using a few 1" x 6" planks that just straddle the opening and fit into the notches where the table did. (I don't need that last little bit of width where the bench bases are on a ~45 angle -- and I already had a foam mattress that was 32" wide.) I thought about using a sheet of ply, but I had the boards on hand and they're easy to move around and store, plus I didn't have to think about glue or formaldehyde fumes (not that sealing the ply is a big deal, if one wants to use sheet goods; this was just one of my quick mock-ups that I might not ever change ).

I want two totes under there, not one!

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Old 01-11-2009, 04:49 PM   #7
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you would have to be like 5 feet tall to sleep back there if you raise it.
i am 6' and struggle to keep my feet off of the walls
i think it is a bad idea.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:25 PM   #8
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Raya! You almost have the right picture and don't realize it. I used the 15 1/2 wide [at the upper edge, they taper top to bottom.] totes without tops. They are flexable enough the squeeze together. An added benefit is that this helps them stay in place while travelling.If not then just add a small piece of 1/4 round material across in front of them. When pushed all the way in there's enough space for shoes at night. BTW, I think that I roamed CTC and Wally's with tape in hand, for a year before I found the ones I wanted.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:36 PM   #9
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Just another thought.
The table is now used outside.
The rail was already there and there is a 110 v outlet under it.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:26 AM   #10
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Just another thought.
The table is now used outside.
The rail was already there and there is a 110 v outlet under it.
Hi: Jim... Nice pic Looks like you were at a Fiberglass Rally???
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:11 AM   #11
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Aha, friction fit! I don't know if we have the exact same ones, but nearly (I did notice there were a lot with about that width measurement). Mine are Sterilites that have olive green "click up" handles to lock the lids on. I even thought about cutting the rims off since I probably wouldn't mind not using the lids; then I just went to using one tote and a couple of small, space-wasting totes on the other side. I'll have to try them the way you did (I have four that I bought pre-Boler) and see how it works. Thanks for elaborating.

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You know your a addicted to your trailer when......
you spot two totes hidden under the bottom of a shelf in a tiny photo and wish you could own two exactly like it! hahahah thanks for the chuckle.......


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Where did you find two totes like that that will fit side-by-side under the center section?
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Hi: Jim... Nice pic Looks like you were at a Fiberglass Rally???
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Erik, I don't think raising the bed will have any effect on the width of the trailer.

BIG LOTS is the Mecca for totes! They not only have all the rubbermaid and other brand name ones, but they have "Unknown" makes that are various sizes and configurations.

I have one that is thicker plastic, taller than most and has handles that hang on either end. I use it for my clothes. The handles make it much easier to slide out when needed. It also has ventilation holes, so nothing collects condensation.

Like everything at Big Lots, buy two in case they run out.
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