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Old 11-30-2014, 08:58 PM   #1
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Scamp front cushions

I purchased a 1976 13' Scamp this Fall. I put a new axle under it, pulled all the upholstery out and wrapped it up at the storage yard for the Winter. I started reupholstering the cushions last week. The dinette seats went well, but I'm confused about the front seat/bed. Why is the bottom cushion made in 2 pieces? The piece that goes against the front wall is separate from the main bottom and is only about 6" wide. What is the purpose of this?
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:11 PM   #2
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If it is a Scamp with the front bunk, the skinny cushion infills the area between the bottom cushion and the wall for when the bunk is in the 'up' position.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:39 PM   #3
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When in sofa mode, the little banana cushion sits on top of the sofa back and covers the little area where the bunk support poles are stored. When the back is flipped up for the bunk bed mode, the little banana cushion fills in the bottom bunk area previously occupied by the sofa back cushion.
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Old 12-01-2014, 05:09 AM   #4
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Thanks for the information. Now I can continue my upholstery project.
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:29 AM   #5
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When in sofa mode, the little banana cushion sits on top of the sofa back and covers the little area where the bunk support poles are stored.
This is news to me!

I've been storing my poles in the closet.

How are they properly stored?

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How are they properly stored?

Anywhere you want! 😄
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:28 PM   #7
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This is news to me!

I've been storing my poles in the closet.
How are they properly stored?
Me too. Wondering how the poles could be stored better. Did not know there was a "spot" that was intended to store them.
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:25 PM   #8
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I store the bunk poles behind the "upper bunk" when in the down position. Then I place the "banana" cushion on top. I hide it all under the curtains.

Search some other FGRV entries as to how to turn the bunk poles into supports for the "gravel guard" thereby making an awning. Here is one Front rock guard modified to create an awning who has done it? (mine is entry #8)
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:38 AM   #9
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Because we have the 54" bed, we have no closet; only the 12" "pantry" cabinet. When we picked up our trailer in Oct 2013, the bunk support poles were in that little area behind the top edge of the sofa back (top) cushion.
I think Jon is right .... anywhere you want and anywhere you can. I just know where ours were.

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I just leave the little "banana" cushion down on the bottom in back all the time. It does push the upper bunk/sofa back out at an angle but I prefer the "laid back" aspect better anyway. That is the way it was when my old Scamp came to me and I did not know any better. It will all go away many years from now when my daughter gives up the upper bunk and leaves the nest. Then I will do a front dinette mod to carry me into retirement!
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From the factory, the banana cushion was behind the couch back against the front wall. This pushes the back/top bunk out so that the board doesn't get warped with a permanent dip in the middle.
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When in sofa mode, the little banana cushion sits on top of the sofa back and covers the little area where the bunk support poles are stored.
That was news to me also, and when I cleaned out the trailer today after a recent trip, I decided to try it out, and discovered a cool bonus.

Bunk posts in space behind sofa back:
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Finding an out-of-the-way place to store the safety rail was the bonus. The banana cushion still fits neatly over the whole lot. Thanks, Ray!
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That was news to me also, and when I cleaned out the trailer today after a recent trip, I decided to try it out, and discovered a cool bonus.

Bunk posts in space behind sofa back:
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Upper bunk safety rail hangs over bunk support ledge:
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Finding an out-of-the-way place to store the safety rail was the bonus. The banana cushion still fits neatly over the whole lot. Thanks, Ray!

The "banana" cushion is actually designed to go between the back/top bunk and the front of the trailer when the couch mode. The keeps the back/top bunk cushion from getting bowed by being pressed into the curve in the front of the trailer.
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I was going to try that out, too, but forgot. It would make set-up quicker, and the banana cushion always falls down as I drive anyway. At first I couldn't think how it would fit back there, but I guess if you turn it on its side, it creates enough space for the bottom of the backrest.

The more I learn, the more I am impressed with the thoughtfulness that went into this 45-year-old design. The bunk support ledge, as I discovered, is exactly the same length as the space between the bunk posts, so the safety rail just fits and cannot slide to the left or right. The depth of the ledge is just right to hold the two bunk posts snugly, so they won't slide or bounce out. The angle of the backrest is much more comfortable than the typical gaucho with a too-short, too-upright backrest. And it's amazingly quick and easy to convert.
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