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Old 03-26-2011, 10:51 PM   #1
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Help needed -Upper Bunk - 1973 Trillium

I bought a 73 earlier this ear. It's in very fine shape but is missing the back rest/top bunk component at the front of the trailer. I'm hoping to build a new one from plywood, I guess, but need to find out the following:
1) How is it connected to the trailer itself?
2) What are the dimensions of this piece?

Your opinion: If I don't think I'll ever use the bunk, should I just make a back cushion? I'd like to keep it as accurate as possible, but as it won't be original anyway, should i just keep it simple?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 03-27-2011, 06:14 AM   #2
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Your opinion: If I don't think I'll ever use the bunk, should I just make a back cushion? I'd like to keep it as accurate as possible, but as it won't be original anyway, should i just keep it simple?

Thanks in advance,

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I think you should do what you want. I'm not into "original" in these trailers as much as usability and functionality. You certainly wouldn't be the only one without a top bunk, in fact, I know several that had it and removed it in order to have a more comfortable couch. A couple of big, colorful throw pillows and they are good to go.

Or use it for a while as is, and THEN see if it's something you need.

However, if you want the bunk, someone else will need to answer the other part of your question.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:06 AM   #3
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Welcome... Don we also have a 73 Trill and went through some of this thought process that you are in. I like the advice from Donna on using it for awhile and seeing what you really need.
We took our top bunk (and lower) down to wash the covers and clean it up, while doing this the covers never survived the wash and so we never put them back as of yet. As a temporary fix found sofa cushions that fit perfectly in the lower area and that sofa also had large pillows which have now become the back rest for the lower bunk. We will use this for awhile and see what are the best options for us.
If you still want I can get the measurements however our trailer is stored over an hour away and will probably not see it for another two weeks or so.

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I bought a 73 earlier this ear. It's in very fine shape but is missing the back rest/top bunk component at the front of the trailer. I'm hoping to build a new one from plywood, I guess, but need to find out the following:
1) How is it connected to the trailer itself?
2) What are the dimensions of this piece?

Your opinion: If I don't think I'll ever use the bunk, should I just make a back cushion? I'd like to keep it as accurate as possible, but as it won't be original anyway, should i just keep it simple?

Thanks in advance,

Trilliumdon
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:19 AM   #4
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Too Don, a number of people have converted the front couch/gaucho to a small dinette. You may find you'd prefer to keep the rear dinette made up as a permanent bed and need some place to sit and relax/eat.

There's lots of examples here on FiberglassRV. Here's a couple:
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:46 AM   #5
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....having no further use for the bunk, no kids/pets at home, we opt to K.I.S.S. (but spendy). We spend 'bucks' at a shop having this 'sofa' custom fit for our Trillium.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:26 AM   #6
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....having no further use for the bunk, no kids/pets at home, we opt to K.I.S.S. (but spendy). We spend 'bucks' at a shop having this 'sofa' custom fit for our Trillium.
That is an awesome couch!
Nicely done!
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Since I'm the only one that will probably use my egg, I use the front to sleep removed the top bunk and never have to take the dinette table down.
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I'm intrigued by the idea of making the front a sleeping area. At this time, all I have where the top bunk should have been is about 20 screw holes in the rail. Part of me wants to respect the things that made the Trill the nifty little trailer it was, but for sure I'll never use the bunk. I'm thinking either the couch or the front table makes a lot of sense. What a great group this is! Thanks to all.
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I bought a 73 earlier this ear. It's in very fine shape but is missing the back rest/top bunk component at the front of the trailer. I'm hoping to build a new one from plywood, I guess, but need to find out the following:
1) How is it connected to the trailer itself?
2) What are the dimensions of this piece?

Your opinion: If I don't think I'll ever use the bunk, should I just make a back cushion? I'd like to keep it as accurate as possible, but as it won't be original anyway, should i just keep it simple?

Thanks in advance,

Trilliumdon
I bought my '72 Trillium last summer and while the top bunk wasn't there the cushion was. It was being used as a back cushion. I found the 3" it took up made the front seat just narrow enough to be uncomfortable for sleeping; I removed it. When I'm traveling long distances I use the front bench for taking a nap without having to put the dinette down. I travel alone. If you don't need the bunk, forget about it.
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The first thing we did with out then new Scamp was to remove the top bunk. It is much more roomy and that is where I sleep.

Even if we went out solo the front bed would be the one used for sleeping and the back left as dinette. We would put it down while traveling though to keep the stress off the hinge that holds the table up.....or get a pedestal for perm table.

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I'm having just the opposite issue. With three chillin's plus ma & pop, I'm trying to figure out a format/addtion/mod that will sleep the five of us in a 13' rig.. :
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I'm having just the opposite issue. With three chillin's plus ma & pop, I'm trying to figure out a format/addtion/mod that will sleep the five of us in a 13' rig.. :
we're gonna need a bigger trailer.
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At Least we figured out what was causin' all dem kids!--->:
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Bert, let me know if you figure that out, lol. I'm trying to sleep 4 but I was thinking of a removable bunk or something over the rear bed so me and Hubby wouldnt have to share that tiny dinette bed. I'd sleep on the lower front bunk, one kid in the upper front bunk and another kid in the removable bunk over the main bed. Then Hubby gets the main bed all to himself. That man has 24" shoulders! Just never could come up with a way to attatch the removable bunk without putting holes in the fiberglass. Then we'd ALL get a good night sleep, not just the kids

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