Hi Jana and JR, :wave
The raised bed idea is actually the mod that I'm working in right now. our project, when finished, will elevate the bed base to the height of the table top. We're going to use the underneath space for doggie or storage (which ever happens to be with us at the time.)
Keep in mind that the trailer we bought was destined for a gutting.....
Here's the plan and what we've done so far:
1. removed entire dinette, including the seats and the table top (done)
2. marked off height of table bracket (under rear window) all the way around the new bed area (done)
3. scored, scraped, and peeled back insulation foamy stuff to expose fibreglass shell (done)
ledge for bed:
3. fabricated curved wooden 'ledge' bracket for new bed (basically the same as the ones the seats are attacked too, just higher up the wall)
4. drilled through shell (yes, this was a bit scary at first, but we need to do some future bodywork anyway) and secured the new brackets using epoxy and screws (done)
5. lay down 2 layers (top and bottom) of course fibreglass and epoxy to thoroughly secure the ledge to the shell (half done)
6. remove the screws and fill the holes with epoxy (half done)
the rest isn't started yet...
7. build some support legs (metal, welded) that will rest on the frame of the trailer
8. build a bed-base support to hold up the plywood
9. cut plywood into a couple of pieces (so that it can fit through the door for installation)
10. buy a foam mattress, hack it to fit the curves, hack it into two sections to get it in and out easily, sew new matress-cover side-panels to fill in the holes I just made.
11. grab a sleeping bag and take it for a test drive!
Since we're planning on attending the Cache Creek camping trip in early august, we still have lots to do! :-)
This is my website for this reno project. I haven't posted pics in a while... I probably should. :-)
If you're curious, The only part my husband is doing is the welding. I could weld too, but he thinks that's 'man-work' and I don't want to be better than him at EVERYthing. Hee hee hee.