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Old 05-23-2014, 11:36 AM   #1
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13' Permanent Bed

I have a 13' Scamp and NEVER use the dinette. Looking for mods people have done to make something like a sofa, or a sofa bed with storage underneath. I have the water tank on curb side and converter on street side and use both. Pictures with commentary if you have them please. Have been racking my brain for ideas. My eyes need to see it.

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I installed a simple plywood on gas cylinders...
We converted the front beds into a dinette for two so we use the front cushions at the back when we use the bed as a couch.
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:11 PM   #3
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I am curious too. I have no intention of not always havning the bed set up in the back of my Scamp 16. We can sit outside or eat off a couple of light TV trays. I would like a nice matteress that fits the shape but am not willing to spend hundreds to get it. A little (3") foam on top of the stock cushions works well, but not perfect. I can camp on it but would not want to long-term or full-time on it.
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:20 PM   #4
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This adds storage and a comfortable couch which is easier to convert than a stock dinette...
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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My solution is very simple. I cut a piece of 1/2" plywood to fit and added a siffener to the end. The original plywood storage covers are still easy to access. Raz
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:04 PM   #6
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HI Alice, I bought an 8" double size memory foam mattress from Walmart and using the cushions as a pattern cut it to fit. I cut a plywood platform to use instead of the table top. Works great and very comfy!!
Not having the table leg receptacle on the bottom of the table top really gives a bit more storage space under the bed too.
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Old 05-23-2014, 02:04 PM   #7
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under bed storage

I put an underbed storage drawer underneath. I also put the plywood in instead of the table (not shown in picture) to level out the bed somewhat. I then cut a memory foam mattress from Amazon to fit.
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Old 05-23-2014, 02:05 PM   #8
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under bed storage

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Old 05-23-2014, 02:07 PM   #9
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So a queen isn't big enough?

You need a 13' bed?
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Old 05-23-2014, 02:35 PM   #10
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Ha, Ha, Huck...Yea, a 13' bed just incase I want to have a pajama party at my place.....Hoping to incorporate some of the ideas. Deryk with his Parkliner made a vast improvement with a Futon mattress. I love the drawer, just have to figure out how to install the drawer glides properly and build a decent drawer. A quick option is the gas struts to lift the plywood. Then I wouldn't have to build a drawer. The 1/2 plywood is a given because I am shortening the width a little, because I need the little step to get into bed now. If the mattress is any thicker, I'll need a step stool. I like the U shape, but don't want to break it down every morning. Lots to think about. Everyone has made some nice improvements.
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:15 PM   #11
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We replaced the rear table with plywood. Cut a piece of 5" foam to fit with a 4" memory foam on top so the bed stays made up all the time. Baskets on drawer slides for under bed storage.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:50 PM   #12
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We had the same kind of problem with our Hunter Compact-II, that doesn't have any seating when the bed is made up.

Here's what we did:

We got an innerspring Futon mattress from IKEA, there are also foam ones that are much easier to cut. A true futon mattress is made to fold and doesn't leave a gap when flat like cushions might

We then cut the dining table in half and made the back 1/2 semi fixed in it's usual lowered place. The front 1/2 became a table for 2 with a new pole base etc.

If we want the bed, it's all flat and ready to go.

If we want a dinette we flip the front 1/2 of the futon mattress onto the back half, put the front half of the original table on it's pedestal, and put down a few pillows for seat cushions. We also made the table top so it will slide on it's base for easy of entry

If we want space to entertain and dance, we flip the back half of the futon straight up, and push the entire futon to the wall, making a full width couch (for friends).

Sort through this link to the second page and you can see it in several configurations.

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And YES, I had to cut down the innerspring futon, get the foam one for a Scamp because you will have to cut the back half to fit the curved walls.

Almost forgot: We use storage bins, selected for exact fit under the bed, for clothing storage etc.
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Bob, I am liking your idea and photos, thanks!!!
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Bernard: How did you measure or calculate the length of gas strut? Is there a particular brand to buy? Are they difficult to install? Is the weight of what they are lift factor in? i believe this is the best solution to storage underneath the bed and easily reaching the fresh water tank and converter. The idea is to use the space in the middle for my outdoor chairs, BAL Leveler, small folding tables.
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