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Old 01-24-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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bunk bed over rear dinette

I am looking at buying a 13' Scamp and was wondering if there is anyway to put a bunk over the rear dinette for my two boys. I am hoping for something that can be taken down and stowed, easily kinda like the fornt bunk setup.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:00 AM   #2
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anything I've read about bunks states a weight limit of about 80 lbs. there's always a way but I think it would involve support the comes up from the floor and drilling holes in your egg. not sure how you would make it removable either.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:13 AM   #3
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I wonder if you could build something that looks like a table that folds in half, with a leg in each corner? Steve Hillby built a hollow core table covered with 1/8 plywood, then formica. This would make it light weight for removing. See Steve's finished product here: http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...t/DSCN2017.jpg
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:31 AM   #4
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Our Lite•House has a fabric "bunk" that fits over the end of the dinette. It's just a piece of fabric with wood dowels along the long ends. The dowel ends fit into wood brackets on each side of the trailer and are adjustable so the bunk can be different widths or closed.

We use ours as a daytime storage area for bedding while the dinette is in use. If it wasn't raining right now, I'd go take a photo. Like many details of the Lite•House, it's clever and well thought out.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:47 AM   #5
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17' Bolers use a upper cabinet / bunk over the rear gaucho it uses alum end rails and sheet of ply that slides out for over folding cabinet front (door unit) with bolts in outer corners to lock it up and down. This could work as an upper bunk in a 13' as well and add storage when not in use for bedding.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:04 PM   #6
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I recall the old family Winnebago. It slept 8, thanks in part to 2 double bunks, one over the back bed and one over the driver/passenger captains chairs. These bunks were hinged and folded up against the end (front or back) of the MH. Rails on either sidewall supported them.

Since the back of the trailer is curved, you would have to build a separate part into that curve I guess, but to that I think you might be able to attach a hinged piece going up and to that another hinged piece coming down, so they fold up flat toward the rear but accordion out flat.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:40 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies. I may end up getting a 16 if I can't figure this out.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:12 PM   #8
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You'll figure it out, If you know anybody that drives a semi truck almost all of them have a upper bunk that folds up, maybe you could take a look at one.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:23 PM   #9
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All the 16' gives you is 3' more counter space on the curb side and a closet/bath on the driver side.
I have a 13 Scamp where someone had made a frame out of 1" steel tubing to mount a sound board into it. It was a semi-permanent frame that was real sturdy and the weight was not too bad. I think you could build a frame for a rear bunk but I think it would be a semi-permanent arrangement. I would support it on four legs attached to the floor above the frame rails. I don't think I would not try to attach it to the shell.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:15 PM   #10
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This site has been a big help. I live 150 miles from anywhere and it is very hard for me to find stuff to look at to get ideas from. I have only seen one real live Scamp in my life and that was 16 so it is hard for me to visualize all this. Hopefully it will all come together.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:28 PM   #11
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So you are trying to sleep 3 in the dinette area, right!! Two on the main bed and one on the bunk. Or, one main bed and one on bunk??

At any rate I've been thinking about this and it occurs to me that it woud be a tight sleep for who ever is on the top and bottom. I say this because the height from the main bed to the roof is about 5 inches shorter than the couch up front to the roof in a 13 footer. There is a step up in the foot wheel of the dinette about 5 inches. So bunks in the back would not have the same room for those who might have trouble with tight spaces.

Any way, what about some type of cot with taller legs so someone could slide under. Check out some cots. You never know the length might be perfect and legs might just fit nicely against the outer wall between the wall and cushions. Cots are pretty sturdy. If nothing else they might give you an idea of how to make your own or maybe modify a cot. Most cots fold up nicely.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:56 PM   #12
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I am actually trying to sleep 4, two adults and two small children which weigh about 60#'s together. Anyone have the dimesions of the dinette are so I can look for cot or other options?
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May i ask why you just don't use the front bunk set up for the boys?
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:55 AM   #14
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May i ask why you just don't use the front bunk set up for the boys?
The front bunk takes away the bathroom in a 13 footer and to me the whole idea is to have a bathroom/shower. Otherwise I would just use a tent and a coleman stove and save about $10k.
My goal is to find the cheapest way to sleep 4 with a bathroom/shower setup.
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