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Old 05-18-2015, 05:34 PM   #1
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Our bed is too small!!!

Hi All, I thought I posted something here last week about my particular issue but I can't find the post so I'm back...

AI have a 16ft Casita Spirit Deluxe that I purchased for a great price and in great condition....and probably a little too hasty. I love the trailer but the bed is so small. I was wondering if anyone out there had ever heard of or undertaken making the bed bigger somehow? Possibly by removing part of the galley or twin bed area?

I'm trying to be hopeful...

Thank you!
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:58 PM   #2
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I tried to search but couldn't find the mods that I know I must have seen here but here is a link to a Scamp modification that might at least give you a direction to go in: Extended Bed Mod | Scamp Owners International

Also, if you google for "casita bed modifications" you can get some photo ideas probably.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:59 PM   #3
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Good luck there, it can be done but lots of dyi handiwork. We have a Scamp 13 we started sleeping opposite (head to foot) not for everyone but it works for us. We are considering an upgrade!!
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:02 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. You might find this thread generates some ideas.

Wider bed

It's important to remember that many of the vertical structures are important to keeping the roof from buckling. i.e. dividers, kitchen walls, closet. Good luck, Raz
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:54 PM   #5
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Head to toe helps a bit, a more comfortable mattress helps some too, a different camper with a bigger bed layout helps the most.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:57 PM   #6
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ParkLiners have a queen size bed. There's one for sale right now.

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Old 05-18-2015, 08:31 PM   #7
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Hi All, I thought I posted something here last week about my particular issue but I can't find the post so I'm back...

AI have a 16ft Casita Spirit Deluxe that I purchased for a great price and in great condition....and probably a little too hasty. I love the trailer but the bed is so small. I was wondering if anyone out there had ever heard of or undertaken making the bed bigger somehow? Possibly by removing part of the galley or twin bed area?

I'm trying to be hopeful...

Thank you!
We had a Casita 16 for a year with a side dinette. If you're considering twin beds, consider using the side dinette as a twin. It could easily be set u each night for use as a bed.

We've had a small trailer for 8 years and joked about the size of the bed before we hit the road. However , we've learned to love it. Personally I'd give it a try for a little longer before giving up.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:01 PM   #8
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Small bed vs large bed.

10 years ago when I first acquired my Scamp I thought the bed was quite small, but it was not a lot different than the floor space in my backpacking tent. Fast forward 10 years and about a 1000 nights, I think my home queen size bed to large.
One of things about a small trailer shared with another person you have to be good friends. Large beds are made for people that don't like to be close.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:42 AM   #9
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We got our CompactII for the near queen sized bed after looking at the barely-bigger-than-twin on many eggs!


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Old 05-19-2015, 02:33 AM   #10
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Hi All, I thought I posted something here last week about my particular issue but I can't find the post so I'm back...

AI have a 16ft Casita Spirit Deluxe that I purchased for a great price and in great condition....and probably a little too hasty. I love the trailer but the bed is so small. I was wondering if anyone out there had ever heard of or undertaken making the bed bigger somehow? Possibly by removing part of the galley or twin bed area?

I'm trying to be hopeful...

Thank you!
Lots of bed mod threads over on casitaforum.com

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Old 05-19-2015, 01:25 PM   #11
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Our first bed was a double, but had springs built in that poked. We bought a kingsize bed but "got lost" in it at night. Back to a double with springy slats. Fine with it. My trailer will have 2" less than that, I don't think it will matter much.
Double sized beds were probably the norm for our grandparents ;-) tray to make them proud LOL
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:56 AM   #12
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THANK YOU!

Thanks everyone! We just bought the Casita so a new trailer isn't what we have in mind and we've tried sleeping head to tow but my bunkmate is 6'1" and it was a challenge!

On nights we have to sleep inside the trailer and not in our tent we may just have to sleep separate and utilize the twin dinette bed.

Thank you so much for the thoughtful responses, I appreciate it
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:44 AM   #13
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We also have a Casita Spirit. I talked to Casita last winter. They said you can easily remove the partition between the bed and the dinette. You need to build a platform to put between the kitchen and the dinette seat next to the bed. Then use the other dinette seat to go on top of the platform. You will then have a double for your feet and a king for the knees up. They said many owners have made this modification. There is a post of this modification somewhere on the Casita forum.

We just got our Casita out of storage so haven't done this yet, but by the end of July it will be complete and I'll post pictures of the final product.

Enjoy,

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Old 05-22-2015, 06:34 PM   #14
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If you are inclined to skip the hassle, expense and loss of otherwise usable space maybe your best choice would be to replace the camper you have with another size or brand.

Right up-front I will state that we do have a Parkliner and it is for sale. Also, I do believe it is one of the best floor plans and well thought-out interior designs to maximize space in an 7'x12' shell. That said, I will share info with you specifically about the bed. The dinette conversion for sleeping is 81" long by 5' wide. The cushions are thick, dense and upholstered with binded edges which minimizes them breaking down. Therefore they fit tightly together so there is no shifting or uneven surface. Throw down a comforter, lie down, throw one over yourselves and enjoy a great nights sleep.

However, we are selling the camper because we do have an issue with the bed. Well, actually the issue is with our decrepit bodies, not the bed. Somebody has to climb over the other body to get up. Creekie knees all round (one replaced) and a recent massive rotator cuff tear; selling seems better than investing in Depends . . ha-ha!!!

I would encourage anyone looking for a small camper to check out the Parkliner for themselves. The specs are all there and the list of features and options leaves you wondering, "how did they do that"? And the aisle is still 31" wide! "How did they do that"? Sound like a sales pitch, you betcha.
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