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Old 08-05-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Scamp 5er bed modification: How much skill is required?

My name is Mike and I,m very new to this forum. I have a 1995, new to me , 5er. I'm thinking of taking out the front couch/bed to add some drawers on one side and a hanging closet on the other with stairs to get into bed in the middle. How hard is it to remove the couch and hardware down to the floor to start working on this. I need to know what I'm getting myself into, before I start.

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Old 08-05-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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Mike:

If this link works it will take you to a thread of one of the members who converted their bed. I would love to turn our bed as I am always the one stuck up against the wall. Hope this works for you otherwise the member goes by peterh.



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Old 08-05-2013, 04:38 PM   #3
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I found more pictures of his bed modification.


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Old 08-05-2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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Hi Mike! to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

There are lots of kind and help folks here on the forums. You've already noticed with Cyndi posting a great thread that may help you. There's lots more info here in the archives and from new members too, all you need to do is ask.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:01 PM   #5
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thanks for all your info. But the one thing I'm interested in is how long of a project is this. How much work and what is the skill level required. I have basic carpentry skills but have limited tools. No fancy stuff, just basic tools. Can one guys with average building skills do this or should he look for help? I've learned alot from the responses but still a little nervous to get started.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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What do you consider basic skills and limited tools? I consider myself to have limited wood working tools with a table saw, miter saw, hand router etc.
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That's how you get more tools by doing projects.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:45 PM   #8
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By basic skills I mean I'm not a carpenter by trade, of a tool and die kind of guy. I've got a radial arm saw, router, skill saw, jug saw, things like that. I am by no means a carpenter. Just a good, fun of the mill general home owner with reasonable skills. That being said, do you think, that a job like taking out the bench seat and changing the configuration of the bed is something I should really think about before starting?
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:16 PM   #9
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I'm sure you could do it. I considered it, considered what it would take to do it, and promptly dismissed the idea. Plus, I like having my couch. What I'm going to do, is get a cushion made to fit the top bunk, that will make it level with the bed, so I can lay lengthwise. It requires no work on my part, and during the day, I can throw the cushion up on the bed, drop the bunk down, and have my couch back. I also couldn't get my kayaks in if I didn't have the extra bit of room the couch provides.

Between being riveted to the shower, etc., I didn't want to take the time.
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Mike welcome to the forum.
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Anytime you take on a project that pushes you to use new skills or solve new problems you have to be prepared to pay a "fools tax". That tax is whatever lost time from doing it bass ackward, or breaking something costs.

Next time you do it or something like it your an old pro and get to do it (mostly) tax free.

Don't consider having to purchase new tools a downside, heck that is the best reason to purchase a tool.... need it to do a job at hand. And a lot of times that tool is the only pay your gonna get. Unless spouse really values the job you just did.
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I think if you have a square, good sharp pencil, and things like that.
You should be able to get 'er done.

My biggest hesitations are figuring out how to take something apart
so I can reuse it on installation......lol
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My biggest hesitations are figuring out how to take something apart
so I can reuse it on installation......lol
Can I get a witness and an Amen.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:01 PM   #14
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Thanks for all your comments and support. I do feel that, with taking my time, I could do it, and probably will. But! I'm going to wait for the scamper convention in Feb at Highland Hammocks to see if anyone has done it and is there any problems I can avoid.
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