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Old 09-27-2012, 11:47 PM   #1
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Bunk rail or netting

I own a 75 trillium and am trying to come up with some sort of removable bunk netting or railing. I have had no luck with online searches or at a local RV parts dealer. Any thoughts or proven system would be welcomed and appreciated. My daughters will be sleeping on the bunks and they are pretty wiggly during their sleep. The upper bunk that folds into the sofa back is my concern.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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It seems that there is wood at the walls at the end of the bunk and I'm leaning toward a net with a sliding latch/button system so it is more comfortable than a hard railing and easy to remove or install.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:59 AM   #3
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This question comes up from time to time. I've used PVC pipe to construct a railing. I wanted something that would keep my young granddaughter from rolling our the top bunk. I also wanted something that would allow her to get in and out the bed if she desired. I don't like the idea of something that an adult has to remove to allow a child get out of bed. When we had her with us we would at times sit outside with her inside.

So with that in mind the PC railing was designed to be about 2" above the upper bunk mattress so she could get over the top. Figuring that was high enough that it would NOT be real easy to roll over while sleeping.
I also didn't feel the need for the railing to be completely wall to wall. Again for the same reason, an avenue for escape if necessary.

The railing was make to fit over the pipe supports using 1" PVC pipe and 2 Ts. There's pictures on this site someplace that shows it including it in use.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:10 AM   #4
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There's a bunch of different methods, here's one I just posted for someone else... you could use PVC if you wanted to: Escape Trailer Bunk Bed Rail
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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There's a bunch of different methods, here's one I just posted for someone else... you could use PVC if you wanted to: Escape Trailer Bunk Bed Rail

Wow! At current copper prices, that is a $200 bunk guard.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:19 AM   #6
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Not sure how the Trillium bunks work so this may not help. In our little Uhaul, we have a 2yr old on the bottom and a 4yr old on the top bunk. My creative wife got material for doing the curtains on the front window where the bunk is and then took some of it and sewed a piece to slide over the support rods when the bunk is up and fill the gap between them to keep the 2yr old in the bottom. For the top, I just used some L brackets I had and screwed them into the wood and then attached a white board I had laying around with wingnuts. The wingnuts allow me to take it off with the bunk down and I measured the L brackets so they'd fit flush under the cushion when the top is down so I don't have to take them off; just the board.

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:17 AM   #7
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I like Trilliums optional bunk bar. It is just a spring loaded shower curtain rod with shower curtain rod brackets attached to the wall. Trillium attaches them to blocks of wood glued to the fibreglass before they put on the elephant hide.

The picture is from an old Trillium sales brochure.
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I wonder if you could use something like this:
Ratcheting Cargo Bar

Basically a heavy duty spring loaded shower curtain rod.
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I wonder if you could use something like this:
Ratcheting Cargo Bar

Basically a heavy duty spring loaded shower curtain rod.
those things work great. used one for years in my truck; back when I had it. just be careful you don't over do it against the fiberglass sides or you may find it bowing the sides out. (I also used one to pop a dent out once on my truck fender.)
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Warning warning.... Caution

The distance between any bar and the mattress needs to be small enough the child's head can't get through. Child hanging my neck is not good.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:59 AM   #11
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Here is what I did with just PVC painted white. Note that their is a thinner piece of PVC that goes into the poles holding up the bunk. It has been simple and effective at holding both my daughter and luggage where they belong.

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Here's my earlier posting.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:34 PM   #13
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Here is what I just did and we used it all summer with my 4 year old daughter. Works like a charm, super easy to make and really easy to put up and down. You will need someone who can do some very simple welding for you. Follow this link

Our '76 Trillium finally done!

If it doesn't take you right there then it is on the 2nd page of this forum. Good luck.

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Old 09-28-2012, 10:07 PM   #14
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bunk railing resolved

I had to think about and look at some hardware but I am happy with the results. A 10$ piece of 1 X 4 pine to match the cabinets, 4 eye screws, and 4 hook screws that screw in about 2.5 inches with about a 1 inch straight hook. Its tight enough that it won't pop out easily but is very easy to remove and stores nicely behind the upper bunk when folded down. Not to brag but I think it also looks a lot nicer than anything I have seen so far. Also very light weight and sturdy.
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