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Old 06-17-2014, 10:03 AM   #15
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Oh and if you get a moment, share your top bunk modification! Our kids are almost past the 80 lb weight limit now. We are also going to just leave it in the bunk position. Makes things easier!
Welcome! I'm betting you will have some great times with lots of memories made with the Scamp.

I have 92 16' and I think you will find the bunk can hold more than 80lbs... or at least I have had more than that on mine - up to 135lbs without a problem. To make sure it wasn't going to be a problem, I added an extra removable post (Scamp sells them) to the top bunk located more towards the middle but made sure the person on the bottom bunk could still get into the bed. I also removed the connection hard wear and cut the rat fur open so I could see under it at that point, on the trailer under the window to inspect it to make sure there no issues there (looked for possible water damage) and used a bit more heavy duty screws to reattach it.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:39 AM   #16
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Another post reinforcement you can do on the bunks is cut a piece of wood long enough to reach from the floor to the underside of the bench where the bunk post rests. This will allow the weight of the load on the posts to transfer to the floor under the bench instead of just bearing on the fiberglass bench. As your new to Scamps we do not travel with the table up nor with the bunk bed in the upright position. I think there is too much leverage bouncing down the road on the mounting hardware. Sooner or later the mounting screws will loosen up and fail. Keep them down and let the trailer carry the load and not the hardware.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:48 AM   #17
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Great purchase!
this is a great site for answers to questions and help.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:44 AM   #18
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I really need to get some pictures of my bed mod but I am digital camera challenged right now. But, it is a 2X6 ripped down with a 1X4 screwed to one side to form and “L”. The other side of the 2X6 has a piece of 1/8” thick 1 ” X 1 ” angle iron screwed to it with two holes drilled for the bunk locating screws to stick through. Each end of the 2X6 is supported by a 1X4 (vertical) attached with a standard 3 ” door hinge. These are “set in” a little from the ends of the 2X6 so they splay out tight at the bottom and do not move. While I had the cover off the upper bunk for washing I added two ” “T” nuts next to the factory screws. These are so I can permanently attach the bunk to the support with ” screws.

I don’t see how leaving the bunk set up can strain anything. When up the side of the bunk next to the wall sits on top of the molded in plywood ledge and is not supported by the hinges. That said, when I reassembled the upper bunk after washing I did move the hinges over an inch so I had all new wood and used larger/longer screws. I should add that my mod moves the supports all the way left and right, the lower “bunkee” does not have to worm around anything getting in and out. If I had to do it over I think I would make the whole thing out of wood and make it lighter, it is pretty heavy with the 2X6 & angle iron. But then heavy and over-kill is generally the way I do stuff.
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:50 PM   #19
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I have 92 16' and I think you will find the bunk can hold more than 80lbs... or at least I have had more than that on mine - up to 135lbs without a problem.
That is good to know. Only one person in our family weighs more than that, and he won't be sleeping on the top bunk as long as he behaves. (Just kidding! Sort of...)

Of course, our son will probably pass this weight sooner rather than later, though he has already claimed the bottom bunk. I need to put a brick on his head. Our daughter is more petite like me and will be doing well to break 100.

I'll pass everyone's brilliant advice on over to Husband, who is the craftsman in the family. He builds everything to last way past our lifespan, so Timber Wolf, you and he would get along just fine.
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:57 PM   #20
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As your new to Scamps we do not travel with the table up nor with the bunk bed in the upright position. I think there is too much leverage bouncing down the road on the mounting hardware. Sooner or later the mounting screws will loosen up and fail. Keep them down and let the trailer carry the load and not the hardware.
You know its funny I have heard the above said many times and yet I kept the bunks up on mine for the first 4 years I owned it and traveled thousands of miles with them that way. I know the previous owner of it did as well. When I took it all apart to check it I saw no signs of the hardware coming off anywhere... same with the table I know lots of people who leave their tables up all the time when traveling. Wondering if bunks and tables failing has anything to do with the condition of the axle?
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:14 PM   #21
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Thank you so much, both of you! I love hearing stevebaz & Carol's thoughts on this. Yes, we are brand new to all of this so it's great to hear everyone's opinions. Since we are hopefully the last in a long line of owners, we will check out the mounting hardware. Really have no idea what has been done to this trailer before we got our hands on it. My husband is a safety guy and will take no chances with his precious children.
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:55 PM   #22
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I know how he feels I wouldn't put my grand child up there until I plopped my 200 lbs on it. It passed its test.
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