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Old 07-22-2017, 07:58 AM   #1
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Casita 17' SD bed modification

Looking for information on having a permanent bed in the back of our 17' Spirit Deluxe Casita. Possibly replacing table top for better support and a side rail.
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Old 07-22-2017, 08:21 AM   #2
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We bought a Southern Mattress for our SD 17 and really like it. I plan on replacing the table top with plywood, but went three months last winter with the table. Our side table is secured permanently in the up position.
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:29 AM   #3
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We full-time and keep back of the SD17 set up as a bed always. A few weeks ago, the table cracked. The post holders, I believe, make the center weak, as well as the fact MDF board not that sturdy. It's a problem many experience.
As a quick fix, I added a few PVC pipes as legs under the cracked board.
We have ordered a 1/2 inch finished hardwood sheet of wood to replace the broken one.
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:03 AM   #4
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I cut a piece of 1/2 inch plywood for bed. Works for me.
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:46 AM   #5
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Thank you for the suggestions.

Thank you for the suggestions. We were thinking about putting in 3/4 inch plywood (because we have some) and wanted to see if others did the same and what their experiences were with it. We would like to drill holes in it so that it can "breathe".
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Old 07-22-2017, 11:04 AM   #6
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If you're concerned about moisture under the mattress there is a product for that. Look up Hypervent Marine.
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Old 07-22-2017, 11:35 AM   #7
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I used 1x6 inch pieces of wood laid side be side with small gaps to allow air circulation under my Visco 8 inch Memory Foam Mattress. I also downsized to a twin mattress to give me more floor space and left a gap at the rear where the curve is to store extra rolled up blankets.
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Old 07-22-2017, 12:43 PM   #8
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How much more does the 1/2 inch plywood weigh than the table (hardware removed from underneath table weight)?
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Old 07-22-2017, 08:31 PM   #9
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According to our calculations, the plywood is actually lighter (and stronger) than the mdf table (without hardware underneath).
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Looking for information on having a permanent bed in the back of our 17' Spirit Deluxe Casita. Possibly replacing table top for better support and a side rail.
We have used the table between the seats as a base for our Sleep Number bed for 10 years now. No problems with table or anything.
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:36 PM   #11
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My LD has a permanent double bed installed. I got a eight inch foam bed with a zip on cover from Walmart. I used the cushion to get the correct radius so I could trim the mattress to fit the rear curved wall. I just marked it with a sharpie. And cut the foam with an electric bread knife, it cut like. Bread! Zipped the cover back on and it fit perfectly.
I have had it a year now and still love my bed....and it cost less than three hundred dollars.
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