Originally Posted by denny w
How well does front bunk function on S16? Are any Problems? Can a 5'7" 150 lb adult comfortably sleep? How well does it work as a couch? How much storage under?
Describes me pretty closely, and I sleep comfortably on the bottom bunk. My daughter sleeps on the top, which is good for about 100-120 pounds. The bunk is very easy to set up, and everything stores neatly behind the backrest out of sight and out of the way when not in use (even my homemade safety rail). It's really a very clever design.
Headroom is limited on the lower bunk, enough to turn over without bumping the top, but not much more. With the upper bunk support posts in place, crawling in and out requires some dexterity, but once you're in, there's plenty of length and width. Think Navy bunks.
The upper bunk, on the other hand, is very roomy for kids. Unlike some trailers that cram the bunk way up against the ceiling, it's fairly low for easy access and has sit-up headroom, so no bumped heads. It lacks a safety rail, but that's easily remedied.
If I only needed the bottom bunk, though, I'd probably remove the top bunk and store it at home Some large pillows would do for a sofa backrest, and the headroom problem would be solved. A few screws hold it in place, so it's simple to remove & reinstall.
I find the sofa configuration fairly comfortable. Unlike typical RV dinettes and gauchos, the upper bunk/backrest has a slant to it. In the 16' model, more of the sofa is tucked behind the bathroom, so less of it is usable as a sofa.
Storage underneath is divided into three sections. The two side compartments are shallow and hard to access, so I use them for infrequently needed items: extra canned goods in the port compartment and tools in the starboard. The center compartment is deeper and accessible from the front without moving cushions. Some use it for a porta-potty, but we use it for our shower totes.