Originally Posted by emeraldzippy
Gtblue that is awesome!! Thanks so much for the pics.
So with that set up now, is the vertical board that the table rests on in a fixed position? Looks like it is, as a dedicated anchor for the table in the UP position. In this case, how is it attached at the bottom? Screwed into the bench?
I wanna see about doing something like that!
In the spirit of the site, was great to perhaps be helpful.
The pics I shared are out of order and from various stages of construction, but I’m happy to try a brief
description of what I did.
I started with the original piece of 3/4” plywood which came with the trailer, which was attached next to the wall with two plastic OEM hinges. Your pics look similar, except that your plywood looks like it reaches just below the window when folded up, perhaps windows
in your year trailer are positioned differently. My original ply hit the bottom of the metal window frame, so I swapped it for a shorter piece that still fit across the gap and rests against the wall, not the window bottom, when folded up.
I used the original hinges on the new plywood. These old hinges may not be up to the task, we shall see. As a spot to put latches, I took another new piece of plywood and copied the original support which held the bunkbed to the wall. It had been screwed into the bottom of the window frame, so I made the new use the same screw holes. (I hate making new holes in my trailer
). I added a metal bracket, made to hold RV tables, across the front of the vertical piece of plywood. At this point, I painted it to sorta match the original interior. It is hinged at the bottom and latched at the top, and can still be folded down.
Next step I fabricated a table out of plywood I had about. The measurements and style, are based on the rear dinette. In order to leave space to “squeeze “ into the corner seat near the kitchen, the table can’t be very long. That lead me to one last piece of plywood, which also spans the gap between the seats, and covers the space the small table doesn’t when setting up a bunk. I believe all the parts can be seen in one or another of the photos.
When wanting to set up a bunk, rather than having to find a spot for the removed table, I’ll use it, and the short strip of plywood (pictured), as the bed base. I’ll leave the hinged piece of plywood folded up vertically and latched below the window. While I’ll lose 2-3 inches of bunk width, in a 4500, there’s plenty of room I think.
If for some reason I took the table out of the trailer, I can still make a bunk with the folded down plywood and the short strip. Clear as mud?
All together I think I used 4 relatively small pieces of plywood, some brackets, a bamboo tray from the thrift store and a used folding table leg. Made it up as I went along, and am mostly happy with the end product. I do have plans to add a narrow shelf, similar to the one above the rear dinette, to the vertical plywood, and to replace the latches. The latches I made are just “ok”. Perhaps I’ll refine it after I complete the long list of trailer projects ahead of me.
Good luck with any projects you undertake.