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Old 05-20-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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Modern Bambi bed in a Caravel

The other day I was browsing the FREE section on Craigslist, when I saw a local fellow giving away their original mattress from a modern Bambi (they had upgraded). Now FREE is the sort of price I can't pass up, and since it was a AS mattress, complete with curved corner, I jumped on that deal. Once I got it home I folded the front dinette down into a bed and we tried fitting the mattress on there a number of ways. This is how it seems to fit best.

It actually fits surprisingly well. I had to pull the backrest cushion on one end, and leave the other one in so it all fits nicely without gaps. The mattress sticks about 4 inches into the doorway, which is not bad. We are off for a long weekend trip so I thought it was a good time to try it out. Initial nap test tells me it's much more comfortable (and roomy) than the side gaucho we normally sleep on.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:58 AM   #2
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Great find! I love Craigslist for things like this. I recently purchased two aluminum propane tanks with the old valves for $40. I will have to change the valves, but what a deal!
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:41 PM   #3
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That's a great deal!

On our trip this weekend we found the bed to be significantly more comfortable than the existing cushions or the gaucho where we used to sleep. I spent some time talking to Janet about how she upholstered her trailer, and I think I might redo the cushions on the dinette to make a comfier bed that will fit in the area allowed without hanging over. I want to still be able to switch back to a table when I feel like it.
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Stef here are some foam resources:


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Old 05-27-2014, 09:54 PM   #5
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That's a great deal!

On our trip this weekend we found the bed to be significantly more comfortable than the existing cushions or the gaucho where we used to sleep. I spent some time talking to Janet about how she upholstered her trailer, and I think I might redo the cushions on the dinette to make a comfier bed that will fit in the area allowed without hanging over. I want to still be able to switch back to a table when I feel like it.
Stef, You can shorten the mattress depth to just short of your door. Remove the cover and pad from the spring frame far enough back and cut the wire frame on both sides. Then remove one full row of coil springs and reinstall the wire frame tying the wire frame back together with crimp clamps available from any mattress manufacturer. Or you can have the wire welded back together. Then re-cut the pad and material and re-attach. Fairly straight forward DIY job. Or, if you cannot see yourself doing that yourself a local mattress maker can do it for a fee. Just a thought. Ed
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Thanks for the links, Janet, and for the 'mattress mod' tip, Ed. It certainly wouldn't hurt to try, since it was free anyway.
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Thanks for the links, Janet, and for the 'mattress mod' tip, Ed. It certainly wouldn't hurt to try, since it was free anyway.
Stef, We were able to convert our 40+ year old foam mattresses to the new style double spring Airstream mattresses w/curved corners and the mid-ship goucho/sofa to same double spring mattress including the extra backrest cushions that convert to mattress pieces a few years ago with very satisfactory results. I had new pad and covers sewn on and it looks and sleeps great. Ed
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Like your new mattress and it does look comfortable! I just look forward to getting ours to that point!
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Don't know why, I thought you had a 66" Caravel like mine.
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I do have a 66
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