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Old 02-18-2006, 08:19 AM   #1
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Comfort in the mornings

For those with the rear corner double bed, who bring their partners morning tea, and then read aloud to them a few chapters from Thoreau or another classic author, I can recommend a few improvements to the trailer:

1. The headboard is vertical, and digs into one's back when sitting up in bed. The headboard has 2 seemingly decorative buttons in the covering material. Peeling off these two glued-on buttons reveals 2 securing screws. Remove the looooong screws. Purchase a 48 inch long piano type hinge, and hinge the softwood transverse member at the back of the headboard to the back formica covered shelf. Make a triangular fillet piece of one inch thick timber to support the inside end of the hinged headboard at the right comfort angle for your back. Hinge this filler piece to the back wall of the trailer, behind the headboard at the inside end. My piece was 5" vertically, 3" at the base, and one and a quarter inches at the top. The headboard can be hinged back to vertical for bed-making. Result: a happy spine.

2. The obvious place to rest morning tea is on the shelf behind the headboard. A cup is easily upset in this position. A discreet white plastic
fold-up cup holder screwed to the wall by the inner occupant between the 120 volt outlet and the window, low down, is a good $5 investment in convenience.

3. There is only a light above the inner occupant. An additional light, matching the other, at $10 from RV stores, can be fitted at the other side of the bed. Removal of the existing light reveals heavy duty cabling to this light, more than adequate to supply another fitting. This can be used as the supply for the new light. Once the cable is pulled through grommetted holes into the shelf area behind the roll-up doors, flat stiff Romex cable can be hidden out of sight with double-sided tape behind the bottom edge of the shelf. This gives adequate light for reading.

The mass of men may lead lives of quiet desperation, but perhaps a few additions to their trailers might improve things.
Nick Crowhurst, Excella 25 1988, Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel. England in summer, USA in winter.
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