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Old 02-10-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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Divider wall behind bed and shelf

The biggest change came from the installation of a divider wall at the end of the bed. My wife and I do not need the fold-down bed extensions but we do need a space for my CPAP machine and electric connection. Therefore we removed the fold-down extensions, drilled out the rivets that held the slider support for the fold-downs and stored them and the rear headrests in a safe place at home. We carefully measured and built from ¾ solid-core cabinet plywood the divider and a top shelf. We have the ability to manufacture our own steel braces at the top and bottom to hold it in place. We can remove a few screws, a couple of bolts and we can easily remove the divider and replace all the original Airstream items with nothing to show as damaged. And this makes a great place for a rear door access shelf, storage area for our good camp chairs, places on the rear doors to hang our power and extension cords also water hose and TV cable hang nicely in the back. And now there is even still more room in case either of us would ever consider golf: NOT!

LED strip lights in rear area. 2 sets of 1977W from Amazon cost of $25/set. Didn’t use the 115 volt power supply but wired them into a switch and 12 volts from the camper batteries via a fused circuit added into the fuse panel for the 3 12volt outlets. The strip lights come with small plastic clips which are nice but too easily dislodged if you bump them so I installed 5--3/8” white plastic straps for each set of 2 strip lights. I believe the current draw I saw was like 0.7 amp for each set of 2. And they are only used at night to see in the back area.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:51 AM   #2
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Your divider looks very nice and has given me some ideas on storing cables, hoses, and extension cords. Thank you!
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:27 PM   #3
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Great idea for lighting in rear area. I need some built-in lighting back there to see when unloading cargo in the dark.
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:06 AM   #4
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Bikerbill,

So you removed the fold down extensions. How much length does that eliminate to the bed. I really like what you did. Just not sure I would be able to pull it off as I am 6'2".
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I really don't know since I am only 5'8" and the bed was plenty long enough for us. If you have one, measure it is the best I can say. We no longer have it as we have traded it off for a new being built now Roadtrek and have removed the divider and relocate it into the new one.
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Old 08-10-2014, 02:12 PM   #6
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The fold down extensions are about 10 inches so if Airstreams marketing dimensions are correct, leaves you with about 72 inches without them.
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If you are over six feet tall you will want the extended bed.


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Thanks guys. I couldn't measure myself as I have not yet pulled the trigger on a purchase. It will be an Interstate when I do but at the moment, I am in mega research mode.
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