Originally Posted by hampstead38
I've been thinking about the bed design. I don't really like wrestling with a bed every day (as was the design of some of the campers in my youth). The original floor plan of the Overlander had a bed amidships where the frame slid out to form a larger sleeping area.
What I have thought about is to have the lower portion of the bed "fold down" during the day allowing a bit more walking room and to "fold up" at night to allow us to stretch out. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's the basic thought.
I had something similar in my '65 Globetrotter for ourfront bunk. It was the size of a full and then extended at night. I designed some slide out drawers, looked like mini-coffins and then had a piece of foam, which was covered with the same uphostery as the rest fit into place. Worked well, somewhat of challenge to find a place for the foam piece.
On our 56 we have used a Futon from Denmark which is called a skater. It folds down and has a very modern look and feel to it. Super comfy to sleep on as well.
PM me if you want pictures.