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Old 12-10-2007, 07:43 PM   #1
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Bunk beds

I have gone back into the archives a couple years looking for something on bunkbeds. I have been able to hear about the beginnings but not the end. I want to put bunkbeds in my "new" 1971 25' Tradewind. Mine has the twin beds in the middle with cabints over top. Has anyone completed this conversion yet. Any help would be great.
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Old 12-10-2007, 07:53 PM   #2
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hi azfired' !

looks like pizzachop is da man.

threads to read....

and pictures to view.

mid twin conversions

http://www.airforums.com/forums/sear...earchid=902872

enjoy!

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Old 12-10-2007, 08:32 PM   #3
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Thanks 2air, thats alot more info I can use
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:56 PM   #4
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I put a bunk in my 71 tradewind and it came out neato. It is removable and intalls and can be removed in 5 minutes. Stows invisible behind the gaucho. Made out of canvas, aluminum tubing and marine bimini top connectors. Cost me about $200 in parts and sewing. The design is based on the optional bunks in the 70s. It's more like a cavas cot that a rigid bunk. Good for kids. I wouldn't put an adult in it. Do a search you should find it. Pizza Chop also has some posts about his bunks.
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Thanks Lumatic that actually sounds great, my kids are 5,6,9, 10 and 18. The little ones could easily fit in the cot style. I will have to keep in touch with you as I start my rebuild.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:15 PM   #6
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Stowable bunks

OK here's the thread Bambi Bunks. My post is called Stowable Bunks. That should help narrow it down in a search. The attachment is Airbunk.jpg. I'll post it if I can remember how.

In the meantime I have this one of the original bunk option. Both are attached to the inside wall and hung from the cieling with cable. Mine actually look and break down better.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:32 PM   #7
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Here are some photos of the bunks I built for the Sovereign.

Construction

Mid Phase

Finished

'72 Overlander (heavier, less engineering)

Conditions pictured below (taken during our 3300 mile, 8 day round trip from Georgia to Colorado in 2004) justified our decision to sell nicely restored 72 Overlander to start over with a 73 Sovereign center bath.
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Copying photo from previous post.

Here's the URL for my photo of my bunks. http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1191611810
I can't figure out how to move it to this post. Is there anybody out there more geeky than me who can tell me how to do it?

In the meantime I think my bunk looks and breaks down better than the OEM. My bunk breaks down to individual tubes and also stows easier completely hidden. What do you think?

The big problem with mine is breaking up the fights between the grandkids and dogs about whose turn it is to sleep in it. I figure it will hold a 100 pounds of kids, dogs or stuff.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:40 PM   #9
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Marshall,

That's sharp!

But I know how pricey all that marine application stuff can be!

Did you sew the canvas yourself?
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Marshall,

That's sharp!

But I know how pricey all that marine application stuff can be!

Did you sew the canvas yourself?
I could have used generic hardware store stuff and saved about $50 but it would not have looked as good. I had a local upholstery guy put the canvas together for $75.
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here's yer pic...

'click it, 4 a bigger view.

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I had a local upholstery guy put the canvas together for $75.
I did a little sewing with marine vinyl a couple of years ago when I restored my boat. (I was taking a break from the Airstream) It didn't turn out too bad.
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I like the loks of that Lumatic, wheredid you get the brackets that are attached to the wall?
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Old 12-11-2007, 01:17 AM   #14
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Pizzachop, your family looks like my family. Lukily my oldest is away at college now, nice to have some more room.
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