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Old 01-27-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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Convertible midship bed design?

Hey y'all,


My wife found photos of a sofa that converts into a full bed, it is in a middle twin bed model, and I'm curious if anyone has design/build plans for something like this. Maybe use a futon frame for the core of it?

Here are the photos, anyone with plans please let me know!



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Thanks for the info,

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Old 01-27-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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Are you sure those pictures are from a twin bed model?
I wouldn't expect that much room to get between the bed while it's out and a twin bed next to it.

The trailers I have seen with a convertible bed on the side had closets or counters on the other side, I guess it might work on a wide body trailer, I just haven't seen that setup in one.

Check how much room you have between the beds then subtract the extra width of a converted bed.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:15 PM   #3
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goucho in the middel

Our 63 has that design. They did it simply with a sliding top on the box and a stiff board behind the bolster so it has support when it drops into place behind the bottom cushion as it is pulled out. It works great and is very simple to build. It does not leave a lot of room to walk past the bed when it is out.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:15 PM   #4
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Here is an interesting futon from Target.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:53 PM   #5
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I have a 76 ARGOSY with that mid ship bed design.

These are photos of Grant, friend and fellow member DavidsonOverlander, installing the slide out drawers that he built for me and that go under the bed.

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You can see the original aluminum frame, supported by the drawer holder, and figure out how it works: a sheet of plywood, with wooden runners attached, lays on top. The sheet pulls out, mattress/cushion on top, with the runners inside the metal channels.

The cushion is a very simple folding mattress that any good upholsterer can do. You can do it too if you are handy and have sewing skills.

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Old 01-27-2013, 03:01 PM   #6
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My 72 Tradewind had mid-twins that slid out like that, leaving a narrow aisle between them when folded down. It's a very common configuration and you could probably get one from someone parting out a trailer. There was also a mid-double bed version as well.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:43 PM   #7
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I have a 76 ARGOSY with that mid ship bed design.

These are photos of Grant, friend and fellow member DavidsonOverlander, installing the slide out drawers that he built for me and that go under the bed.

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You can see the original aluminum frame, supported by the drawer holder, and figure out how it works: a sheet of plywood, with wooden runners attached, lays on top. The sheet pulls out, mattress/cushion on top, with the runners inside the metal channels.

The cushion is a very simple folding mattress that any good upholsterer can do. You can do it too if you are handy and have sewing skills.

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What kind of rail did they use for sliders? I am wanting to build one but can't figure out what sliders to use that would hold enough weight.

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Old 04-02-2015, 01:11 PM   #8
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Yup, it is a common design. My '63 Tradewind, '69 Safari and the '72 Argosy all have that midship bed design. Vintage trailer supply sells the hardwood tracks for the 60's style ....
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the 69's and up used an aluminum sideways C channel type track as seen in the fellows pics above with a roller wheel that fit into the track for sliding out. The wood had a notch in the upper portion that the roller bar was attached to, to ensure the bed was stationary once put into its lowered position. For my Argosy I had an additional piece of foam cut that I tuck behind the goucho when it is in the upright postion so I can make that bed even wider :-)
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