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Old 11-01-2011, 10:42 AM   #1
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Smile Front Bed Wall Coverings? It was cold!

This weekend we took "our" maiden voyage in our 64 overlander. My wife and I each had a night in our front goucho. We recently replaced the foam with an expensive cut foam, and my wife made a canvas cover, and we'll be fitting an upholstery cover to that in the future. The foam was top grade, and probably a little too firm. We brought a swedish foam topper with us.

The one thing that was really rough though was the cold skin. Every time my toes would get out from under the blanket and touch the wall, I'd wake up, the same with the knee of whoever was at the front wall.

We thought about making a quilted wall panel that went around the sleeping area, maybe out of the same goucho material. Most of it wouldn't be seen. We could use the screw in snaps like they do for the tie back curtains, and just snap it in when we wanted it. I hate doing too much because we have an original with the original zolatone.

Anyone try anything like this? Pics?

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Old 11-01-2011, 11:23 AM   #2
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:43 AM   #3
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The "International" versions of mid-60's (and later) trailers had pads similar to what you describe...maybe someone who has them can help you out by posting pictures of theirs.

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Old 11-01-2011, 11:44 AM   #4
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Your trailer should have wall covering next to the bed in the rear, you can make something similar for the front.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:45 AM   #5
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My 34' has 10" tall hard fabric panels that wrap the skin at the rear twins and behind both gouchos. I would assume the purpose is exactly what you are talking about (it also keeps the walls clean)
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:35 AM   #6
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I do have the wall coverings back at the 2 twin beds, but nothing up front. I don't know where I would get quilted tan plastic panels like that, so I think I'm going to make something with the snaps, so I do very little damage to the inside. I'm thinking it through, but will eventually post some pics.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:51 AM   #7
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The dual twins had wall coverings I removed - snaps would be good, my old ones were a cheap grade of wood paneling with a little ticking fluffed padding and had fabric stretched over it and glued in place to the wood backing. Making the outer wear layer removable for cleaning while leaving an insulating layer on the wall could be cozy...
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:11 PM   #8
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After our first Montana trip with our Bambi when it was new, I added snap-on, insulated wall covering around the bed. Since then, no more "shocking" contact with the cold walls. Our covering is fleece with polyester batting on the inside. Attachment is with metal snaps using a screw through the middle. I used regular plated brass snaps (from the fabric store) and I put stainless-steel screws through the middle of the male half.

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We solved the "cold wall" problem with these...

Still use them in the Classic...

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After our first Montana trip with our Bambi when it was new, I added snap-on, insulated wall covering around the bed. Since then, no more "shocking" contact with the cold walls. Our covering is fleece with polyester batting on the inside. Attachment is with metal snaps using a screw through the middle. I used regular plated brass snaps (from the fabric store) and I put stainless-steel screws through the middle of the male half.

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Thanks. That's almost exactly what I was thinking.
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What a good idea! i was wondering what to do about that, after spending two nights in our 27B last week with the temperature in the teens. MAN that inside surface gets COLD doesn't it!!

I was thinking of looking for some kind of adhesive solution rather than installing snaps, as I know I can always solvent off the adhesive. Not so easy with screw holes.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:37 PM   #12
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Well, the other option is self adhesive velcro. That's probably the best option for a newer trailer. Mine has the original zolatone, so I wanted to put in just a couple snaps that looked like the original tie back snaps.
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yep, that'll work for us. I'll add that to the list of stuff to do before we come back to the USA in the spring for our next trip.
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