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Old 09-25-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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Building custom slide out bed frame over wheel well

I have a 1972 airstream Sovereign with a rear bath. I have taken out the two original twin beds and would like to build a slide out bed frame over the wheel well. Does anyone have any experience doing this? Would love to hear any suggestions or advice from anyone who has. Thanks!
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I didn't build a slide out bed...but I took the original bed space, expanded it - had two custom made mattresses that will stack on one another (worked with a great company) and have a fold out bed.

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Thanks, your bed looks great! Im curious how far out were you able to expand the original bed? I think the original existing twin is 30 inches wide. Thanks
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I didn't start with a twin, more like a double, but it is over the wheel well.

The original bed was approx. 42-43" wide. I added about 12" to that.

When the bed is folded out there is an 11" (sideways) :grin: walk space to the bathroom in the aft.

When the bed is folded up, the mattresses stack for storage during travel. It really is easy to set up the bed. Takes maybe three minutes by myself. I leave the mattress pad on both mattresses when I stack them and just slide the top one over when I fold the bed out. The mattress pad holds the mattresses together.

The only thing that didn't work the way I wanted...I got handles on the ends of the mattresses but asked for them on the sides also. Those didn't show in the final product. Still, now that I've learned the technique necessary it's not that big a deal.
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Oh, and I have more pics is you are interested.
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thanks for information, I would be greatly interested in seeing you pictures. I'm curious how the mattresses work, as I had a tough time visualizing how this would work and look.
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Not a problem...



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Here's the space before the bed went in...



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Looking from the front of the trailer you can see the space, to the right, that I was working with.



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These are the cross braces under the bed. I did use the original "facing" of the bed onto the hallway as the vertical support.



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You've seen it before, but this is the bed platform with the piano hinge (extension out) and the supports under it. There are three supports attached to the bed "face" that support the extension.



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Not the best picture but I hope you can see the supports folded back into place.



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Okay, this shows the mattresses stacked as they would be when I'm in transit. Or, if I just want more room to move around. If I just want a "daybed" I can have one mattress horizontal and one vertical (behind it up against the wall) with the platform folded up.



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This is the bed made up for sleeping with just the mattress pad on. (BTW, the plastic on the mattresses in the previous pic is from when the were just delivered...)


I hope that helps. Let me know if I can help clarify anything for you.
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