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Old 07-29-2005, 12:07 AM   #1
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Bunk beds?

HI everyone. We are struggling through this and I realize this topic has been covered some. I did a search and found a couple of helpful threads but I'm wondering if anything new in the way of hanging bunk bed hardware is available?
We have the two small twin beds in the rear near the bathroom, actually only one bed is in the other was taken out by PO to make a desk. I plan on rebuilding the second twin and would like to build a bunk above it since I have three kids.
Any suggestions from those that have been where I am planning on going?

This is in a '69 soverign 31' TT.

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Old 07-29-2005, 07:41 AM   #2
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Pizzachop is in the process of doing this right now, or has recently completed the project. This is the secoond TT he's done this to. You might try PM'ing him for his opinion. Also, take a look thru his photo section. He's a wealth of knowledge.

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Old 07-29-2005, 08:11 AM   #3
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Bunks

While it is true that I have built bunks in my Overlander (and will be adding more to my Sovereign), I built them from the floor up, not over an existing bed.

It took two sheets of 3/4" birch CDX plywood and some aluminum channel. (I probably had almost a full sheet of plywood left in scraps, but because of length requirements, it took two.) I also used 1/4" luan to go over the bottom bunk slats.

I'm not sure how the twin bed could support a bunk in the way that I did it. They did make ceiling hooks and a "cot" type bunk that suspended from the ceiling, but if you can find one, it won't be cheap.

Since the po has already removed a twin, I guess you have to start from the floor up.

PM me if you want all the measurements, details, pics, etc..
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Old 07-30-2005, 07:23 AM   #4
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Wow!

PizzaChop,
That looks great. That looks almost exactly like what I need to do. How much weight will the top bunk hold? I will PM you. Thanks.
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Old 07-31-2005, 01:53 AM   #5
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Nice Work. Our new ('76) has the plastic overheads that run from the kitchen area back to over the twins. Did yours have this as well? How did you resolve this issue with adding the bunks?
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Old 07-31-2005, 04:44 PM   #6
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aluminum rails?

Pizzachop

Did you attach an aluminum rail to the outside skin? I too am curious about the overhead storage. Did you run into problems with those? We would like to keep ours in if I can make it fit.

Looks like your lower bunk height is closer to the floor than original, is this true?
I think I sent you a PM, I'm not sure it went through. please send us your measurments since you have them.

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Finished bunks

Finished the bunks tonight. I have pictures now if only I can figure out how to post em.
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Old 08-17-2005, 12:38 AM   #8
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Can we get an update on the overhead storage challenge and whether or not you mounted a cleat on the aluminum?
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storage and outside attachment

first let me apologize for not replying sooner.

I will try and upload pictures of the completed project.

I did attach an aluminum rail to the out side skin. I started with rivets and was having problems so I ended up using screws.

The lower bunk is almost on top of the fender, I did this so that the uper bunk was below the window frame. No problems with the storage compartments. All the ceiling storage is still original.
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Old 09-29-2005, 08:09 PM   #10
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here are a few pictures. i will put some more up later
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Wow, if you remove the overhead compartment you could fit a third bunk on that side

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While it is true that I have built bunks in my Overlander (and will be adding more to my Sovereign), I built them from the floor up, not over an existing bed.

It took two sheets of 3/4" birch CDX plywood and some aluminum channel. (I probably had almost a full sheet of plywood left in scraps, but because of length requirements, it took two.) I also used 1/4" luan to go over the bottom bunk slats.

I'm not sure how the twin bed could support a bunk in the way that I did it. They did make ceiling hooks and a "cot" type bunk that suspended from the ceiling, but if you can find one, it won't be cheap.

Since the po has already removed a twin, I guess you have to start from the floor up.

PM me if you want all the measurements, details, pics, etc..
We are getting ready to put bunk beds in our 1970 Sovereign. Would you be willing to send us the details of your project. Very much appreciated.
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This is a very old thread. Many of us have added bunks. We have two sets of triple bunks in ours! Good luck with your project.
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