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Old 03-15-2014, 09:04 AM   #1
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Is it possible to build a bunk in the 31' double Sovereign?

How about it folks?

Can it be done and if so, how?

We are problem solving - have a great deal on a Sovereign but need separate living spaces for our 6 and 7 year olds.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:18 AM   #2
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First you get a '60s hair-do..

Then, voila!



This is, I believe, what the factory did in the '68 model.
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:42 AM   #3
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Is it possible to build a bunk in the 31 double Sovereign?

My 72 31 foot Sovereign was equipped with the cable mounts for the type of bunk pictured above.

I think I still have them in a box.

There were also mounts for the outboard mattress. I might have those too.

If you want them let me know and I will see what I can find. If search is successful you can have them for shipping cost IF you will used the parts.
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We have a bunk in our 25' Tradewind, so I would imagine it would work in a 31' trailer.

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Old 03-20-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:07 PM   #6
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77 Sovereign with factory bunks

Our 77 31 ft Sovereign came with factory bunks. They are solid 5 inch mattresses which fold in half and are hinged and retract to form bolsters for the dual couches. When deployed, they are supported in the front by cables to the roof. We now travel without kids, so we took them out. Only 4 bolts hold them in.
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Then, voila!



This is, I believe, what the factory did in the '68 model.
I'm planning to add similar bunks to my Safari, I wonder if my wife will do her hair like that?
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:03 PM   #8
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I was watching a youtube video yesterday of the First Ascent Eddie Bauer style Panamerica Airstream outfitted by Timeless Travel Trailers and it showed aluminum frame bunks being installed, just got me thinking.
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Old 03-20-2014, 03:44 PM   #9
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We have built bunks in our Airstreams since we have seven kids. It's very doable. You need to know a couple of important things:

1. If your airstream did not come from the factory with bunks hanging from the ceiling ribs, do NOT support your new bunks that way!!! Models which were ordered with the bunk option had beefed up ribs, so you could have a pair of sovereigns identical in every Other way but one was ordered with hanging bunks and one was not. The one with bunks had bigger, thicker ribs to bear the weight of the children (not meant for adult weight) who would be using those bunks. So please don't hang bunks from the ceiling unless you know your ribs were built for that purpose or if you are going to beef them up yourself-- an arduous process but I guess it could be done.

2. It is not difficult to support your bunks in other ways rather than hang them from the ceiling. You can support them from below and from the side walls. Remember to account not just for weight but also for torque as kids climb up and down and also overbuild since they will surely all climb onto each others.

We removed the bunks from our last airstream before we sold it since the new owners don't have a need for them. We are selling those bunks if anyone needs some and doesn't want to build them. We custom built them using Coleman cots for the bunks themselves and they are light and comfortable. we can talk anyone through it who wants to build their own. There are many other forum members with bunks, and Rob helped with a few of them.

That bunk hardware shown above is great! I wish we could get castings of them so that VTS or someone like at could sell more of them to people whose Airstreams came with the bunk option but have been separated from their parts. But don't hang your bunks if you don't know for sure that there used to be hanging bunks there!

Our current airstream is bunked as well. Kids and Airstreams are a perfect match! Our kids are 11 through 17, one in every grade from 5th to 11th. Airstreaming is fun for all of us! Your kids will love it!!!
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You know , looking at the picture of the stock bunk, it bight be that there only is one cable to suspend the upper bunk. The left edge may well rest on an abutment on the stationary wall.

Per my P/m, building with upholstered wood.

It is fast, easy , and it can look good .

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There are several ways to support new bunks without hanging them from the ceiling. Side and end walls and the floor all offer many different ways to support bunks! I did not look to see who the original poster is or where he or she is located, but if anyone wants to see ours in person, we are north and west of Atlanta. I am on the &$@& app on my phone and having some issues, lol) The curved walls in a rear bedroom make a little more challenge than a mid bedroom with straight end walls, but either way is not too difficult.
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I'm planning to add similar bunks to my Safari, I wonder if my wife will do her hair like that?
Ask before you start the bunks. (You may need leverage!)
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I used something like this in my Argosy so that I could sleep 6. It's a military bunk bed that can be separated into 2 individual bunks. I put one over each twin in the center to make 2 sets of bunk beds. Military Supply House - Bunk Beds - U.S. Military Bunks - Beds - Triple Bunk beds

It's worked very well for us for 7+ years. We did have to shorten the length slightly. The link is just a reference and not the identical beds that I use. Just as an idea. I wanted something that could be removed if needed.

You can probably buy them individually or build something similar. I'm not a builder and time was an issue when I needed bunks so this worked for me. I thought it would be temporary, but they are pretty comfy so they stayed.
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