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Old 06-09-2008, 09:20 AM   #1
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Twin/Queen Conversion - Idea

I've heard many threads about people wanting wider twins, or an easy way to convert between twins and a queen or king. The IDEA hit me at about 4:00 am this morning and stuck. Think about this.

The only real problem is the center night stand, so. Trash the current night stand and build a two deck one. The bottom should be equal in hight to the bed frame, the second deck could be one or two drawers high and fit on top of the lower deck with snap down locks - like you find on a trunk or toolbox. It should also be as high as the bed frame.

You'd need to carry cushions and a piece of plywood wide enough to bridge the center gap, and the top and bottom of the nightstand could be used to hold the center plywood. I haven't measured the width of the twins and the width of the aisle between them, but I think that the aisle is narrower than the beds, so it should be possible to just carry the plywood under one of the twin mattresses. To avoid having to make the plywood curve to match the profile of the Airstream, it should be possible to have it hinged in such a way that the hinge would lie across the lower section of the nightstand. As for the center cushion, I'd probably just double up one of the twin mattresses and have an odd shaped foam "pillow" to fill in the curve.

So have I lost my mind or would this work?

(I'm still toying with trading to a 27 CCD FB, and there are advantages to twins - like making the beds and easier access to all the inside storage - but I haven't slept in twins since I was 11 and I'm not sure I could make the transition.)


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Old 06-09-2008, 10:11 AM   #2
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Paula, we are in twins now, and your idea is exactly what I was thinking. On our trailer, it would completely block the center walkway to the bathroom, but if you have a front or rear bed model, it should work. The only drawback I can visualize is you won't be able to access the lower part of the nightstand when the extra pieces are in place, and you would have no place for the things you would normally have on the stand, such as alarm clock, glasses, water glass, false teeth, boring book...

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Old 06-10-2008, 12:39 PM   #3
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Well, didn't I just see your thread on replacing the lights in your trailer. It looks like those lights have storage on top of them for book, beer and perhaps a small alarm clock. I've hung a basket by my transverse queen in which I keep kleenex, a bottle of water and a book.


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Old 06-10-2008, 01:20 PM   #4
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Wouldn't it be awkward to get out in a hurray for one of those 3:00 AM "Biological Breaks" if it set up like that...?
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We used the nightstand as part of the support when we converted from twins to queen in our safari. We built a 2x4 frame for the nightstand to sit on, then placed plywood on top of that to level (padded the nightstand, of course).

Later, when we were selling the safari, the couple who bought it wanted twins - so it was easy to put things back as they were.

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Old 06-11-2008, 10:56 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tip. I am planning to widen the "twins" and you hit the nail on the head with your comment. Bill
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I changed our rear twin 34' camper to a queen this past winter. I removed the center night stand. I then made a cut enough mdf to make a platform that stretched across the original platforms that a left in place. So the bed now runs crossways in the bedroom...this allows me to still access the upper cabinets on the sides. Furthermore, we now have a large storage area under the middle of the bed for hiding laundry, etc. The best part is we are now sleeping on a comfy double pillow top queen mattress.

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