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Old 08-02-2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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Bigger front gaucho bed

Hen I built the bunk in my Tradewind on Monday, the purpose was to get each of my kids their own bed so my wife and I didn't have to share with them. The bunk went up great, but we quickly realized that the front goucho bed did not exactly make a BIG bed. So I started looking to see how we could make it just a bit bigger.
We have the extra 8" filler pad from the back goucho that we don't need any longer and that extra 8" pad would be great to add to the front bed. I found the stoppers that kept the base from sliding out any farther on the base and knocked them out. The couch base now pulls out the extra few inches needed to add the extra cushion. The stoppers that keep it from flipping down to the floor are still there so it can still hold me. I will probably end up building one or two support legs anyway, but for this weekend we get a bigger bed and the kids each get their own.

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Old 08-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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Ok, I knew when I extended this bed I should have built support legs to drop down since it was going to be extended farther than intended. I didn't have time and thought that it would be ok. Turns out it is ok as long as you are laying down putting equal pressure on each of the sliding arms. A few minutes ago I sat on the corner and popped one of the slides right out of its track. Big problem since we are only on night 2 of 5. Thankfully, I didn't need any libeling blocks for this site and I have enough to make two support legs for the rest of the trip.
It just goes to show that if you know you WILL need to do it, then you NEED to go ahead and do it.

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Old 08-04-2012, 07:52 PM   #3
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:16 PM   #4
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:18 AM   #5
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From my phone while on the road, this is the quickest way to post a photo. The green cushion in the front is the "hidden" cushion from the back couch area. We just pulled the extension out enough to hold it. There are leveling blocks supporting the front edge (now).

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