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Old 10-19-2017, 12:44 PM   #1
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Bed conversion - twins to queen

Can someone give me an idea how hard and expensive it would be to convert a FC 25FB from a twin set up to a queen bed?
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Old 10-19-2017, 01:50 PM   #2
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Hi

How good a job do you want to do?

I believe you will find that the twin and the queen have different arrangements for outside storage. Rebuilding that part is going to be a bit exciting. Getting into replacing aluminum both inside and outside the trailer is neither simple or cheap.

Best guess $is 10,000 or so. That could be off 2:1 in either direction depending on the details of what you decide you want to do.

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Old 10-19-2017, 02:41 PM   #3
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Thanks Bob.
That pretty much answers the question as to not try it.
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Old 10-19-2017, 02:46 PM   #4
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I guess as much as you want to spend. I did it in my 310TD Classic Motorhome. I left the base frames of the beds in place, (mine were two facing couches but same principle). Decked it and incorporated access hatches in the deck for storage. 99.9 % of the deck is covered with a queen mattress. Then slide out storage underneath in what was the space between the two beds (couches). Trimmed any exposed edges of the plywood decking. It's worked out fantastic for my wife and I. A couple hundred bucks at the most with me doing the work..the storage hatches under the bed house the water pump, spare parts,and other things I don't have to access very often. Even then, I slide the mattress forward about 16" to access. Not sure how it could get very expensive.
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Thank you. Very helpful!
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:59 PM   #6
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If your fairly handy, it can be done for a lot less than $10,000.

A number of us did it, and you do not need to add outside storage access. It's not difficult. The key is to plan and remember that Airstreams are built so everything can fit through the door. So in essence, for me at least, it was like working with an adult Lego and Erector set.

I probably spent as much, if not more time researching and planning then the actual remodel. I kept the curb side access, and framed it so that I had storage forward to where the transfer switch is. I also hinged the bed decks for access to the storage under both beds. For me, the most expensive items were the mattresses.

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Hi

A lot of this gets back to - do you want to duplicate the factory version or not? What are you trying to do? How important is side access to the bed?

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I really want the walk around feature of the factory beds. I see many FC25 for sale, but most are twins. So wondering if I should just wait to find a queen version of modify one. Sounds like I should wait. Thanks
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I really want the walk around feature of the factory beds. I see many FC25 for sale, but most are twins. So wondering if I should just wait to find a queen version of modify one. Sounds like I should wait. Thanks
Hi

Most dealers will tell you that about half of the sales are twins. There are queens out there.

If you are looking for a one or two year old trailer, you are spending a lot of money. Most people do that to get a "like new" feel. If you are shopping for something that is 20 years old, there may well be some touchup needed. The cash outlay is not quite as much so there's more in the bank. The newer / older part of it would impact what I would want to do.

Lots of options.

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Great advice! Thanks
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Not sure about the setup of your trailer, but the main thing would be that in the twins that I've seen, they're flush to the bulkhead wall. A measurement would be in order, a "normal" queen being 60 X 80. You probably don't want to have the only access to your bed to be the corridor. They make RV queens that are 60 X 75, which is what I installed. I'm a 5' 10" guy, and the shorter mattress doesn't matter to me.

So, if the mattress of your dreams will fit, the next thing is design of the frame. You can get bed lift kits, such as http://www.hatchlift.com/bedlift-kit...t-kit-standard that make access much better. You might want to think about a kick space (think the bottom of lower kitchen cabinets) so that your feet have a place to go. Otherwise, it's just a basic box made from plywood. I used a biscuit joiner to make the wide slab of plywood that the mattress lays on, worked well.

If you have moderate woodworking skills, or know someone who does that's easily bribed, you should do it!
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We just went the other way...queen to twins.

Having had both, the twins make the bedroom MUCH more usable.

Having to scoot sideways around a queen bed and loosing all the floor space to get dressed and such is a real pain.


A 25' a factory queen sits east/west across the trailer instead of north/south along the length, while the twins are north/south.

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Can someone give me an idea how hard and expensive it would be to convert a FC 25FB from a twin set up to a queen bed?
I don't know how hard going from Twins to Queen would be - dealing with the outside storage would seem to be the biggest headache. The curbside should be no problem, but the front and roadside storage on the FB Twin setup would probably not be functional once you convert.

I went the other way, converted a 2015 25FB from Queen to Twins. As such, I have the original Queen mattress and plywood platform (just the plywood top for the bed base, I reused most of the base itself). If you decide to proceed message me and we'll see if you can use the mattress. Like new, only slept on a few times.
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Can someone give me an idea how hard and expensive it would be to convert a FC 25FB from a twin set up to a queen bed?
I think I have the best if both worlds. I found a great 25fb used with twins but I wanted a queen. I am in the yacht business and very familiar with twin rooms that convert to queen (actually closer to a king).
I put the table in the middle down on the floor and I have a piece of plywood under each buck that I pull out and turn side ways between the bunks. I then push the matteresses together, tie in place with a big kayak strap and I have very close to a king bed. This works great, easy and inexpensive. For short trips I may leave as twins (easier to get around). Long trips, put together and very comfortable. If you want more details, mrafferty100@gmail.com
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