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Old 06-01-2021, 05:26 PM   #741
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Hello Slats: I've rebuilt bed frames also, but my job was easier as I like the twin bed layouts. I did modify the "travel lounge" pull out couch in the 69 Globe Trotter some years ago. The slides were shot. So I just made overlapping plywood pieces that would double up when in the "couch" mode and would extend and be single sheets when in the "bed" mode. I guess I didn't like sitting on the edge of the bed that was cantilevered with those slides. So my plywood had real legs under it that would just slide out when we pulled it out. Seemed to work.

Keep on those tangible progress items.

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Old 06-12-2021, 07:04 AM   #742
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By the way, here's that pic of Touring Dan and yours truly referred to above. When my wife and I were at the Outer Banks last week, I had mild regrets about flying there instead of driving, as I would have liked to stop through Lynchburg again for another visit.
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Old 06-12-2021, 06:12 PM   #743
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Thank you for the photo. Always nice to put a face with the user name. I've met Arrowood, Atomic13, steinVT and MarkD who are participants on these Forums. Forum friends.

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Old 06-25-2021, 08:38 PM   #744
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So much for trying to rebuild the original slide-out bed frame. I had forgotten how much it stuck out past the door from the kitchen to the bedroom. So I killed that idea and built something more to my liking. I used the old slides from the front gaucho, which I no longer needed after redoing the front room. They were in far better than the beat up ones from the original bed. At the end of the day I was figuring out how to fabricate swing-down legs to support the bed in the slide out position. I experimented with cutting the bottom edge of the leg at a 5 degree angle, with a stop in front of the upper end with a corresponding 5 degree angle. I'm still thinking the whole thing through, but it is fun doing it so far.
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Old 06-26-2021, 07:42 PM   #745
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The vintage "travel lounge" as they like to call it. I too put support legs under the one I made for the rear of the Globe Trotter. I just put the pull out plywood on top of the seat plywood. I added a stop. I made the sizes to fit the existing cushions. Our slides were shot like yours I guess. Anyway, it worked for a few years. Then I got a wild hair and rebuilt the whole back of the trailer. We went with a rear bed and mid bath. It is functional, but not roomy by any means.

Your Trade Wind is going to be very nice.

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Old 06-27-2021, 09:02 PM   #746
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Nice work slats, enjoyed our little get together this afternoon. Good to see you are making progress. Ever forward.
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Old 06-29-2021, 07:29 AM   #747
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Slats- good to see you over the weekend. We'll get our trailers to the next gathering. Jerry
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Old 06-30-2021, 03:43 PM   #748
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Thanks, Jerry. Good to see you, as well. Now that Covid is in the rear view mirror for us vaccinated folk, I look forward to a more robust gathering at the Roasterie this fall.
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Old 07-20-2021, 07:57 PM   #749
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The snail takes another bite out of the elephant

Geez. Getting the mid-trailer couch/bed to slide smoothly out was a pain. It helped to put 1/16" thick, 1" wide aluminum strap on the bottom of each side of the the platform, as well as across the bottom front of the platform, to aid it in sliding over the wooden superstructure below. I like the grey burlappy material I used to cover the plywood. I chose grey because I don't yet know what color the cushions will be, but I figured anything will go with grey. I left the piano hinge exposed to hold down the material. I stuck aluminum angle around the perimeter just because I could.
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Looks good. Were you able to reuse the original Walter of Wabash slides? They work great for a cantilever. At any rate, I rubbed some beeswax in the slots of our wooden slides to lubricate the slide function. Great progress. Good luck
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Dale, looking great! I really like the burlap and aluminum trim!
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Old 07-21-2021, 04:49 AM   #752
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Thanks Dan.

In answer to Bubba, I used the slides from the old front gaucho, as they were no longer needed after my reconfiguring of the front end; moreover, they remained in excellent shape. The original slides in the middle gaucho were shot. Someone along the line had tried to modify them. The circumstantial evidence suggested they used a hatchet.

My redesigned frame and platform turned out to please me. When in the couch position the facing edge sets some three inches back from the door opening to the kitchen, whereas the original stuck out into the aisle four inches, something that bugged me. Conversely, when slid out to the bed position, the old one was only forty inches wide, whereas my version is forty-four (ever wonder why forty has no u in it? I do. Perhaps therein lies the clue to why it takes me so long to do what I do). In any event, the new width still leaves ample room to run to the bathroom, should the need arise.
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Burlappy? Is that a special Kansas material? Never heard of it around here.

The grey does look nice and goes with most colors. I say that about my grey hair.

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Keep up the great work Dale. It’s really coming together nicely!
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