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Old 09-23-2018, 03:08 PM   #1
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Bed Extension in 2017 22ft Sport

Yeah, hubby and I completed our first major reno in our 2017 22ft Airstream Sport - we increased the bed size on the kitchen dinette. We are a family of 4 and our 2 kids have been sleeping on the kitchen dinette that converts to a bed. I have been "trolling" the internet looking for such a solution and finally found the answer!! All credit goes to Ohmman from North Bay, CA who posted on the Tesla Motor Club Forum. Hopefully he sees this!! FYI neither of us are handy so this was a MAJOR accomplishment!!!

He lays out all of the measurements and following what he said, our dinette table now converts from a bed that measured 38"x74.5" to a bed that is 52"x 74.5" - you go from a twin to a FULL size bed!!!

Our reno costs $83.61 with everything being purchased from Home Depot! We purchased the following 3 items: 3/4" MDF 4'x8' panel for $36.68, 3-28" Parsons legs for $32.94 & 3-heavy duty top plate brackets to screw the legs in for $8.34. I have all of the item numbers if someone is interested. Also if you are in the Raleigh/Durham area of NC we have a piece of MDF already cut and ready to sell to you!!!

We had Home Depot cut the board for us. We then "notched out" a section so that the extension would fit against the table. We rounded the corner at the end to allow for maximum space to access the refrigerator. We attached leg brackets, filed down the legs for smoothness & voila!! The "extension piece" flips over to the other side for handy storage and the legs store underneath in one of the storage compartments. Per Ohmman's directions, you are left with enough room to open the refrigerator & grab a bottle of wine and although a tight squeeze, you can walk by to access the bathroom. Here are our pictures although Ohmman's work and pictures are better.

We've already used it on a trip and the kids loved it!! I did have to make a cushion for the newly created space. We also purchased a foam mattress topper. The extension is sturdy enough to support my husband & I as well.
Happy Camping!!!

PS In the last 2 pictures with the kids, the last picture shows all of the new space. The 2nd to last picture shows the space they had to sleep in before the reno!!
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Whoo-Hooo!

VERY Nice!
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Hey, great job. That ohmman is me! We still use ours as well. I have taken to propping mine up with small aluminum folding tables instead of the legs. Much quicker setup.
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We have been using our Sport for a few months now and I considered doing something like this to extend the main bed and switch it up to a queen size mattress.

Thanks for doing this and helping get the creative juices flowing.
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question.
where do you store that large board during the day or when not in use?
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where do you store that large board during the day or when not in use?


Behind the back, as seen here.


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where do you store that large board during the day or when not in use?
Once we convert the bed back to the dinette, the prefabricated piece actually gets stored under the cushions on the dinette. It was important to me to not build/construct something that took up more space in the limited space we have.
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Once we convert the bed back to the dinette, the prefabricated piece actually gets stored under the cushions on the dinette. It was important to me to not build/construct something that took up more space in the limited space we have.
I originally put it under the cushions but didn't like the unevenness when sitting on them, which is why we flip it and put it against the window. Worth a shot if you notice it.

Are you still using it? We use it nightly when we're out!
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I originally put it under the cushions but didn't like the unevenness when sitting on them, which is why we flip it and put it against the window. Worth a shot if you notice it.

Are you still using it? We use it nightly when we're out!
Ohmman,
Iím just now ďgettingĒ your original post/response above LOL. Yes, we use it EVERY TIME we go out camping. In fact, the kids now set it up & break it down. We rarely use the dinette to sit at unless the weather is bad so we donít feel the hump too much. Typically we eat outside. Iíll have to try putting it in the back - no scratches to the interior when the board is resting against the back? Do you travel/tow with it rested behind the cushion as well? Of course now I would like a bigger AS.
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