I have a 1961 16SC and would like to really add a bunk bed to either the rear (if we choose to leave out the porti potty closet). I really like the layout of an airflyte. I like the idea of having more sleeping space and we don't care to have a toilet in our trailer. The only reason we may keep the toilet closet plumbed ready is if we decide to ever sell our trailer in the future). My husband is concerned about how to install a bunk bed that is structurally safe since it'll be our little kids sleeping up there.
Any suggestions on how to take that into consideration when we repair/replace rotted wall frames, pictures, how to's?
Last Edit: Jun 3, 2013 13:03:55 GMT -5 by familyof6
Post by universalexports on Jun 3, 2013 13:40:52 GMT -5
I would build it with legs from floor to ceiling, and a legs mounted to a stud in the wall, screwed down to floor, ceiling and wall, it would help add structural integrity to the camper as well. I plan on putting bunk beds in mine when I get that far along.
How would I ensure that the cots won't fall on top of the sleeper below? Will cot brackets attached to a stud on the wall be enough?
Yes, it is enough as long as you attach to a stud and the framing is not rotted. I tested mine and it had no issues with 150 pounds. I'm 200 and I'm not going to push my luck, but its great for kids. We have a double cot in the rear of our Deluxe over the bed (three poles) and a single cot (2 poles) in the front. The original brakets are not cheap, but you could use something like closet rod holders to save money. The original poles are galvanized pipe and they are not light. If you weren't going to put much weight up there you might be able to use something lighter. I want to get some aluminum poles and polish them.
If you go the original route I can give you measurements for bracket spacing and canvas. Just PM me. I think the double cot poles are about 22" on center and the single is about 25" on center, but I can check if you need me to.