Fold down beds?

yzguy15

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Has anybody tried to build fold down beds in an enlosed trailer? I know MX727 had a bench in his, and we're looking at something along those lines (loosely) but actual beds. Preferrably 2, like bunk beds. Here is a picture from haulamarks website that shows pretty much what we're looking at doing http://www.haulmark.com/interior/ES.JPG (bottom left). Anybody built something like this? Anybody tried? Thanks for any help you might offer.
 

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I built a bench much like mx727. I started out thinking I would make it large enough for a bed but decided not to go that route, but with what I do have I can put all my weight on laying down and feel very comfortable that its going to hold up. I would think that you could do something just like this but only on a larger scale and just use industral velcro to hold the matress on when in the open position. When in the closed position you could either not have the mattresses attached, thus having the slab flush against the wall or use a thicker board where the slab attaches to wall and have you hinges further out. Then use an eye hook and fastener to hold them up with the mattress still attached.

here is a link to some pics of my trailer.

tcarp.com/haulin/haulin.htm

 
 

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Eric:

I am getting ready to fab something similar myself. Let's see if I can explain it.

On the right side of the trailer I am mounting a fold down plywood platform with a 3 inch foam pad. It will have a set of aluminum legs similar to the photo you referenced. It will pivot on a piano hinge mounted 6 inches from the wall. When in the up position, it will leave a 3 inch gap between the wall and the pad, which will be filled by .... a loose pad and plywood combo that will be set on a cleat along the left wall. It will also have fold down legs. I am planning to leave about 12~18 inches between the beds (I have a 7 foot wide Pace trailer). Make sense?

I have chosen this route as I have internal wheel wells and am also working on fabricating a way to haul bikes in the trailer at an angle like MX-727 and Tcarp has theirs laid out. Mine will have to rise up over the wheelwells in a to be determined manner. :laugh: The beds will be slightly above the level of these ramp thingies.

I figure that the compression of the foam will hold it secure in the up (or closed) position as long as I have 2 or 3 screen doors latches along the length of the bed.

I am planning on making mine about the width of a cot and wrapping the foam with some ultra sheek naugahide. I will sleep in a sleeping bag on the bench/bed ...
 

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I know Bonehead (David) built two in his trailer. Try sending him a PM and see if he has any suggestions to add. :thumb: Have fun with your project.
 

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tcarp - That is one sweet trailer layout. Great job...

Are the hanging cabinets made out of wood or plastic? If plastic, where'd you get them? Brand? I would like something similar, but don't want the weight of wood hanging on the walls.

BTW, what size is your trailer? Looks to be about 7x16.

FWIW, I use a cot. Very comfortable and roomy, but you do have to setup/break down each time.
 

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Smit-Dog:

Thanks!

The Cabinets are made from plastic. I bought them at Lowes about a year ago and they are made by Rubber maid.

7x16 and still wish I had more room :)

I built the bench after seeing what Todd did with his (well, you can kinda tell I modeled the whole trailer after his. He`s always been a good leader :) ) and have been extreamly happy with it. Figured I could always go back in and make a bigger one if the wife ever kicks me out and I need a place to sleep.
 

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opps...Your right they are Black and Decker...so much for my fading memory:)

Yes, there needs to be something in the hole. I bought padlocks that all used the same key to keep it simple.
 

yzguy15

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Tony, my dad has already started building ours. I will get a drawing of what we are doing and get it scanned and posted.
 

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We're going to buy a trailer sometime before DW '04. Ryanoa is a cabinet maker & finish carpenter & could make some really cool fold away bunks, but we're just as comfortable on our folding cots with a little egg-crate foam. I know it's not as cool as folding bunks, but it works.
 

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Well our stuff is finished and has been tested. Slept 4 great. I need to get out and snap some pictures with them up and down.