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Old 08-17-2016, 12:47 PM   #1
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Mods to our Travel Trailer

We bought a KZ Sportsmen Showstopper a little over a year ago. It’s a 26’ trailer with one slide out and bunk beds.

For the most part we like the trailer and have put about 6,000 miles on it so far with only some minor issues (i.e. workmanship quality etc).

One thing I needed improve almost immediately was the queen size master bed. Like many RV’s this trailer came equipped with a “short” queen mattress. The problem was, I am 6'3" tall and the bed was too short for me. My feet hung off the end.

We initially put a queen size foam topper on top of the mattress, but since it extended over the foot of the bed it added length but no support at the foot. I built a 7 inch temporary bed extension to correct that problem. I also bought a piece of high density foam the same thickness and width of the mattress that was 7 inches wide and installed it between the mattress head and the wall. This moved the foot of the mattress to the end of the extension. We put the foam topper over all of this and the bed became somewhat comfortable to sleep on. An added benefit was the standard queen fitted sheets now work well.

This past spring I decided to make the bed extension more permanent and at the same time, correct two other issues we didn’t like. My solution corrected tree things.
  • The bed extension issue.
  • Under bed storage. I don't know how others use this storage space but I found lifting the foot of the bed to access storage to be very inconvenient and difficult. The two gas springs KZ had installed did not even begin to hold the lid open. So, for us, this “storage area” was useless.
  • The lack of places to sit in the TT was one of the things my wife and I wanted to address. Sitting in the slide out dinette was OK for having a meal but was not conducive for watching TV (The TV is mounted on top of the pantry so one of us always had the TV behind us)

To start with, I removed the factory portion of the bed platform at the foot of the bed. I then built a new platform that incorporated the previous bed extension.

Secondly, in the platform design I incorporated two drawers in place of the open storage. This meant I no longer had to lift the foot of the bed to access the storage area.

Thirdly, as part of the new bed platform, I incorporated a bench to sit on for watching the TV or for when we have more than two people in the trailer. The seat of the bench is what used to be the top panel of the bed platform. I hinged the back of the bench so it can be raised when watching TV and lowered when using the bed.
To make this bench seat usable I built a separate hinged platform for the mattress that is held in the up position by 2 120lb gas springs.
Now, when we want to watch TV, I lift the mattress to the up position and raise the bench backrest into place add a couple of cushions and we are good to go. When it’s time for bed we reverse the order.
These Mods added about 70 lbs to the total weight of the trailer which in my case is acceptable due to what I have gained.
So far this has worked well for us.

I attach some photos of the final product.


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Old 08-17-2016, 02:18 PM   #2
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Very creative idea. Now if you have a couple of roll about foot stools stored under that bench, you'll have a nice place to sit back and watch them Hawgs on a rainy Saturday afternoon at the camp ground.

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Old 08-17-2016, 02:41 PM   #3
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Nice looking mods, thanks for sharing
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Looks like you should have gotten the murphy bed option (if it's an option on your trailer). Glad it works for you, regardless.
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:16 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by aeblank View Post
Looks like you should have gotten the murphy bed option (if it's an option on your trailer). Glad it works for you, regardless.
I wish there had been a Murphy type bed option, but there wasn't. This will work for us until we can upgrade to something larger.

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