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Old 01-09-2014, 09:22 PM   #1
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Pics of bed frames? Going to rebuild the one we should have but don't.

We have a '92 Dutchmen 30FK.

Long story short, the previous owner of our TT tore out the bed and one nightstand so he could put a crappy full-size bed in sideways to make "more room" in the bedroom. Probably for a dresser or something.

We tossed that bed and right now have our queen bed that was in storage in there. Seeing as the ONLY external storage area in these TT's is supposed to be under the bed, I want to rebuild the bed frame and get a new mattress for it.

Considering the vent placement, it looks like the frame will be shorter and narrower than the actual mattress and support board, which is fine. I am good at designing and fabricating, but I wanted to see if anyone had any pictures of their setup, whether for Dutchmen or otherwise, to either improve the current rough-design floating in my head, or to show me how wrong it is. I don't want to make it, then have it collapse on us, or weigh more than it needs to. It will be a lift-type with gas pistons so we can access underneath from inside as well, with 2 compartments, one being the inside storage, one being the access panel storage, with a secondary access hatch from under the bed.

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Might help if you post a photo of what you have to deal with. Have you got a link to a floorplan? Is it supposed to look like the one in this link?:

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Can't tell if the side table things are part of the bed "frame" or not. Basically all you need to do is build a 3-sided box and hinge the plywood top either at the head of the bed or midway if you had pass-through storage. The frames are typically made of 1x2 & 2x2 and thin plywood on the sides. The top is 1/2" plywood (not OSB) with a 2x4 or 2x3 on the flat in the middle to re-enforce it. Then a couple of shock struts.
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That is pretty much it. No, the nightstands don't connect to the bed frame.

I can build one without looking at designs, but I'd probably go overboard. I'm trying to get a visual of what to build, because I want to keep weight down, but I don't want to ever worry about stability :]
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Also, I have nothing to work with. We have one nightstand, and our bed from our pre-rv days. There is no remnant of the old frame except for the different colored carpet from where it "used" to be.

We've been weighing out the options, and will probably go with queen instead of full, and change up the venting. Should be fun.
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Take some before and after pictures and post them. I'm not very handy working with wood and I always enjoy looking that the post on this site where people create things.
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Many queen size beds in RVs are 6" shorter than a regular one. Wonder if the original was one of the shorties.
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Maybe the best way to get ideas on how to build this would be to go to a dealer's lot or RV show and see in person how these are typically built. Since you're building it from scratch, you can make for either a regular or short length mattress. I'd go regular length if it will fit.
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I do believe these came with full-size. I have the paperwork, but I just haven't dug it out of the closet. We are going to go with a standard queen. More options for mattresses, especially seeing as my wife as arthritis (and a fusion) in her lower back. The standard queen gives about 10" of scoot room at the foot of the bed, and will fit right up to the nightstands. I will probably rebuild the nightstands, though, as there is only 1 and I'd like them to match. They are down there on the to-do list, though.
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