Originally Posted by HoneyBadger
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Your Southwind has all the plumbing in the (heated) basement; you may find some wiring under the bed(s) but that is movable. Structurally, your idea should work, but...
Do take care that all can access the big escape window in back- VERY important that this can still be opened with the bed arrangement as you foresee it.
Something else you might find workable is what what was in some older Winnebago Class As of that era; a Pullman style bunk over the front seats which would during driving locked tight against the ceiling but pulled down to just over the seat backs for sleeping. There was a curtain which gave it privacy. Its been so long I don't remember how the pulldown mechanism worked, but it would certainly utilize some otherwise wasted space.
Good ideas, HB, and I have considered the two items you brought up...
The division of the current bedroom is where it is to acknowledge the rear escape hatch window in my MH. The bunks are the width they are, so that the new wall can be at the frame edge of the rear glass windows. In my MH, that rear glass is basically in three pieces, the center one will open like an awning window, to facilitate an escape if needed. My design will not interfere with this. The only change I made was to turn the locking handles inbound, so that they did not extend beyond the center edging. (In their original position, if you opened the window and then locked the handles down, it would prevent the window from closing completely, and conversely, if you unlocked but did not move the handles vertical, you cannot open the window.) In my position, they are facing inboard, and will not reach the frames in any position, but still lock the window when you want them to.
As to the pull down bunk, I had considered installing something like that. Unfortunately, because of the slope nose of this MH, and the side cabinets, the bunk would be difficult to install, and it would not be reasonable for a double bed.
Also, the whole reason for getting this class A was that after a couple years, my wife refused to use the king sized bed over the cab in my previous camper, a class C. That bunk is unlikely to be as complete as a class C bunk. In either vehicle, my teenage son was or would be willing to use that bunk, but it would again put him in the living room.
By modifying the bedroom, I will be able to support all 4 members of my family with their own beds, and still have the couch and dinette available to fold out to beds for guests.