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Old 09-03-2020, 04:57 PM   #1
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How hard to add rear beds

We are currently looking at a 2006 raptor 3712 but it does not have the drop down beds in the garage area... is this something that could be added easily or would we be better figuring out a different solution to have a bed back there? Our son is 3 so don't really want him in the upper bunk yet. Just curious as to y'alls thoughts on something like that
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Do you have any rails or wall mounts back there now?
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No there are no rails or bed mounts in the garage now. Thinking of going to a RV junkyard in Phoenix to look at Jackknife couches
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How do you plan to use the garage space? Are you going to haul toys? Will it be a full time bed room?



If space isn't an issue, I'd be tempted to get a "standard" toddler bed and set it up in the garage. If you're going to use the space for other purposes, you could build or have built a drop down bunk. For that matter, you could just put a toddler mattress on the floor and stow it out of the way when not in use. If they're outgrowing the toddler mattress, you could do the same with a twin mattress.

Amazon also has a selection of inflatable travel beds, but I always find inflatables to be a nuisance.
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How do you plan to use the garage space? Are you going to haul toys? Will it be a full time bed room?



If space isn't an issue, I'd be tempted to get a "standard" toddler bed and set it up in the garage. If you're going to use the space for other purposes, you could build or have built a drop down bunk. For that matter, you could just put a toddler mattress on the floor and stow it out of the way when not in use. If they're outgrowing the toddler mattress, you could do the same with a twin mattress.

Amazon also has a selection of inflatable travel beds, but I always find inflatables to be a nuisance.

We plan on using it to transport our Kawasaki Teryx 4 side by side, and eventually plan on him using the upper bunk in the main living room area. I was just wondering for future occasional use, friends, family etc. I don't know how hard it is to find a "stud" in a trailer, thats not something I have had to do before
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If it were me, I would shy away from adding things that hang on the walls. For me, finding the studs would be easier than placing trust in them without knowing they were built to support the stress being placed on them. If they were installed when the RV was built, you'd hope they were engineered to support the weight. Adding them later I wouldn't assume any "stud" in an RV wall is engineered to hold more than the siding already hanging from it.



A sofa with a pull out couch is a good option, but only if you have enough free space for it. "Camping" cots with a mattress on top might be a good compromise. They come in twin and queen sizes, but you still have to find space to store the folded cot and mattress when not in use. Not sure how comfortable it would be, but you might use one of these with a thin mattress, or foam mattress topper that could be rolled up when not in use.



The inflatable mattresses with built in inflatable platform would probably be OK for occasional use, but for me would be a real nuisance even setting up once each trip.
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We have ordered and plan on using a folding toddler cot for the next(first) trip, I was just thinking that maybe a fold up couch out of a wrecked toy hauler that didn't have a garage might be a good solution. There is a pull out bed in the living room couch, as well as being able to fold the table down, just trying to figure a way to give him his own space so that we don't necessarily have to go to bed when he does.
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