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post #21 of 26 Old 04-26-2011, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Bill. I hadn't thought of that but I see that you are right. I wonder if a center rail dividing the two halves might solve that problem. The separate webbing should still provide some additional cushion for each person. The question is how annoying is the middle part. It starts to lose the weight advantage since the long rails have to be substantial to avoid too much sag.
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I wouldn't do that either

A center partition will be exactly that. If you want separate beds then get separate beds. No one will want to be on the bottom in that bed. just sayin' I don't know anything about the sleep number bed system, but that may be an interesting approach. I assume it has separate bladders that you can inflate? Maybe someone has one? bill

Dang they are expensive! http://www.selectcomfort.com/eng/pro...3P5&tag=401135

Maybe an inflatable bed: http://airbeds4less.com/66957/index.htm

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Tim, is that a bed design from the first picture showed? I couldn't recall if that big red square to your far right. I know how to read blue print from took a class of architect when I was in high school. I still have AutoCAD software, but this is little sightly different. So far, its looking really cool to remodel the 1980 air-stream. Nice Ideas.

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Tim, is that a bed design from the first picture showed? I couldn't recall if that big red square to your far right. I know how to read blue print from took a class of architect when I was in high school. I still have AutoCAD software, but this is little sightly different. So far, its looking really cool to remodel the 1980 air-stream. Nice Ideas.
In that scheme, it is designed as a dinette with a fold down table (the big red rectangle). This is pretty standard in RVs. The way they usually do it is have the back rest cushions sized so that two or more of them fit in the space of the table. Then there is a lip on the seats so that the table (with a dropped leg) can nestle in flush with the seats making one mostly level and mostly flat bed platform. Then you put all the cushions together and make a bed. My wife and I are wondering if that is the best for us since it makes a bed with ridges and bumps. So I am exploring the idea of replacing the larger convertible dinette in the front with a permanent bed with storage underneath. The tradeoffs are comfort vs flexibility. If it's pouring down rain, it would be nice to have an extra place to sit down, but I don't go camping to sit around the trailer so I am still torn about what to do. I haven't even started tearing the old crap out yet, but I am trying to spend as much time in design mode before I have to start making real decisions. Besides, making sketches is fun for me. In the end, I think I'll probably mock up the whole thing with cardboard and spend some time in there but I'm playing with a lot of scenarios now. All designs must pass final approval from my wife so sketchup is a great way to show her ideas without having to build anything twice. One of my main goals is to make the whole thing even lighter than it is so I am trying to learn about alternatives to plywood like honeycomb material or foam centered veneers. If you start adding up all of the surfaces in there, they add up quickly both in material costs and weight.
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Having wife isn't so great, LOL! Isn't always have to be their approval first? I thought it would be a men job to "do" it anyway. However, that large dinette isn't sound bad at all. You have a pretty good point. Don't spend lot of money on it because you could probably wide up spending the same price for big used camper which is lot larger... I love Campers.

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Having wife isn't so great, LOL! Isn't always have to be their approval first? I thought it would be a men job to "do" it anyway. However, that large dinette isn't sound bad at all. You have a pretty good point. Don't spend lot of money on it because you could probably wide up spending the same price for big used camper which is lot larger... I love Campers.
Where are you're grapes? March on in there and tell her that she owns the house and every other aspect of your life. Tell her that the shop and the trailer are yours, period!

Next thing you're going to post is that she has you sewing floral pattern drapes for your rig!

Put your foot down and dress YOUR trailer out in rubber, diamond plate, plexi and and anything else you damnwell please.

Make it so you can hose it out when you track in mud. Put an outdoor shower rig in it, remove the toilet (you do own a shovel right?) and fill the empty space with a propane keg cooler.

Tell her if she doesn't give you any lip about it you'll think about taking her camping as long as she promises to keep the whining down and have dinner ready when fishing is over.

Get the water heater going and let her shower first. Now you have to work fast.

While she's in the shower get a fire going. Then wander around and pick up a shiny rock and some wild flowers. Present these to her along with a generous glass of her favorite wine. Tell her how special she is and you couldn't live without her.

Don't serve the wine in a plastic cup.
You need to pack a real wine glass from home. She'll tell you how sweet you are.

While she's cooking dinner and listening to her favorite tunes make up the bed...........

Do the dishes and make her hot cocoa with Baily's Irish Cream.

Sounds like a date.

Oh wait, you didn't leave the kids at home?

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