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Old 04-30-2013, 11:00 PM   #1
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Single top bunk to double top bunk

My 2008 Surveyor SV291 had a single bunk over a double bunk. I really liked the new models that have a double over a double. Since my used TT cost about $14K less than a new one, I couldnít justify the expense but still really wanted the two double bunks. So, I built my own double which keeps the kids from arguing and provides more privacy. Itís also more comfortable for adults.

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Deconstruction (a little scary but itís just wood & screws)

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I lost the cabinet, but I figured it was worth the trade

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I used fir 1x2s spaced the same as the single bunk and added a pine board at the foot next to the fridge to reduce the opening size.

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To make it strong enough for a heavy adult I framed it along the outside at 6 locations

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Used plywood on the top since it would be covered by a mattress and cabinet facing on the bottom for a smooth finish since the bottom bunk person would be staring at it

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A few notes/details (just in case others are considering this):

-I made my own mattress for the top using foam ordered online, an electric knife, and a zippered mattress cover (about $85 instead of $300+ for a custom mattress).

-I had to move the top bunk light because it was mounted on the cabinet I removed.

-Itís not as easy to get into the top bunk now, so I added a piece of wood as a foot hold.

-Total cost of the mod was about $350. I did it over a weekend.

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Old 04-30-2013, 11:06 PM   #2
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Wow, nice job!
Are you close to Orlando, need some bunk mods on our camper! Lol.
Have fun camping.

John, Lilly & the kids.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:06 AM   #3
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Very nice. That is the same setup as my Roo. You gave me an idea.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:26 AM   #4
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looks nice, thanks for the break down with pics. My kids are still little but in the not to far future I could see this happening.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:43 PM   #5
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Good job!! looks like it came from the factory like that.
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