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Old 07-31-2020, 09:40 PM   #1
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G19fd -> g19bh

We have two young kids and have been talking about a (bunkhouse) trailer forever. Because Im an idiot, we waited until the apocalypse to buy one. And everything new is $$$$ and has a three month waiting list.

I stumbled upon a basically new 2018 G19FD and the price/condition/availability was just shy of perfect. It was great for 2+1...but not so ideal with two adults and two kids. So I improvised.

I removed the dinette and replaced with a very scaled down ikea bunk bed from Craigslist, built to fit over the existing water heater. It also allows for four large plastic tubs for clothes underneath. I built a wood frame to protect wiring etc on the floor. I eventually stained it all with medium walnut and its not perfect (against the vinyl-wrapped plastic wood, but don't think many would notice its not right. My only real complaint is that the 33x74 mattresses are 31.5x73.

It ultimately cost me a few lbs (removed about 65 lbs and added about 100) but well worth the trade. And probably $300, including the expensive mattresses.

As an added bonus, at 200 lbs, Im confident hopping on the top bunk. On normal trailer bunks, Im always expecting the cardboard structure to implode and (awkwardly) crush somebody underneath.

Ive done a decent bit of fabricating but have to say that counting pounds is something very new to me. Anyway, thought Id share.

PSits all 100 modular and the few new holes I made are all hidden underneath the dinette. So, when we go to sell, I can grab the bagged up stuff in attic and swap it back within a few hours and Id challenge most anybody to prove it had this history.
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Old 08-01-2020, 12:44 AM   #2
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You are in very good company by deciding to buy a rig at this time. Actually, by being forced to buy a used rig, you've probably saved yourself a lot of money. (More money for camping trips.)
Very nice modifications and people will probably assume that the stain was meant as a contrast. You've made the changes you needed for your family and that's all that matters.
For dinners, do you eat on the sofa or outside? We didn't find the booth in our tt comfortable or practical, but a sofa and a portable table or tv works.
Congratulations on your purchase and modifications.
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:20 AM   #3
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Goopd job! See, you're not an idiot after all.
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Old 08-01-2020, 08:26 AM   #4
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Nice job,Looks great! Time to try it out.
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