converting bunk bed /sofa to fixed double bed

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  1. campermad

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    hi, im hoping this is the correct forum to post in, im wondering if anyone has any advice converting the rear sofa/bed at the end of eldis autostrstus CK into a double, bed, there is room for it, if you have an angle to access the toilet room.

    ours is a 6 birth and now there are only 4 of us (older teenagers about to go to uni) , we'd like the sofa that converts to a bunk bed made into a fixed double. does anyone know anyone local to Derby / Burton on Trent that could do this. i see lots of these beds on ebay, but would need someone to fit it, maybe a skilled joiner /carpenter would be able to do it bespoke, cheap enough??
    Van is old and asthetically unappealing, so im not worried about ruining the style of the van, just would like the 2 kids above the cab, us 2 in the fixed double, then the dinette can remain and i dont have to faff making bed up everynight
    i hoping one of you guys has attempted this and will know if its possible?
    TIA lisa
     
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    we have done it in our elddis 400. but we have put in a bifold door into the bathroom . the door folds inwards. so you don't have to squeeze into the toilet.
     
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    ahhh i very much like the bi fold door idea, im really keen to get the conversion done, did you do it yourselves or get in the professionals?
     
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    yes my son did it for me. clever sod can turn his hand to most things. he is a teknic. but he can do most things. any chippy could do it.
     
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    If Telford isn't to far away for you, have a chat with Dave Newell.....website

    www.davenewell.co.uk
     
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    just a thought..

    you may miss the sofa for lounging on.. a dinette makes a poor lounge ..
     
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    you can get it to be a rock and roll bed /come seat
     
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    thank you, @cruiser your sonnsounds awesome.

    i know ill miss the sofa but i would much prefer the fixed bed and the folding door., Telford is about 1 1/2 hours away so i will drop him a line to see if he'll have a look,

    i know my van isnt worth much, but would this devalue it as you could no longer have the 2 bunk beds?
     
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    shouldn't think so, not if it's done properly with a good quality mattress .. when you come to sell it will attracted a different type of buyer ..
    Fixed bed vans are more sought after than vans with bunk beds..

    on the plus side you may lose a sofa, but you gain a day -bed.. :cool:
     
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    I think like mine it has reached its bottom price. unless you make it leak. anything else you do to it unless you trash it. wont hurt the price. and if you go to Dave Newell you will get a first class job. and yes my son is good when you get can get him out of bed.
     
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    or you can do what I have done. I can drop my top bunk down , then fix a side extension on it and use the top bunks mattress as the other side of a double .
     
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    some fab ideas, i have emailed davenewal and hope he has some ideas
    our budget isnt much at all to be fair,
    ive seen a few on ebay but just dont have the skills to fit ourselves
     
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    The killer is labour costs.. .. say 8 hours labour x £50 per hour. (no idea what Dave charges, just a ball park figure)
    plus materials and a mattress..

    DIY it's a reasonably cheap job .. and to be honest not that difficult.. just basic woodworking skills, a local chippie may be cheaper..
     
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    ooooo, i could aford the labour costs lol and nothing else :)
     
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