Big Guy mod to the master bed base - Dutchmen Owners

Go Back   Dutchmen Owners > Dutchmen Technical | Towing, Maintenance and Repairs > Modifications and Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-14-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Aronious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Carleton
Posts: 107
Michigan
Big Guy mod to the master bed base

After about two nights in the Voltage on our first trip we both agreed that the mattress had to go. I was already tired of sleeping with my legs hanging off the end half way to my knees. By morning you might as well be just sleeping on the OSB base.

So a real mattress was in order. Problem was it was wider, longer, and thicker. The three inches per side and six inches on the end that overhung the OSB base just wouldn't work so I built and installed a new base to support the mattress. Also the gas struts in their original location would hardly hold up the puny original matress let alone this new monster.

Hopefully these pic's come out in order.

Pic #1 - shows the original support boards, notice how the smaller head piece has square cuts and leaves gaps where it meets the bed head frame.

Pic #2 - shows how the piece I installed is radiused to fit tight to the head frame.

Pic #3 - is the gas struts in their original location

Pic #4 - is how far I moved the struts to get them to hold up the larger/heavier mattress.

Pic #5 - I had a couple of pieces of oak square laying around the shop so holding the other end of the struts looked like a good spot for them.

Pic #6 - The completed base. notice that I also radiused the corners of the base under the corners of the mattress. (Just a another example of Dutchmen's cutting corners, (ohhhh, bad pun,) to save a dime.

I gave the whole top a good sanding to smooth out the slivers that would snag the bottom of the mattress. I was going to apply a coat of poly to the top but I ran out of time and just placed the mattress on top. The relocated struts now hold up the end of the heaver mattress just fine although the opening is and inch or so narrower.

Yaaaaaaaaaa'wn, look'en at these pictures of that new bed makes me feel like a nap------- Ya, I think I'll go find a comfy spot------
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP3452.jpg
Views:	106
Size:	55.7 KB
ID:	370   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP3453.jpg
Views:	88
Size:	53.6 KB
ID:	371   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP3454.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	51.5 KB
ID:	372   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP3456.jpg
Views:	100
Size:	52.1 KB
ID:	373   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP3458.jpg
Views:	100
Size:	53.7 KB
ID:	374  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP3459.jpg
Views:	88
Size:	55.2 KB
ID:	375  
__________________

__________________
Aaron & Laura
2012 Voltage V3905
2009 Chevy 3500HD Dually
Two Harleys
Aronious is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Nana & Poppy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Old Forge
Posts: 886
New York
Nice looking mod!
__________________

__________________
Kathy & Leo ~Adirondack Mtn. Region of NY
2013 Rubicon 2900 Toy hauler
2010 Ford F-350 4x4 Lariat Dually Super Crew Diesel
Nana & Poppy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 11:10 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Nanaimo
Posts: 489
British Columbia
The loss of space on the sides will be well worth it for you I'm sure!
__________________
Gordon and Laura Howe
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
2010 Komfort Resort 240RK
Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 12:33 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Aronious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Carleton
Posts: 107
Michigan
Laura keeps two sets of pillows for the bed and at night the space underneath the edge is just the right size to stuff the night pillows and in the daytime just the opposite. The bedroom slide-out just touch's the mattress without touching the base when it's in. Really wasn't planned that way, just everybody gets lucky once in a while.
__________________
Aaron & Laura
2012 Voltage V3905
2009 Chevy 3500HD Dually
Two Harleys
Aronious is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 01:21 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Kamloops,
Posts: 628
British Columbia
Very nice work ...we replaced our original TT mattress with a new one...what a difference .....people said a memory form topper would work on the original mattress but the wife said NO.....

Would like to install " Magic Fingers" just like Motel 6

Coops
__________________
2012 Dodge 3500 Laramie Crew Cab: Cummins: exhaust brake: tow haul:
Kamloops
British Columbia
Canada
Cooper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 01:45 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Aronious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Carleton
Posts: 107
Michigan
Coop - Back in the day when I was sleeping on a water bed it had a massager bolted to the bottom of the base. Basically it was two U springs, two weights, a couple of electro magnets, and a control unit at the head of the bed. Kind of like getting hit in the middle of your back with a three pound hammer. Maybe you could find one of those old units and screw it to the underside of your bed base.
__________________
Aaron & Laura
2012 Voltage V3905
2009 Chevy 3500HD Dually
Two Harleys
Aronious is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 05:46 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
kodiak 2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Maineville
Posts: 193
Ohio
I have an original mattress factory one pillow top with a ikea comforter and a pillow topper like sleeping on a cloud
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	bed.jpg
Views:	102
Size:	54.7 KB
ID:	379  
kodiak 2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 08:24 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
72mach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Albuqueque
Posts: 165
New Mexico
Nice work!
__________________
2009 F350 CC 4x4 SRW 6.4
2012 Infinity 3750FL
-Countless issues with the trailer=junk.
72mach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 01:53 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Kamloops,
Posts: 628
British Columbia
Aronious...thanks for the suggestion..but will pass....no doubt you had "hard water" in the water bed.... I never had a water bed as I wasn't into to "water sports"

Take care...nice job on the bed mod.

Coops
__________________
2012 Dodge 3500 Laramie Crew Cab: Cummins: exhaust brake: tow haul:
Kamloops
British Columbia
Canada
Cooper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 12:34 AM   #10
Chapter Director
 
gonervn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Findlay
Posts: 286
Send a message via Skype™ to gonervn
Ohio
Looks great nice job
__________________
Bill & Sallie and most of the time Bella (Standard) Black Poodle
X - 2013 Voltage 3200 Owner
Now Winnebago Vista
Findlay, Oh.
gonervn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 02:09 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Goshen
Posts: 363
Indiana
Really, nice job on the bed upgrade Aaron.

Next time don't post any pictures (just kiddin').

The wife saw them. She says, 'Well....you can do the same'.
I suggested she call you.

Thanks.............for adding to my To-do-list.
__________________
Dave

2012 Dutchmen 3850RL
Infinityrver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 06:43 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: locust
Posts: 27
North Carolina
Nice work, I know what you mean about being to short. My husband is 6'3:" and our last two campers he complained about his feet hanging off. Our first camper the mattress was longer than some, so when we traded we swapped mattresses because the new camper mattress was a lot shorter. We we bought our Grand Junction it had a king size memory foam mattress that he fits on. Our other campers didn't have enough room to add additional length. Glad you had enough space for that.
__________________
Ab & Pam
2006 Grand Junction Fifth /wheel
2000 Ford F-450 7.3 diesel dually crew cab
Volvosweetie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2013, 06:54 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
72mach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Albuqueque
Posts: 165
New Mexico
I just worked on our bedroom mod. We went from the factory king memory foam to a serta queen memory foam. We were having issues with the king bed folding in the middle into a V. I thought it might have been the mattress which probably was part of it but after pulling the old bed and seeing what was supporting it I think part of the problem was a weak structure. There should have been some cross braces to make the frame stay square and not sag. Also they used 1/2 inch cheap plywood vs 3/4 or 1 inch. We trimmed the existing plywood to match the bed frame and will see if I need to get new plywood and braces. The extra room is nice though and we now have another project for nightstands.
__________________
2009 F350 CC 4x4 SRW 6.4
2012 Infinity 3750FL
-Countless issues with the trailer=junk.
72mach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2013, 01:02 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: East Bolton
Posts: 167
Quebec
We also converted from the factory king-size to a queen Serta mattress. This gave space on each side to install modest sized night tables which I canabalized from my previous 5th wheel before trading it in.

Also had to strengthen the bed frame this past winter because it was sagging in the middle. I added a 2x3 cross member in the centre area and it seems OK now.
__________________

kevinmiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Dutchmen RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×