How to Add a Bunk to a Travel Trailer

How to Add a Bunk to a Travel Trailer
Your travel trailer provides you with many comforts of home while on the road. Sleeping in a soft bed after a day out enjoying the great outdoors makes the trailer cozy. As your bedding needs begin to grow, you can add a bunk bed to the trailer with some retrofitting.

When you put mattresses into the bunk, try to use memory foam mattresses or some other sort of lighter weight cushioning. The project can be done in half a day.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Power saw
  • Power drill
  • Power screwdriver
  • Two 8-foot length 1 by 4 timbers
  • Wood screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Bunk bed
Step 1
Measure out the distance of the trailer where you will place the bunk bed to make sure it will fit. Pay attention to the ceiling and the distance between the top bunk and the ceiling. Try and leave at least 2-1/2 feet of space between them.
Step 2
Find the trailer support studs along the wall where you will attach the bunk bed. Use the stud sensor to locate and mark stud location with the pencil.

Cut down the 1 by 4 timber to the length of the trailer wall and drill them onto the trailer studs. Trailers use very thin and lightweight studs, so you want to reinforce them with the 1 by 4 timber when you mount the bunk bed.
Step 3
Move the bunk bed to the side of the trailer where you want it, and where you have placed the extra support studs. Use an assistant for the moving to prevent back injury.
Step 4
Position the bunk bed so the support timbers of the bed align with the support 1 by 4 timbers. Screw the bunk bed to the support 1 by 4 timbers.
Step 5
Add the mattresses, linens and bedding.

Tips & Warnings

If your bunk beds do not already have protective lips to keep sleepers from rolling out, use a 2 by 4 cut down to the bed's length. Screw it lengthwise in the front to use as a guard against unwanted falling from the bed.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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