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Old 09-16-2015, 09:48 PM   #1
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WTB Penthouse bed for my Sportsmobile

Hi there,

My SMB was outfitted as a day trip rig and the original owner did not order the bed that goes in the penthouse. I never knew it was optional and thought it came with the Penthouse top.

I need to buy one. If anyone has one for sale in the Southern California area, please let me know.

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Old 09-16-2015, 10:33 PM   #2
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I believe you can purchase them directly from SMB West in Fresno... If you wish to go that option.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:30 PM   #3
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That was my original idea...the bed price is reasonable at under $500.

I contacted them twice already, both times I was put to voice mail and so far no callback.

I think they are too busy to bother with such a small order. I've heard they have a very large order backlog.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:03 AM   #4
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Where are you located? Call Austin or Indiana. They will answer, respond and help. I've never had any luck with Fresno.

Better yet, go to the hardware store and buy a piece of 3/4 plywood, measure and cut in to two pieces (for a 2 piece bed of course). Any pop top owner can give you the sizes. Go to a foam/upholstery place and buy a piece of 4 inch standard foam to fit. Then have it upholstered somewhere.

Plywood (exactly what SMB uses): $40 and you'll have leftovers for another project or kindling
Foam (exactly what SMB uses): $100 at the very most, probably half that
Upholstery (the only tricky part of the equation): maybe $20 for material and free to make if you know someone who can sew. If you want to get really fancy add a zipper down one side. If you can't do it yourself I can't imagine it costing much to have two covers sewn up.

total: $160 I guess SMB is charging you the other $340 for the zipper or perhaps just because they are SMB. Enjoy!

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Re: WTB Penthouse bed for my Sportsmobile

I need to make a PH bed extension. What's a good way to fasten the foam and upholstery to the plywood?
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Email Fresno. They seem to be better at answering emails.
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I need to make a PH bed extension. What's a good way to fasten the foam and upholstery to the plywood?
You don't need to. SMB doesn't. Just upholster a zippered cover and that holds it all together just fine.

Edit: it may have changed on newer models but it is just done with a zippered cover on my 95.
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The upholstery is stapled to the wood then they screw on a veneer to cover it up.
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Thanks, pinz712.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:25 PM   #10
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Good info guys, thanks.

I would like a one piece bed that can attach to the top like the SMB OE one. I know a great upholstery shop, and we could use memory foam which we prefer. I really don't have a lot of time to put into making one, so I would prefer to buy an OE one if there's one for sale close by.

My SMB has a plush gray upholstery which we really like...any idea where I could find some fabric to match? Perhaps SMB Indiana (who built it originally) can sell and ship to me. I think the same upholstery on the underside would be nice looking too rather than the veneer. Would need to put some protection where the rails go I suppose.
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