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Old 06-23-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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Penthouse Bed Extender

My one piece penthouse bed is 70" long but I am 71" tall. This means that when I use a pillow and stretch out, my feet hang off the end and get cold. Not fatal but not what I dream of, so a bed extender was an attractive idea. A little plywood and foam to span the abyss, put pillow on it and life gets a little better (at least camper life). Just one more thing to find a place to store...

Then it occured to me - I already have a gaucho bed extender, maybe it will work! A quick test shows that my gaucho extender just barely spans the gap between the rail. One minor shift and it will fall to the floor to be followed by my pillow and head. The gaucho extender just fits into a storage recess behind the gaucho seat back so it can't be made longer, but a couple aluminum angles could span the gap and nestle the extender between them with a couple straps to keep it all together.

Extender Stored


Two 40" x 1-1/2" x 1/16" angles and a couple straps


Front extender



We usually have our heads at the rear of the penthouse. Putting the extender there means our pillows are on it and we don't need to fuss with the sheets at our feet:


When we do this we discover that our tall cabinets will support the gaucho extend without the angles:


Because the drivers side tall cabinets do not go all the way to the rear, the extender's leg just barely fits with the latch bracket pressing into the foam:


If I had discovered this beforehand I might have waited to make the angles but I do have them for when a front uphill parking situation have us changing direction. I store the nested angles tucked under rear end of the penthouse bed platform when the top is down.
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