I want to rack your brains! We want to have a full size bed in our Compact and are really trying to find ways to best use our space. Any thoughts on a smart and practical fold away platform or some other idea that will maximize our space to walk or store things. There are so many ways to do this,that's the issue. I know the interior layout didn't originally call for a full size bed, but that would be awesome. With the dimensions of out trailer it would be able to go width way or length ways inside trailer. Full size is 54 x 74 inches. Thanks you all, just throw out something I would love to hear your thoughts. Ni rush. There are some very innovative masters on here. Haha
The Compact bed should pull out to be a full size bed if you have the U configuration. If you have the II configuration, you get two single twins. They can be pulled together to make a king. Compacts are 6' 6" wide on the outside which gives you about 77" width on the inside. The U configuration bed goes crosswise and the II configuration goes lengthwise.
Those both sound cool friends. Thanks for feedback. I have to make something from scratch since my original layout is gone. But I will figure out something! Was planning on possibly finger linking a slide out frame that can also hinge to get to storage underneath. Seems the best for space so far. And functional.
Wow! Thanks Ten most appreciate your photos of your 65 and the ads showing the layout diagram. That's interesting. If you dont mind me asking how did both layouts convert into a bed frame? I have always wondered.
The tops of the benches were double-layered, and the underneath-layer board would pull out till the anchored top board would drop level on the frame.
The U-shaped configuration had a pedestal table which would be removed and stored, then the platform pulled out across the open area, and cushions were designed to push up for seating and pull out flat over the whole of the area. Here is a photo of the base without the cushions, pulled out. (This one was mine, a 1989, EDIT: 1969, sold it last year to help finance the 16SC. Got lots of photos of it... s1178.photobucket.com/user/crw2620/library/1969%20Shasta%20Compact?sort=2&page=1 )
The double-twins had a drop-down (or perhaps removable?) table which would be taken down and the slides would pull toward the center from either side. Again, cushions were designed to cover the bed area.
Hi there Ten thanks again for the photos and the explanations. I'm gonna see what we want to do with all these options.. I would love to have the original layout bit since it's gone anyway I believe I will do the finger linking with a double bed, situated to the right side as you walk in and look to the back. It's a real cool concept. But it's definitely neat to see how the options were originally. I suppose us Compact people are the smallest of the vintage group! Lol but I know you have bigger trailers you are working with too. Haha
Rich, I have seen that configuration before and although it's not like the original Compact build, it actually might be more user friendly and easier to build. I believe we had another member who started from scratch with his benches and used that style pull out and it worked very well.
Good morning Suzie Q hope you are well, thanks for that it seems like it would work out nicely especially since the Compacts are.. compact inside. LOL and you aren't kidding about easier to build I am not handy with wood but this I feel like I can accomplish this. Win!
Depends on the age of your Compact. We have the ham style and when we redid it, we took 20" off of each of the benches, turned the bed sideways (to make a standard full size), took the 20" and added a closet on one side and a 2-drawer cabinet on the other. That allowed us to use that giant closet for a bathroom with a shower. Prety good in 10 feet.
You could actually do the same thing in the newer ones, but you'd have to move the icebox back to under the kitchen counter.
Hamlet, to me seems like the older compact model has a bit more room but probably just an illusion! I have none of my original layout although my pine cabinets that are in mimic the original layout ind front up to where the little bathroom or closet area would be. Beyond that it's my call so it's nice to be able to do what is best for our situation. You're right if you are intuitive you can still be quite satisfied even in 10 feet.