Four Trailer Life readers converted the queen beds in their RVs to twin beds. Now they’re able to navigate the bedroom better and access storage more easily.
Part One: Identical Twins
Why is it so difficult to find a nice travel trailer that comes with twin beds instead of a queen? My wife, Judy, had both hips replaced, and after one dislocated for the fourth time, she told me that her RVing days were over. Well, I wouldn’t accept that, so I set out to find an RV that was more friendly to folks with mobility issues.
After looking at hundreds of trailers online and at dealers, we found a preowned 2018 Winnebago Minnie 2200SS that had an open floorplan and a nice large rear bathroom — a must. Yes, it did have a walk-around queen bed, but with some renovations, I could make that work for us.
I started by removing the bed platform in the center of the floor and framed 35-by-79-inch twin beds on each side with a wide center aisle. This made it much easier for us to get in and out of bed, and it created a space for an extra chair.
Now we are back on the road and able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. The entire job took about a week to complete and cost around $600, including the new mattresses.
Dick Tijsseling, Yerington, Nevada
Part Two: Twin Beds Again
I read with interest Dick Tijsseling’s “Identical Twins” RV Makeover in the January 2020 issue. Like Dick, our RV had a queen-size bed that challenged my wife’s limited mobility. After much head scratching and many sketches, I came up with a plan for the bedroom in our 2011 Dutchmen Coleman fifth-wheel.
I started by removing the original bed and two mirrored wardrobe closets, then I built two twin-bed platforms against the side walls with drawers for storage. I cut 2½ inches off the bottom of each wardrobe and mated them between the beds for a 31-inch-wide closet.
The platforms are topped with three pieces of 5⁄8-inch plywood. The head and foot sections are secured, and the center piece has a hinge to allow access to additional under-bed storage.
The 30-by-76-inch memory-foam mattresses we bought are very comfortable. As for our dog, she sleeps in her own cozy bed in front of the closet.
Ted Kamena, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Part Three: Twin Bed Remake
I own a 2006 Keystone Cougar fifth-wheel with a rear kitchen. After a trip to a local state park for an introductory camping weekend and then a trip to Grand Lake, Colorado, I noticed that my wife was not putting her clothes in the closet along her side of the queen bed. She told me that she could not get to the closet because the space between the bed and the wall was to narrow.
With my background in architecture and construction, I decided that I should remodel the bedroom area to fit my wife’s needs. Like Dick Tijsseling and Ted Kamena, I started by removing the bed platform in the center over the tongue. I then moved the two factory closets from the outside walls to the center of the bedroom area, switching the them around so that the doors opened toward each bed, and reassembled them together.
Measuring the remaining space between the closets and the outside walls, I constructed two new bed frames with underbed storage and foot boards from solid oak. Standard single-bed mattresses did not fit the new bed frames, so I cut the original queen mattress in half and refabricated the two sides, adding a layer of 2-inch foam for comfort.
The aisle between the two single beds is much more functional and convenient. My wife will now use her half of the closet and has no problems navigating into the bedroom area. I added a shelf in the closet above the hanger rod. I also constructed additional overhead storage, between the closet and the outside wall, at the front of the bedroom area.
This was an over-the-winter project for me. I had the oak lumber and plywood on hand, and purchased gas-cylinder springs to lift the plywood door under each mattress. The only concern is paying attention to the amount of wood weight being added when replacing the original lightweight construction materials.
I spent $170 for gas springs and $42 for two sheets of 2-by-24-by-72-inch foam. The cost for plywood and oak boards was around $200.
Will Emley, Slater, Iowa
Part Four: Twin Beds Yet Again
“Identical Twins” by Dick Tijsseling in the January 2020 Trailer Life was a big hit with my wife, Robbie. Like Dick’s wife, Robbie has mobility issues. After reading the article, she asked if we could replace the queen bed in our 2013 Gulf Stream Conquest travel trailer with a couple of twin beds. I said, “Absolutely!”
The original bed was difficult to get around, and its placement limited access and the amount of storage. Now with twin beds along the side walls, there’s more storage space, and the ease of getting in and out of bed is remarkable. The cost for the project was around $600, with 20 hours of labor.
Rick Matheny, New Tazewell, Tennessee
Have you modified your RV or remodeled it completely? Tell us about it in 500 words or less, including the total cost and time spent, and email your description to [email protected]. Include an ample selection of photos illustrating the project, along with your full name and mailing address. We’ll pay $50 for every RV Makeover we publish.