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Old 10-03-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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17B front dinette bed and gaucho bunk

Hi, for those of you with experience with the gaucho bunk in the 17B, what do you think? Comfortable? Usable? I assume it's dimensions are similar to the lower bed, around 30 X 77, is that true? Any drawbacks? Child only? Adults fit?

It seems like the lower bed's dimensions are good enough for an adult - true?

We need 3 separate sleeping spots, for up to 4 people. We don't like the side/side configuration of the 19' where one person climbs over the other. There's no cot option for the 21'. The 17B might work for us depending on how functional the front dinette and gaucho bunk are.

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Old 10-03-2013, 08:59 PM   #2
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The gaucho bunks are great - it's easy to tell designer has kids. The top bunk sets up to the same size as the bottom and has steel supports and a 200# rating.

The trouble with it for us was when folded down it reduces the size of the front dinette table and seats. We wanted to keep the rear table set up as a bed and use the front. I just removed the top bunk and left it home.

If you're planning to seat more than two, you will be setting up the rear table anyway, so it should work fine.

I can post some pictures when I get back to my computer if you like.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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Yep, what they said. I like sleeping on the lower bunk, nice and cozy but a bit of a wiggle to get into. We always keep the bunk bed up.
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:40 AM   #4
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I'm 5'11" and find the bottom bunk ok, but the top a bit of a squeeze and awkward to get into or out of, due to the cabinets above your head. Our kids use the bunks no problem, but we have had to switch on occasion due to bad dreams, etc. The bunks work, but are not ideal for tall adults. Of course for a true minimalist, they are fine!
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:57 AM   #5
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I can't speak to the upper bunk because we don't have one, but the lower bunk is perfectly fine for both a taller adult and a rounder one
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:27 AM   #6
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Thanks very, very much everyone for your responses. paulw, if you have the opportunity to post some pictures that would be great!

This discussion has brought a new question into my mind. If you have the gaucho bunk, can you use only the bottom bunk? What I'm wondering is: if the gaucho bunk is not "deployed", is some part of it folded down in such a way that it encroaches on the bottom bunk? paulw you mentioned that the size of the dinette table area is reduced if the gaucho bunk is folded down, so I assume the size of the lower bunk would be reduced as well, but I wanted to explicitly ask.

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We have the gaucho bunks, and we had two adults with us in Florida for 10 days. The bunks worked, and as someone said the bottom one worked well, but because of the bathroom and the closet cupboard, it is a bit of a wiggle. You would need to raise the back of the coach in order for an adult to be comfortable on the bottom.Our adult friend on the top seemed to make out OK, also I know the cushions were a bit stiff, as they are with all of them. I believe they are more suited for kids/younger people. As for the dinette, I asked Tammy that question and this was her response "You loose about three inches from the table and as elbow room when you are sitting in the two person dinette". One other thing to remember, is that you can use it as a coach, we use it that way and sit end for end with our backs against the side of the trailer and our legs up on the cushions. It's also good for two people to sit on and the other two on either stools or the bed- that way you can face each other. I think it's also good for resale, it would be perfect for a couple with kids.
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Anyone able to post pictures of the gaucho bunk up and down?
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Here are pictures I took of our 17B before we sold it.
It reduced the elbow room more than 3", but the gaucho bunk was retrofitted at Escape in 2010 for a previous owner. The current design may be different.
Note: The front cabinet -full height/half depth - was a custom design for the original owner.
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:39 PM   #10
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Can someone tell me the height of the lower bed? I can't find anything in the specs.
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