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Old 12-12-2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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Hi all! We are awaiting our 17b with gaucho. We plan to use the gaucho as permanent bunks. Does anyone have a suggestion for mattresses for this space? Our 60 something backs appreciate your advice!
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Old 12-12-2019, 12:54 PM   #2
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I have used a 3" foam topped with a thick thermarest on top of the cushions, but I'm not sure that's enough comfort by itself on the bunk. Now I'm using an Exped Megamat from REI which is pretty pricey but I have used it for 1.5 years, close to 200 nights, and it's still working fine. It has separate inflation/deflation valves, and I am careful to let some air out if I am going to ascend/descend elevations while i'm driving. Both pads have been enclosed in a sewn "big pillowcase" and the megamat is wrapped in a modified mattress pad. Quite comfortable.
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Old 12-12-2019, 12:58 PM   #3
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Thank you!! I am going to look into the REI option!
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Old 12-12-2019, 01:04 PM   #4
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How wide is the bed? I've tried several options with my 15A but don't know if they'd work or not without knowing width.
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Hi all! We are awaiting our 17b with gaucho. We plan to use the gaucho as permanent bunks.

Have you seen this arrangement in person? Have you tried ( 60 + years old ) to climb up into the top bunk? How about getting down in the middle of the night?

Any increase in mattress depth is going to reduce the space you have above to breathe or roll over.

Do you ever suffer claustrophobia?

I've slept in my 17B front dinette/bed and it's fine for one. I don't think I'd be comfortable with a bunk above.
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Old 12-12-2019, 02:36 PM   #6
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it is 30 inches wide. I am not claustrophic, but am a bit concerned about that lower bunk. The upper bunk is not as much of a concern, although in reality we shall see how it works. If all else fails we will get the mattress for the rear dinette from Escape and use that for the bed. But would really like to try to keep that dinette set up as dinette.
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If I was willing to buy a new tow vehicle, I'd get the 19.
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Old 12-12-2019, 05:48 PM   #8
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We have a 17 B on order ( April delivery) Once in awhile we are going to need a 4th bed, the problem is my wife doesn't like the looks of the Gaucho bunk, does anybody know if it is difficult/possible to removed it and just put it up when is need it? We have being " tent people" and have a lot to learn on the trailer way of camping.
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bww1977, there are perhaps other ways to reconfigure. rather than take up the whole back dinette with a big mattress, you might consider a way to have a bed across the back similar to the bed you are planning across the front. I had the front which is usually a double mattress/solid platform made into a second dinette. my bed is 30 of the 52 inches. the table was split 30/22.

If you did this in the back, it might be possible to work out a way to use a hinged table, or maybe two pieces of table with two posts, so you could use one piece partial table or both pieces for the whole thing. or perhaps use the lagun table mount in which the table can be "disappeared" for access to the back bed. There are a lot of clever folks around here; maybe someone can expand these ideas or come up with better.
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Old 12-13-2019, 10:48 AM   #10
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That is an appealing option. I would love to see pictures if any one has done this.
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Old 12-13-2019, 10:53 AM   #11
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I saw a post of mods someplace here where the hinge was switched out with one that is removable.
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:18 PM   #12
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I saw a post of mods someplace here where the hinge was switched out with one that is removable.
I proposed ETI to build my 17 B with just the brackets and the cross bars, forget the Gaucho bunk option. That would have being enough for me, but I was turned down.
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Old 12-13-2019, 09:51 PM   #13
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We have a 17 B on order ( April delivery) Once in awhile we are going to need a 4th bed, the problem is my wife doesn't like the looks of the Gaucho bunk, does anybody know if it is difficult/possible to removed it and just put it up when is need it? We have being " tent people" and have a lot to learn on the trailer way of camping.


The gaucho bunk folds up and out of the way when not in use and the space turns into a two person dinette.

I would not advocate the gaucho setup for anyone with mobility issues. The upper bunk would be hard to get into without a step stool, and the lower one requires some contortions to get into for an adult, due to the small opening into the bunk area.

Both do work great for smaller people, eg kids, or flexible, non-mobility-impaired adults.

Our kids loved it when we had our 17B. But it was yoga for me to get into the bottom one.
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There is not much headroom on the upper bunk because of the overhead cabinet. A mattress would make it worse. Turns out that cabinet is structural and can’t be removed, bummer.

My 5 foot 10 inch tall son can no longer use the upper bunk as hits head when he rolls over.

I have a three inch thick pad on the lower bunk, that reduces the headroom and makes it stuffy. I looked into adding a vent or window with no luck so I mounted a 12v computer case fan to a flexible dryer vent line (the thin white plastic kind) and use that pull air from the cabin to my head area.

I had to add a 12V plug to run the fan. A plug built into the shower wall would have been nice.

We store a thin mattress topper in the cabinet below the rear dinette, it is enough for us as we use a big double sleeping bag that adds padding. During the day we stash all that on the upper bunk. Setting up the rear bed is pretty easy.
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