Bunk end and Storage ??

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  1. Tena Dechambre

    Tena Dechambre New Member

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    Wondering what is better or if it doesn't really matter.

    Guide lines that hold the bunk end or the stabilizing bars that go under the bunks?

    Second question is the clipper and viking trailers have front storage that slides left and right for access. Has anyone ever have issues with the slide part of this getting worn out or damaged in travel?
     
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    Not quite sure what you mean?
     
  3. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    . I'm probably old school here, but I'd rather have the braces under the bunkend vrs two spindly wires holding the bunk. The braces at least are attached to the frame and in my mind stronger.

    Can't speak for the front truck with the drawer because mine does not have the drawer. I do love that front truck though. I only put my outside gear in there except my tool box I keep by the door. So I don't need to access the trunk much during camp as it gets pulled out prior to set up.
     
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    like Popup Steve, I am not sure what you are asking about as i have not seen a popup camper with guide lines for support; all the ones i have seen have had under bed brace supports. And i don't think that there is enough structure in the popup to be able to use wires anyway.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    . I believe it was only Viking that tried to do away with the typical bed brace and use a cable support system instead, kind of like hybrids. At least on the one model I looked at. I don't think it took off though because I believe they went back to regular supports after.
     
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    Tena Dechambre New Member

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    Screenshot 2019-10-15 08.03.50.png Coachman line has them so Viking and Clipper are the two I'm looking at.
    Here is a photo you can see in the bunk window the white cable line that holds the bed up without the use of support poles.
     
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    Like you I have concerns about the cable support bunks. Now in the process of buying a Viking with the metal support poles outside.
    2018 Viking 2308 STLS.
     
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    We camped last summer next to a family that had a newer Viking popup. The bunk ends were sagging on both sides and I assumed they just didn't know to put the poles in. We started talking and they told me that the design had those cables and no poles but that the sag was noticeable and frustrating.

    If it were me, I would get one that has the bunk support poles underneath.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    My concern with a cable is 1. Cable could stretch over time and 2 if that roof was to leak it could compromise the integrity and strength of the roof,aka that cable could pull out or crack the roof. Me personally wouldn't trust a cable especially on a popup roof.
     
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    If mine had cable supports, I would get some 1ā€ dia. Metal conduit and make supports. It would be very easy, for the rear bunk, just grind/cut two slots in the bumper and find/make two brackets to attach to the bottom of the bunk. You could do the same for the (usually) larger bunk in the front with slots into the frame (or like OEM setups have a bracket to accept round pipe ends just behind the ā€˜Vā€™ of the frame near the hitch.
     
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    so i guess the cables would attach from the roof - still don't think it would be very stable as compared to the under bed braces. with our previous highwall, our roof could demonstrate some movement (in the wind or putting on the upright roof braces). i would not be happy if the sway of the roof could be felt in the bed.
     
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    While it my very well work, I don't think I'd sleep well in a bunk supported by cables attached to the roof.
     
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    No way would I feel comfortable with those wires.
     
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    I would also prefer under-bunk supports to those roof-lines. The less strain on a raised roof, the better.

    Also, my Rockwood has the slide-out drawer in the front storage trunk. My old Coleman just had the access door. I liked the Coleman setup better, the slide-out drawer loses too much capacity. A future mod on the Rockwood will probably be to remove the drawer and re-brace the storage trunk for direct use.

    I rarely need access to the front storage trunk after setup, the only things I keep in there are just inside the side access door and are things like fire starters, citronella fuel and candles, and the dog's tie-out. Everything else in the storage trunk gets taken out during setup... the EZ-up, camp chairs, leveling blocks, tarp, grill, etc.
     
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    I took out my full length drawer and the mounting supports. It is a 100 pound weight savings and I have a ton of extra room. This spring I'm going to cut a piece of plywood to size, add some brackets and secure all the different long parts in a nice and clean way.
     
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