Kids falling out of the bunk ends

Discussion in 'Camping with Kids/Pets' started by slackerjaw, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. angelsmom10

    angelsmom10 New Member

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    Both our girls our adults, but when we were looking at upgrading 4 yrs ago, we still looked at how secure the bunk ends were (looking forward to having grand kids)... we were at a show and the most secure one was the Starcraft models... most were the kind that had a bungee that you had to pull through several gromets and secure, while the Starcraft had 8 per side individual circle loops that looped around (for lack of a better word).. a knob for each loop and the far end is rivited or bolted down.. the others (or most) the far end also had to be secured with bungee's...

    As I belong to several forums.. when someone asks for suggestions to look for, I put in about checking the bunk ends for this issue (kids falling through).. if budget permits... getting one with a.c (if you live or camp in humid/hot areas)... AND a slide-out (while there aren't many models out there and most don't want the added expense... consider the fact that chances are you will encounter rain... being stuck inside the PU with kids, but then again they have to consider their budget and towing capabilities.

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  2. slackerjaw

    slackerjaw New Member

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    This weekend we went on a spur of the moment trip. It got down to 33? on friday night. I used another members suggestion for cutting down on drafts, and I lined the side of the bunk ends with pool noodles. I think it kept the cold out as well as tightening up the gap on the sides. Over the winter months I am going to try the velcro, thanks for the details Scoutermom. The kids are not going to want to share the dinette bunk forever, (even though they look so cute)so I need to get ready.

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  3. scoutermom

    scoutermom New Member

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    Look what I came across.... Expensive, but cool!

    http://www.themaskedmerchant.com/store/product.aspx?prdId=245487

    And why couldn't we do our own version of this with a rectangular blow up kiddie pool?

    you could set it on top of the mattress, or put the mattress inside of it - depending on the size of the pool and the bed pad. it would prevent a

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  4. slackerjaw

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    That's great, but it is pricey. They should offer a version without the "hands free wireless rechargeable air pump" as I have an air pump left over from my tenting days. They are using too many adjectives there, I think that raises the price.;-) Maybe I will troll the summer clearence racks for a pool.

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  5. jjkach

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    Several years ago, DH was camping with our DGS who was 3 then. Woke up looking for him and could not find him and thought he had rolled out. He had found a way to push his way under all the sheets and then roll more so you could not see him. Soon as DH unrolled all the sheets, he found him still sleeping. He was really scared for while there.
     
  6. JenP

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    We all sleep in the same bunk, "sideways" I guess (our heads are over the hitch, feet pointing into the trailer.) There is an adult on each side, effectively blocking where the kids could fall out. The youngest is next to me, then the oldest, then my husband on the other side. I'm very aware all night of the kids moving around, I've been a light sleeper since the first was born. So I don't worry about them falling out of the bunk. I do make sure the bungees are real tight, and pull out the pull-out couch that is to our feet, in case they would fall off the foot end of the bed. That leaves only the head end, and our pillows are there, plus they just don't usually "travel" that direction, and I wedge the hard-sided dinette back cushions there as a "headboard" and further security measure. So we feel pretty safe. I would not use anything inflatable to try to prevent a child falling out - getting wedged against a blow-up pool could end up far, far worse than falling out onto the ground.

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  7. robsheila

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    My daughter is grown now; but when packing up one morning, I pulled my pillow toward me only to find a spider had crawled in from the gap created by the loose flap on the side of the bunk. Well, I can't have spiders on my pillow.

    I did something similar to Scoutermom -- I bought industrial, self-adhesive velcro. After pulling the flap taught and marking where to put the velcro, I stapled the rough side to the bottom of the bunks. I adhered the soft side to the flaps but also sewed them into place. Wish I'd read about the tennis shoe adhesive first. That velcro really holds its place, and you still have the bungies to back it up.

    I like the pool noodle idea, too. They would fill that space, insulate, and help prevent anything from slipping through. And you could use the velcro again to hold them in place. What did we do before velcro?

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  8. Lost in Space

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    We have a Palomino, and has been said, they come with a "child guard" flap that goes under the mattress and attaches with velcro to the top of the bunk wood on both sides. I have rolled myself to the edge of the bunk and could not get myself to push through the sides. The end is permanently secured to the wood so you would have to be working real hard at it to get out of a Palomino bunk. I'm sure, with enough effort you might succeed because anything is possible. The extra guard flap is a big selling point with Palomino's. My kids are grown now but when I had my other Palomino when they were small we never had a single problem.

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  9. jpawlishn

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    Why not just have them sleep on the convertible beds? The fold downs? I dunno, seems to make sense to put little ones there instead of on the bunk ends.
    If you can't do that, then I would suggest having an adult with the kids or even piling up cushiniong on either side of the child like you would a baby on the middle of a bed.

    My starflyer is one piece and nothing is getting through. However with that being said we do have one seam that is separating about 3-4 inches.

    Or, you could make like a seat belt... something that would move with the kids but not enable them to come too close to either edge? I dunno some of these creative folks could probably come up with something!

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  10. mamabear

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    When we had our pup and even now with our expandable, I have pillows going all around. The body pillows. I never had anyone fall out but my DH would 'scare' us and I though the worse. That someone could take one of my little ones. It's one of the reasons for a quad bunk hybrid. No one is going to fall out or be taken from the back bunks.

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  11. mykwalker1

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    I've never had the problem ... but what about a couple of the bed guards like this:

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.100-9914.aspx

    I know that mine used this in their regular beds for years.

    Throw one on the main problem side and a suitcase on the other side(s).
     
  12. jpawlishn

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    There you go! Great idea! Only problem I could forsee is that there is not enough weight to hold them down under the mattresses. So maybe velcro or something?

    Jen,Jim,Bryon
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    This actually happened to my 2 year old daughter! The bungee connector was broken, and I didn't know it, and my daughter rolled right out of the camper. Luckily we were all still awake, and she was fine, but scared. We are looking for a new camper now and I will make sure the sides are securely tightened. Oh, and after that my husband fixed it, and we started sleeping sidesways on it, and I used her bumper pad from her crib so no one would fall in the cracks.
     
  14. srds

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    We have always used the plastic gates ,zipped tied to bunk ends.

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  15. Hawks

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm looking at doing some sort of mod for this fix on my 2003 Coleman Mesa. Although not to keep my kids in (they're older), but to keep my dog from sliding out the ends.

    We have bungee attachments on the four corners of the bed ends, but I'm looking to secure the 2 sides right in the middle. What about using a grommet and attaching another bungee there.

    Has anyone done this before? Any suggestions?
     
  16. gwbeech

    gwbeech GO OUT AND CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!

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    our rockwood has premanently attached bunkends
     
  17. singledad

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    You could try the water noodles and see if they help.
     

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