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PostSubject: Cab bunk for kids   Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:04 pm

Anyone have any experience using these with a Brazilian? No

Looking for something to last our 4mth old sprog until he's old enough to bung in a tent/awning.

Looks like JK and Bluebird both do one, does anyone have any views on these or any others I've not found?

http://www.justkampers.com/shop/cab-child-bunk-storage-j11825.html

http://www.bluebird-type2.co.uk/Split%20bay%20interior.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:13 pm

Nice idea. Just bare in mind the bit about it fitting around seats with headrests. The original design was for non-headrest seats.

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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:18 pm

TimV wrote:
Nice idea. Just bare in mind the bit about it fitting around seats with headrests. The original design was for non-headrest seats.

Mmm, did worry about that, grateful if anyone knows whether it's an easy bodge or major problem.
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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:23 pm

Think you'll either need to remove the headrests before fitting the hammock or the hammock will have to be high at one end. Bit of a pain in the b#t having to remove the headrests each time though. Plus you'll need to refit them to drive - think they're mandatory now.

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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:33 pm

I bought the JK variant last summer and used it for a 7 yr old to sleep in. It is possible to tinker with the positioning of the brackets to enable you to fit the hammock by winding the seats back to avoid having to take off the headrests. Not sure that I got the positioning entirely correct because if there is no weight on the hammock the bars can occasionally pop out. Though overcame this by keeping some stuff in there before the boy dived in at night and he also had a roll up mattress in there for extra comfort. He loves it and when we eventually evict him to the awning with his sisters I suspect we will still take it away to use as storage. No useful phots to upload, but it did come with instructions.
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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:56 pm

mine works fine without removal of the headrests. A tight squeeze to get the runners in but otherwise fits ok.
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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:42 pm

We have used one for the last three years, our littlest one has been in it since she was 16 months old. Picture below shows her last summer (3 and a 1/2). Ours is a repro of the original westfalia version with anchor plates and tanged U section one piece bars. It is incredibly strong ( I think it is the same as the JK version but we got ours in Germany). Removing Head rest is easy all you do is pop the spring clips out with a small long nose pliers, then the rest just slide back in whenever. Admittedly it means there is no height adjustment any more but as the head rest only has one setting that locks it has never been a problem.

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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:16 pm

Thanks for the advice peeps, really helpful stuff.

By the by, d'you reckon these things would be OK for a five month old baby?

(3/4 bed in the back, so sharing with parents would be a bit of a squeeze)
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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:14 pm

WE rigged ours with a safety net: Pic below and then cut a foam camping mat down to fit and then used some cot blankets..admittedly that was from about 16 month. but you could also put a travel tent-cot inside it



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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:37 pm

Genius! Thanks, may well have to copy that
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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:45 pm

thats the one i have in mine. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:07 am

The instructions for fitting one can be downloaded from here
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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:22 am

Like the idea of the safety net. Does anyone know where I could get one?


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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:27 am

Halfords and places like that do cargo nets that look very similar. Ebay as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:48 pm

The one we used came from the Belgium equiv of B and Q - it is designed to fit in any luggage space and has elasticated sides. Just make sure you have one that is not bigger than the space when it is un-stretched.

I then put 6 tarpaulin grommets into the bed canvas (you can see them in the pic) as they are plastic with no sharp edges and then lace the net into place. It is secured with luggage hooks and a turn screw at the top . the het directly to the top ones and the lacing to the two bottom ones and tied of with a overhand knot one end and a clove hitch the other.

Works a treat
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PostSubject: Re: Cab bunk for kids   Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:53 pm

Cheers for that will give us a great area for the little one. Time to get the tools out.

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