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Oztrail Deluxe Double Bunk in an Oztent RV5 Tent

How to get bunks to fit along the side wall

All packed up in the bag

All packed up in the bag

We are a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids), however due to school and work commitments over the last few years, it’s mostly been just myself and the kids enjoying our camping trips. Using simple mats and sleeping bags, 4 people fit ok into the Oztent RV5 Tent (a bit squishy, but not too bad). For longer trips however, I decided a bunk bed would greatly help make better use of the available floor space.

Enter… the Oztrail Deluxe Double Bunk! We’ve found it to be excellent! Especially when staying in the same spot for more than 3 nights. We even use it on occasion when visiting my parents to help with space and bedding arrangements.

To fit it into the RV5 from front to back along the side wall though, some modifications were required. As the standard uprights make the bunks too big to fit that way. Some puzzling over it for a while, and a quick trip to our local hardware store soon rectified that problem. They recommended dowel (ie, broom/mop handles), and so far it’s worked amazingly!

Modified uprights

Modified uprights

Standard upright: 602mm
Dowel upright: 525mm

• The camera angle makes that look different in the picture (602 & 525 is correct).
• Ends have been sanded to ensure they’ll slide in/out easily
• All treated with linseed oil to help seal the wood. Hoping to reduce the chance of them accidentally getting stuck due to swelling with different climate moisture levels.

Modified oztrail deluxe double bunk

Modified oztrail deluxe double bunk

External dimensions
• Standard uprights: 1815 x 730 x 1060mm (l x w x h including side rails)
- (895mm high without side rails)
• Dowel uprights: 1815 x 730 x 920mm (l x w x h including side rails)
- (755mm high without side rails)

Modified bunk ends

Modified bunk ends

Bunk ends
• Requires bolts through the tubing to stop the dowel being pushed too far in. This prevents the dowel pushing right through the top, of the top bunk end, and jamming in the bottom, of the bottom bunk end.
• From edge of tube entrance to centre of bolt hole: 85mm (both top and bottom ends)

Bottom bunk end

Bottom bunk end

Top bunk end

Top bunk end

Modified bunks along side wall in Oztent RV5

Modified bunks along side wall in Oztent RV5

Inside the tent
• We’d normally have some foam tiles under the feet rails to help protect the floor

Top of bunk meeting back of tent

Top of bunk meeting back of tent

Back corner where bunk meets tent wall/corner/roof
• I forgot to take the thickness of the foam tiles into consideration when measuring for the dowel length. This is ok for shorter stays so far. I’d probably shorten the dowel a bit more to reduce rubbing on the tent if going for an extended timeframe.

Still plenty of room

Still plenty of room

Still plenty of room for me to be comfortable on the bottom bunk.

Bottom of bunk bag

Bottom of bunk bag

Bottom of the bunk bag.
• Small holes at both ends of bag
• One large one that I roughly hand stitched to get it home from a trip, and has since stayed that way! (Accidentally caught the bag on a tie down button on the side of my ute).
• Not the most durable of materials for holding metal pipe framework over long distances/timeframes (including corrugations).

Getting from top to bottom bunk!!

Getting from top to bottom bunk!!

Amazingly stable!!
• This is currently how the kids like to get from top to bottom bunk!
• Not quite so stable if no one else is on it to weight it down whilst doing this though (as they’ve already learnt!)

Any other camping hacks you've found extremely useful?

Posted by Goannaray 21:13 Archived in Australia Tagged kids camping tents miscellaneous camping_gear Comments (0)

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