Dearest Nancy and Jim,
Thank you for sharing your experience designing this adjustable bed!
“I had cancer surgery 8 years ago. The result means I must sleep elevated at least 30° (think recliner chair). At home I have an adjustable bed. When traveling I use a convoluted combo of inflatable wedge and pillows. It requires sleep aids to sleep well. Before I could commit to purchasing an Airstream, I had to find a bed solution. I found it at Axelbloom.com. Yong Lee at Axel Bloom custom designed an adjustable base bed to mount on my twin bed. We ordered it sight unseen (we’re in VA, he’s in CA). But, he was meticulous in his communication and design process (we sent SO many measurements), that our confidence grew. Well…we were rewarded! The bed is FANTASTIC! I slept like a baby on it and cried feeling like I truly have a home away from home! Fortunately, there are both 120V and Inverter plugs at the foot of my bed. The motor only requires 50W for ~30seconds to operate, so totally usable while boon-docking. Check out his website. He has also made a split queen version for another Airstream. More deets in pic captions.
Thanks again for the wonderful bed!
Spent my first night in the bed last night and it was fantastic! I slept like a baby!
RV Adjustable bed: Custom Doppelflex MX2
ONE ADJUSTABLE BED FOR LEFT SIDE PER DRAWING (SEE BELOW) WITH CONTOURS AS SHOWN. FINAL FOOTPRINT 32.5 X 77 INCH. ADDED 2 EXTRA DOUBLE SLATS FOR TOTAL OF 8 DOUBLE SLATS.
“STRAIGHT BACK OPTION” HEAD AND BACK TO RAISE TOGETHER IN ONE MOTION. LEG LIFTS UP AT KNEE.
CUSTOM MATTRESS DW 800 MEDIUM FIRM (TO COMFY) APPROX 32 X 77 INCH WILL BE SIMILAR IN SHAPE AS DIAGRAM.
RV Mattress model: DW 800 Medium Firm (to comfy) Mattress. One custom mattress, 32 X 77 inches.
RV Model: Airstream
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Customer: Nancy and Jim Corliss
Nancy, Jim and I took many measurements as the above drawing shows!
We settled on the above dimensions for the adjustable bed and mattress.
Jim assembled the system in a day. We were all pleased that the dimensions were just right. We had correctly provided enough space from the adjustable bed to the curved walls of the Airstream so the bed raised without grazing the walls.
This is the lower foot/knee section of the adjustable bed that Jim had removed the slats to install the side stoppers to keep the mattress from sliding off and run the electrical cords for the transformer. He neatly used Velcro to secure the cables.
Jim reinstalled the slats to complete the installation. Note that the upper curved head section was custom crafted to fit the curve, according to the above drawings. It also raised in a special way. Nancy wanted to have the head and lumbar sections raise together in one place. Our default is for the head section to raise first about 30 degrees followed by the lumbar section. Side sleepers love the default but Nancy’s health condition required a one plane back raising motion so her head moving first would not tip her chin forward and cause discomfort.
Jim secured the foot stopper. You will note that the inner slats had sufficient air gap from the inner wall of the Airstream.
A good shot of the overall bed. You can see the locations of the white transformer under the knees and the black receiver control box under the mid-section slats. The red plastic covers in the center are to protect the spinning steels shafts from rubbing against an errant hand! The control box is secured so it will not move when the Airstream is in motion. To make the curvature of the inner sections, we had to use several slat holster parts from another suspension. (These are the red and gray holders).
Finally, the bed is raised with the custom mattress in place!
The bed completely in the flat position.