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Old 11-06-2020, 09:24 AM   #1
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Default 2021 BT Cruiser 5210 TV bunk to Bed/storage tips

HI All!

We bought a 2021 BT Cruiser 5210 with Sofa and Dinette option. This is my first RV purchase, but I have rented few times mostly from Cruise America. We are a family of four with two kids, 8 and 2 years old. We bought this RV so that we can have nice features while on road, friends can join us, and probably we will never camp in a single place for days due to my work. So sleeping area is not a concern for me.

I am thinking whether to custom modify the bunk TV entertainment center to a small bunk bed where a kid can sleep or a bigger storage space, and fit the TV with swivel on the side. At the time of purchase, I called BT Cruiser, if they can do this, but they said, they won't be able to do it.

Need some tips from you, if this is some thing I can consider to do.

Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2020, 06:46 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the community.

I am just beginning the project of opening my BT5245 overhead TV cabinet space. There is a tremendous amount of unused space up there. I will be doing the carpentry over the winter.

You can get a small kid up there. The extra storage will be well worth the effort as well.

Here is a link to another posting that has already done the project:
https://www.gsowners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6786

Thread title:
Hey-lam, new 2020 bt cruiser 5210

He has done a tremendous amount of work on his 5210 and you will have to go to page 3 of the thread to see a picture and description of his TV cabinet project.

The pink fiberglass will have to come out as any floating exposed fibers are a health hazard. I am investigating some alternatives for noise deadening and minimize heat penetration.

I would be interested in your approach as well.
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Old 11-16-2020, 08:35 AM   #3
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Than you Sir!

I am not skilled to do it myself like BT5210 member. Since the space is encouraging to start, I might work with some custom RV folks in Indiana, to get an estimate for adding bunk with full finishing and insulation. It might take a month for me to start on this, I will keep this thread updated.
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Old 12-10-2020, 04:24 PM   #4
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I spoke to Gulf stream reps and they said 5210 has a structural limitation in adding sleeping area on the cab over entertainment center. So, the best I can do is, open up the TV panel area, make it as a swing door with lock, and use the space behind as bedding storage like another user did here.
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Old 01-10-2021, 11:09 AM   #5
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Default Over cab storage area

Hey there
Iíve spent the past few months doing a total renovation on our BT cruiser...once completed Iíll add the whole project, but for now just wanted to show you a quick before and after of our over cab area. Ours is a 2003. It is possible to remove everything- just be careful to observe how all the screws are drilled so you can undo them without too much damage to any timber you may want to reuse. I was able to reuse all the framing and then added sliding doors on rails attached to the back of the frame - the storage behind there is huge! and we will use it to store all our bedding, handheld vac and our Bluetooth cycle helmets, for charging (thereís a power outlet back there).
We donít really care to watch tv - even at home - (prefer Netflix, so weíll just download to our iPad instead) We removed the enormous 39Ē tv to sell, and have fully utilized the previously wasted space.
Good luck with your project! Donít be intimidated - itís very satisfying to reclaim all that unused real estate!
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