We are picking up our 2018 25.3 in a couple of weeks and I had the exact same question. I don't see us raising the bed except for driving and with the slide in the pad is useless. Seems like a good place for something flat like a camp table that would not fit in a bin. Bedding storage sounds good too. I was going to make a 1x4 frame just to keep things from sliding around. Does anyone see any issues?
2018 Axis 25.3
Previous trailers: 2016 Wildwood X-lite 231RKXL, 1998 Thor Tahoe Lite 19UD, 1990 Starcraft Meteor tent trailer.