Originally Posted by edmonh
Thanks everyone! I really like the 38a, but I'm leaning towards the 400BH. I like the living space and as silly as it sounds the refrigerator that comes with it. I really want the ice and water center, lol.
We have the Berkshire XL 40BH 380 with 3 kids and overall we are very happy with it, and I do recommend it for a family of five. There are so many positives that outweigh the negatives I'm going to share with you. I just want to give you the benefit of our first-hand knowledge of the "sleepers" as labeled in the Berk materials so that you don't fall victim to the same misunderstanding and suffer the same disappointment that we did. In my opinion, there needs to be a standard for manufacturers/dealers to label something as a "sleeper."
We read all of the brochures, talked to multiple dealers, and were very excited about what we thought was a unit that would comfortably sleep all of our children into adulthood and their occasional guests. However, at our PDI, we were very disappointed when we opened the L-shaped sofa and love seat. Based on their descriptions as sleepers, we had expected to be able to comfortably sleep at least one teen/adult on them. This is not possible. My son is too big at 4 to sleep on the love seat. It is a jacknife versus an airbed (which it should be and which we were told it was by a major dealer in TX) and the dimensions are absurd for it to be labeled a "sleeper." The L-shaped sofa may be able to sleep a child until 10ish. It jacknifes to a very short depth (about the same as the love seat pictured) and you can really only sleep along the length of the outer wall until the curve. Most older children and adults cannot fit. You can choose an air bed option versus the L-shaped sofa to correct this, but you lose the benefit of better TV viewing and more seating in doing so. The choice between the L-shaped for relaxing in the evening or the sofa bed for sleeping is a personal one, but I just wanted you to know not to trust the "sleeper" labels as I wish I had before making our purchase.
With all of that said, I have not yet found a MH that offers perfection and the 40BH is a wonderful choice. If they'd convert either one of the jackknives into folding airbeds the 40BH would be as close as you can get to perfect for our family. The way it is we make due. With the L portion of the sofa pushed in at bedtime, there is room to inflate and use a twin airbed on the floor. My son uses a toddler bed that fits inside the L space now, and we have the airbed for guests and for him when he gets older.
Now if only they'd make those changes and retrofit my unit!
I hope that this will be helpful to you in making your decision and/or setting your expectations.
Enjoy yours when you get it,