Purpose of velcro strips
I also just purchased a Crusader 294 though haven't picked it up yet. When I was shopping, the sales guy showed me the Velcro on the couch cushions. If you open up the couch cushions and line up the Velcro, the cushions stick together to create a mini-mattress - not big enough for an adult to sleep on but I imagine an adult could sleep on the pull-out and a 5 year old could nap/sleep on the mini-mattress. Or, if you're a floor sitter like me, it alleviates the need to pack a bean bag, LOL!
Hope this helps!