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Old 07-14-2018, 01:04 PM   #1
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Twin beds or King Bed

We just sold our A122, and are looking to replace it with a A213HW/T21TBHW.

Our initial feelings are that we like the twin bed setup during the day for lounging or napping when we have to stay inside, and the king bed at night (I'm kind of wide body so turning over on the narrow "twin" beds while sleeping might be an adventure).

For those of you who have this model, is the transition from twin beds to king on a daily basis more trouble than it's worth?

We expect we'll need a mattress topper to make the beds usable for the night. Or have the OEM mattresses improved in the last 5 years?

If you use toppers, where do you store the topper(s) when in the twin bed configuration?

Do you use a single king topper, or 2 or 3 separate toppers?

We are just looking for ideas on how to approach these issues. In worst case, we'll just leave it as a king, and use the dinette for any sitting. The advantage over our A122 is that the bed(s) can be used lengthwise (we're both under 6ft) so I don't have to crawl over the wife to get out of the bed.

The installed cassette toilet is a requirement when the pit/vault potties in many Colorado campgrounds are unsafe for my wife to use while chemo is messing with her immune system.

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Old 07-14-2018, 08:02 PM   #2
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We use the king bed exclusively. I would think transitioning back and forth daily would be difficult.

If we have to hang out in the camper my wife usually sits/lies on the bed and I sit at the dinet. But that only happens in an extreme downpour or I'm waiting for the sun to come up.

We use a memory foam topper. A California King fits perfectly horizontally. We do sleep front to back, I guess you could call it vertical. I'm 5' 10" and there is just enough room.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:07 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response and your ideas. We'll probably experiment when we take delivery. Can't wait to go camping again.

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Old 07-15-2018, 01:46 AM   #4
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We just leave ours in the king bed configuration permanently. We added a mattress topper and it made a huge difference. The space under the bed is great for storage when not using the AC. The black and yellow storage tote from Costco fits perfectly and then a small trashcan will also fit. We use the storage tote as our dry food pantry. I put a tension curtain rod across the opening to keep it all from sliding out.
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So far only out twice with it. Twin bed both times, we didn't want to block the airflow. We may try it out once we figure out the cooling process.
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:52 PM   #6
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We have the T21TBHW and convert the bed back and forth, it's nice to have the twin configuration set up during the day. It's nice to have the twin setup for napping & allows for good air flow for the AC and more floor space if forced inside during a rain storm. To change the bed configuration back and forth is not that difficult and if you leave the bed in "king" position it's difficult to get to the drawers between the bunks. At first I thought we would leave it set up as a "king" but learned early on that it's better to have the extra space during the day.
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We have the T21TBHW and convert the bed back and forth, it's nice to have the twin configuration set up during the day. It's nice to have the twin setup for napping & allows for good air flow for the AC and more floor space if forced inside during a rain storm. To change the bed configuration back and forth is not that difficult and if you leave the bed in "king" position it's difficult to get to the drawers between the bunks. At first I thought we would leave it set up as a "king" but learned early on that it's better to have the extra space during the day.

Agreed on the desirability of the twin setup during the day.

Do you use a topper(s) at night?

What size sheets and bedding do you use?

Where do you store the center cushions during the day?

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Old 07-15-2018, 06:04 PM   #8
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We use the twin bed setup exclusively. We did get a king topper and cut it into 3 pieces so that if we ever want to bring the middle sections we have a topper for it. My DH is 6' and 200 lbs. He said he sleeps just fine in the twin. I just can't imagine where to put and store the middle cushions and topper every day. But for a good nights sleep, I am sure you can figure something out.
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:19 PM   #9
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I'm close 300lbs and 5'9". I have no problem turning or sleeping on the twin in our 2017 T21TBHW with a 3" topper. The newer mattresses in the twin bed models are suppose to be memory foam.
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We use the twin bed setup exclusively. We did get a king topper and cut it into 3 pieces so that if we ever want to bring the middle sections we have a topper for it. My DH is 6' and 200 lbs. He said he sleeps just fine in the twin. I just can't imagine where to put and store the middle cushions and topper every day. But for a good nights sleep, I am sure you can figure something out.
The center piece doubles as a back rest during the day to convert the beds to a couch. The small table does the same. We normally put long one on the door side and the small one on the sink side during the day and lean them in the door when sleeping.
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