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Old 09-06-2011, 09:09 PM   #1
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Inflatable bed

Has anyone had problems with their inflatable sofa bed staying inflated? We have used ours twice. The first time it was great, the second night it continually deflated!!! Can't see any rips or holes and can't hear any air leaking. I'm stumped and frustrated!

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Old 09-06-2011, 09:41 PM   #2
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I had the same problem.

Our guest sat on the front edge of the mattress with the round black dump valve and inadvertently pushed in the yellow deflation tab inside. The black cap was slightly loose and no matter how hard we pumped the mattress, it deflated slowly at night.

I finally ordered a replacement from Flair (75 bucks for a queen including pump and storage bag - a GREAT deal for an out of warranty item).

Shortly after I ordered it I found the culprit.

Last year I made a puncture and fixed it with a radial bike tire patch using the instructions on the card and it still works great.


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Old 11-10-2011, 04:11 PM   #3
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We have had the same problem with our new fifth wheel Rockwood 8280WS. I could not find anything damaged and despite the regular decrease in inflation due to the drop in tempature during the night, it lost almost all of it's air over a 8 hour time period. I feel that the built-in air pump and it's inflate/deflate valve was the problem. Rather than ad air during the night or try to get it replaced under the warranty, I elected to purchase a regular Coleman Queen size air mattress that does not have a built-in air pump. I have used the new Coleman air mattress for over a month and no problem.
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:40 PM   #4
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I just got our 2011 back from the dealer for some warranty repairs. One thing that I had issue with involved the air mattress bag. They gave me a new bag but instructed me not to store it in the sofa as designed. The reason was that it pinches the mattress and causes leaks. This is a disappointment to us as we liked the feature. I am contacting FR to work out a solution.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:21 PM   #5
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I hope you have as good of a response from Forest River as I have received from them. We got this full packet of information on most of the materials used on our fifth wheel when we picked it up. One of the few items we did not get any info on was the sofa/bed. I do not know who made it. I to liked the storage bag attached to the sofa and now use it for the Coleman bed I replaced the defective unit with. I do not like the air bed with the built in air pump. I has to many places to develope leaks. The Coleman unit is simple and has a double seal air valve that I like.
Also if it ever fails, which most air beds will, it can be replaced with a new one at a very small cost almost anywhere a person is staying.

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Old 11-10-2011, 09:33 PM   #6
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Have not even tried ours yet.
hmmmmmmmmm maybe I should.
I believe ours stores in a bag to.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:36 AM   #7
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Interesting. We never tried ours. I will have to try it in the spring when we go out.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:43 AM   #8
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Mine worked perfect this year. The sofa/air mattress was used about 16 times with no problems. Every time I respond this way I get nervous.

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Old 11-11-2011, 06:46 PM   #9
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Why are they using inflated beds in trailers. We had some inflated beds when we camped with tents and I found that they were the most unconfortables beds to own and they dont keep their air. When it is cold the pressure is too low and when it is hot they get overinflated. What a pain!!!!
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:55 PM   #10
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I would quess that the reason for switching from a regular sofa/bed with a mattress like the one we had is our 1997 Mobile Scout 33RK is as with everything today, "cheaper to build-less cost for materials".

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