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Old 09-04-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Air beds ( To: RV Guy )

RV Guy, Any reason for the use of air beds in the RV industry besides weight cuts and cost. I have an air bed, the mattress lasted one year and developed a leak at the inflation seam. I have not owned an air mattress that has lasted much over two years, when I camped in a tent. I new when I bought this trailer, the mattress would not last long. As a RV manufacture, you would think one would know, they have a high failure rate!! So, lets take a pole.......who would like to see the knife or hide-a-bed couches come back....... I for one would..............

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Old 09-04-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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IMO, I'm good with the air bed. More uncomfortable to me. Repairing them is not too hard. Replacing if needed is not that expensive. If need be you can get one that will work at Wal-Mart.

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Old 09-04-2012, 03:59 PM   #3
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We just purchased a Windjammer 3008W and have the same concerns about the air bed. Because our daughter has an Acquired Brain Injury, she sleeps in the bed room. My wife and I are regulated to the air bed. No good, as I'm heavier, the slopes my way. We have adjusted with a small foam on her side, but, still not the best. I'm wondering if I could replace the current sofa with a pull out that has a regular mattress. It would have be a similar weight. We plan on spending over two month in the WJ in Texas this winter. Yes, we should have purchased a different WJ, but, loved the layout in the 3008W.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:09 PM   #4
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I would think the "similar weight" would be the problem when replacing the couch. I have also heard of people using two twin air bed mattress to get rid of the slope problem. I'm not sure how that works because two twins are wider than that queen...

Hope you can find a solution...
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #5
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We are fine with the air mattress. Friends have commented that they like it better. We place a comforter between the couch and frame to prevent damage and remove it and fold it up for storage.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:39 PM   #6
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We like the air mattress and have used it when we have guests with the dog on board. The guests get the master bedroom so the dog won't bother them if she needs a "night out."

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Old 09-04-2012, 06:47 PM   #7
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I have always found air mattresses to be decidely more comfortable than a foam hide-a-bed or jacknife sofa. Repairs are often possible, in my experience. When we realized the Windjammer 3008W had a full queen air mattress, we were very happy that we'd have a nice second bed. I actually think the mattress in our 3008W rivals the main bed for comfort.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:53 PM   #8
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MY son and daughter-in -law used our air mattress for the first time this weekend. The wife and I were concerned it might be uncomfortable. Our son stated that "it was the most comfortable air mattress he has slept on". That said, for now, we are happy with the air mattress.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:42 PM   #9
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Our air bed failed the first night we used it. The dealer replaced it but I'm still skeptical about it. I never had much luck with them no matter how much we spent on one when tent camping. I did lay on it and it did feel comfortable. With that said I would rather see a thin mattress instead that would fold out with the bed. We have one in our stick house and the mattress isn't much heavier if at all than the air bed mattress. heck it's only 4" thick.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:00 AM   #10
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Just bought a 2011 with air mattress. I was concerned about guests falling into the big hole between the sofa back and the bed frame. We inflated it today and both climbed aboard. The mattress is plenty stiff to cover the hole and seemed very comfortable. First problem was checking the valve on the built in pump (it was open) while filling with the battery pump. Without AC power the battery pump seems to work fine. Will check the inflated mattress in the morning to see how it hold air. Suggest making sure the mattress is warm before inflating, keeping pets and other sharp objects from the mattress and using a mattress pad between the bottom sheet and the mattress. We don't often have guests sleep over so the occasional use should be supported by this mattress.

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