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Old 02-10-2016, 07:47 PM   #1
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Replacing couch inflatable bed

So we've got a 2013 Denali 262rlx. It has a couch that unfolds into a bed configuration with an inflatable mattress stowed behind the couch when not in use.

We have only ever used this twice, and have already gotten a pretty big hold in the bottom of it, from what I'm assuming was it catching on one of the staples or something that holds the underbelly of the couch together.

Anyways, to replace one of these (because they are a special RV size vs. normal air mattress) I'm looking at nearly $200! Considering air mattresses in general are poorly built, easily can get holes in them, lose air overnight when temps change, and require a form of power to inflate, I'm seriously considering just spending that same amount of money (or less) in purchasing a tri-fold memory foam mattress. Ideally I could find something that will fold down to a size I can stow under my queen in the master bedroom, and pull out when we need it.

My question is, have any of you done this? Seems like it would work pretty well, with the exception of finding a place to store it when not in use. I have also noticed that the newer trailers seem to be redesigned with these foam mattresses over air which is a good thing, and my guess is they have found the same issue I'm running into.

Anyways, any input would be appreciated! Thanks!!

5th Wheel: 2013 Denali 262RLX
Pull Vehicle: 2006 Chevy 2500HD Duramax, CCSB
Hitch: Reese 16k
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Old 02-11-2016, 02:08 PM   #2
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I'm not a fan of those tri-fold foam matteresses, they tend to have the cheaper foam that doesn't last long. Plus the storage of them takes alot more storage room than the air mattress.

Haven't looked at how wide the couch is vs a Big Box store air bed is, but for a tenth of the price of an RV air bed I would make one fit.

Ours was the fold out couch that we gutted and replaced the platform with a 3/4" plywood trap door and turned it into storage for the dogs food.

We still have the air mattress in the box it came in, that we'll most likely never use but if we need it, it will fit on the floor in front of the couch.

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