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dodge guy

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Posted: 08/04/20 05:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn't want a Murphy bed in an RV or even in my home. They make no sense. I was watching an RV show and a young couple was going to be full time RVing and wanted a 22ft classB with a Murphy bed. They found one but when it was out it blocked the door for the fridge.

Yes, they don't make them because 99.9% of the buyers don't want them.


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generaly most rv ceilings are not tall enough for a north sought murphy bed, so that leavs you with a east west so one side of the bed is inaccessable with out crawling over your partner. Most people dont want this and they want a bedroom they can just close away and not have to make up to use the table or the couch and so on. I know I bought a bunkhouse that has its own room so the kids can sleep or what ever while I am in the kitchen doing stuff.

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We forewent the Murphy bed for a dedicated walk around queen. Didn’t want to lose the pass through, the hassle of putting it up and down, and it looked like I’d be fixing it later on as the one we saw wasn’t the best built thing.
We don’t need a couch. Our u-shaped dinette works if we have to be inside.


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I wish our Bungalow came with a Murphy bed in the master bedroom. Ours is a bunkhouse, so the living space is not optimal. It would be nice to have a Murphy bed that was either a bed or when it was pushed up, a sofa was there. I work out of the TT, so being in the main living area can be distracting some times.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

IDman wrote:

People don't like them.

Yes, people vote with their pocket book, but WHY ?

Probably because opening/closing a Murphy bed is as much fun as setting up and taking down a dinette or jackknife couch.
They're okay for occasional use but, if you need it every day it gets real old, real quick.

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gbopp wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

IDman wrote:

People don't like them.

Yes, people vote with their pocket book, but WHY ?

Probably because opening/closing a Murphy bed is as much fun as setting up and taking down a dinette or jackknife couch.
They're okay for occasional use but, if you need it every day it gets real old, real quick.


Actually, quite the contrary. I sell a lot of condos that have murphy beds. Counterbalanced properly, they are VERY easy to open, and close, and can be fully made up when closed, so they're immediately ready to sleep when opened up -- not so with a dinette conversion or jack knife sofa in an RV for sure!!


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Especially on shorter (<22') trailers. It seems like a natural to me.

Is it because you lose the under bed storage ?
Because they are uncomfortable as a bed or a couch, just a guess.

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colliehauler wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Especially on shorter (<22') trailers. It seems like a natural to me.

Is it because you lose the under bed storage ?
Because they are uncomfortable as a bed or a couch, just a guess.


a murphy bed is NOT a couch. It's a regular bed that folds up against a wall. The one in my brothers winni has a very nice comfortable couch in front of the murphy bed, couch folds over, murphy bed comes down, easy access from either side, as comfortable as any short queen RV bed. Uses a typical RV short queen mattress.

you do give up underbed storage, but in a small trailer gain a nice couch in addition to the dinette.

Now a jacknife sofa, another story. doesn't usually make a good couch or good bed.


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ktmrfs wrote:

colliehauler wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Especially on shorter (<22') trailers. It seems like a natural to me.

Is it because you lose the under bed storage ?
Because they are uncomfortable as a bed or a couch, just a guess.


a murphy bed is NOT a couch. It's a regular bed that folds up against a wall. The one in my brothers winni has a very nice comfortable couch in front of the murphy bed, couch folds over, murphy bed comes down, easy access from either side, as comfortable as any short queen RV bed. Uses a typical RV short queen mattress.

you do give up underbed storage, but in a small trailer gain a nice couch in addition to the dinette.

Now a jacknife sofa, another story. doesn't usually make a good couch or good bed.
I have no experience with them, the one I seen the mattress folded over to make a couch of a daytime.

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A Murphy bed is not anything like the crummy and lumpy beds that come in couches. With a foam matress pad, mine is very comfortable. I sleep out there often. I can have a couch if I want one. This whole package fits nicely in a 24 foot trailer. It is what I have always wanted.

I will be sleeping out there again tonight with the full moon a the owls.

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