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Old 05-18-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Air mattress over the jack knife?

Hey all!

I hate the feel of the jack knife sofa to sleep on. I am not sleeping on it, DC (dear cousin) will be on our trip to Colorado. (I just bought a new mattress for me and the babies back in the bedroom)

Is there a smaller air mattress that might could go over the top of the jack knife that's easily inflated for night?

She slept on it before, but I know its not comfortable for her. Maybe the dinette sleeper is more comfortable.....

Future plans on the wish list: Get rid of that space gobbling jack knife sofa and the dinette, replace the jack knife with a real fold out sofa and the dinette with a stationary sofa and removable pole/table.....

In the mean time, anybody have any experience with this?

Is there a smaller air mattress that might could go over the top of the jack knife that's easily inflated for night?
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Wish I could trade with you! I had a jack knife and was so glad when I bought my new RV to have a fold out bed. Well it's just as uncomfortable- added a plastic sheet thing under mattress and it helps some. My biggest complaint is I have to have the slide out to open up bed and with other I didn't. Hope you find something that works.
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Try a forum search; someone posted about an alternative mattress for a fold out recently that sounded pretty good...sorry can't remember who posted.
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Try a forum search; someone posted about an alternative mattress for a fold out recently that sounded pretty good...sorry can't remember who posted.
I saw that too, but it was for a fold out mattress.....I think....will go back and see if I can find it...Thanks!
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Wish I could trade with you! I had a jack knife and was so glad when I bought my new RV to have a fold out bed. Well it's just as uncomfortable- added a plastic sheet thing under mattress and it helps some. My biggest complaint is I have to have the slide out to open up bed and with other I didn't. Hope you find something that works.
Well that is something I hadn't considered.....hmmm.....I havent had the jack knife laid out when traveling, but sure could do that if I wanted to....hmmmm interesting....Thanks for the info....
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Try a forum search; someone posted about an alternative mattress for a fold out recently that sounded pretty good...sorry can't remember who posted.
Here it is....but its too expensive......

https://www.airdream.net/air-dream-m...af5a268a79dc45
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What are the dimensions of the sofa laid flat? Would a twin size air mattress fit?

Walmart.com: Texsport Deluxe Twin Size Air Bed: Camping

Cheap enough that you won't cry when it leaks. (Not IF, when) I've used them, they are way better than any sleeper/sofa I've ever tried.
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On our wb33 winnebago - we have the same problem with the jack knife sleeper. We plan on going away next weekend and are going to use the air mattress we have had for the last 6 years or so. It has an attached pump that inflates it and can be used to deflate it also. It's a fair size single and will fit on the sofa. Wifey bought it from QVC for about $70 back then.
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How about a foam topper they sell them at Walmart.
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have just the answer we got excersise mats at (they fold in 1/2) sport stores
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i put a futon matt on mine works pretty good
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A regular twin size air mattress at Walmart for 8.99 and a 14.00 pump fits almost perfectly on the jack knife sofa..... Problem solved!
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Air Dream

WE have the fold out (jack knife) type also. Tried a few inflateables and the jacknife cut them to shreads. I was of the opinion that I should use a queen size mattress when actually it was for a full size mattress. The mattress should lay between the jack knife sides ergo the full size mattress.
When you do get that Air Dream you will love the mattress. But the jack knifes are still there and can still cut the Air Dream mattress (it did on mine and I had to put a patch on it).
We used some heavy duty vinyl material that we got at Jo-Ann's Fabric and laid it over the jack knife sections (doubled up under the mattress). Now I get no complaints from our guests (usually our relatives) who we want to stay for a couple of days or more.
If we have guests we don't want to stay for a while we will consider putting the old mattress on!!!!
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I have a jack knife on my MH. It is fine when small kids are travelling with us. However it is uncomfortable for adults. So we bought and Aero bed. It is fully inflated in less then 2 minutes and will un-inflate in he same time. I put it infront of the sofa and there is plenty of room (slides have to be out). It solved our problems and now no one complains.
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