Winnebago Rest-Easy Recliners & TVs
The good: We are about to get back into RV living. We love the 2013 Adventurer 37F floor-plan, particularly the dinette with the big 40" TV that rises up out of it and the seating DIRECTLY across from it.
Ok, I'll admit it; when I'm not working, I'm often a Couch Potato and my back appreciates a comfortable recliner. Our single most important must-have for our new MH purchase will be a congenial, reclining option for watching a big screen TV (directly on, not one of those crane your neck to look off to the side deals; and not looking at a TV which is at an oblique angle).
Area for Improvement: We've only been able to sit in a Rest-Easy double-reclining sofa/bed one time, but it was pretty difficult to settle in and get comfortable. One problem: the low-rise back cushion means your head is not supported when you recline. We tried moving all sorts of cushions around from the RV to prop up our heads but couldn't get it quite right (I'm sure the sales people loved seeing us leave!).
Also, we're not very sure about the lumbar support over the long haul.
We actually thought of having the factory (or someone) just haul away the factory seating and bolt down a couple of consumer recliners; but I know this wouldn't be so good for resale (and, heck, we MIGHT just convince the kids and grand kids to come visit and don't want to make them sleep on the floor! -- Also, what about seatbelts??)
Suggestion to Winnebago: I know that it's tricky to engineer a double-recliner that is comfortable as a recliner first and foremost (think La-z-Boy) but also provides emergency sleeping for guests; but I KNOW Winnebago can do it if they apply their best minds to it. Maybe a lot of potential customers will be embarrassed to confess this, but I bet a lot of folks secretly share this priority. Find yourselves an ergonomics consultant with a specialization in seating (if you don't already have one on staff) and delight us -- please!
Otherwise, any Winnebago customers have any tips/solutions?
P.S. When I say "big" TV, I base my ideal requirement on the widely cited SMPTE recommendation for optimum HDTV viewing: a 30-degree viewing angle, which translates to a distance from the TV of 1.6 times the diagonal size of the TV. So, for the 37F's 40" tv, that would be optimal at 5.3 feet away.
I'm guessing the actual viewing distance with sliders out is a little more than 8 feet. Thus, an ideal TV size for the 37F, according to the SMPTE standard, would be 60". Unlikely, I know, but just sayin...
P.P.S. Another widely-cited industry standard is for 20-degree viewing angle or 2.5 times the diagonal TV size. A 40" TV at 20 degrees is just about 8 feet; If I can get a comfortable reclining experience with a direct-on view of the TV, I'm sure I'll be happy with the nice 40" TV!