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Old 05-06-2012, 05:06 AM   #1
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How would you compare the jack knife bed with the air bed for comfort????


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Old 05-06-2012, 07:08 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by zoote2
How would you compare the jack knife bed with the air bed for comfort????

IMHO, the electric air bed is far more comfortable but I am on the edge of geezerhood with a bad back. The jack knife is handier so I guess the answer on which to buy depends on who is going to sleep on it, young folks or those of us with more life experience (read; with a few aches and pains).

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Old 05-06-2012, 07:28 AM   #3
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We have both, have never slept on either, but there can't be any comparison. It's obvious that the air bed would be far more comfortable. The adult son of a friend with the same air bed recently stayed with his dad and commented that the bed was among the most comfortable he'd ever slept in.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:57 AM   #4
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We just got a new couch with air bed in this new to us RV.

Because (apparently) I snore louder than a freight train, I decided to give my wife a break last outing and try the air bed.

I can't say it was "uncomfortable" but it wasn't our bed!

I never slept on the jack-knife sofa we had in our other coach, but I still have an opinion on both. Both RV's had the couch in the living room slide.

I liked the convenience of the jackknife couch as well as the minimal space it took. My daughter slept on it without complaint, although as a teenager, I probably could have hung her upside down by her feet and she would have slept. The jackknife just worked well and you could move around the coach when opened.

The hide-a-bed/air mattress opens too far out and no one can move about. If a couple were to stay, the person on the dash side has to crawl over the other person to go to the washroom. If my daughter opens the bed while we are all watching a movie, I'm pinned against the door wall in the arm chair and have to climb over the bed to get to the kitchen. For the most part, we don't like the hide-a-bed for these reasons. The other thing I have heard is that the air mattress is susceptible to losing air. I've heard the guys in the RV store I deal with, tell customers to go buy a Colemen air mattress and send them the bill.

We have been looking at selling ours even though it's an Ultra Leather model thats only been used twice and replacing with a jackknife.

My $0.02.
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I slept on both and cannot find either one very comfortable, That's why I built my own.


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Old 05-17-2012, 05:12 AM   #6
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We have a View with the jackknife sofa. We place a 2 1/2 inch foam topper on it when we sleep. Works pretty good. When not in use, we roll it up and place it in the upper bunk.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:03 PM   #7
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I slept on both and cannot find either one very comfortable, That's why I built my own.


Do you use the Froli Sleep System under your mattress?

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