Here is something I have been kicking around ever since I saw a coach with ''slide outs''.
I want everyone to think about this and tell me why it will not work.
I assume everone knows what a Murphy Bed is. It is a bed that folds up into a large closet that is attached to a wall. It does this for the sake of ''space saving'' inside a small room. I personally have seen them a long time ago up in Md.
Ok. everyone stay with me now ….
Most of us have a coach with a queen bed in the back. This bed is handy for sleeping, storing stuff under and throwing stuff on top of it occasionally. In my coach this is the primary purpose for the bed in back. When we travel it is rare that Willa or myself go back for a ''nap'' during travel. If Willa wants to take a nap she will sack out on the sofa or will ''seatbelt''' herself in the passenger chair, kick her feet up on the dash and lean the chair back and take a nap. Logically our ''bed in the back'' is almost completely useless when we are ''on the road''................... Ok here comes the hard thinking part...
One. It is possible to put a ''slide out'' on the back of a coach. I know this to be true because I saw a small coach with one on the ''back'' They are making trailers with slide outs on the ''back of the trailer'' also.
Two ….. By putting a slide out on the back of a coach you should be able to make the overall length of the coach SHORTER.... Possibly shorter by the length of the queen size bed which is 6 feet......
Three. Now your question is ''Where is the bed going to go when the slide is closed???????”
Four ….. Good question …. Here is the answer …..........
Five. … The ''bed'' would fold up into a box attached to the back wall. It would have a ''latching devise'' that would secure the bed in the vertical position and it could be lifted using hydrolyics or cable or some suitable devise for the purpose. (this could be worked out)
Six.... Here is what you would lose using this method.
A. you would lose the stowage space under the bed
B. you would lose the stowage space on top of the bed where you usually throw stuff because you are too lazy to put it away properly.
- You would lose the capability of ''laying on the bed while traveling down the road'' . This may not be the ''best idea'' anyhow because if the driver hits the breaks in an emergency situation and you are in the middle of the bed you could come forward like a cannon ball.
- If you wanted or needed to take a nap at a rest area you would have to extend the slide out on the back of the coach and fold the bed down and take your nap or ''what ever''.
E. I know one of you ''wisecrackers'' is going to tell me about ''Baby Hubert'' that takes naps while you are hauling him and his mother down to Disney World with you and your wife and it is essential that you have the ''Back Bed Room'' so ''Baby Hubert'' can take his nap on the road and my idea sucks...... Well, that is ok with me because I wasnt talking to you anyhow because I know that no one can please everbody, so I dont even try....
This is just an idea that I have kicked around for a long time and I have wanted to get other opinions on it...... Feel free to write your answers and comments , GOOD OR BAD concerning this and I will choose to answer them or ignore them at my pleasure ….
Seajay the sailor man
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ps. If you come up with a good idea concerning this I will be glad to pay you ten cents when I patten this idea and sell it to Fleetwood Motor Coaches.