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Old 11-11-2016, 01:56 PM   #1
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Fold & tumble or Jack knife

Having finalized our order for a DSDP 4018, we are still debating over the sofa.
We want the fireplace, so only one recliner, but feel the L shaped sofa is a little restrictive. We are told that we can have a straight sofa in place of the L shape & that it can be a fold & tumble or jack knife bed. I have seen lots of posts over the relative comfort of these two beds, but we never have sleep over guests so the bed is not an issue to us. However, I can't find any discussion over the relative comfort as a sofa. Does anyone have experience of both?
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Old 11-11-2016, 05:21 PM   #2
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We had a jack knife in the last two coaches This 14 MA we got a sofa instead we do miss the jack knife we always used it when one of us was ill. Thinking about replacing the sofa with one in the future
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Old 11-11-2016, 07:00 PM   #3
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The fold and tumble opens up to a queen size bed with an air mattress and pump built in. It is larger when opened and more comfortable to sleep on, than the jackknife sofa.


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Old 11-12-2016, 08:39 AM   #5
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Aa a sofa to sit on...
A few of us that were at the Hershey RV show & comparing Dutch Star notes,.

For some reason one coach the sofa was a little more comfortable than the other coach. We found ourselves walking as a group between 2 Dutch Stars doing just that - comparing comfort of sofas.

It was Michelle Howard from Newmar that pointed out that one was a Jack Knife & the other was a Flop Out.

We found that the Jack Knife was more comfortable to sit on than the Flop Out. When sitting on the Flop Out you can feel the inner workings through the cushioning towards either end.

Four of us purchased Dutch Stars that day at Hershey & three of us went with the Jack Knife just for the comfort as a sofa with no regard to how it works as a bed. One had to go with the Flop Out as he needed it as a bed for the kids & the Jack Knife did not work for him.

Both are nice. Do the sit test for yourself and decide.
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I have the jack knife and it is very comfortable.
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Old 11-13-2016, 08:53 PM   #7
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The queen size hida-bed, or fold out was right for us. Much larger and comfortable when used for sleeping. Our air mattress power fills and power deflates as well as folds up with the bed. Bedding is much easier to find with the queen size.

Do not notice any discomfort when sitting. Ours is a Flex-steel and even when sitting next to the arm I do not feel the foundation. I am not a small person either.

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