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Old 03-01-2010, 04:34 AM   #1
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Questions about mattress change in 40PDQ

We have a 2006 Diplomat with the 40PDQ floor plan. First let me preference this by stating I am not interested in Sleep Number or sugestions on what type of mattress. We already have the mattress and I know for a fact that it does not make my back hurt because we have slept on it for ten years. We purchased a new mattress for the house and I would like to exchange the one in the Diplomat for the old one from the stick house. The mattress in the Diplomat makes my back hurt even with the memory foam on top.

My question is can we simply carry the old mattress out the door of the 40PDQ and bring the new one in the same way? Do we need to remove the passenger chair? I assume we would need all the slides open. Has anyone done this on a 40PDQ?

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Old 03-01-2010, 06:52 AM   #2
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A mattress should bend 30-40 degrees without harm. We changed ours with no problems.
Keep in mind that the "old mattress" will not be the same when installed on a board rather than an innerspring as in the house.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:28 AM   #3
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We swapped ours out. The king mattress from the house was a little wider than the one in the coach. You just have to be careful when you lift the bed so you don't hit the window valance. I also changed the position of the lift cylinders to make lifting the bed easier. I moved the bottom mount so the lift cylinder is at a right angle with the mattress platform.
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Bob....We installed a nice queen pillow top mattress in our coach and it was no big issue. It was heavy and awkward, but it passed right through the door and bent around the passenger seat.

I did add an additional piston to the bed support to lift the heavier mattress. I also installed a drop down brace to support the bed when I'm removing items.



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We also took our mattres out of our 40PDQ with no problem.
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I always thought I would use the emergency exit window if I wanted to replace our mattress. I guess it depends how wide your window frames are...
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I always thought I would use the emergency exit window if I wanted to replace our mattress. I guess it depends how wide your window frames are...
deadeye...I don't think a mattress would fit through our Emergency window We also took the old mattress out through the door. We bought one of the tempurpedic mattresses at Costco. It came in a box...which made it easier to get in the coach in some respects...but it was also awkward due to the heaviness. I doubt we will ever own another type of mattress



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We changed our queen matress with a queen from our home. The configuration of our bedroom with slideout meant we had to lift the matress up at the foot fwd corner so the slideout would close. Due to the matress was about 5" longer. Had no problem bending the matresses to fit out the doors. We have since replaced that matress also with a foam type made for the RV. Much better than either of the matresses we formerly had.
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Thanks to all those who replied. I have one of my son-in-laws scheduled to come over this Saturday to help me make the exchange. I just wanted to may sure everything would be ready for the exchange before he gets here.

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If you slide the front curbside chair as far back as possible and raise 1 of the 2 arms, this should maximize your space. Good luck!
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Bob,

Put both Driver and Passenger seats back as far as possible and recline the seat backs as far backward as possible. Take the mattress straight in the door all the way to the Driver's side so it rests on the floor between the steering wheel and the bottom of the Drivers seat. Then just lift one end over the seats, pivot the mattress and carry it straight down the hall to the bedroom. Go all the way to the end, pivot it and drop.
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You probably won't need to remove the passenger seat but if you do, it's no real problem. There are four bolts that hold it down and a single 12V power plug. i had mine out to resolve a footrest problem and it was fairly simple. It's heave and unwieldy but not complicated.
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Bob,

Put both Driver and Passenger seats back as far as possible and recline the seat backs as far backward as possible. Take the mattress straight in the door all the way to the Driver's side so it rests on the floor between the steering wheel and the bottom of the Drivers seat. Then just lift one end over the seats, pivot the mattress and carry it straight down the hall to the bedroom. Go all the way to the end, pivot it and drop.
Thanks Jim, great suggestion. I will now forgive you for your past avatars.

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