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Old 07-21-2021, 05:50 PM   #1
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Murphy beds...Good and Bad...

Looking at TT's with murphy beds. Reasoning is I get more living area out of a smaller TT without having to buy a larger TT to get the same amount of living area because of the space being taken up by a separate bedroom.
Anyway...what are the pros and cons? As an example...do they sleep well or are they basically uncomfortable?
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I think they make sense if you're a single RVer; not so if there's more than one of you. That would mean the same bedtime and wakeup for both of you.
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I think they make sense if you're a single RVer; not so if there's more than one of you. That would mean the same bedtime and wakeup for both of you.
Nah, if there is a second seating area you'll be fine if the other person can handle the light/noise. Even if a larger trailer had a separate nearby/adjacent bedroom its not like these trailers are very sound proof. Many trailers with a murphy bed have a curtain to at least help with light pollution.

If you are considering a smaller trailer with a fixed bed and only a dinette or theater seating/couch realize that those are the only seating options. I like being able to change up where I am sitting with the murphy bed up. But I do travel solo so I really can't comment on multiple persons
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Any comment about the comfort of a Murphy Bed vs a "normal" TT bed?
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Any comment about the comfort of a Murphy Bed vs a "normal" TT bed?
RV mattresses generally suck from factory no matter if they are used on a murphy bed or not.
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Everyone's idea of 'comfortable' is different. You'll need to test them. I don't know if you could replace a mattress with a heavy, sturdier one... depends on the bed construction and the method of elevating it. Might be a weight limit, also.
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The concern I would have with a Murphy bed is that any replacement mattress has to be sized such that Murphy bed can close. You would want to find out what the maximum height of the mattress can be, and if you can get a mattress to meet your comfort level that will fit.

We looked at one Jayco trailer years ago that had a Murphy bed, and the design of the bed installation eliminated some storage area and that particular model was really deficient in storage compartments.
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We have a murphy bed over the couch. The size is good, but a little hard. We put a thin air mattress over it (2 minute inflation) and leave it in place when we put the bed away. It works very well for us.
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Everyone's idea of 'comfortable' is different. You'll need to test them. I don't know if you could replace a mattress with a heavy, sturdier one... depends on the bed construction and the method of elevating it. Might be a weight limit, also.
When I was younger I could sleep on the ground under a helicopter but my sleeping needs are different now. Comfort is relative and only something the individual can define. If you sit on the edge go the bed and your butt bottoms out on the platform, you can be reasonably assured that it will be uncomfortable for a normal sleep.
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If you would need a more comfortable mattress there are companies that make mattresses especially for you and your dimentions.

Do a Google and you'll find them. Here is one:

https://custommattressmakers.com/pages/rv-mattress
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