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Old 05-18-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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Question about the sofa in the 30' Classic

Last night we decided to pull out the sofa and just make sure everything works as it should. As yet, we haven't had a reason to use the sofa sleeper.

The Classic manual says to remove the arm rests before pulling the sofa out. Is that really necessary, it seemed to pull out just fine without the removing the armrests.

After folding down the sofa flat, we wondered about the overhang. There doesn't seem to be anything supporting half the sofa when it's down. Looks like too much overhang, and if two people sleep on the sofa, can it really hold their weight?

What's with the big gap in the center of the sofa? Is it really supposed to be like that? Seems very uncomfortable?

Also, there's quite a bit of space separating the back wall and the sofa. It just occurred to me as I type this - is that what the arm rests are for? To close that gap?

Just a comment - it hurt my back and my husband's back pulling that sofa out, and pushing it back in. Not sure we'll be using the sofa bed so much.

Thanks, appreciate your comments!
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:06 PM   #2
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Okay, I think I figured this out. For some reason, and honestly I don't know why, I was thinking people slept with their head and feet facing the armrests. Duh! I feel like an idiot. I had a epiphany earlier, and I now realize the head faces the large window and the feet are on the "overhang". Gee, just like in any sofa bed. Don't know why I thought this one was different.

So okay, isn't everybody entitled to one really stupid question? If so, this is mine.

The sofa bed still looks uncomfortable, but not as bad as I thought. I'll have to check it out again next time we're out.

Thanks for letting me talk to myself!
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:22 PM   #3
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Whatever works. I have used mine, and I don't fit the way you describe and instead sleep "east to west" as it were. The gap/bar is an annoyance but I deal with it ok. A thin foam mattress on top would help, and while I've done that in my other camper, haven't in this one.
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Uh...
I guess I am uninformed.
I haven't read the manual.
I sleep on the couch east-west- head toward the side-
I have never removed the arms before converting the couch to a bed...
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:36 PM   #5
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Too funny! I guess there is no right or wrong way to sleep on the sofa.

The couch is supposed to sleep 2 people. I initially thought people slept east/west too. But I was just concerned that one whole person's body was technically sleeping on the "overhang" if 2 people were in the bed. I was worried the weight of that person would be too much for the couch overhang to handle.

When searching the internet, I came across this picture of the sofa down and that's when it occurred to me I was wrong about the east/west sleeping position. Looking at the picture, it just seemed to make more sense to sleep north/south, which would mean there wouldn't be so much weight on the overhang.

We're planning on inviting my parents to join us in a couple of weeks and I was trying to determine how comfortable the sofa will be for them.

At this point, I'm still not sure.

So east/west, north/south? I shall ponder this until I get a chance to get to the trailer and make a determination.
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Doesn't the base pull out to support the overhang like the international trailers?
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Well I would sleep on the sofa and they take the bed..just a suggestion..Lol!
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Doesn't the base pull out to support the overhang like the international trailers?
Good thought and there is a drawer which pulls out, but I don't believe it was intended to support the overhang. Just thinking about it, it seems it might be too low and just not strong enough.
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Well I would sleep on the sofa and they take the bed..just a suggestion..Lol!
Bite your tongue!

But you're right, there is that possibility. But what do you think? East/West or North/South.
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You definitly have the new sofa bed and should be sleeping on it in a north -south direction. The older style sofa beds looked completely different. The seat pulled out (you had to raise the end first) and then hung out. the back of the sofa would then lie flat and you would use the bed in a east-west direction. And yes you would have a big gap between the 2 sections (several inches) Very uncomfortable and narrow for 2 adults. Was best used for grandkids.
This new version of the sofa bed looks a lot wider. It is problaby queen size in width but I can't tell how long from the picture. Definately looks a lot more comfortable than the older model. But you still might want to add something on top if you feel that it will be unconfortable. Might want to invest in a bed topper(memory foam - available at Camping World, Wally's) for your parents. You could always use the topper on the main bed when not being used for the sofa bed.
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I guess the drawer could support the overhanging part. It is sturdy plywood and it does go all the way to the floor.
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The sofa is quite strong. My wife and I have used it for, um, naps. Since we have twin beds in back.

Better selection of foam mattresses at the upholstery section at sewing/craft stores than at Camping Whirled.
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Thank you Jammer! That's good to know.

I suppose a mattress topper is a possibility. I just can't imagine where to store it when it's not being used though.
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That is the trick. Rolled up, one would fit in: the shower, the closet, or on the bed. Possibly under the bed if you have a queen.
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