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Old 06-13-2019, 07:39 AM   #1
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Interstate’s New Front Bed System

Has anyone purchased or tried Airstream’s new front bed system for the Interstate? It is expensive so don’t want to buy if the bed is not comfortable.
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:03 AM   #2
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I've seen a build sheet with the below info.

Front Bed System = $1,150
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:29 AM   #3
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Has anyone purchased or tried Airstream’s new front bed system for the Interstate? It is expensive so don’t want to buy if the bed is not comfortable.
MLWILCOX - I considered the Airstream bed until a member suggested the Pleasure Way front bed over a year ago for $169. Check out the below thread for details & other pics/options from other members.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ns-180706.html
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:04 PM   #4
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Alex, this is a new one. Not inflatable. Supposed to be more comfortable.
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Alex, this is a new one. Not inflatable. Supposed to be more comfortable.
WACHUKO - Ah, ok, did not know. I guess it better be comfortable for > $1,000. Wonder how bulky it would be to store being non-inflatable?
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:50 PM   #6
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It is foldable with actual foam and comes complete with linens.
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complete with linens.
WACHUKO - I now understand why it costs over $1,000 Egyptian silk and cotton linens.
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WACHUKO - I now understand why it costs over $1,000 Egyptian silk and cotton linens.
I know! A deal, right!?
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I know! A deal, right!?
WACHUKO - I forgot, it's QUILTED !!!

On a more serious note, I have used the Pleasure Way inflatable many times now on the front. While the bed is comfortable, the area really is not, especially with the steering wheel there. Also, the inflatable is a PITA if setting up every night and putting away every morning. Instead, I have adapted well to the front seat & mid-row seat facing each other. Similar to your seats swiveled sideways setup. I am blocking the slider & passenger door. But the driver door is always available for ingress/egress and driver seat is always positioned forward in case of a need to driveaway swiftly during a tsunami warning at the beach

Keep in mind, I am short, so I can get away with this bed configuration.
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Is that mattress that spans the front seat and middle seat inflatable? Rigid? How bulky is it for storage?
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Is that mattress that spans the front seat and middle seat inflatable? Rigid? How bulky is it for storage?
RYOUNGCA - I got it from Costco in Apr 2018. They have similar ones all over, like REI, but probably more expensive. WACHUKO bought an almost identical set, just different colors. Not sure which brand he bought. Mine is branded Litespeed. They have their own site but about $10 bucks more than what I paid at Costco.
https://www.lightspeedoutdoors.com/2...and-rails.html

It is a 2" Self-Inflating Sleep Pad with Pillow and Side Rails. They have 3" version. It rolls like a sleeping bag or yoga mat, has foam with flexform fabric (stretch fabric that conforms to your body). You unroll then release the valve to self-inflate. Then you can blow more air into the valve to make firmer. Then lock the valve. You unlock/release the valve prior to storing and roll to compress the foam & release all the air. No bulkier than a standard winter sleeping bag.

It is not rigid, so I have it supported underneath by one of our roto-routed coolers (not depicted on this old pic) which happens to be at same height as the mid-row seats. I use it for myself on the front/mid-row seats when my daughter, wife, and grandson are with us. While they use 3 of the same on top of rear bed/sofa as their mattress toppers. While it is not as great as a "real" thick mattress topper, it is much easier to handle and roll for storage since it is easier to find space for 4 small roll-ups than 1 huge topper. We don't have any major back issues, wife only has a minor one, daughter is pregnant, and non of us has any complaints. Sometimes they roll the 3 the length of the bed/sofa, sometime they roll the 3 across the width and they don't seem to mind either configuration.
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Thanks Alex. I appreciate the info. I have similar Therm-a-rest pads that would work about the same as long as they had a rigid support underneath.


FYI on the back bed, our latest solution is an inflatable king size mattress. It's a little wider than the back area so I blow it up in place and it wedges itself in nicely. Then we put the sleeping bags or sheets on top.
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