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Old 07-27-2019, 02:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy Uncomfortable couch bed in Airstream Interstate.

Problem- I really love Airstreams, though the couch beds in the Interstate coaches are not comfortable. It would be very helpful if you suggest an idea that would make the bed "softer".

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Old 07-27-2019, 02:04 PM   #2
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Old 07-27-2019, 02:11 PM   #3
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A memory foam pad would help. Then you need to store it someplace .....

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Old 07-27-2019, 02:58 PM   #4
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Welcome to Air Forums. There were a couple of good bed-related threads over on the B-van subforum, which is where you will get much more targeted answers to questions that concern the Airstream Interstate.

Here's one of them, but the forum is difficult to search (I just tried it, and got over 500 returns for the keyword bed on that one subforum alone).

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...xt-128104.html

Edit: here's another...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ss-140893.html
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Old 07-27-2019, 03:07 PM   #5
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Not just the Interstate! Couch beds in our Safari snd International both hard and uncomfortable. It is the plywood seat covered by not too thick foam to me that makes it uncomfortable. Oir bed was that way too, but a bit better.

We put a 2” memory foam ropper on the bed it helped a LOT. Have not tried that for couch beds as we don't use them as beds too much.

I have been investigating memory foam mattresses - there are multiple companies online that make custom / RV sized ones. Here is one, there are others. One of these days Im going to get a new all memory foam mattress. Maybe this would help your couch beds?

https://www.mattressinsider.com/luxu...mory-foam.html
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Old 07-27-2019, 04:16 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone for the helpful suggestions! Still open for other beds!
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:54 AM   #7
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I use 2 toppers (1 egg crate & 1 memory foam). The sheets & blankets fit around the toppers. In the morning I roll all of the above together, secure with a bungee cord and store it on the side under the windows.
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Storage - that is the problem

We use the dinning area bed all the time, and yes, it's too hard. We have a 2" memory foam topper for it, but that has to be stored on the main bed during the day, which takes space and is inconvenient. I suppose if the cushions were soft enough to sleep on, they'd be too soft to sit on.


I'm thinking of trying a single bed air mattress. It would take a lot less room, but would need to be inflated and deflated every day, and would require a decent mattress pad so that it doesn't get too hot, and a place to store the pump. And if it sprung a leak, you'd be without anything until it could be fixed or replaced.



It might or might not be more trouble than the foam. I wish there were another solution.
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We use the 2 inch foam topper, roll it up, tie it with bungee cords, and stuff it overhead during the day. You can feel only the rear arm bars on the side chairs.

You could get a thicker one but it would be harder to store. I suppose you could roll it and stuff it behind the back seat.

We also have the queen sleeping bag which I suppose adds a little cushion.
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We had the same situation with our 66 Safari. The PO had beautiful new seat cushions made for the couch beds, but wow, were they tough to sleep on. We tried a 3 inch memory foam topper, which was fantastic to sleep on, but too difficult to store. We then tried a 2 inch topper which still works well for sleeping, but is not so thick that we cannot leave it on the couches when in the upright position. We use full deep pocket sheets to hold the topper to the couch in the upright position and it seems to be working. Having the toppers on both couches during the day doesn't allow for quite as sharp/clean a look as when they are not on, but I would rather not have to wrestle two toppers each night/morning. If we had only used a 1 inch topper, it likely could be rolled and stored under the shelf at the rear of each couch, but we were not sure that would be enough padding to sleep on!
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Natural Futon mattress makes Interstate bed confortable

We have an Interstate and purchased a 5" thick futon mattress (queen size). Ours is a specialty made of cotton and wool (wool is the required flame retardant). It is very comfortable. I would not recommend memory foam if you plan on traveling in cold weather, as memory foam gets increasingly hard as the temperature drops near freezing.
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We have an Interstate and purchased a 5" thick futon mattress (queen size). Ours is a specialty made of cotton and wool (wool is the required flame retardant). It is very comfortable. I would not recommend memory foam if you plan on traveling in cold weather, as memory foam gets increasingly hard as the temperature drops near freezing.
I have substituted a futon mattress with good results and agree on the problems with a cold memory foam mattress.
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Time to think like a camper. Get a self- inflating camp pad to lay on the opened couch and make your bed on top of it. In the morning, squeeze the air out, roll it up and put it away. That’s what we use. Got a nice full length camp pad at REI. Works great. Very comfortable and you can adjust the firmness of the inflatable pad by the amount of air you allow in the pad.
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We leave the bed down and use a 3" Costco topper. Also reversed the wardrobe door. Works for us! Just completed a 5 week trek
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