Originally Posted by Fyrzowt
First, welcome to the forums!
I guess it depends on what you mean by replace the panel. You may have to replace the clearcoat on a complete panel to get a smoother transition/match. You should not have to replace the aluminum panel.
We had one in a 25' Safari. While it wasn't the best arrangement, it works. It is a common arrangement throughout the A/S line. It gets a little cosy, it is hard to make the bed due to the limited access.
Good luck in your search,
Thanks Dave! As for the clearcoat, what I've read is that since 1999 the panels have been supplied by Alcoa with a plastic clearcoat bonded to the sheet aluminum instead of applied afterwards by A/S. Apparently if corrosion begins, the whole panel must be replaced - you just can't remove and reapply the clear coat due to the new process.
I'm referring to this thread...
Of course the clearcoat is not SUPPOST to deteriorate, but it will be damaged due to salt spray, branches etc. and if the only way it can be fixed is by replacing panels, for me thats a major future expense waiting to happen.
As for the corner bed, I guess it's been around for years, but it's pretty apparent that it's not too popular as most folks are opting for a queen in one orientation or another, or twins, but not the corner bed.
We might be able to live with the corner bed considering the 25 SS otherwise provides a reasonable amount of storage, and a separate couch and dinette table which we really want (not to mention a realistic 4 person sleeper) but if everyone hates the corner bed the resale value for this unit will suffer, along with my investment - and the dealer is asking a lot for this unit.
I guess it's buyer beware, as usual, and I'm going to be very cautious about this purchase.