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Old 05-05-2016, 10:07 AM   #1
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Hide A Bed

I thought I would put this here instead of seeing what others thought in the thread that I started about my new camper, this way it can reach a broader audience.

Part of the reason we chose this floor plan was because of the optional hide-a-bed option. I ordered this $555 option with the expectations of getting an actual hide-a-bed - you know the one that unfolds and there is a mattress there? What I got was what looks like this (except 3 cushions instead of 2)-

Rochester Tri-Fold Sofa, 68" - Beige - Lippert Components Inc 350855 - Sofas - Camping World

Had I known that this was what I was going to get for $555, we would of either picked a different floor plan or just purchased a nicer inflatable air mattress.

I am told by the dealership that this is what Jayco considers/calls a hide-a-bed. Now I am waiting for my survey from Jayco so I can let them know about my displeasure.
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I feel your pain, I felt the same way. I think I will purchase a topper for it. Not many other options.

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I feel your pain, I felt the same way. I think I will purchase a topper for it. Not many other options.

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That's what we are thinking too. The bummer is we were trying to get away from doing something like that because then you have to deal with storing it, that's why we thought the hide-a-bed option would be great!
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I believe they call that a jack knife couch. I just replaced mine as it was horrible to sit on. Now there are theater chairs in it's place.
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I believe they call that a jack knife couch. I just replaced mine as it was horrible to sit on. Now there are theater chairs in it's place.
The one that you are referring to is like what we had in our 25BHS. I've heard it called a jack knife and a futon couch and yes you are correct it was horrible. LOL
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I believe they call that a jack knife couch. I just replaced mine as it was horrible to sit on. Now there are theater chairs in it's place.
That is incorrect the jacknife does not fold all the way out, just down in one section. A small child could lay on it that's about it. Sitting wise we felt the hide-a-bed was more comfortable than the jacknife.

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The one that you are referring to is like what we had in our 25BHS. I've heard it called a jack knife and a futon couch and yes you are correct it was horrible. LOL
He has the hide-a-bed, this is the way the new one's look. He paid for the option as I did as well. The jacknife folds down. This one folds out into a couple sections and is not one solid mattress.

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Because we were considering paying extra for a hide-a-bed option when ordering our 28BHBE, at the dealership we found a trailer on the lot with one in it and tested it for function and comfort, then compared that a standard Jacknife sofa (whatever they call it). For us, the hide-a-bed was decent enough (better than the old hide-a-beds we have in the house) and we wanted the extra sleeping room, so we ponyed up for one.

A little research and demoing can save on future frustrations.
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Because we were considering paying extra for a hide-a-bed option when ordering our 28BHBE, at the dealership we found a trailer on the lot with one in it and tested it for function and comfort, then compared that a standard Jacknife sofa (whatever they call it). For us, the hide-a-bed was decent enough (better than the old hide-a-beds we have in the house) and we wanted the extra sleeping room, so we ponyed up for one.

A little research and demoing can save on future frustrations.
We had the jack knife before and it was comfortable to sit on but not to fold out and lay on. I didn't research what a RV hide-a-bed was because my parents had a hide-a-bed in their camper (granted not a Jayco) and it is probably 15 years old by now and they had an actual hide-a-bed, so I guess by me being uneducated in this department I thought a hide-a-bed was a hide-a-bed no matter what Mfg it came from.

I'll go up this weekend and measure it and see what I can get for a pillow top or maybe make something out of foam that can be stored beneath it.
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What's wrong with the hide-a-bed? It felt pretty comfortable to me when I tried it out.
My last camper had the hidden mattress with the bar that ran across your back when lying on it. I think the HAB is better.

I checked both the jack knife and the HAB before ordering and preferred the HAB for the occasional guest. I guessing we'll put a fitted mattress cover over it, then some sheets. (BTW.. the back cushions come completely off.. they were left there in my walkthrough pics.)
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