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Old 07-25-2016, 10:29 PM   #1
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Murphy Bed Mod

I love the Murphy bed in my 23MBH but there are a few things about the way Jayco designed it that I didn't like.

- The lack of pass through storage in the front of the trailer.
- When the bed is in the sleeping position it blocks too much of the entry door.
- Cold air seeps in through the front baggage doors and comes up right at your face. It results in an uncomfortable sleeping temp as the rest of the bed is warm but the head area is cold. This was most noticeable when temps were below freezing.
- The little storage compartment at the head of the bed was barely good enough for pillows which resulted in it being unused and a lot of wasted space.

So, to solve all of those issues I took the front storage compartment out, cut the bed frame in half, added wall cleats and slid the entire bed 12" forward. It now hinges at the half way point which only works with a foam mattress but that was fine with me cause the Denver mattress was terrible. The entry isn't blocked now and their is a ton of pass through storage space in the front of the trailer. And because the front half of the bed frame rests on wall cleats the cold air is now sealed off from the head of the bed.


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Old 07-30-2016, 04:34 PM   #2
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What mattress did you use with this and how well does it fold up? It would be nice to gain all that front storage
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:20 PM   #3
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What mattress did you use with this and how well does it fold up? It would be nice to gain all that front storage


I used a 6" memory foam mattress from Amazon. Folds up just fine and recovers in about 5 minutes when unfolded. Just used the trailer this weekend and the new setup is so much better. The extra 1ft of floor space makes a huge difference.




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I was wondering how your mod has been working out after some use?
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I was wondering how your mod has been working out after some use?


Works great, I wouldn't want to go back to the factory design. It's great having the large pass-thru storage up front and sealing out the cold air has been a major comfort upgrade. I can't think of any negatives to share.



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I've been wanting to do this since I saw yours. I was wondering if the mattress would break down from being folded. Have you noticed any of that? Also did you reinstall the shocks to help lift the bed?
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Wow that makes my back hurt just looking at it..........
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:44 AM   #8
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I've been wanting to do this since I saw yours. I was wondering if the mattress would break down from being folded. Have you noticed any of that? Also did you reinstall the shocks to help lift the bed?


Nope, memory foam can be folded thousands of times without damage. I haven't re-installed the shocks but it's on my list. It's not hard to fold it up without them though.




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Wow that makes my back hurt just looking at it..........


Why, what part???


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Thanks for the help!
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