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Old 12-12-2009, 10:46 AM   #1
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Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

We love our RB-50. But our backs hurt from sleeping on the sofa/bed. While we're used to a firmer mattress at home, we think our problem is because the sofa back, which becomes the bed's middle or hip area, "sleeps low" and gives too much compared to the other sections. Any ideas/solutions? olddave708
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:12 AM   #2
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Re: Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

You may want to put a 1" topper on the Bed. Check out this thread.
http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/vie...6&hilit=topper

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Old 12-12-2009, 11:27 AM   #3
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Re: Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

buddy
if the topper does not work
you might do what we did on our Westy which is a RB50 type
and on our SMB which is a Gaucho:

take the seat cushions out

take them to a good upholstry shop or do it yourself:

three layers of foam
bottom one softer layer
middle one firm layer
top, memory foam

we litterly stacked them up on the table at our local shop
to find what we liked

yes, it can cost you
but i like a good nights sleep

can turn into "honey, why dont we stay camping a few days longer"
instead of "honey, i cant wait to go home to sleep on our bed"

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Old 12-12-2009, 12:11 PM   #4
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Re: Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

Thanks Guys, we have tried foams (storage is a hassle). Thinking about taking the upholstery off the sofa & putting foam on plywood, then re-covering.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:07 PM   #5
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Re: Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

I used the standard type of conversion bed and made my own plywood base.




Upholstery supply houses make different density foams to suit your needs.
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:07 PM   #6
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Re: Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

Way to go, Spurious! You hit it right on the head. This is the concept that we had in mind. I'm going to use your experience as a guide. Thanks!
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:08 PM   #7
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Re: Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

Another option is buying an Aerobed air mattress. We used the regular size that fits nicely in the RB50 sleeping space and firms things up fairly well. It has a built-in pump that runs on 110v. A couple issues though. It is about 8" thick, so it's a little harder to get into and out of bed. Sometimes I feel like I may do a face plant in the middle of the night when nature calls. Also, after about 40 nights of use, we sprung a leak and haven't tried it since patching the leak. This comes with a stuff sack similar to a large sleeping bag stuff sack. Looks like they have changed the models a little, but this is similar to what we have.
http://www.aerobed.com/group/122/store_ ... etail.html


We also bought 2 Thermarest Luxury Camp self-inflating mattresses in the large (25x77) size. They also make one that is 30" wide and you might squeeze a 25 and a 30 in the RB50 space. These may be even more comfortable than the air mattress, but the self inflating claim is exagerated and lots of puffing is required to get them fully inflated. The nice thing about these is that they are only 2" to 3" thick. You can roll them up fairly small for storage.

http://cascadedesigns.com/therm-a-rest/ ... mp/product

Either one of these smooths out the irregularities of the RB50 sleeping area.

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Re: Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

Thanks, everybody!
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Re: Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

We use 2 blue closed cell insulite pads from Wal-Mart, with a full sized 3" open cell pad over the top of that, even more comfy than the bed at home, just not as roomy.
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Re: Std SMB sofa/bed sleep issues

Steve ,
We started out with the 30" Therma Rest Self Inflators and left on top of the Penthouse Bed all of the time .When lowering the Top just open the Valves and let the Penthouse compress . Page 18 in our gallery ,unfortunately these were only marginally better for my Bride's back and ended up taking John and Dana's advice .
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