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Old 11-30-2017, 12:32 PM   #1
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Getting a BIGGER bed into the bus!

Just read a thread about getting a queen size bed into a bus. How about a KING size bed? That's what my wife and I want. Our bed is one single king size mattress atop two twin-size box springs. I don't want to damage the mattress by folding it into a "taco" as the OP in the other thread suggested... but is it possible that that won't damage it?

Also, are there mattresses that are less likely to be damaged when folded in half like that? (My wife's parents bought a memory foam mattress for her old bedroom and recently she said she liked that more than the mattress we currently have, which I believe uses conventional springs.)

We were thinking we'd have to use two twin mattresses atop the two twin box springs on a king size frame, so that it would fit through the door and still stay together.

Any thoughts? Have any of y'all put a real king size bed in a bus, in some way which would make it possible to remove it and put another one in relatively easily? (I wouldn't accept, for example, "we removed the roof, then lowered a king size bed into the bus, then did a roof raise"!)
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:24 PM   #2
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Anything is possible, but somewhere there will be compromises.

I'd like a king size bed but I wouldn't like walking around it in a bus. I realize you are probably talking about a big bed like that in the back of a RE bus. Two twin box springs would solve the problem of a rigid box spring. The mattress doesn't exactly have to be folded and creased. It just weeds to bend enough to fit through that front door and around the corner.

Personally I like two twin beds to make a king. That seems to keep people on their side of the bed better.

As suggested in the other thread, you can take out several windows and posts to fit things inside. That full size fridge isn't going to fit through the front door either.
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:30 PM   #3
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Personally I like two twin beds to make a king. That seems to keep people on their side of the bed better.
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:55 PM   #4
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Old 11-30-2017, 03:35 PM   #5
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I've a full-sized bed in my RE Thomas. It leaves me about 18" on one side.
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Old 11-30-2017, 04:02 PM   #6
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Hey Cap, been wondering where you were.

Those big beds work best in a RE like yours. My 26' FE doesn't have enough space for me to use a bed that big without giving something up.
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Old 11-30-2017, 04:18 PM   #7
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Oh, I've been lurking about. Just remember to check under your bed once in a while.

I like the roominess of a full sized bed without having to sacrifice much. A queen sized bed would fit, but I'd have to give up what limited space is available. I did have to have a custom bed frame made ($300), but that frame is solid and hasn't moved an inch and it ain't bolted down.

I also have a 15 cu ft fridge midships just forward of the e-door. That allows me to drop the groceries off and a place to dispose of the trash. Plus, the basement doors are just below the e-door. Oh, and the propane tanks come right inside without having to manouever up the entry steps.
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Old 11-30-2017, 04:27 PM   #8
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I bought a new king size bed frame and all with memory foam a couple of years ago and I think they actually called it a California king cause it is a little bigger but the box spring was nothing more than some plywood framed with an inch of foam and some material?(easily made in place).
When I went to pick my bed up I was already aggravated cause it was already a week late,didn't show up when they said it would the day before that I took off of work a little early to go pickup?
The next day when I got there and loaded everything the man said that's all of it and I said that's not all of it where's the mattress? He pointed to the smallest box I had loaded and I said BS? He turned the box on end and it said mattress so I shut up and took it home?
It was in a 2'x2'4' long box and when we took it out of the box they had vacuum packed to fit.
Once the vacuum was released and the plastic cut off the damn thing was a oversize king bed about 12" thick? Surprised the hell outta me but it sleeps better than any spring master that was ever made.
Oh and the kids don't hear the springs moving either? Maybe the bus springs but not the bed springs?
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:46 AM   #9
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I bought a new king size bed frame and all with memory foam a couple of years ago and I think they actually called it a California king cause it is a little bigger but the box spring was nothing more than some plywood framed with an inch of foam and some material?(easily made in place).
When I went to pick my bed up I was already aggravated cause it was already a week late,didn't show up when they said it would the day before that I took off of work a little early to go pickup?
The next day when I got there and loaded everything the man said that's all of it and I said that's not all of it where's the mattress? He pointed to the smallest box I had loaded and I said BS? He turned the box on end and it said mattress so I shut up and took it home?
It was in a 2'x2'4' long box and when we took it out of the box they had vacuum packed to fit.
Once the vacuum was released and the plastic cut off the damn thing was a oversize king bed about 12" thick? Surprised the hell outta me but it sleeps better than any spring master that was ever made.
Oh and the kids don't hear the springs moving either? Maybe the bus springs but not the bed springs?
We a memory foam mattress to replace a really crappy mattress in one of our 5ers in preparation for a 6 week trip. When we got home from our trip we bought two more.....

We love them and they are so easy to get in place.

They do sleep a little bit warm but all in all my $340 foam mattress is more comfortable than the $1100 pillow top mattress that it replaced.
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I must be the oddball, but y'all keep your memory-foam mattresses. I hate 'em. I feel like I'm sleeping in a bowl, and it kills my back. Hotel beds with memory foam toppers are the worst. Always a "hole" memorized where people sit up in bed to watch the boob-tube.

I put a nice firm twin spring mattress in mine to pass inspection. At home, I had a nice organic cotton futon bed in the guest room, and I slept on a 3/4 length, 1-inch thick "Guidelite" inflatable backpacking/trekking/camping mattress made by Therm-A-Rest, directly on the carpeted floor. Just gotta have the right pillows for your head.

But that's me.

For the bus, eventually a futon couch that folds out into a bed is the way I'm going. Just gotta be big enough for love...
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