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jwhitney68

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Posted: 07/20/11 08:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have just bought a 2007 RT Adventurous and are planning our first trip with myself, husband and two small kids. Our van did not come with the mattress pads needed to convert the front 4 captains chairs into twin beds. They cost $850 from RT and it takes 2 weeks to get them. (We want to leave sooner Does anyone know of a homemade alternative to these cushions? It seems like a piece of plywood with a mattress of some kind on the top might work, but maybe we are being naive. We also can't find any good photos of the actual RT mattresses that would show us exactly how they are constructed and what the dimensions would be, so if anyone has a link, that would be great. All help is much appreciated. Thanks!

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Posted: 07/20/11 09:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have not seen one personally, but from the pictures I've seen, it looks like they are boards with 2-3" of foam on top. I think on RT's web site you can get a glimpse of what they look like on one of their videos. You can purchase foam from Walmart, Joan Fabric, etc. The best way to cut foam is with an electric knife. Buy a few yards of material to cover and you have your beds. For storage purposes, I think I would use a piano hinge so they can be folded in half.


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I have two twin beds that came with my 2006 Adventurous which I bought used last year. It's the 5 cylinder model MB Sprinter - not the newer 6 cylinder redesign. The beds seem to be in very good condition and may never have been used. I really have no use for the beds and would be willing to sell them for $150 for both plus shipping.


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Thanks so much for your input. We have decided to go ahead and purchase the Roadtrek mattresses, based on your replies. I'm sure they will be worth it. We are excited to get out there and see the country and meet some of you fine, friendly folks!

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I've used mine for 100+ nights over the last few years. My advise - bite the bullet and buy them from RT. They are brilliant in design with a kick-down plywood piece at the rear seat to keep the bed level. Excellent cloth covered dense foam cushion, designed to fit and ride under the wardrobe out of the way, easy to fold and unfold via a velcro strap. Maybe the first outing can be towards a dealer that has them in stock? I would suggest sleeping four across in the back short term rather than monkeying around with a home brew solution. If it makes you feel any better, I paid $440 each back in 2007. Money (lots of money) well spent. Hope you enjoy your RTRS as much as we do ours!

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Posted: 07/20/11 11:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How happy would your kids be in sleeping bags on a mattress pad on the floor in the front for the first trip? I know that there have been some on the Yahoo Roadtrek list that have made alternatives to the RT pads for the front seats. One was using a thick foam (4in. foam?) folding mat sold at Costco. I am not sure how they were supporting it in the middle. Join that list and ask there - you should get a lot of responses. The RT pad is not only designed for support but will be stable on the seats. I would try to make do until you can get the real thing from Roadtrek.

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We just came back from a 40 day trip in our RT 1998 190 Versatile with 1 adult and 2 kids. First trip ever as we purchased the RT just 2 weeks prior to leaving.
I set up one of the front beds daily (driver seat + seat behind it). It takes less than 2 minutes to set it up. I didn't have the mattress pads as they were too pricey to purchase to begin with and dealer couldn't confirm that the used ones I found for sale would perfectly fit.

I am glad that I didn't purchase them as it worked perfectly without them. Had I purchased them, I would have had one more item to store away during the day.

Our seats are lounge seats, so all I needed to do was swivel the driver seat to its side, slide the bottom part of the lounge seat forward and wedge the back rest down. Very quick and comfortable sleeping

* This post was edited 07/25/11 10:24am by tuiuiu01 *

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Posted: 07/23/11 06:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sold!! Thanks, Tom!

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Check as the beds for "lounge" seats may be different than "captain" seats- hopefully you both have the same type of second row seats.

Bob 2011 RS

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