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Posted: 12/30/20 06:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Besides the up-and-down every day there is also the sacrificed storage space that would ordinarily be under a bed.


This is a big one, especially for small trailers. One of the biggest storage areas is under the bed but the murphy option eats up most of that space.


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valhalla360 wrote:

SpeakEasy wrote:


Besides the up-and-down every day there is also the sacrificed storage space that would ordinarily be under a bed.


This is a big one, especially for small trailers. One of the biggest storage areas is under the bed but the murphy option eats up most of that space.

This is the main reason we did not go with a Mini-Lite because all the dealer had was the Murphy bed. Our pass through is large and the storage under the foot of the bed is very nice. Our trailer came with a very accessible 4 basket system under the bed and a space that 2 Rubbermaid containers fit in, one for bed linens and the other as a hamper.
We would not be able to give up that storage as all of it is used.
In addition, I doubt that the mattress is any better than a standard one and you may not have enough room to replace with a better one.


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Everything is a compromise, Murphy Bed or Regular Bed is too. One consideration on the Lance might be whether or not you are limited to keeping the factory mattress, can you replace it with something else. I would suggest that you spend some time practicing with the Murphy Bed setting it up and down. Not sure about Lance but most of the mattresses that come with these campers are not comfortable and a lot of folks replace them with something that is. Is the Lance mattress a 2 or 3 piece affair that folds?

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I have a Rockwood ultra light at 24 feet with a Murphy bed. I like it a lot. Folded up the bed becomes a useable couch. I have had a lot of different RVs.

Most TTs with a decent bed and a couch are at least 26-27 feet or more. The bed saves a lot of room and is easy to convert.

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snowedin wrote:

Everything is a compromise, Murphy Bed or Regular Bed is too. One consideration on the Lance might be whether or not you are limited to keeping the factory mattress, can you replace it with something else. I would suggest that you spend some time practicing with the Murphy Bed setting it up and down. Not sure about Lance but most of the mattresses that come with these campers are not comfortable and a lot of folks replace them with something that is. Is the Lance mattress a 2 or 3 piece affair that folds?


Thank you.

The Lance is really more of a convertible bed than a true Murphy. It's a folding (one fold) Queen sized pillow-topped mattress. It can be replaced with an inflatable. It's a standard size. Unlike the Murphy in other campers, this one can be left in either position for towing. Most have to be locked into the down position. The other nice feature is the front window remains unblocked with the bed in either position.

The loss of storage on this unit is minimal between the two configurations and there is a very generous pass-through (we're ordering with the sliding bin) as well as a generator locker. We're also ordering a configuration that eliminates the standard oven and uses a convection microwave under the cook top, and where the standard microwave usually goes will be additional storage.

It's been interesting to read all of the opinions and I thank everyone for sharing! On the Lance Owners forum they're overwhelmingly in favor.

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Not having to move the bed, added storage was the reason we said NO to mr. Murphy.
That said, my wife & I have developed a strong dislike of our bed east west configuration. Night time potty calls are a Major PITA with both people being awake for one to go. Since I removed the upper bunk and replaced the lower bunk mattress, I was happy to sleep in it when my granddaughter wanted to sleep with meme the only time we camped during covidarama. More roomy than my sub bunk in an officer’s stateroom.
It was Murphy or east-west bed for the BH trailer chosen to be towable with our Explorer. I’ve now paid the TT off and bought an F150 but after all the modifications I’ve done to the TT, I want pay down the truck before buying a new larger trailer. And if I ever do buy another TT, the grandkids will not play as important a part in choosing.


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Everybody has their opinions,
But here is another vote for the Rockwood Mini Lite with a Murphy bed.

We looked at the Lance with a Murphy bed, didn't like the "unmade bed" look of the bed when put away, though you do have the front window at all times. The price also caused some hesitation.

We love our Mini Lite and the Murphy bed setup. With the bed up and the slide extended there is a huge amount of room for a small trailer. The pass through storage was a major concern for me as well but we found that every bit of our storage stuff from our 24 foot Cougar fit with room to spare.

We also think the Mini has the largest kitchen and bath counters available in that size trailer. (Rockwood Mini Lite 2507S)

Down side. The bed has to be put up or the slide won't come in. The dining table can be a bit of a hassel to put up or down, we leave ours up.

Never thought we would but we really love the outdoor kitchen, heally handy and all the cooking smells and heat stay outside.

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Posted: 12/31/20 09:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't understand how this is a question even. It folds as fast as you can move your arm up or down almost...
You can fold it up as you are raising your arms up for that morning yawn.
I don't have to walk around a giant bed during the day.

The only drawback is I like to leave the bed down so the bedding can dry before folding it up, so I leave it down a few minutes. (your body loses water as you sleep but that water vapor ads very little dampness to the sheets.) On mine I can actually fold it and have it a few inches open so air can still circulate but it is just as out of the way. There is a hook for travel that closes it all the way too.

When ready for bed I drop the bed down, which takes about 3 seconds.

Murphy bed allows you to tow a smaller trailer but have more room than a bigger trailer with a fixed bed.

I am all in for the Muphy bed.

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