For those of you who have never spent a lot of time sitting or sleeping on RV furniture, let me just tell you that it is not very comfortable. Well, that may not be entirely true. If you have a new camper or if you only spend a weekend here and there in it, then it is probably just fine. Daily use, well, that is another story.
Rob and I have slept on the couch for the last two and a half years. In the beginning, it was tolerable. The previous owners of Waldo were an older couple and they most likely used the back bedroom, so the couch still had some padding left when we came along. But after being climbed on, jumped on, walked on, sat on and slept on for the last couple of years, I can honestly say that it is no longer a desirable place to sleep. It is quite possible that lava rocks would be more comfortable than our 17 year old bed.
So we decided that a new one was in order. I am not skilled in the crafting department, and I had absolutely no idea how to replace the cushions and recover the couch. Our best option seemed to be buying a new one, but since we are not independently wealthy, and RV furniture is very expensive, we decided to buy a new couch based on dimensions and affordability.
The sofa sleeper that fit that description came in a box. Needless to say, it is not a high-end sofa, so I guess it is a good thing that we are not high-end people. While Rob was assembling our new bed, I was busy removing the old one and cleaning the area behind it. Once it was outside, I decided to strip it down so I could see what it looked like underneath. The frame is solid, that is for sure, much more so than the new one.
Our new couch is a little larger than our old one, taking up the entire wall plus some. It goes much higher up the window as well. It is very comfortable, though. The problem is that in order for the bed to be pulled out, the couch has to be about a foot away from the wall, and we don’t have that kind of space to spare, so we are not sure how to secure the new sofa to the floor. It is also a little more difficult to open and close. We had considered using the old frame with the new cushions, but they are much too big.
For now though, we are just enjoying having a comfortable place to sit and sleep. The kids keep petting it, marveling at how soft and it is, and Rob and I both agree that it is a special treat to wake up in the morning without sore body parts. Even the critters appear to be enjoying it. We’re just a bunch of Happy Campers…