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Old 08-29-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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While the European bed base is nice in the Redwood along with the mattress it is still very uncomfortable. The springs in the bed make a lot of noises. Thus we've ordered a Sleep Number bed that arrives today. We've had one in our house for a few years and loved it, unfortunately it was a Cal King so it wouldn't fit.

In planning for the bed upgrade I gave the base a very good once over and noticed a few things. It doesn't go all the way to the end of the mattress thus the footbed portion of the mattress is not supported, and it doesn't go all the way to the side leaving the same consequences. As much as I like the base it would appear it doesn't support the mattress much at all beyond the center section.

For an alternative base I'm considering removing the factory base and replacing it with a piece of plywood that would extend to fully support the new Sleep Number bed. Thoughts?
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:43 AM   #2
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I would make sure your slide outs clear. If you have a 36FL model the bed pushes in the bottom set of drawers in the slideout (about a foot or so) when closed.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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3/4 or 5/8" plywood is a good choice; however, suggest that you make a frame, with four or five cross members, and legs to support the plywood. That way it won't sag in the middle. Screw the frame to the wooden side walls.


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Old 08-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #4
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I did notice the base is short of supported the foot end of the bed when I sit on it. Probably to avoid contact with the drawers. I don't think that is the case on the sides. Any chance you have a queen based under a king bed?

I know everyone has a preference, but I still look forward to sleeping in factory bed. It was delightful surprise for us.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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I have the queen bed. Regarding the base I need to pull everything apart and check the WD drain valve anyway to make sure it won't leak. It'd be a good time to "engineer" a better solution using plywood and such.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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We put an Icomfort in our RL. Took out the frame, put in 2 twin boxsprings, crossways and put the mattress on top of that. The down side is that it is tall but it clears the drawers at the end of the bed when we close it up.
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We have a king in our 36RL and we replaced the original mattress with the select comfort. We had one in our previous camper, but it was a queen, and before we went full time we had one in the house. When we replaced ours, I didn't have to make any modifications and we haven't had any problems. Did you order the RV select comfort or the regular one. The sizes are different. Not all select comfort reps are that familiar with RV's, and unless you press the issue they may try to sell you a regular one. The queen we had before was in a Carriage Carri-lite, and we had to get the RV queen for that also. The bad news is because they aren't as popular as the regular, so you generally don't find them on sale, and they are more expensive.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:50 PM   #8
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When I put my "select comfort" in I first cut a 2 inch wide piece of plywood and ran it up the middle seam of the metal bed frame. Then I cut 2 pieces of plywood up either side of the bed meeting over the piece I put in the middle. I used self tapping screws to hold everything together. By doing it this way, I ended up with a completely flat surface for the mattress to lay on.

I drilled a hole next to the electrical plug and place my compressor under the bed. This way I could just plug it in. I also notched the plywood by the headboard to run the airline through.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:27 PM   #9
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Dave,
Your bed must be different than outs. After reading your post, I had to go up and lift the mattress to make sure I remembered how it was correctly. I have the outside wooden frame with slats that go across that are held in place by what looks like plastic clips. It is a flat surface with no metal at all. Maybe yours is different because of the slide in slide.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:44 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by rcflame
We have a king in our 36RL and we replaced the original mattress with the select comfort. We had one in our previous camper, but it was a queen, and before we went full time we had one in the house. When we replaced ours, I didn't have to make any modifications and we haven't had any problems. Did you order the RV select comfort or the regular one. The sizes are different. Not all select comfort reps are that familiar with RV's, and unless you press the issue they may try to sell you a regular one. The queen we had before was in a Carriage Carri-lite, and we had to get the RV queen for that also. The bad news is because they aren't as popular as the regular, so you generally don't find them on sale, and they are more expensive.
Not sure this is correct. There's the standard queen and RV Queen in regards to length only, the RV Queen is shorter which is not what's in ours. Ours is 60x80 which is a standard queen. I know Sleep number has an RV line that has the short queen, radius cut queen and the regular queen in it. After asking them about the difference between their "RV" line and regular they said the only difference was the RV line had longer air lines and was made of non-flammable material.
I believe the latter is somewhat incorrect as I believe all beds made now have to be made out of non-flammable materials.

We ordered the regular queen. Planning on installing an additional plug under the bed and putting the air controls there, drilling holes for the air lines and running them up to the head of the bed. That should keep everything out of site and neat and tidy like I like it!
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