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Old 03-23-2014, 06:14 PM   #11
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Are you looking to buy new or used? Some of the NASCAR hospitality coaches are rear lounge configured I think. Used ones can be reasonably priced, as most folks want the bedroom only in the rear and use front salon for guests etc. They have usually been well serviced to boot.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:16 PM   #12
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Tom: the answer to your first question about comfort is that I can't imagine anyone spending nearly $2mil on a coach and tolerating an uncomfortable bed. Nor can I imagine a vendor taking the risk of supply one. The answer to your second question can only be answered by you. It really doesn't matter whether other people like or dislike the arrangement; you are the one living with it and if you love it that's all that matters, if you hate it then it is irrelevant that others like it.
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:23 PM   #13
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My first 2 motor homes were front entry Fiberglas coaches. Had them combined for 3 years and then bought my first Newell which was mid entry. After having 2 other Newell mid entry, for my life style I would only have a mid entry Newell. I like being able to enter and go either way. Rear Murphy bed would not work for me because when traveling I start driving early and my wife stay in the bed. Opinions are numerous so what work for you!
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:34 AM   #14
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I own a rear lounge Murphy bed coach and I love it!!! Tons of room lots more possibilities.. The Murphy bed is every bit as comfortable as the normal bed I had in my other coaches... Just make sure you install a large tv on the bottom of the Murphy bed
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:51 PM   #15
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Tom: the answer to your first question about comfort is that I can't imagine anyone spending nearly $2mil on a coach and tolerating an uncomfortable bed. Nor can I imagine a vendor taking the risk of supply one. The answer to your second question can only be answered by you. It really doesn't matter whether other people like or dislike the arrangement; you are the one living with it and if you love it that's all that matters, if you hate it then it is irrelevant that others like it.
Thank you for your rather strong reponse. I'm merely seeking opinions from those who actually own rear-lounge Newells.
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I own a rear lounge Murphy bed coach and I love it!!! Tons of room lots more possibilities.. The Murphy bed is every bit as comfortable as the normal bed I had in my other coaches... Just make sure you install a large tv on the bottom of the Murphy bed
Good to hear! I did decide not to go after the projection TV system seen in some Newell rear lounges. A large screen LED on the bottom of the bed would be nifty!
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:08 PM   #17
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... we BOTH like the idea of the rear lounge. We've never seen one and Brian Pitts says Newell only builds those to order. So, can anyone answer questions about the rear lounge? How wide is the Murphy bed and is it comfortable? Do owners feel the rear lounge was a good idea?
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I've seen three. For me the pros outweigh the cons, but it may be different for you.

Cons * More expensive to build, as all floors on slide outs need to be flat floors.
* The bed has to physically be raised and lowered to the floor ~ no mechanical assistance. While it's not super heavy, its not a 1-finger operation either. (especially if TV is added - see Pros)
* Bed mattress height will be lower. Rather than top of bed hitting you at your upper thigh, it will be below the knee.
* Will obscure one window when traveling, as bed will be folded into the wall
* Almost forces you to put two TVs into the room ~ one to be viewed from bed, other to be viewed when bed is up against wall.
* Eliminates any storage options under the bed.
* Can't have ceiling fan over bed ~ gets in the way of opening & closing.

Pros
* You gain a whole additional room for living during the day.
* Beds can be as wide as desired (I've seen both queen and king), but you can't go extra long on length due to wall height limitations.
* With the addition of a flat screen TV on the underside of the bed, you've got a great media room. I've also seen that, plus the addition of a roll down screen and projector for a true theater experience.
* You can go for theater style recliners, or I saw a coach with a coach that had a nice couch that jack-knifed with another TV on a televator behind it.
* I've seen the area used 1) as an office, 2) as a media room, 3) as a study
* The bed is every bit as comfortable as a standard bed.

IMO, this is the best way you can equip a coach, as it maximizes every square inch.

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Good to hear! I did decide not to go after the projection TV system seen in some Newell rear lounges. A large screen LED on the bottom of the bed would be nifty!
newell can can make the Murphy bed mechanical.. They do t like too but it can be done... Mine isn't that way and it's not too heavy.. Smart not going with the projection tv.. We have a rear couch and anything larger than a 32 is to big wit the slides in.. However a 60 would work with slides out.. You might consider 2 tvs on the bed side one for traveling 1 for parking.
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