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Old 06-17-2019, 02:03 AM   #1
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Default Xplorer 230 rear cushions aka bed need help or ideas and measurements

I just bought a 1998 Xplorer 230 XLW and it just has a nasty queen mattress in the back. I had to repair some of the plywood from possibly leaking window or poor ventilation under the bed or both.

Anyway my problem is I only have one of the long cushions that snaps to the wall, all the others, I'm guessing 3, are MIA. I want to have the option of having the 2 twin beds in the back and then making it into a larger bed so if my dad or one of my kids or someone is camping with me we aren't stuck in one big bed. Also it would be nice to be able to use the back with the table as there isn't any other place for a table in the unit, though i could add something up front and spin around the front seats.

I've thought about some kind of a futon mattress, or having some made, or buying some kind of cot size mattress.

If someone has one of these units can you post the sizes of the original cushions and if you have chucked the original set up what are you doing/using now?
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:24 AM   #2
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OK since I have a 97 PW I can't really provide you with those measurements but some comments:

Even though it's only my wife and I, we've found that the twin "beds" are the best option. We can leave them made up in the day with their top quilts tucked in. Thus we have table seating. But also if one of us wants to go to bed it's really easy.

However: our cushions are hard. So I'm considering either 1. Buying a queen size topper and cutting it in half so I can cover both beds. Or. 2. Having matresses made to the precise dimension.

To address #2: I've found that there are places which make all kinds of mattresses including intercoil where you can drive your RV over there and they will take the measurements and advise you on precise fit. That's probably the route I will eventually go since I believe interspring mattresses don't have the heat issues of foam.

Good luck and keep us posted. I'll do the same.
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Old 06-17-2019, 04:12 AM   #3
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I just bought a 1998 Xplorer 230 XLW and it just has a nasty queen mattress in the back. I had to repair some of the plywood from possibly leaking window or poor ventilation under the bed or both.

Anyway my problem is I only have one of the long cushions that snaps to the wall, all the others, I'm guessing 3, are MIA. I want to have the option of having the 2 twin beds in the back and then making it into a larger bed so if my dad or one of my kids or someone is camping with me we aren't stuck in one big bed. Also it would be nice to be able to use the back with the table as there isn't any other place for a table in the unit, though i could add something up front and spin around the front seats.

I've thought about some kind of a futon mattress, or having some made, or buying some kind of cot size mattress.

If someone has one of these units can you post the sizes of the original cushions and if you have chucked the original set up what are you doing/using now?
Welcome to the forum yvairguy!

There's probably someone on this forum with your exact model who knows specifically what you're talking about. But for others, it would help if you could post a picture or your rear bed area. Use the "Manage Attachments" feature under "Additional Options" to upload pics.
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Congrats on the new (to you) RV! I have been looking for a 230 XLW myself. Any pics and more info on your Xplorer (miles, options, improvements, price perhaps?)

Congratulations again.
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Old 06-17-2019, 11:25 PM   #5
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yvairguy, hello & welcome to the forum. I have a 1999 230xlwt (t stands for twin bed as opposed to the power sofa/bed set up). Sounds like yours is a twin too. In our case, it's just the two of us and one small dog. We keep ours set up as twin beds for several reasons - the biggest reason for us is that in the twin mode, you can walk into the bedroom and sit down and swing your legs into bed just like at home - the queen set up means you can't walk past the bathroom/kitchen so you have to go on hands and knees to get into bed....for us this just doesn't work well.

To your questions, I have the backrest cushions wrapped and stored in the attic at home. I can get you some measurements if you need - in ours there are two long ones for the sides and two short ones at the head of the bed (a piece of plywood to fill in the foot end of the bed is stored under one of the beds).

But we found that if you have it set up as couches with the table then you have no where to put the back cushions when you want to go to bed at night when using the twin set up and aren't making the full bed. We always use the twin set up so the back cushions are in the way and that's why we leave them at home.

As to dining, I removed the odd factory seat behind the drivers seat and just have a cushion behind the table and spin the drivers seat around and we have a 2 person dinette instantly - not fancy but works well for us.

The way we use ours, the beds are always set up complete with bedding and pillows and therefore ready to use anytime (eg nap after lunch) and when we get to a campsite, aside from leveling and such, the only thing I need to do is swing the seats around and we are camping. We treat it like there are two basic rooms - dining/living room in the front and bedroom in the rear. And, with the bathroom rear door open and the pantry door open (they overlap in ours) it mostly closes off the bedroom so one can take a nap while the other is up reading, listening to music, or whatever.

We love ours. I realize I am prejudiced but IMO, these are the best of the breed for older class Bs - my back loves the high entry door every time I use it. I have the factory manual and have had ours since 2014 so feel free to ask questions. Again, if you want specific measurements and/or pictures, let me know (you can PM me too).

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Dave thanks for the info.

I've only had it for a week and today is the first day I pulled all the cleaning buckets, vacuums doghouse and all out to really see what I was working with and what might work for me.

I managed to crack a rib this morning but I will see if I can get some pictures tonight.

The factory 3rd seat is missing as well as whatever is carpeted and up against the wall as is the wall bracket and the table. I think there was also a microwave above this seat that has also been removed, there are some screw holes where something went. I do have a new black microwave in the RV but it was under the plywood they added when they added the queen size mattress in the back.

I do have that the one backrest from the bed area and using it to sit on to kind of gauge the height and feel of what the original cushions would have been like, if I were to ever try to use the back to sit in, I couldn't have more than the 4 inches that cushion is, it's made up of 2 inches medium density and 2 inches high density, without probably hitting my head on the overhead cabinets as you start to sit back.

My thought right now is to have the twin beds made up as beds, like yours, and have some large pillows or something that can be used for backrests and then moved to the middle back, in the space between the beds(i guess some came with some sort of nightstand here?) when your sleeping.

I did spin around both front seats, mine are both on pedestals, and I'm almost wondering about putting a pole in the floor to use between the two front seats then there could also be another maybe camp chair on the other side of the table where the 3rd seat was. There was a funky boat seat there that I took out as it was not comfortable and had a bad odor.

I guess my next step is to locate some cushions or beds that will fit on either side in the back.
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Congrats on the new (to you) RV! I have been looking for a 230 XLW myself. Any pics and more info on your Xplorer (miles, options, improvements, price perhaps?)

Congratulations again.
It's a 1998 with 93K

The bad it's missing the stuff I mentioned above and a couple more things, the 3rd seat, the front table, and microwave that was mounted above the 3rd seat(thought there is a new microwave) and the rear cushions and the rear table and pole are missing as is the gray water tank, yes the gray water tank. Like many of these the door fronts are losing their skins and several have been pealed and painted, I plan on doing the rest when I can. The outside could use paint but the body is in pretty good shape with only 2 dings that would need to be repaired before paint and both are about the size of a quarter. The LP tank was leaking around the gauge and I hope to be able to save the tank.

All that might be bad and a deal breaker for some people but not so bad for me. I've already fixed the cruse control, the dash AC, the heat pump/ac unit, a water leak, replaced the drivers window regulator, fixed the fridge installed the fantastic fan.... and I think that's it. I had most of the stuff so right now repairs are only around 120.00.

It came with around 800 dollars worth of new stuff in boxes, a new fantastic fan with the wireless remote, 3 new dump hoses(I don't know why so many) new bath shower head, new shower rod, camping plates, new camco stuff, unopened roll of reflictix... the list goes on and on.

I will have to replace the tires and there is a noise in the motor that may have to be addressed, my mechanic friend says drive it... I say fix it.

I want to drive it a few months before I start adding upgrades like solar and on board air for the air bags and stuff.
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Our 1995 Xplorer 230 has a odd sized bed across the entire back of camper. It runs length wise and is little smaller than a double bed. My wife and I are short so we fit well. It has a couch up front that folds out into a bed. It is equipped with a small pedistal table that stores when not in use in closet. The bed is hard and we have put a few different toppers on it. Still sucks. A friend of mine know a place that cuts foam to whatever size and thickness you want. Going to try this option.
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" there is a noise in the motor that may have to be addressed"
Those 360 v8 Magnum engines had lower intake manifold gaskets prone to progressive failure causing oil sludgeing and reduced oil flow that leads to catastrophic engine failure. The internet is full of articles describing this issue, and proper repairs. Simply installing a new gasket is not the best answer.
Best to address the noise issue now, not later when something breaks, such as complete engine failure.
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Our 1995 Xplorer 230 has a odd sized bed across the entire back of camper. It runs length wise and is little smaller than a double bed. My wife and I are short so we fit well. It has a couch up front that folds out into a bed. It is equipped with a small pedistal table that stores when not in use in closet. The bed is hard and we have put a few different toppers on it. Still sucks. A friend of mine know a place that cuts foam to whatever size and thickness you want. Going to try this option.
I wish I had the front couch it would give me more options with my kids.
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