... a 2019 Unity FX as their new RV. It has a version of your porthole modified Murphy bed in it. Smaller windows, no apparent opening covers/framing but with a plywood hinged cover, against the folded mattress that drops down when the bed is lowered. It appears that your great idea was thought so by Leisure as well. Kudos for a great innovation and design.
Greg & Marsha Locke
G & M: Thanks for the heads up. I watched the Wendlandt's video, as well as LTV's 2019 FX promo video (again). This was my first exposure to the Wendlandts and their videos. I will confine my comments to the windows.
1. This is not an unexpected development. (See my 2018-09-18 post above).
2. This is either an LTV mid-model year change, or it did this as an R&D project just for the Wendlant's unit, so it could get some real-world feedback. The openings are not shown in LTV's 2019 FX promo video.
3. It's hard to tell from the video, but it appears that LTV's openings are square, and while higher are not as wide as the oblong portholes I used. I am not sure why LTV would do that, given that the sidewall windows have not changed.
4. The flop-down panel is interesting. At the 2018 rally, LTV designer Angelo Natuzzi suggested that I could remove the glass from my portholes as unnecessary because there was sufficient support for the mattress extension. I did that, and he was correct. However, with square openings, LTV may have decided that the mattress extension needed support. And, the panel does make for a more finished look that hides the end / top of the mattress from view with the bed up.
5. I would have expected a more finished molding around the openings, which look a little raw. And rounded, rather than 90 degree corners. Again, however, this may be due to a rush R&D installation for the Wendlant's unit.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Given that I have no utility patent, I don't expect any royalties to start pouring in!
I wonder if leisure will sell it as retro fit.
Flex: I don't see this as a retrofit, except in the form of a factory modification. That is, it would not be worth the cost to ship out an entire new platform, but LTV's shop could do this project, cutting new holes in an existing platform, in a couple of hours at most. But this is not a hard project to do, using the directions I posted. Now, with the LTV / Wendlandt video, one doesn't even need marine portholes. Just careful measurements, cutting of holes of appropriate size, trimming out the openings with nice looking molding and addition of the hinged panel. Piece of cake.