Duvalay Worth It ? Or Not?

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  1. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Before we spend a fortune on a couple of duvalay "wraps" are they worth it ? Comfort wise, sleep wise?
    We had our first weekend away in "Pug" , granted we weren't , at all , ready but it was great. We got a good feel of him.
    I had my first drive from thompsons fish and chip shop on the A1 to the antique centre in Pickering where we had a night with Bob and Val ( weekenders) . He drives like a car, very easy , hard to believe he's an xlwb van. He's now got 200 miles on the clock !

    Anyway, Terry very kindly lent us a couple of lengths of firm foam , to sleep on.
    We took some huge sleeping bags ( meant for the morbidly obese , the bloke in the camping shop told us ) so we wouldn't feel restricted. But we did. We ended up using them as a quilt instead.
    The Foam Terry lent us was great to sit on, but too hard to sleep on. We'd like to go firm , when we take Pug to Regal Furnishings, because it stops the fabric on the bases sagging too. Keeping the upholstery looking nice.
    I know the memory foam toppers are great as we've had them before. But we like the idea of having the quilt and topper together.

    Do you think they are worth the cash. Do they take up less space , than a single quilt and a memory foam topper would , are they easier to store because of the holding bag?
    Anyone who have them , we'd be grateful of your opinion.
    Thanks.
     
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    I love them have had two for more than 7 years.
    They are bulky for storage.
    Maybe they have improved them but there is a cold spit at your feet.
    However they are still the best memory foam on the market IMO.

    Mel

    P.s.
    You can always pop in the factory see Liz and ask her to show you them.
    They used to be called Raskelf.
    Great firm and very helpfull.
     
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    We bought a couple when we had the U Shaped lounge in the old van. Used them as singles on the sofas and left them on all day. On the odd occasion we made up the double they were just as comfy and warm. :whistle: Not sure I'd want to keep putting them away every morning in the van. We use our own duvets on the new fixed bed as there's no need of the topper element. Handy in the house when we have extra guests.
     
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    Like Bailey58 had we have a u-shaped lounge and just unroll the Duvulays each night and use them as singles. Storage could be a faff but we have the overcab pod which takes the rolled up Duvulays and pillows.
    During spring/autumn we put an extra duvet inside so it's very snug, just take one of them out for summer use. The inconvenience of setting up and packing away the Duvulays is easily offset by the comfort. Probably our best buy for the MH, or at least close to the best.
     
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    If you have someone handy with a sewing machine, make your own. I won't argue that they are comfortable, but yes they are bulky to store (even the 2.5cm with a 4.5 tog quilt - the thinnest combination), are they worth the money, no! Can you make a 4.5 tog duvet (about £7 from poundstretchers), a foam topper (£50 for top quality, a lot less for less quality) two kingsize sheets and a couple of zips equal £120, I doubt it.
     
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    Very comfortable but as meor said, there is a lack of covering for your toes, I add a light blanket over the bottom in the winter.
     
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  7. Ralph-n-Bev

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    The ones we've been looking at are actually a double pack. Winter and summer weight quilt , with the thicker memory foam mattress and a carry bag to squish it into.
    We would store them under the U shape lounge , bench seats.
    We've decided against the cab blinds so we've saved a bob or too from not getting those.
    If we didn't have duvalays we'd have 2 single quilts and a sheet to store. Plus if we went for the firm foam when we get the upholstery done , which we are 90% certain to go for, we'd need a topper too. So we may actually save space getting the duvalay?
     
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    Love 'em
     
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    Whether they are worth it or not is a personal thing. We love ours and think they are worth every penny we spent on them. Yes they are bulky when rolled up but both fit under the offside bench seat which is approx 6ft long. It has the boiler and some heat ducting etc in there also. looks like that space was purpose built for them ;). At bedtime when I take the dog out, my wife makes up the beds, it's not a problem. In the morning, we can have them rolled up into the large storage bag and put away in minutes. They are cosy, comfortable and have loads of room. I agree with the thin areas around the bottom but if you are cold, put a pair of socks on (y)
     
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    Just to add
    I know many truck drivers that use these and sleep at least 4 nights a week in there truck.
    So they cant be that bad.

    Mel
     
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    Bought two at the NEC and used them for the first time at Easter. They are very good. I did not get cold feet, but then again Maisy sleeps at the bottom and keeps my feet warm
     
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    Bev, we had exactly the kit you discriped. Here's our view.

    Pros...

    Very comfortable topper part.
    no duvet slipping off the bed.

    Cons...

    Really bulky to store, we gave up and left them open on the bench seats with a throw over them in the day.
    Sheets quite scratchy, but we've been spoilt as we have a trillion thread count at home!
    No great difference between the summer or winter duvet thickness wise. Didn't bother changing over, just had the throw in winter if cold.
    If you want to put them together to sleep as a double they are awful...topper goes together but the duvets overlap in the middle, try imagining sleeping under 2 single duvets, you are both under the join.
    A bugger to wash as you have to take both the topper and the duvet out, they can't be tumble dried either.

    Bev are you always planning on sleeping as 2 singles?
    In the end I made a separate removable cover for the topper, left that unrolled on the bench seats and used the duvet in a normal single quilt cover, which we stored easily in the van.
    Then if we wanted to use the beds as a double, the toppers just went next to each other and we used the 2 quilts horizontally so no gap, see what I mean?!

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    They are no smaller to store than a topper and a duvet, just because they are joined together they don't get smaller! Once in the bag about the size of a large kitchen bin.

    As to price, it's worth every penny to be comfortable and sleep well.

    However, you could make your own cheaper by sewing 2 single duvets together down a long and short edge.
     
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    It's down to personal taste. We looked at them but decided that the price wasn't right. Instead we bought a 4 season super king size duvet and 2 covers - the type that come as 2 duvets that fasten together. When it's cold we use the thin one underneath and the thick one on top and vice versa when it's warm.
     
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    We have them, but I am a bit of a wriggler in bed which can make them a bit uncomfortable as the mattress piece gets all mangled up.
     
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    If you leave them open on the seats, does this have any affect on the topper - does it squash it?
     
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    No, it's less squashed than if it was rolled up and stored. It just makes your seats an inch or 2 higher.
     
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    We have Duvalay mattress toppers (gold) & they are very good - especially when bought in their sale :)
     
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  19. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Yes, mousy, we are planning on having 2 permanent singles. We've not made the Pug with an optional double.
    Ralphs a wriggler and a snorer , Chris , too.
    I'm a light sleeper .
    I slept like a log in Whitby this weekend . So did Ralph. No restless leg syndrome etc.
    It wasn't the booze !
    I thought it would be weird having single beds. But your only a foot away , from each other.

    So when there's rumpy pumpy going on it will have to be a ,
    " now go back to your own bed and pull your vest down ." job !;):rofl:

    We will also have the webasto heating fitted soon , so I doubt , with all the insulation Ralphs put in , that we will get cold feet.
    Though the winter quilt should save us having to have the heating so high.
    The bed base only has the wheel arch in it.
    So plenty room, Ralphs fixing on Insulated underslung tanks. I don't fancy keeping the duvalays out all the time.
    We don't do throws.
    I think I'll get Ralph to order some tonight. We like the cappuccino colour to blend with our upholstery fabric choice the best. As long as people think they are a good product, we can warrant the cost.
    Thanks for everyone's opinions . It's a yes. :BigGrin:
     
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    Just a thought
    Could you get regal to make seats reversible with one side firm for day use and flip over cushions for a softer side for sleeping on

    Don't laugh I ain't recovered yet from dragging our Izzi up and down them bloody steps and hills
     
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