Duvalay

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  1. Cliffy38

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    my wife has been looking at the Duvalay sleeping bags with built in memory foam mattress. At £100+ each they aren't cheap and would like to see if it is worth the investment. Does anybody know of shops that sell them or has one and can advise if they are worth the money.
     
  2. Moodybrook

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    Lots of threads on this chestnut, for me, I got one for the Mrs Moo and it considerably swung her opinion of MY, now OUR baby, (the van). She sleeps better in the van than at home. The fresh air and adventures may help but any way she loves it, the duvalay as well. ;)
    No one grudged the cost more than myself (Aberdonian, now ex communicated ! ), do buy the bag to roll it up into, to stash it away. You may as well, it is only money. I sleep well anyway, but I am tempted to get one for myself.
    So a guarded yes vote (y)
     
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  3. Gromett

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    I have answered this one on another similar thread. I think I am the only one who think they are rubish not just over priced. I wish I had stuck with a double duvet doubled over.
     
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    I agree.

    Overpriced, unnecessary,overweight,landfill material.
     
  5. BobtheBass

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    It's unbelievable how two people can have such completely opposing opinions of a product! We think they are up there with sliced bread in the most wonderful thing ever invented category, and wouldn't criticise them in any way. The price is fair for what you get (if you buy during Duvalays annual sale or at a show), and they are soooo comfy. Don't worry though, you don't have to deal with scary Hilary Devay at any time if that's what puts people off......
     
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    You will get differing opinions on this subject; do a search for douvaly on MF to see what I mean. For us, they are brilliant and great value for money but obvioulsy subjective as with all of the other replies you will see. But do take into consideration the space they take once rolled up. We have plenty of space under the OS bench seat so that is their home during the day. Many don't roll them up but instead put them on the overcab bed if available. If you do choose to buy and want to roll them up, buy the bag as recommended by Moodbrook. Good luck with your decision (y)
     
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  7. Lindacarole

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    Yes we love ours would not use anything else, it's just personal preference.
    LC
     
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    Duvalay = Brilliant (our opinion )
    Have been using them for years with various tog insert duvets according to the season. ... always snug & comfortable.(y)
     
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    We bought two. The ones with the summer and winter weight quilts, with the straps and storage bags included. We've only used them for one weekend So far, So the jury is still out, if I find them better than a quilt.
    I don't think they are worth the money. Can't see how they charge so much for them. The memory foam inside looks no better than the cheap ones you can buy at lidl. In fact it's covering is worse.
    Wish I'd looked at them before we invested. I'd have made our own.
    I suggest looking at a duvalay, first . Definatly.
     
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  10. grumps147

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    Your right, it's been done before, the search link shows 148 hits to date. If you counted the views on the threads then a lot of people see the name duvalay. If no publicity is the only bad publicity, then the dragons den lady could offer a £10 to everyone starting a duvalay thread. I reckon she would make a fortune.
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/search/9074422/?q=duvalay&o=relevance
    You get two responses in all the threads, they are the bees knees and worth the cost, or you have time and sewing skills to make your own and would never buy one.
    What I would like to see is one one who can make and sell similar for half the price.
     
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    or a third response from me.. .. what problem do they solve.. or a solution to a problem that doesn't exist ?

    sleeping bags, however fashioned, are for camping in a tent.. been there, moved on..
     
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    Love ours. Although we have the straps and bags to put them in, we find with just rolling them up and putting them on the overcab bed, they keep tidy and saves some faffing about - bed made in seconds.
     
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    fixed bed, fitted sheet, double duvet .. no faffing, just like home :D
     
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    Don't have a fixed bed, like to see out of the back, plus we have an old van.
     
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    Useful thread thanks. We were just about to push the 'buy' button for a couple of these but as they are quite expensive thought I'd take a look to see if any fellow funsters had commented on them. As we don't have a fixed bed and have to open it out we're keen on getting a bed base that we can just throw out in the evening and lie on rather than fitting sheets round the bed and these seem to fit that spec. Zip up sleeping bags are not for us, we find them too constricting in too many ways.

    There's a few threads on here about them and they do seem a bit 'marmite' - people either love them or not. I think they'll suit our needs well, but we might check out places like Dunelm and Ikea first just to see what they've got on offer in terms of toppers (to use with a duvet). According to the Duvalay website there's a place in southampton that stocks them so we'll call them to check they have them in stock and then nip there and make our decision.
     
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    We have the mattress toppers and for us they have been worth the money. We have a PVC so the beds are made from firm seats, tried the double duvet and also cheap memory foam from Dunelm and this is much better. I would not like the sleeping bags. We leave them rolled out otherwise storage would be a problem. Double fitted sheet on top and then Two thin quilts. We dont find they slip apart and still have the option of two singles if we are just on an overnight stopover.
     
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    Having looked at & tried lots of toppers do think that Duvalay foam in its thickest & most expensive Gold version mattress topper is the best that we have found. We have this mattress topper on our bed in the motorhome as could feel the steel frame slightly before but excellent now. Also have one of these on our bed at home for extra comfort & have another ready for our son for Uni as terrible beds with no padding at all that we have visited! These were all bought either with online or Show discount as we need to get the best value for our money.
    If we had to replace the motorhome mattress we would consider a Duvalay mattress as think that it looks like an improvement on the original & not cheap but then no need for a topper. Their bespoke shape service at a bit extra cost takes a long time but is done well.
    The sleeping bag version is a useful item for certain applications but prefer a topper & a duvet as not keen on polyester cotton - think they miss a trick there not doing a deluxe version. It is disappointing that the extra covers & accessories are so expensive with little or no competition on prices.
     
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    Another vote for fixed bed, fitted sheet, double duvet .. no faffing around
     
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    Bought ours to use on the single sofas in a U-shaped lounge, pulled out 100mm they helped make a good single bed, saved us making up a double bed with all that entailed and we could both get out at night if necessary. Found them very comfortable and since we've now got a fixed bed they only get used on the floor at home if we have too many for sleepovers.
     
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    We used a mattress topper in the last van, but now we have a PVC we just use a double duvet on the bottom, and a king size on the top. Lovely and comfy, easy to make the bed up, and takes up far less room.
     

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