Hymer Drop Down bed ..is it any good ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Am thinking on buying an older Hymer.. probably a B544 but won't rule out other models.. will have to wait and see what is available when we are in a position to buy.. hopeful in a month or so..

    what I want to know is the Drop Down over-cab bed practical and comfortable for two adults.. ? Is there enough head room.. can the person at the back get over the person at the front .. ?

    or would you only consider it as a useful extra bed for occasional use.. does anyone use it as their 'main' bed.

    We used to own a Karmann with an over cab luton bed but it was too low for my liking and made me feel claustrophobic..

    as we don't want to use the dining table bed as 'our' bed, if this were the case with the drop down bed we need to re think.
     
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    From what I have personally seen Jim, they are the comfortable and easy answer to the long standing problem of 'going to bed'. We have a luton, and we both sleep up in the Gods, but the pull down version means more headroom, and a much shorter ladder, just a matter of folding the front seat backs forwards. Some of the 'B' models you mention had a centre bed option, where the unit lowers down over the dinette, but not come across one yet.
     
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    The drop down bed suits us well, easy to use and very comfortable. Never had a luton bed but can't imagine that the drop down is any worse.

    Always the risk of a drunken fall but it hasn't happened yet !

    Will say that our previous 1998 Hymer bed was much harder to move (gas struts needed replacing?) and the mattress was just foam and not nearly as comfortable as our current sprung one.

    Having slept on a made up dinette though, drop down wins every time.....
     
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  4. JockandRita

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    That's exactly how we would use ours Jim, and for soft storage, ie, spare bedding and cusions, etc.
    I have to say though, that everyone one we have spoken to, who do use the drop down bed as their main bed, say that it is extremely comfortable. (y)

    Rita and I didn't relish climbing over each other to get to the toilet during the night, and that's why we went for the rear fixed bed. Upon Jim & Sian's recommendations, we've added a Raskelf mattress topper to that, which has made it mega comfy. No more lower backache since. ;-)

    BTW, check the cantilever mounting points on any drop down bed you are looking at. I caught mine just in time to retighten the nylock nuts. Other's haven't been so lucky, and it's a fair old weight when it becomes unsupported. :eek: Ask Jim. ;)

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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    As a footnote to my post above, the HymerTramp 155 has the pull down bed over the centre dinette. Quite rare, I think, but looks nice. :)
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    thanks for the quick and useful replies.. sounds like it would be ok..

    but to satisfy ourselves, probably our best bet is to try one out at a dealers..
     
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    Jim, I have all the Hymer model bed layouts and interiors on PDF if you want them, (from the early to late 90's). Just PM me an email addy, and I will forward them to you. (y)
     
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    When the bed is in the up position can the duvet and pillows be left in place or has the bed to be stripped each morning ? Cheers
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    thanks.. if it's the same as this I already have a copy ..http://web.archive.org/web/20100706162748/http://www.dmiuk.com/sale_hylay.php

    if better than that please email to. scotjimland(at)gmail.com
     
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    We leave ours made up, complete with four pillows
     
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    Nearly, but I also have the colour sales brochures from the time showing layouts, and upholstery options for all the different models. Will post them to you.
     
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    Excellent motorhome Jim. We use it as the main bed in our B544, I'm eighteen stone, Siân' eight. And we use it around 100 nights a year no problems. Brilliant bed. (y)
     
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    I have a b654, and mine has 2 opposing sofas, rather than a dinette.
     
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    We use the drop down bed in our 2001 B584 every night and find it very good, no making bed each night and no wasted space during the day. The person on the in-side can get out with the outer person just moving legs a bit and you can sit up for a morning drink.
     
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    Cheers Moho . It is a style of van we are considering , but have never owned or used. Making the bed up each night now is becoming less appealing .
     
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    We both like the old Hymers and decided on b544 (or an S555 ) for several reasons..

    length <6mt, fits our drive with comfort.
    5 berth, (useful for grand kids)
    4 belted seats,
    good size kitchen, toilet and shower..
    drop down bed, almost as good as a fixed bed..


    as we will have Chaz with us for a few more years the single sofa will make a bed for her and still leave the dining table free for the early morning cuppa .. and no need to rush to bed if she is tired before us.. later on we will probably have the grand kids with us.. no escaping kids eh.. :rolleyes:

    would have loved a fixed bed layout, but in a short van I think it uses up too much floor space.. from the useful replies, it looks like the drop down bed is a compromise I think we can live with..

    as I mentioned earlier, much will depend on what is available when we go to look, the B544 is a popular van and they don't hang about long before being snapped up.. so nothing ruled out .. we may even import if required.
     
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    Our b544 was dinette and bench layout, fabulous but not ideal when you have kids, as had to make their bed each night...

    New van is b524, with bunks for the kids, drop down for us. Another great van but do I ever miss the old bench seat....best lounger ever !
     
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    Only 2 of us , but a 3rd belted seat would useful . No need for another berth son can sleep in tent if he visits for a cheap weekend. Also think an a class will give us more room for the same length we have at the moment.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    only negative I've read about the 544 is the low(ish) payload... ?
    but we want to keep at max of 3.5t so that Jan can drive..

    any comments ?
     
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    We have the 584 with the drop down bed, (had it 10 years) only ever use the drop down bed, always leave it made up with quilt pillows etc. we find it very comfortable easy to climb in and out of and would not think of sleeping anywhere else. Then of course when it's up loads of space.
     
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