Island bed motorhomes

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  1. Cliffdale

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    A couple of weeks ago I asked for suggestions for motorhomes with island beds. I thought it would be useful to put together your suggestions, just in case someone else is searching for the info.

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/name-this-island-bed-motorhome.135895/

    Below is a summary!
    7090
    Burstner T740.
    Dethleffs do a black magic edition
    Pilote p650
    Rapido 691
    Burstner T740
    Carthago C- Tourer T150
    Hymer Tramp CL698
    Hymer Exsis T598
    Hymer ML-T630
    Benimar mileo 294
    Dethleffs Esprit T7150 DBM
    Burnster ixeo IT734
    Adria Matrix 670SC
    Roller team 695

    And yes, we are still pondering over island bed or rear lounge, for 2 of us and occasionally 3.

    We have booked accommodation for NEC weekend and hopefully will put down a deposit!!
    Favourite so far is Apache 700. But must have a look at the others before parting with money.

    Cliff
     
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    We've got a Rapido 9090 which is the A-class version of the 7090. The A-class cab give you slightly more space inside.

    It meets all of your original requirements apart from "not A-class" Is there anything specific you have against A-classes?
     
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    We have the Burnster IT734, the front double drop down bed is the only one on the market that is length ways and massive, another big advantage is that it comes down low to seat level and in one operation, very pleased with it so far having had a van where the front bed was traverse and quite high up
     
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    Chausson 718?
     
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    Elddis Encore 254 has an island bed !! we bought ours in June !!
     
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    Have you considered a Kon-tiki 625?
     
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    Kon tiki ....669 we love ours .
     
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    Many thanks for your suggestions!

    I like the Kon tiki but I am trying to stay under 7.5m.

    For the 'A' class, its just a personal thing, I just prefer the coach built models.

    Its really hard deciding what to buy, rear lounge, island bed and swmbo thinks smaller so we can get in more carparks! Aggh!!
     
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    Chausson allegro 97 crossways island bed 7.3m.
     
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    Why do u want to get in to car parks . We never take ours in to town unles traveling though . We do take our 29ft to Morrison with no trouble . We have EBikes to get in to the nooks n cranys lol
     
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    Presumably you have made your mind up on an island bed ? What made your mind up?
     
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    No, not made up my mind yet!! That's the big problem.... I like the end U lounge, cosy and more usuable space in the day. Island bed because they are comfier and no need to climb over each other to get in / out. Bed more convenient left made up. And to throw in another issue, go smaller to get in more carparks??!!

    I like them all!

    I think the NEC will help make my mind up
     
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    When we looked at our second motorhome, we took into consideration the following points.
    Fixed beds take up app.a third of the MH space which cannot be utilised during the day.
    Fixed beds make the MH longer and not as manoeverable as shorter ones ( I'm sure others will disregard this point but it is a fact).
    Then we come to the reason to have a motorhome, do you want to stay a long time in one place and see the countries from the motorways and main roads or do you want to travel the small roads and move on often, if the latter then long isn't necessarily ideal. Best of luck.
     
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    It's the best compromise is the difficult bit. Yes we want to tour Europe 6 to 8 weeks and we also are looking forward to small village stops, new Forrest etc. Also a 50 50 mix of wilding and paid sites. Next year is definitely Spain
     
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    We have an end U shape lounge and it really suits us. We have a lovely big lounging area during the day which quickly converts into a huge super king size bed at night (or we could use it as two singles). Our van is only 6.3m but there are still some small car parks where we struggle (although not many). We walk or use bikes in those cases. We've also been on a few sites (and it is only a very small number) where a longer van would have been tricky.

    For how we use the van, I think I'd find anything much longer to feel a bit restrictive but I guess you just get used to what you have and use it accordingly.

    That didn't help at all did it? :)
     
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    I agree with you about compromises. We've been looking for homes too. I actually like the twin singles at back with the middle bit, but also like the island bed like you.
    I've been looking at A class, coz homers on here said they are better for longer term trips, as have double floors, better insulation etc.
    I agree about the rear lounge, for chilling out in. If you put all the bits you want in the mix you end up with a Behemoth.
    I would never of looked at a fiat as a car, never appealed to me, but if you look at the majority of homes they are mostly fiat ducato on a Al-ko chassis. I would prefer a mercedes, because I'm programmed to think that Mercedes are quality and last.
    I look closely at the weight, I know if I get an A class, with a decent size garage, I will need at least 4000kg, otherwise I will have to go on a diet. I would prefer a 150 P.S minimum, driving round at 4 tonne you need a bit of grunt.
    It is difficult to find the ultimate home, unless you pay some serious money, and then they are huge.
    good luck on your search.
    we are going to NEC too.
    cheers Jezza
     
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    @Muddibootz

    Hi and thanks for the reply

    Just googling Elddis Autoquest.. what is the model number of your u shaped lounge? very interested to see what you have!
     
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