Low Profile Versus Overhead Cab

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  1. CJB

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    Just surfing the dealers with a niggling voice telling me to buy a new motorhome. I was looking at the main types the A class and overhead cab models make sense to me, but I can't seem to see the main selling point of a Low Profile. You lose out on another double bed overhead or the storage space.

    Low profile owners out I am sure I am missing something, please set me straight.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    that is C class

    A class don't have a luton, but many have drop down cab beds. . eg Hymers.


    to answer the question .. low profile get better MPG, are not affected so much by cross winds.. and IMO look far better than many with a bulbous Luton body

    EDIT

    may have misunderstood your post ..
     
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  3. Judge Mental

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    had an overcab when we traveled as a family...no need anymore as kids adults and do their own thing... fuel consumption was much worse as well & handling atrocious.

    The good thing is it can keep overall length resonable
     
  4. Robert Clark

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    We've got an overhead bed which we find very useful as storage, having removed the mattress
    We just completed a 3000 mile journey and returned over 28 mpg
    The van is 7.6m long
     
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  5. lorger

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    Ours has a drop down bed above the dining area so no need for overcab one
     
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    Is there enough headroom to sit up in bed and read?
     
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    Our first van had a Luton which we didn't fancy sleeping in so was only used for storage. Our current van is low profile which has equivalent storage underneath the fixed bed.
    Agreed.
     
  8. Jim

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    Some overhead cabs are incorporated beatifully. Some aren't :rofl:

    UglyLuton.png
     
  9. JJ

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    To me a low profile is like a broken pencil... pointless.

    A Class with drop down bed, dinette, and rear lounge ROOLs.

    JJ :cool:
     
  10. StitchesnFluff

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    a class with drop down bed, try one for size
     
  11. mpdcymru

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    1. Able to sit up in all beds
    2, able to get into all beds EASILY
    3. difficult to fall out of beds
    4. If you did fall out of bed it won't hurt too much or disturb other sleepers too much
    5. Better fuel consumption
    6. opening roof light immediately above driver and passenger ensures fabulous through flow of air without buffeting
    7. Still some storage overhead which can be accessed from the driver/passenger seats whilst travelling (not whilst driving of course!)
    8. Less susceptible to cross winds
    9. Aesthetically more pleasing
    10. less expensive than an A-class
     
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  12. Gorse Hill

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    We have a low profile with a bed that comes down over the seating area and a fixed bed at the rear, the front bed comes down low, only need a step ladder with 3 rungs on it all in 7.5mtrs
    IMO an A class looks like a library bus with an 18foot dashboard, wasted space but everyone to there own
    Also think the low profile more aesthetically pleasing, but not to everyone
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  13. The Dude

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    Firstly I should say that we are a couple with no kids. We had a C class 2 berth low profile (Autotrail Savannah) with twin fixed beds. We now have a A class Pilote with fixed island bed and drop down bed over cab .......................................... I really miss all the internal storage I had in the Autotrail which was situated over the cab area. However our fixed island bed in the Pilote is the D.Bs. Another consideration is whether you have a dog or dogs. In our Autotrail we had loads of floor space for the dogs. We not longer have them (boo hooo) and I don't think we could have a dog much bigger than a Yorkshire terrier in the Pilote due to the lack of floor space. As always there are lots of considerations and compromises in choosing your motorhome.
     
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    We have a fixed bed over the garage at the back also, to answer your question yes I think it must be at least 3feet from mattress to ceiling I'm just a bit over 6foot and have no problem sitting up. We are selling though to just a double over the garage
     
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  15. Diabalo

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    Only slept in the Luton a few times in 8 years with our pervious van, it made a bloody good shed in the end.
     
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    If you have to take kids, an over cab bed is a godsend. You just let them have their little world up there and have no worries. No need to be cleaning up after them or constantly making beds. At bed time, you chuck 'em up there, pull the curtain and still have your lounge to yourself before you retire to bed.
    These low profiles with drop down beds are a stupid idea for family motorhoming.

    If we didn't need to take kids, we would have a low profile or A class.
     
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    As with Robert we've removed the mattress in our Hi-line Auto-trail to use as a storage area particularly for the lighter bulky things like the part side couch base and cushions from the half-dinette, big winter jackets, etc, etc..........
     
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    Overcab works well for me had best nights sleep in 30 years last week in pembs. And i do like to read aswell.
     
  19. Fatwheels

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    On the autotrail scout we ordered the high line as we wanted the over cab bed for the kids but it is only 3 inches taller than the low line figure that one out
     
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    It's personal choice. We have a fixed rear bed 7ft X 5ft and a drop down bed in the front of the same size if needed. Easy to get into got its own skylight, lights and you can sit up in it. I personally don't like the look of the Luton type overhang. Ok if you have kids for the extra space and it's like a camp for them.
     
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