'Made Up' Rear Lounge Beds

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  1. Steve304

    Steve304 Read Only Funster

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    Only picked up our motorhome last Friday and we are busily trying to get everything ready for our 'maiden voyage', probably sometime next week.

    We have been provided with some excellent information from the motorhome dealer regarding the obvious items we will need prior to our first trip, but it's the not so obvious things which we are unsure of. So hopefully, you can help us out here?

    For example. Our motorhome has an over-cab bed but as we are both around six feet tall, we intend using the make up rear lounge bed as this will be far more roomy. However, we were unsure as to whether it's normal to just lay sheets directly onto the cushions, or are there more hygienic and comfortable solutions?

    Thanks for your help.

    Steve:thumb:
     
  2. chaser

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    We put the matteres off the top bunks on the bottom one, twice the thickness then:Smile:
    If we are on our own we just leave it made up and sit on it in the day
     
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    That thought also occurred to me on my first night!. We settled on two cheap mattress toppers that go directly onto the cushions. We are currently using sleeping bags to sleep in. The topper acts as a barrier between the bag and the cushion. My main concern was prolonged sleeping directly on the cushions would cause wear.
     
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    We also use a foam mattress topper.
    Then a kingsize fleecy underblanket and a quilt..

    You may also find that turning the cushions over will give a flatter base and avoid wear on fabric... At first it will be trail and error trying the base cushions in different positions..
     
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    We used to turn ours over in the caravan but now in the MH if we did this we would be sleeping on the plywood base of the slide out cushion..... I have removed this sliding mechanism as we use our beds as singles. Also this enables us to put fitted sheets over the seat cushions. Between the cushion and seat goes a foam camping mat so we get a smooth surface and less condensation transmission. We can now access the under bed storage with ease without breaking our backs too.
     
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    Thanks

    Thanks to everyone for your kind replies. It's good to know that our initial thoughts and plans were correct, but there's nothing like seeking advice from fellow motorhomers who have gone through exactly the same issues.

    Steve :Smile:
     
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    We use a thin matress topper & 2 duvets, 1 summer weight & 1 winterweight then we use them top or bottom depending on the temperature (only used winterweight on top so far this year :Rofl1:). Covers removable and washable.
     
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    We have a rear lounge which makes up into 2 single beds. We each use a double duvet folded in half - lie on the bottom half and cover yourself up with the top half. Much more flexible than a sleeping bag, loads cheaper than Duvalay and easy access to under seat lockers.
     
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    We removed the table that forms the bed base and all the cushions ( reduced a lot of weight).

    I then made a base out of bed lats ( better ventilation ) then bought a full size memory foam mattress £130 ,

    We use a fitted thermal cover on the mattress plus a sheet and a Duvet on top .

    Result , more comfort , less weight and more storage space under the now fixed bed :thumb:
     
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    as a cheap alternative to the mattress topper you could use a duvet underneath - depends how comfortable your rear bed is as to whether an expensive mattress topper is the best alternative
     
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    Our mattress topper only cost £30 from Amazon :thumb:
     
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    We asked this question of a neighbour of ours who have been motorhoming for 20 odd years and apparently they use a duvet on the bottom and one on top job done then just roll up and place in the overcab when not in use

    Good luck and enjoy:thumb:
     
  13. B-well

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    big double sleeping bag, x2 different duvets then you have all the alternative combination solutions you need.
    have fun on your travels.
     
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    It might be worth asking, have you actually tried the overcab bed? Our first thought was, "there's no way we'll be climbing up there to sleep in that!". Then, just as a matter of interest we gave it a go. We're both fairly tall but even stretching out we don't reach the bottom and it's such a lovely big bed that we've never considered using the downstairs ones. We can leave the bedding where it is, nothing to stow away and it's ready whenever we are.

    Don't discount it without trying. :thumb:

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    The pull down bed was one the motorhome features that got us hooked :)
     
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    we do the same, Dunelm are doing a king size matress "memory topper " for £99 (cheaper if you look on ebay) v. comfy!
     
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    We also turn our cushions over. Thin duvet on the bottom, then a fitted mattress protector and then a fitted sheet followed by the top duvet. In the morning we fold the top duvet and then flip the four corners on the sheet etc and fold up. Making the bed then probably takes about 2-3 minutes.:thumb:
     
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    I agree pretty much with the above we use two duvets one under one over much easier and more comfy than sheets ,then if we want to we have the option of sleeping on the side bunks without the need to carry any more bedding we just use our overcab bed to store them :thumb: sorted
     
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