Making up beds each night? Opinions please

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  1. Toffs-G

    Toffs-G Read Only Funster

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    Hi,

    We have potentially narrowed our search down to two possibilities.

    A little bit of background is, we had an Elnagh Baron 46 a 7m coachbuilt with bed over garage no swivel seats and just a dinette to lounge in. Apart from the narrow rungs on the ladder and the lack of lounging space we had a great time in the MH and used it frequently.

    Due to the two issues above we decided to sell it and bought a 32ft Winnebago partly for the layout partly up until we decided to sell it I thought Winnebago was the holy grail of motorhoming ( how we live and learn :cry: ). Don't get me wrong the layout was great with island bed at the back, push out sofa mid section large divided off shower room area etc. However as we discovered to our cost and partly literally we didn't take into consideration the impact of the fuel economy :Doh: mainly cause I just wanted one and the size was just way to impractical for OUR style of use hence we couldn't take it out for the day easily etc. ( i mean no disrespct to RV owners it just didnt suit us) and when we went to lake garda we couldn't get into camping butterfly (that's another story) eventhough they said we could and then ended up hiring a car all on top of £800 of fuel for the round trip.

    So now we are going back down to earth. To cut a long story short (probably that's too late now) how do people find making up the bed each night?

    We are considering the Chausson Flash 10 namely as it is 6m only yet 4 berth with dinette that makes up to a double and pull down double over the dinette making a kind of double bunk, one for junior and one for Cathy and I not sure which way round but worried we are going too small after the RV

    We are also looking at the Chausson welcome 69 a 7m MH with French bed and pull down over dinette bed but obviously the benefit of a fixed rear bed and the pull down bed just being there and ready when you pull it down.

    So would appreciate thoughts on the making up of a bed each night, is it that much of a hassle?

    We really need to get this one right :Doh:

    Thanks
    G
     
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    I changed a perfect Autosleeper Legend for a Chausson Welcome 85 purely because I got fed up with the rigmarole of making up and dismantling the bed every day.
    It worked fine on fortnight holidays but when i retired and started spending several months away then it really became a grinding chore.
     
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  3. Brisey

    Brisey Funster Life Member

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    We changed our AutoSleeper Ravenna for an Autotrail Apache 632 for exactly the same reasons.

    Brisey & Pamelaaar.
     
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    My last van was a fixed bed but I felt we sacraficed space for it and had no kick back area. Kicking back with a table does not work for me , too cramped :Sad: My current van is a rear lounge , when we arrive we make the beds up as singles and that is how they stay until we move on . I find this works really well and have no current problems with it , obviously if we had people in for a drink then beds would be put away. :Wink:
     
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    We got fed up with bed making in our Autoquest and would have changed it last year even if Mr Asda hadn't given us a helping hand :BigGrin: Fixed bed in the Burstner is much easier :thumb:
     
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    Making beds every night can be a right pain, but for how long it takes 5 to 10 minutes, you get used to it. I Do it all the time.
     
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    The easy option I took ........simples. Got an RV with full size double bed :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Oh sorry you have no room in a Eurobox for a proper bed :cry:
    Go back to an RV
    Any thing else will not Mach what you had
     
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  8. jonandshell

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    WARNING,WARNING!!!!:Eeek:

    Don't be seduced by all those good-looking low profiles!

    Your little 'un won't be happy unless there is an overcab bed to make his den in!!!!!:BigGrin:

    Those drop-down beds might be trendy, but wouldn't it be nice to have a ready-made lounge you can use at any time? Plus where will you store all his toys and gadgets when the drop-down bed is stowed away?

    Just a thought and only a personal opinion, you understand!:BigGrin:
     
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  9. MHVirgins

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    We have the rear u-shaped lounge in our Autoquest, but have the bed "made up" most of the time because it's just the two of us in a 6 berth and it's ready to jump into at night. So it's fixed for us at the moment.

    We tend of eat, read, use laptop etc at the centre table and watch the tv spread out on the rear bed in the evening:Smile: The overcab bed is used for storage only, we would be lost without this.

    I hated having to make up the bed at the rear, so suggested that Bill did it for a change:Wink: so after a lot of huffing and puffing, he decided we were as well to keep it made up as a bed when away and that's how we are at the moment.

    But we are looking for another van because I like the idea of stretching on a side settee. We would need a fixed rear bed for this, which would save a lot of hassle having to make the beds each time. However, a lot of people have said that a "fixed bed" is a waste of space.

    I suppose it's down to what's right for you and how many there are of you.
    There's only us two in a 6 berth van, but then again I would like a separate shower..........that's another story:RollEyes:
    Margaret:BigGrin:
     
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    Two kings in ours!:BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks:thumb:

    I can see where this is heading to not make up a bed every night and we do at least know that we can use a 7m MH frequently.

    Cheers
    G
     
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    We looked at vans for 2 years and always both returned to our bessacarr with island bed. Had it for over 3 years now and wouldn't change it for the world. Plenty of space up front in lounge and the option of the bed at the back to literally fall back on.
    Would still not like. The idea of making up the beds each day as we travel for3 months at a time. On the other hand, if you are away only for a couple of weeks, a shorter van will give you the option of getting out and xabout more. We tend to anchor up for a while, get the awning and panels up and use elecric bikes and public transport.

    Lin
     
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    :BigGrin:
    Bill has just asked what I was typing on here and I said it's a question regarding "making up the bed at the rear".

    His answer, "Oh, now that is a real pain in the a££se"!!:Angry:
    Margaret
     
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    Make up

    Purchased Dethleffs I6611 as it had two single beds at rear- they are there and don't need to go through procedure of making up beds and putting everything away each time we stopped somewhere.
    I have mobility problems and we have watched other able bodied friends who are more mature than we are, making up beds and folding everything up when they stop and move off.
    Our beds are always made up, means you can use your storage space for other bits and bobs, or for the things that you find abroad that are good value and that you don't really need, but you buy them anyway.
    Everyone to their own - what works for some, won't suit others, the permanent, twin bed layout works for us, and faithful friend Honey the boxer - she won't have the patience to wait while the bed was being made.
     
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    Aah hasn't thought of that and it would be the first time in an MH with a child. This takes us back to a Chausson Welcome Top 58 we have seen on the Travelworld website

    Thanks for the advice :thumb:

    G
     
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    Auto Sleeper Sigma

    Our M/H has a rear longue which turns into our bed at night etc.
    Simple!! I walk the dog last thing at night, wiffee makes the bed and vice versa in the morning.
    Only takes a few minutes and she doesn't mind doing it.
    If we are travelling down to Spain for the winter we use the single beds en route.
    Works for us:thumb:
     
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    Nice Van!:thumb:

    Great minds think alike! I prefer the drive wheels at the rear, though! The Fiat cab makes for an airier lounge than our Tranny one though!:cry:

    Good luck with your search!:thumb:
     
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    Thanks !!!!

    Looks very nice we have been looking on the Highbridge website not sure how we missed this or did we:Eeek:, we have been looking at so many the mind boggles.

    I was just talking to Cathy and she was saying that as we have had a 24ft overcab coachbuilt and we know that apart from the the lounging and ladder which with this would be sorted as the seats swivel etc and there are steps up to the rear bed that maybe we could go with slight change to what we know

    Cheers
    G
     
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    Been there done that.
    Get rid of the Rv while you still can we got rid of ours for the same reasons too expensive to run and turned away from too many sites, every trip had to be planned which didn't suit our type of travelling. The extra space is ok but not worth the hassle. Now got a German Hymer 25ft far better build quality can use all year round not just in warm weather. Never been turned away from a site and we've been all over Europe in it, owned 3 years had no major problems. Full size rear bed over garage in fact we have the same Raskelf topper from the RV on it and its identical in size. Nice lounge sits 6 easily big sofa and 3 captain chairs and table. Plus a huge garage which carries our 650 m/bike on board and a massive payload. Had a Autotrail once with a make up bed what a pain in the ass never again, once I've had a few the last thing I'm capable of is making a bed. If I couldn't have a rear bed I'd go for the overcab and keep the floor space free for lounging.
    Good Luck: thumb:
     
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