Over Cab Beds

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  1. Figaro

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    Still saving & having the occasional look what`s for sale but something intrigues me....

    How do people find the over cab beds in Hymer A class and others ? They don`t look very user friendly or very stable for that matter. Which way round do people sleep, head first or feet towards the open end ? If head towards open end how easy is the manouver to about turn ?

    BTW had a great 10 nights in Brittany in hired MH in June, that had an island bed at the back though !
     
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    My Itineo has one! We use it in preference to the fixed bed at the back.
    It is bigger and you sleep across the van.

    Very comfy with room to toss n turn!!
     
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  3. Figaro

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    Across, right, that had not occurred to me. Can you leave the duvet in place all the time and just shove it up in the day out of the way ?
     
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    Yes, the bed made up with pillows, duvet & ladder all stow ok.

    Mike
     
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    Whatever takes your fancy really....
     
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    Our old Hymer camp has said bed.....We started to use it at first, however, it's not all that easy to climb up to. Fine when you were up there, but getting out for an over age 60 wee at 0300 is not easy.
    Our biggest problem came one early morning, when....well.....one small thing led to a large thing.......And I got my ar*e jammed against the roof, between it and my beloved...:blush:

    It took the AA three hours to get me off.

    Since then, we sleep on the fantastic rear accommodation. :crying:
     
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    We use ours for storage. We prefer the fixed queen size rear bed as there are only two of us.
    We have had family use the over cab bed and they say it is very comfy. Side to side.

    The ladder is stable as is the bed and it is a one man job to put it back up as it is cantilevered.
     
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    We use the over cab all the time ,it's great, large and comfy, the ladder was bit of an issue which I sorted with some foam pipe insulaton, now nice and easy on the feet if nature calls in the night.
    In the days it all lifts out of the way pillows duvets etc all out of the way.
    It suits us fine at present.
     
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    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!

    They take up no space whilst travelling or during the day. The whole of the van is available to use as it is designed.

    At night I turn one chair through 180deg, the other through 90deg, press a button and we have a bed which is almost ready to climb into (the duvet has to be folded back and the ladder clicked into place). Time taken: less than 30 seconds. The rest of the van is available to use as it is designed.

    In the morning, the process is reversed: possibly 1 minute.

    Our bed has sprung slats, original mattress + memory foam (2") topper. Really comfortable.

    Barbara has arthritis (fairly advanced) but manages quite easily, even in the dead of night. I sleep on the "inside" and often climb out without disturbing her - Gordon
     
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    I use mine and love it,fold it away after a bit of an airing,then ready to drop down at end of day and climb in.:)
     
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    Would not want any other, a push and it's up made up and out of the way for the day. Ladder up in the evening up to bed really comfortable, will hold two 20 Stone people.
     
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    Blimy Carol I wouldn't fancy trying to get up there at 20st:eek:
    Having said that I was 15st a few months ago so I suppose not that inconceivable:whistle:
     
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    And hopefully will get a chance to try real soon;)
     
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    Certainly convenient and ours is massive.. But doesn't replace our fixed rear bed in any way. Great for kids though..
     
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    I'd agree with sdc77. Udo's is huge and conveniently drops down low enough so a ladder isn't needed. It's ideal for my son as a very large bed. Udo has a king-size fixed rear anyway.

    Takes a few seconds to pull down and retract. It's always fully made-up and has its own roof window / vent thing, plus lighting and storage up there, too.
     
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    Does the OP mean an over cab bed or a drop down bed?

    I use the drop down bed in my Hymer.

    I am 6'4" and 130 kilos and I sleep like a log both at night and at siesta time...

    JJ :cool:
     
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    If it's a drop down bed check how easy it is to put down and back up. It was one job I dreaded in our old Hymer - yes the bed was cantilevered and was usually a doddle but now and again (and usually when I was in a hurry) it just wouldn't click back into the "day position".

    It was very comfortable for sleeping though.
     
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    It was the drop down bed I had seen frequently in the Hymer models I looked at
     
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    Drop down beds are fine. Our last MH a Dethless had a drop down bed that was the only double, it was OK but a bit high climbing in. Our current Rapido has a fixed rear bed which is what we use, but the front drop down one is very comfortable and comes low enough to not need a ladder. We usually use it for storage of spare bedding and towels etc, but it has been slept in occasionally and is fine.
     
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    It must have been the trumpet.
     
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