Transverse or over cab bed?

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  1. Mousy

    Mousy Funster Life Member

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    We are changing vans, we now need a 4 berth. We want a European double floor with garage.

    Ideally we like the layout of two longitude rear beds with the option of making into a double and an over cab bed. However, that makes for a long van mostly over 8 metres which we don't want. We want 7.5 or below. (Access to our drive issues).

    So my question is....are transverse a real pain in the arse?

    Do you use your over cab bed or your transverse if you have both?

    I'm thinking trips to the loo in the middle of the night. Etc.
     
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  2. DuxDeluxe

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    Usual A class overcab bed for us - I just get kicked when Dawn climbs over me but not really a problem. No, not too drunk to wake up either ;)
     
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  3. Zains Pops

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    Always use the over cab, it's v comfy,always made up,has good ventilation,and even at our great age the access is OK even for overnight,loo visits.:D:smiley:
     
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    We both have the trip to the loo problem (2 each per night!!!). We have 2 singles (as you call it longitudinal) and find that works well for us. But ours is only a three berth and does not have an over cab bed. We are both light sleepers and would wake up if somebody tried climbing over us.

    If you want double floors they are usually only found on A class vehicles. Ours is a C class and is 7.23m long. I think the equivalent A classes are a bit longer.
     
  5. Dazzlin

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    Prob dont want to hear this. We have the twin singles you put first.
    Would always go for these!
    Good nights rest, and more space each than sharing a double.
     
  6. Robert Clark

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    Over cab bed is a nightmare. Struggling down the ladder to visit the loo.
    Fixed bed is the only way to go
     
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    Our Flair was two singles plus the front drop down when we bought it, slept one night in the singles and then converted it to a King size double much better, well suits us anyway.
    Should add never used the drop down front bed.
     
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    Ours is 7.5 long double floor tag axle huge transverse over a big garage. In fact the bed is exactly the same size as our 38ft RV had. Double over the cab never slept in it but everyone else who has says it's very comfortable.
    We were worried about a transverse bed thought we wouldn't like it but we love it it's so big and comfy. Getting in and out is no problem once you've mastered it. Don't be put off we definitely don't think the extra length needed for longitudinal beds is worth it. Transverse gives us big bed big lounge and 650 cc motorbike in the garage at just 25ft
    Perfick :)
     
  9. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Ours has a king size over cab bed , that we use. Plenty room.
    An l shape settee that will make into a double, or you can use it as a single unmade.
    Two fixed bunks and a child's size single. It's got a great layout . 4 x 3 point seat belts, one rear lap strap.
    Plenty lounging about space. Swivel front seats, yada yada yada
    Great kitchen. Separate shower cubicle. Just 7.2 metres long.

    But we are doing our own conversion. Downsizing .
    Once the van finally gets made and delivered. So she will be up for sale after the new year or spring sometime. Maybe later now , depends, as we still want our offs whilst it's being converted.
    If anyone's interested? :blush::laughing:
     
  10. cliffandger

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    Why do you suddenly need a 4 berth? Is there something you need to tell the group? ;):)
     
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    The problem as I see it with an over cab bed is that you can't sit up in bed and have a cup of tea in the morning. Wheras with a transverse or Island bed you can - small but crucial difference
     
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  12. Judge Mental

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    Large Overcabs are fine to sleep in but not much good for anything else! Fuel consumption, height, handling affected, access...no tea in bed?!?!

    Transverse makes best use of space. Try and find a low roof that lounge converts to a double. Will it be 4 people all the time...
     
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    Dawn found out the hard way when she first tried.......... not helped by me laughing.
     
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    Tried both in ours, but much prefer the over-cab, despite the ladder........Really cosy up there, and if it gets very warm, left arm out of the duvet, and flip the top hatch........(y)
     
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    ....says the chairman of the British euphemism society.......:blush:
     
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    Quotes the treasurer..........:rofl::rofl:
     
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    We use both in ours, depends how we feel. We have overcab and rear transverse, both very comfortable.
    Phil
     
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  18. DuxDeluxe

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    Guilty as charged m'lud ;)
     
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    Love our overcab, I'm 5' 4" and can sit up at the outer edge. Every morning in the motorhome I sit up crosslegged facing out and OH hands me breakfast and coffee while I'm a tad hunched over the galaxy tablet on MFun. To get down facing out, left foot on a rung and I just sort of drop onto dining area, I never have to get up during the night but if and when I do, things might change.:)(y)
     
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  20. Judge Mental

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    Adria compact: 2 singles over small garage + I think? the front lounge makes a double - 6.6 metres length
     
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