What van is wide enough to fit bed crossways?

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  1. adj

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    Hi all,
    I am new to this forum so shall say hello.
    I am looking to buy a van to convert myself but as I intend to to be in it all next summer and possibly longer if things go well and I would really like a proper bed that fits along the back crossways,the trouble is the only van I can find that accommodates this are LDVs and I would prefer something more up to date,are there any other vans that are wide enough for a bed?
    Cheers.
     
  2. Stroppy Bird

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    I guess the answer will really depend on how tall you are which will dictate how long the bed needs to be. Lots of the mainstream converters use the ducato (or citroen/peugeot equivalent) as a base and put a transverse bed across the rear. Ours is like this. We're both 5'8 and this is long enough but I would think that if you were nearer 6' then it might be a squeeze.
     
  3. adj

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    Thanks foe the reply,I was under the impression that to fit in with the regs that it had to be full size,is this not the case?
    I am 5'11'' btw so will need a full size
     
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    think you may find that as you move up in the vehicle that a standard mattress doesnt fit in an ldv.
    now a old shape vw lt is ideal. fits a treat.
    all depends with many vans how high you make the bed base as they soon start to slope in .
    there is no real bed size for any regs about motor homes .
     
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    Oh ok ,I read somewhere that that the bed had to be 180 cm long for the dvla to register it as a camper.
     
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    Ah,I have just read on here http://www.campervanlife.com/building/legal that it is not a legal requirement to reregister a van to a camper but I would still like a standard length bed to fit in but it does give me some leway.
     
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    Hi the only vans that are wide enough to fit a traverse bed above 6ft long are new Fiat stable ones -every other van made is too narrow
    Fiat /pugs Citroen =6'4"
    Transit =5'9" less than 5' across the top-older even narrower
    Renault master stable= 5' 10"
    Merc/vw =5'8"
    Iveco =5'7"
    LDV convoy = 5'10" not sure on the maxus that looks even norrower
    To get the Fiat ones to 6' 4" you have to go inside the panels between the reinforcement bars
    terry
     
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    No req on bed length--got to have a cooker/sink /cupboard-wardrobe/bed and a table =free standing or fixed also now it has to look like a camper van IE side window.If you are 5' 11" tall you defo need a 6' bed any smaller,and after a couple of nights, you want to go home :)--put more thought into your layout ;)
    terry
     
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    Thanks for that Terry,I cant find anything on Fiat stable,is it called something else?
     
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    needing for practical reasons a fixed bed across the back, i got a citroen relay panel van, wasn't my first choice but what i could afford..
    the bed length after insulation, ply and carpet covered is just a smidgeon over six feet, which as i understand is the minimum length for dvla reclassification purposes..

    the fiat 'stable' is the fiat ducato, citroen relay and peugeot boxer..
     
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    Hi I tried to edit the Iveco to say newer ones(2003 on) are 5'10" :)
    Fiat stable vans = Fiat Ducato Peugeot boxer and Citroen relay = same van different badges and engines in some = too confusing at this time (y):Dbut all good engines
     
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    Ah,pardon me you mean a horse box.
    With the vans being 1870mm I would of thought that this would not be possible as you would only have 7cm spare,is this not the case?
     
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    have replied in the other thread for you, but i will add here that measurements were taken a number of times throughout the build, didn't want to get it wrong on this van, or fall foul of the dvla, the other small double bed in the van is only 5'9" long, thats made up from the side seating opposite from the big slidey door..
    you'll be amazed just how tardis like these vehicles are and how much you can fit in with a sensible approach and a bit of forward planning..
     
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    You can also add lots to a bed by incorporating the front seat bases --food for thought -layout is everything
     
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