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Would like an island bed in our planned motor home. But a quick look on the net for a 2 berth.
Nearly give me a heart attack first one I was 7.5 ton and £250,000 new LOL.
Now joking apart am I going to find a 2 berth with island bed
Will say clicked on the first link so maybe it was top of the range
 
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Thanks Phill. New to this. I know it sounds stupid but can you stand up right in a low profile. We plan to spend 6/9 months a year in it. Don't want to be cold in the winter
 
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Low profile usually means there is no bed above the drivers head. They have almost always the same head room.

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low profile vans are normally under 3m in height ours is an Adria 2.7m high total... and yes its full standing room throughout....
 
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PS; if you look at the pictures of the 3 different motorhomes in the link i posted you will see a low profile..
 
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Hi we have an Autotrail Delaware with island bed and love the layout.Its a 4 berth but mainly used for just two of us but handy when the grandchildren come with us.
 
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This site might give you some ideas -
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You can muck about with the search criteria for layouts, etc, etc.......

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You guys are great. Right the reason I say A class is read there warmer in winter. But we will be spending winters in Spain. So don't know if we need one A class that is But the island bed is sort of a must. Don't want to be climbing over each other.
 
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This is my low profile, maybe a trip to a few shows and look around for an ideal layout. There are loads of manufacturers that do what you’re after, just keep looking on eBay for ideas.
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In sunny Spain at the moment. Will have a look when we get home. But will be back to work for a bit. Then its feet up time this summer. So if house sale goes through. Could be back in Spain this summer in our new to us moho
That's why where trying to work out what we want
If all goes to plan
 
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most modern coahbuilt motorhomes have half decent heating systems, and half decent insulation. so unless you going skiing it may not be a problem.

the problem we find in the depths of winter in the UK is the drying of wet coats and a wet dog.

heat is not a problem,,,, normally..:rolleyes:

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Right. So that means I may be able to look at C class is that right.
One place it wont go is a ski resort.
Thee other reason I said A class we would like a garage to store push bikes in
 
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u dont need an A class for a garage either but, island bed and a garage...... you may need a very large van and very deep pockets...
 
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normally if you have a garage the bed is raised over the garage so not likely to be an island bed... 2 singles ( gap between ) if the priority is not climbing over each other...
 
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Most A Class vans can be ordered as a two berth, you can have the front drop down bed replaced with lockers.
Biggest problem with an island bed is that unless you go for a large van with a height of 3.2m plus the garage space is serverly restricted.
 
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Most A Class vans can be ordered as a two berth, you can have the front drop down bed replaced with lockers.
Biggest problem with an island bed is that unless you go for a large van with a height of 3.2m plus the garage space is serverly restricted.
Our Carthago is under 3m and has an enormous garage. Carthago market it as a ‘scooter garage’.
The front drop down bed can be deleted and all round lockers ordered in place of it.
It makes a very comfortable home for two.

Richard.

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We had a Hymer Exsis I 698 with island bed nice van just under 3m high x 7.2 m long.
 
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Thee other reason I said A class we would like a garage to store push bikes in
You could think about putting a bike rack on the back of the motorhome mitigating the need for a full sized garage.(y) It's a common option. Would open up the possibilities for you.(y)
 
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The Rapido 890F has an island bed and a big garage. The garage is the full width of the van and length is about half of the bed. The height of the garage can be increased by winding a handle to raise the bed. The photo is the bed at its lowest level
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We have a fixed Island bed, which we love. It is always made up and ready to fall into. Mrs C insists on making and "dressing" it each day so it always looks inviting too. As there is floor space either side, either of us can get up at night without disturbing the other, and at my age that is important! The bed is over the garage so can be raised up higher if we want to increase storage space, but we have never needed to do that as the garage is big enough with the bed at the lower setting. We each have a permanent side table in which I have fitted USB and 240v sockets so this is permanently set up with clock, phone chargers and the Mifi. It is aso somewhere to put a glass of water and any morning medication needed. Mrs C found some non-slip trays that fit perfectly so all of this ( except the water) can also stay there whilst driving around. The bed has the bottom corners trimmed at 45 deg, to ease access, but we don't even notice the missing bit, as we don't sleep wth legs fully extended. Our layout means we can have the toilet and shower as en-suite or outside the bedroom, because of the doors positions. We also have a double over cab pull down for occasional use by grown up children and grandchildren ( and we have 4 seat belts). Previously we had a French bed, but that made me feel a bit claustrophobic when I was wall side, and disturbed when I was on the open side. Neither of us would entertain the idea of single beds ( we like to be together!), however we have seen some MoHos with a high level single either side and staircase ( not ladder) access up the middle, which just leaves a missing chunk from the middle of the matttress at feet end. This also has a "fill in" piece, which folds down. This arrangement effectively gives a 7 ft wide bed and looks like it might work, though we would miss the side tables.
 
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We have a Carado T449 with an island bed. It also has a drop down bed over the lounge, but this is optional if you want true two berth. The ideal part of this van is it also has a large and accessible garage without the bed being impossibly high to climb into,

We love it. quality and design are very good. Walked all round the NEC show looking at every other van recently, and short of an A-class costing twice as much, we couldn’t find one to beat it. 24’5 long and 9’7 high... I think that’s a shade under 7.5m and 3m in modern money.

Definitely worth a look. Comes in around £55k inc the usual extras of canopy, aerial, rear cameras, etc.



Lots of pics of a 2018 model here:
https://www.motorhomes.co.uk/motorhomes-for-sale/carado/t/449/

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We have a Dethleffs Globebus T7. Island bed, huge garage and we ordered it without the drop down bed so huge skylight.
 
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Thanks all. This picking a moho is not going to be easy. The island bed is for now the only thing written in stone. The garage comes in as we would like an ebike each dont fancy them on a bike rack
 
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Thanks all. This picking a moho is not going to be easy. The island bed is for now the only thing written in stone. The garage comes in as we would like an ebike each dont fancy them on a bike rack

Just think of picking one as just the start of the fun of owning one... something to be enjoyed not endured and worried over.

We found European manufacturers tended to have more innovative designs that gave importance to the bedroom as well as the lounge (plus we like the hab door on driver’s side). UK manufacturers tended to place more importance on the lounge than other aspects...perhaps due in many cases to their heritage being caravan manufacturers.
 
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If you are planning on putting E-bikes in the garage make sure you understand the payload implications.

There are loads of threads on this forum explaining payload if you are not sure about it.
 
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