Motorhomes are designed for small people!

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  1. Feltwell

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    Now I know that at 6'2" ish and 18 stone (ish!) I'm not the smallest chap in the world, but I'm also not exactly a giant, plenty of others are a similar size to myself or larger.

    I went into a couple of dealers today, just for a quick browse - vague vague thoughts of getting a PVC or a narrow bodied A class in a few years time. For exploring down the little country roads I always think the width of the van is much more critical than the length.

    So, first off, an AutoSleepers dealer, with lots of PVCs, all based on the Peugeot Boxer - which as we all know is fundamentally the same as the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay, which between them make up the vast majority of PVCs.

    Ahh - my head brushes the ceiling inside and smacks the light fittings. Not good, don't want to stoop. Loo/shower cubicles are small, but I expected that.

    So, pop in to a Hymer dealer. Ahh yes, the Germans are a tall bunch, they must design them with themselves in mind surely? Lots of big posh Hymers in stock, but I really want something not much wider than a PVC. Narrow bodied A class would do the job - transverse bed over the cab, no good, not wide enough. Duomobil with longitudinal beds over the cab - still not long enough! Fixed beds in the back are an option but take up a lot of space, and even then some aren't too generous. Plus the shower cubicles on some of the Hymers I could only stand up straight in by having my head poking up into the skylight - not exactly convenient for hair washing! - and the cubicles were teeny tiny, a real squeeze for a (ahem!) larger chap such as myself.

    So all you small and svelte types, rejoice in your much wider choice of motorhomes! :(
     
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    I can think of two options.
    1. Have about 4 inches taken out of your legs, any private hospital could do it.
    2 Have a conversion done on a extra high Peugeot or Fiat van.
     
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    Hmm, Mrs F has always said I need cutting down to size...……..

    But seriously, I'm not that tall!
     
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    At last... :D
    #shortassrule. ;)

    Like on planes, I always have loads of leg room. (y)

    Downside is trying to get served at a bar :(
     
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    Nah, trust me, I turn invisible at a bar...

    Planes are a problem. Concerts aren't. ;)
     
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    Have a look at the Globecar Campscout Revolution ...
     
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    Forgive my naive reply but why not just get a MH inst and of PVC? 6'2" and plenty of headroom in my Ducato Maxi based model (20 years old).
     
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    I'm 6ft 6 just learn to duck, lean, dodge and divert.....gotta be done..but feel your pain
     
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    Unfortunately most MHs are 'fatties' - PVCs are usually 2.05m wide and a MH can be anywhere up to 2.35m.
     
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    +1 for Globecar Revolution
    Im 6' 4'' and can stand and lay down fine in them
     
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    One of the few times it pays to be a shortie :)
     
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    Reminds me of a sign on a low beam in an olde-worlde pub near the grouse moors:
    "Duck or Grouse":frowny:
     
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    Im over 6 foot and about 20 stone needs sorting i know (y)

    I own an old Hymer i imagine built for fat Germans cos i fit ok .

    If as an old comic Stanley Boardman said they bombed our chips shops it was not to make us fit the vans they sell i reckon:)
     
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    Yep - current van is 2.35m body width, a "skinny" one appeals. Older coachbuilts / A class tend to be on the wide side, it seems that narrow bodied coachbuilts are a more recent trend, although there will be some older exceptions of course.

    Campscout looks interesting, definitely taller than most.

    I used to occasionally drive my Mum's Fiat 126 when I was a "yoof" - I used to have to scream it's little 650cc engine in 2nd gear and change straight into 4th, as there wasn't enough room between the steering wheel and my leg to change into 3rd! :LOL: One time when we were fixing it and front seats were out, I took it up and down the road driving from the back seat, just for a laugh!
     
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    I'm nearly 6 foot 5 and struggle with head room, also very broad across the shoulders not too fat...

    Leg room driving is my problem and seeing under the windscreen edge.

    In my Concorde I can stand up and lift my arms up ... And shower has plenty of room .. no fixed bed though which I want

    Did like the new VW grand California at the birmingham show lots of headroom

    Daniel
     
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    300mm really is not that much. The length of a school ruler.

    There's very few roads to explore that make that much difference.

    I find it's length and overhang that cause issues on tight bends and inclines etc.
    And of course height makes a difference for some places.

    So if I were you I'd be inclined to go for a shorter MH than a narrower pvc
     
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    300mm = about a 'foot'. Indeed, may not sound like a lot, but to my mind it makes a huge difference.

    We are only on our third MH, first two were full-width coachbuilts (both under 6m long), but now have a slightly longer 6.4 metre panel van conversion. And wow, how much more relaxing to drive, on ordinary roads as well as down interesting country lanes. Easier to park too, even though it's longer. (y)

    And boy, does it travel better on the motorway - goes like the wind and just feels much more sure-footed and planted on the road. ;)

    But I sympathise with the OP. I'm a couple of inches shorter at 6', and right on the limit for standing up in bare feet or soaks-only, without having to stoop. As others have suggested, the Globecar Campscout Revolution might be the one to go for, with extra internal headroom, but still a narrow body. And if it's anything like our Rapido V68, the longitudinal fixed beds should be a decent size. :)
     
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    Blimey an excellent way of saving money and reducing the weight you carry in water :D
     
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