Rear lounge

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by tsf, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. tsf

    tsf Read Only Funster

    Aug 8, 2010
    We recently rented a 7m Burstner with rear bunks for the kids. Very nice and practical. But, we are currently considering a purchase and would like to understand how having a rear lounge instead makes life on the road any more enjoyable.

    From what I can see, a lot of British builders do these (eg Swift Sundance 630). I am told that the rear lounge is a British phenomenon (maybe climate related!) with few foreign brands supporting this layout.

    The only downsides I can see compared to bunks are: Smaller external storage locker, making the beds in the evening, possibly extra .5m length. For me, these don't compete with the upside of a large separate living space with great windows & views.

    Does anybody have any opinions? I hope so.
  2. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    Acklam, Teesside, originally Glossop
    One important factor with you having children is the number of belted travel seats. Some rear lounge models only have two or three belted seats.

  3. lesleyjean

    lesleyjean Funster

    Jun 21, 2008
    I have a rear lounge Swift Kontiki.
    I love it as I have the choice of a very large 6' by 6' bed, which can be left up if you want to, because it also has a dinette opposite the kitchen.
    When going abroad I leave it made up as we live outdoors most of the time, unless of course it is raining.
    Can be used as 2 good sized single beds, which enables you to use the lounge to socialise/or watch tv on a rainy day. Forgot to mention also has overcab bed which can take one large adult or 2 children
    That is why I love it, I have the choice. :winky:::bigsmile:
    It is in my opinion, the best layout that there is. :Smile:
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  4. Ralph-n-Bev

    Ralph-n-Bev Funster

    Nov 30, 2009
    Wrenthorpe, Wakefield.
    This is an older model than ours , but with the same internal layout . The new versions dont have as much room at the front.
    We find the open front lounge swivel cab chairs, give loads of room for a family , and dogs.
    Theres also a good kitchen that you can move around in proper oven and fridge freezer. They are quite hard to come by. Ours has a separate BI fold door shower , not sure if this one does , which great. The build is a good solid quality. Not plastic , hardwood too.
    We looked for ages for ours , and were lucky to get the 2006 "GTL top class" model which had lots of extras as its was a dealer special .
    We paid £30k for ours so last November with 13k on the clock from a dealer . So i think this could do with being a bit cheaper.
    Unless we got a real bargain:thumb: They do seam to hold there value though.

    The only thing that lets it down , was the upholstery , it didn't wear well and as this owner said , the foam was very soft. Ours was the Burgundy and gold Aztec print though.
    Ours is getting reupholstered , re foamed and curtained as we speak, at in Birmingham. Once thats done it will be perfect for us.
  5. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

    Jan 5, 2008
    East Sussex 01-580-881288
    Thiis is a six berth with rear bunk beds, very highly specced with excellent furnishings throughout, details and pics on link

    Hobby Siesta T600 AK Motorhome


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