The Perfect Motorhome Layout

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Jim, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Jul 19, 2007
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    Sutton on Sea
    Many people say that the wrong layout is the main reason for selling a motorhome. Sometimes this is because things change, like kids leave home or are born and the layout is not suitable any more, others get the layout wrong from the off and only realise much later. There are just so many variables, Rear Entry Rear Kitchen, U-shaped lounge. Twin Sofas, Dinette, Fixed bed and Mid Kitchen etc etc and many, many variations on these.

    Describe your ideal motorhome layout and explain it's appeal:thumb:
  2. welsh winger

    welsh winger Read Only Funster

    Jul 7, 2009
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    Sunny Swansea
    We have just changed to a L shaped rear lounge, windows on 3 sides, entry door at front, this lay out seemed the best use of space, for the 2 of us and the dog, and works very well.

  3. Brisey

    Brisey Funster Life Member

    Sep 4, 2007
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    Tropical Bar,Benidorm.
  4. Dalek

    Dalek Read Only Funster

    Apr 26, 2010
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    Our perfect layout is what we have. When first looking to buy we had something completely different in mind until someone said " think carefully because you will find you need something bigger", boy were they right.

    The layout we have is a rear U shaped lounge, toilet with shower compartment, kitchen with full fridge and freezer, dinette area. We find having the two separate areas to sit work well for us as us adults can sit at the back whilst Emily and her friends can do their thing in the dinette area. Two lots of our friends each bought similar vans with the fixed bunks at the back and wish now they had gone for our layout.

    Dale - Norfolk Meet in November 5th -7th, or longer if you wish
  5. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

    Sep 26, 2008
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    For us it would be a C class

    Starting at the front:

    Double over head bed
    4 seater dinette on one side
    3 seater settee on tother

    Next in line
    Toilet on one side
    Shower on tother

    Next in line
    Bunk beds on one side
    Kitchen on tother

    Then a U shaped lounge at the end

    Tall order I know and would require a tag axle set up, but that would be wonderful for us
    Our present MH is as close as we could get to it and to be honest we are really happy as it is ( but then,,,, that is today.. tomorrow.. well who knows ! )
  6. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

    Oct 2, 2007
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    North Wales.
    The lay out that works for us:

    End Kitchen (I enjoy cooking but like my own space to do it in)

    A table permanently up with a Captains Chair each side for comfort.

    Both passenger and drivers Captains seats to swivel around for extra seating and comfort.

    A made up drop down overcab bed so no bed making in morning without loosing space.

    A long comfortable settee for lounging on in the evenings.

    A toilet room that has a separate shower and cuboards.

    This is the layout we have managed to find in our Hymer 584 have had it 5 years now and would hate to part with it.
  7. lorger

    lorger Funster

    Jul 11, 2008
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    Just now with 3 of us we are quite happy with our layout of dinette and side sofa give us plenty of lounging room when its wet and dark while abroad we hardly ever sit inside.

    The one i would like when only the 2 of us and Sophie joining for odd weekends would be end bed with garage underneath and the front would be the L shape so we could still have the 2 seat belts and room to stretch out with 2 swivel seats and possible drop down bed at front.

    After going to the nec on sat i was quite impressed with some of the van conversions that had a drop down bed making them 4 berth and nice and easy to park.


    Jim you havent put your ideal layout on
  8. movan

    movan Funster Life Member

    Dec 2, 2009
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    Moving around
    One like this please, but with a heated swimming pool on the roof next to the solar panel.

    [​IMG] multi-millionnaires please pm me for my phone number:Wink:
  9. Forestboy

    Forestboy Funster Life Member

    Jul 31, 2007
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    Forest of Dean
    When we started we wanted as much space as possible so went down the Rv with slides route and loved it. However the more we travelled the more we realised that size was a major obstacle for us as we hate to plan too much and like to go where the fancy takes us. So we've gradually gone smaller and now we're probably just about right.

    Front bar lounge with swiveling front seats, sofa opposite the table with another swiveling seat by the table so seat 5 or 6 easily. Small kitchen but adequate as we're not really into cooking and prefer cooking outside anyway. Good sized bathroom and rear bedroom over garage, this may be the bit we struggle with as we've been used to large Rv island beds only time will tell. Only planned change is to change the fixed table so it folds down giving more lounging space.
  10. keithfal

    keithfal Read Only Funster

    Mar 6, 2010
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    Worcester area
    Our Preferred layout

    We opted to buy something that would be easier to tour with than our 15' caravan but with similar facilities - hence a Ushaped lounge at the back. I like to be able to lounge.:RollEyes: Wife likes to look out of the back window. Length was an issue for getting onto sites and parking in "mainstream" carparks so under 7m and no tag axles for us!
    We are now changing to single divans with a chest/table combination between because of having to set up the table from scratch everytime we wanted a cuppa. Also the new van has a larger washroom. Theres only the two of us - no grandchildren and kids had enough of camping as children but now want to borrow the motorhome.
  11. Red Sonja

    Red Sonja Funster

    Oct 27, 2007
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    Near Dartford
    I think we have now found the ideal Motorhome and layout for us.
    Large garage with fixed bed over (as I hate to make the bed up) l shaped sette and swivel front seats (seats 5 nicely) 4 seat belts so I can take my granchildren if I want.

    Drop down bed for Kevin:Smile: and a lage bathrom so plenty of room for me and most of all under 7 metres and winterised.

    A Hymer B614 and we love it not changing again (well I dont think so)

  12. bernardfeay

    bernardfeay Funster

    Nov 18, 2009
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    probably nobody agrees with me.... but

    We have a Hymer Exsis from 2004. It has a big double bed cleverly hidden in the roof. It also has a nice large bed downstairs for my wife. The big advantage is that it is only 5.5 metres long. That means we can go into towns and park in a normal parking space. We might hang over by a foot or so but the parking attendants don't seem to pick on us.

    The other advantage is that if we go down a tight country lane and regret it, we can usually manage to wriggle out of it. With a longer van we would struggle.

    The other big factor is a good view of the TV. Our seats swivel round so all in all it's just about perfect. No plans to swap.

    I simply can't understand the fixed bed gang. Why would you want to drag 2 metres of nothing round at the back? Beats me.
  13. brodie

    brodie Funster

    Mar 12, 2010
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    South Yorkshire
    We have found the ideal one for us at the NEC from a very limited choice due to our requirements.

    It is a Chausson Suite (Sweet) Garage 6/7 berth.

    Large fixed bed at the rear (all 3 kids can easily fit at the moment), large garage underneath for a scooter/dog and all c**p.

    Bathroom (shower is in same bit as basin but not toilet - this is the compromise).

    Island Kitchen, good size fridge & freezer, oven, huge lounge big enough for us all to sit & eat together & converts to double.

    Electric raised double bed.

    Loads of storage.


    Low profile more mpg :thumb:. Just got to print a bit more money to fund it!
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  14. ourcampersbeentrashed

    ourcampersbeentrashed Funster

    Apr 19, 2008
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    East London
    Wow what a question Jim

    Now if I was single I would have a vehicle with settees either side. One to use for sleeping and one for eating etc. Just a few overhead cabinets for storage and a wardrobe. The bathroom could be quite small. Full size cooker and full size Fridge Freezer definitely.

    I would still go for a back door as if I wanted to move furniture etc I wouldnt have to hire a vehicle. Its pretty impossible to get a book cabinet in through a side door but easy through the back.

    When we upgrade as it seems no vehicles have rear doors anymore, we would need one with the side entry door on the passenger side and would opt a back lounge, middle dinette and a high overcab bed again full size cooker and full size fridge freezer.

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