Vans with French Beds? but not over 6m.

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  1. Mark12

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    Need help choosing a van!
    Can you help us with any suggestions for what vans are out there with 'French beds' but without going over 6metres in length? Coach built that is.

    With a budget of about 30k it'll have to be second hand.
    So far I've seen:

    Hymer Tramp Classic 574 (2006). 5.99m.Nice but seemingly rare!
    Dethleffs Globebus T2 also nice but rare!
    Rapido Le Randoneur 709f very nice but probably a bit old? oh and rare!

    Any others I could think about?

    We are trying to decide on what van to get and quite like the idea of a french bed because it's lower down and easier to get in and out of in the middle of the night than a transverse bed with it's ladder or steps.

    We are both in our sixties and although reasonably fit I've noticed it ain't getting any easier as regards getting up several times in the night lol.

    We have looked at Adria Twins and Adria coral Compacts and as far as Transverse beds go, we probably could manage but have to say I fancy the idea of a French bed, I reckon it would be easier.

    Need fixed bed and fixed dinette, hate rear lounge layouts, like foreign vans with front dinettes.

    We've always shared the driving 50/50 with our VW Transporter and my OH wont take kindly to going suddenly from just 5m to over 6m when it comes to maneuvering in tight spots.

    The above vans have very similar layouts and would be fine but I can't find one yet and I don't know if there are others I should consider that are also properly winterized
    Be interested to hear what you think, thanks.:)
     
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    It's probably me but what do you mean by a French Bed?
     
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    Chausson 515, fixed French bed, FIAT base hard to get in the UK, Ford fairly available, but very pleased with ours

    Chausson 514, also good choice

    Just under 6M, decent payload (around 800Kg), won loads of awards, see and you'll like
     
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    Ah, a fixed bed. Excuse my ignorance.
    Or rather, an odd shaped fixed bed. Can you get sheets for them or just make do with poor quality English ones?
     
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    My first van was a 2004 Ace (Swift) Modena with a French Bed at 6.16 metres
    They did Ace, Swift & I believe Burstner versions.
    For me, it seemed nicely proportioned.
    Taken in part-ex for my new Wildax PVC - it's on their site, if you want to take a look.
     
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    We have a 2006-reg Pilote Aventure P600 (actually listed as 5.99 metres) and have run this since 2013. We are somewhat older than you and don't have any problems getting in and out of bed. The only real storage is under the bed and can be accessed by lifting the bed or via a rear locker door. Although I cannot honestly say it is winterised ( the unheated grey water tank is external) we don't limit our travels to the warmer times, having participated in the New Year celebrations between Tours and Vierzon every year since 2008. So, perhaps another one to think about.

    J
     
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    Auto sleeper Kingham, fractionally over 6m , great bed and cracking van.
     
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    Well, we all like what we are familiar with, and you have a much wider range than originally

    I wouldn't write off some of these more modern electric drop down beds, they are at normal bed height

    I wish you well with your hunting.
     
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    Rapido also did the 740F which was a slightly longer version of the 709F, possibly just a touch over 6m, but give a bit more room - we had a 709F for nearly 4 years and it was brilliant but it was a bit tight in the kitchen department, the unit was even smaller than the ones in our panel van conversions! There was also the 741F too.
     
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    Thanks Pyro, I'll look at those.
     
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    Hope they're shaved .......:whistle:
     
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    Thanks for that, I'll take a look, not sure we'd get on with drop down bed. Puts the dining area out of bounds until both out of bed.
    Love the Rapido 741, just a tad long though.
     
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    Are you stuck on length because of where you are going to park it?
     
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    We have bought ordinary domestic bedding for our french bed. So far all good...


    Mind you, we've only had it a couple of weeks and managed one night so far.
     
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    Also Chausson 510 or 10 is worth a look. Great layout and drop down bed.
     
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