Motorhome bunk beds layout
If you’re looking for a family motorhome, especially for travelling with younger kids, bunk bed layouts are streets ahead of any other layout. Offering private spaces in a compact yet comfortable format.
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Ideal for families
If you’re looking for a family motorhome, especially for travelling with younger kids, bunk bed layouts are streets ahead of any other layout. Historically, they were mostly found in entry-level overcab coachbuilt models, but the advent of the drop-down bed has seen an increase in low-profile models (see Benimar, Chausson, Hobby, Rimor and Roller Team).
This is also the domain of the entry-level motorhome as value is high on the list of priorities for parents. Hire companies, too, rent these for similar reasons, so why not try before you buy? If you’re tempted to purchase one, remember that an ex-rental model might be a good-value buy, but has most likely had a harder life than a privately owned motorhome.
Belts and berths
Lounge areas are usually formulated around a pullman dinette, but bigger models may actually have a four-seater dinette on one side and a two-seat arrangement alongside. Belted seats are crucial, so check that the number of belts matches the number of berths (some may have only lap belts on rear-facing seats). Up to seven berths are possible.
The bunk beds themselves are most commonly arranged transversely across the rear, while some have them lengthways at one side; both types also offer large storage, thanks to the fact that the bottom bunk usually folds up, creating garage-like locker space. The best bunks will have a window and a reading lamp each.
The clever new Chausson 720 has a hideaway bunk that stows in the roof during the day, while a couple of Itineo models have a separate area for the kids (with bunks and seating).
Look out for size and payload
Important things for families to check on any bunk bed ’van are the adequacy of kitchen worktop and the fridge size, and you’ll almost certainly want a separate shower in coachbuilt models.
If you’re restricted to 3,500kg by your driving licence, look carefully at payload, too. The more people you plan to carry, the more payload you’ll need – and then there are toys, scooters, bikes…
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