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Motorhome transverse bed layout

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A transverse bed motorhome layout is as much about the storage below the bed as the bed itself. Usually found in compact low-profile motorhomes, where they will often boast some of the most spacious garage storage.

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The Transverse bed layout

Transverse bed Layouts

Plenty of choice

The oldest of all fixed bed layouts, but today perhaps one of the least popular in new coachbuilts. However, due to its long history, there may be plenty of choice on the secondhand market.

Practical

Transverse beds are also seen in a number of continental compact low-profiles, where this design lends itself to the shorter body lengths involved. Often these models are narrower than the coachbuilt norm of 2.30m/2.35m, with their slimline width (typically 2.10m) making them a practical but roomier alternative to campervans.

Great storage

The layout is as much about the storage below the bed as the bed itself. These models will often be shorter overall than fixed single bed or island bed layouts but they will boast some of the most spacious garage storage. Check weight limits in the garage, though (dictated by chassis extensions and rear axle limits), if you want to carry lots of stuff, or something really heavy, like a small motorbike. It’s not unusual for coachbuilts’ garages to be limited to a maximum of 150kg.

Transverse fixed bed Layout

Longer beds

Bed length, too, is a factor: where lengthways beds can sometimes be short, these widthways berths – occupying the full breadth of the vehicle – are habitually more than two metres long in coachbuilts. But don’t forget that the person sleeping against the wall will have to clamber over their partner for a night-time loo visit.

Great all rounder

This is a great all rounder if you’re in the market for something that’s compact but offers maximum stowage for bicycles or sports gear. If you want a family ’van with masses of storage, you’ll also find some overcab coachbuilts that offer truly maximum load-carrying potential.


Our top tip

Van conversions with rear beds adopt different methods of folding/raising the bed out of the way for large loads – try before you buy. Compare load area dimensions, too, with the bed down and with it stored – they vary more than you’d think.

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Our top choices

In coachbuilts there a fewer options but Carado and Sunlight have each added a neat little 6m overcab model this season. Both those makers also offer slimline low-profiles with a transverse bed, while Roller Team’s new Zefiro 665 is a well-priced newcomer at 6.41m long.


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