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Are you a family who have a caravan with fixed beds? How does it work for you?

 

We are a family of three (2 adults & 1 8yr old) and are about to upgrade and buy a new caravan but are really struggling to decide between family friendly layout and a higher spec. We currently have a side dinette rear washroom.

 

All the family layouts (bunks or rear dinette areas) tend to be in the entry level ranges, but we are wanting something higher spec and better built so these have been almost ruled out. Our thoughts have now turned to a possible fixed bed, but how do families make them work at children's bedtimes? Or, do we buy the same layout as we already have?

 

We are going to the NEC in October and hope to make a decision and draw a line under our dilemma. Basically we want it all, a family friendly caravan with a high spec/build quality which doesn't seem to exist :-/

 

We'd really be interested how you mange bedtimes with fixed beds and welcome any suggestions.

Thanks

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We have an 11 year old boy and a Conqueror 630 with fixed bed. When we are only staying for a couple of nights then we just put him in the front double. We have tended to find that we all go to bed at the same time now so no problems. Previously we would sometimes put him in the fixed bed and move him when we wanted to go to sleep - he's a bit big for that now.

If we are staying for more than a few nights and put the awning up we kick him into there in his tent - he thinks its brilliant and we get piece and quiet - the tent is directly below the window where we sleep so if any problems we know about it. As we only manage weekends for most of the year and have five weeks in summer holidays it works for us.

 

HTH

 

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We used our fixed bed for a few nights when our son was looking for a flat down south. Never again!

 

We had a succession of caravans with a side bunk & end washroom the best in my opinion, as having a boy as the 'loppy dog' years kick in ie getting up mid-day etc we could draw the curtain and enjoy our holiday. :)

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Buying a higher spec van certainly won't get you a better built van as many experiences on here show.

 

Maybe look at something like our Adria which is well built inside and out and spec up the bits you feel you want and has bonus of better sized bunks

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We have the Bailey Barcelona, fixed bed in the back and two large singles or even large double at the front.

 

Ou children are 8 & 9 and sleep in the front set up as two large singles. come bedtime we either go to bed at about the same time (we have the option of watching tv in 'our' end) or we happily sit outside under the roll out awning having a beer and a wine winding down from the days activities.

 

The children are usualy up before us so get their breakfast sorted and pack away their beds (read stuff them back under the seats) ready for a new day :)

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Our Bailey Wyoming had a fixed bed. In summer, our kids used the end bedrooms in the awning. They get their space, we get ours. When its colder they use the front make up bed. Our smallest one, we would get to sleep on our bed, then carry him through to the front when we went to bed. Now that we only have one at home, who would rather stay at home than come away with us, unless we're going to Florida of course, its not such an issue.

This is another reason we love our motor home. Our 15 year old - when he does come away with us - sleeps in the over-cab bed, while our 3 year old is either in with us, or on the bed made up in the front seating/ dining area. The rear bed when made up is massive, bigger than our superking at home.

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We have an 11 year old boy and a Conqueror 630 with fixed bed. When we are only staying for a couple of nights then we just put him in the front double. We have tended to find that we all go to bed at the same time now so no problems. Previously we would sometimes put him in the fixed bed and move him when we wanted to go to sleep - he's a bit big for that now.

If we are staying for more than a few nights and put the awning up we kick him into there in his tent - he thinks its brilliant and we get piece and quiet - the tent is directly below the window where we sleep so if any problems we know about it. As we only manage weekends for most of the year and have five weeks in summer holidays it works for us.

 

HTH

 

Seesaw

 

 

We used our fixed bed for a few nights when our son was looking for a flat down south. Never again!

 

We had a succession of caravans with a side bunk & end washroom the best in my opinion, as having a boy as the 'loppy dog' years kick in ie getting up mid-day etc we could draw the curtain and enjoy our holiday. :)

 

 

We have the Bailey Barcelona, fixed bed in the back and two large singles or even large double at the front.

 

Ou children are 8 & 9 and sleep in the front set up as two large singles. come bedtime we either go to bed at about the same time (we have the option of watching tv in 'our' end) or we happily sit outside under the roll out awning having a beer and a wine winding down from the days activities.

 

The children are usualy up before us so get their breakfast sorted and pack away their beds (read stuff them back under the seats) ready for a new day :)

 

 

Our Bailey Wyoming had a fixed bed. In summer, our kids used the end bedrooms in the awning. They get their space, we get ours. When its colder they use the front make up bed. Our smallest one, we would get to sleep on our bed, then carry him through to the front when we went to bed. Now that we only have one at home, who would rather stay at home than come away with us, unless we're going to Florida of course, its not such an issue.

This is another reason we love our motor home. Our 15 year old - when he does come away with us - sleeps in the over-cab bed, while our 3 year old is either in with us, or on the bed made up in the front seating/ dining area. The rear bed when made up is massive, bigger than our superking at home.

Thank you 'All' for the replies. They have given us food for thought, we are going to the NEC in October to have a proper look and think about the fixed bed layouts.

Have you looked at Adria?

 

 

Buying a higher spec van certainly won't get you a better built van as many experiences on here show.

 

Maybe look at something like our Adria which is well built inside and out and spec up the bits you feel you want and has bonus of better sized bunks

 

Thank you for your suggestion of Adria. Although they are not really in the running as we do not have a dealer nearby.

We used our fixed bed for a few nights when our son was looking for a flat down south. Never again!

 

We had a succession of caravans with a side bunk & end washroom the best in my opinion, as having a boy as the 'loppy dog' years kick in ie getting up mid-day etc we could draw the curtain and enjoy our holiday. :)

 

 

Coachman make 4berth side dinnete caravans. They don't do bottom of the range just take a look.

 

We still may go for the side dinette, the jury is out until our fixed bed investigation at the NEC.

 

Yes, you guessed it! Coachman are our preferred brand at the moment, quite liking the VIPs!

 

Thanks to everyone for there replies, its been a great help!

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We have a Bailey Indiana Series 6, very good build quality with all the mod cons.

 

We have two children 1 and 4. When they are ready for bed we put them in the fixed bed as we stay up later in the lounge, when were ready we make up the front bed into a double and sleep in that.

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We have a 16 year od and a 9 year old one of each model, we used to have side bunks which were great but kids have a habit of growing and the 16 year old out grew the bunk so we now have a fixed bed Bailey he sleeps in the awning in a pop up tent and our daughter sleeps on the front bench seat with the

back cushions removed.

 

Couldnt go back to side dinette again I like the comfort of a fixed bed.

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