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Old 11-12-2017, 04:59 PM   #1
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I'm curious. With all the toy hauler Bs, the poptop roof Bs and such there are high up beds. I was intrigued by the 2005 Airstream Westfalia with it's high bed under a skylight with built in steps and grab handles but dismissed it at my retirement age because I felt I might not be able to negotiate it. I was probably wrong in 2005. Maybe not now. It is not a subject touched on much. James, the FitRV guy, seems to not be troubled by it. OK, he's fit. How does one negotiate getting into these high up beds?
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:50 AM   #2
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"James, the FitRV guy, seems to not be troubled by it. OK, he's fit."

I think that's got it right there In my mid-50s, I'm still limber enough to manage it. But my wife, who's a bit on the short side, has told me "No way!" So the option is already out for us...
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I would be fine with it (52 yo 5'4" overweight but very active woman) except for the bathroom trips in the middle of the night!
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I am in my 50's and like James from Fit RV I ride my bike 6000 miles per year, weigh 160 lbs and am still pretty limber. I gave up on the idea of a high bed after one night in a rental Tiger RV. Not only was it inconvenient to get and out of the bed (in the dark at night) but it eliminated the bed as a place to sit up or recline for reading or watching TV. The low bed height also was claustrophobic. My wife hated it worse than I did. The ladder system in the Tiger RV was even a little dangerous.

Maybe it could be a useful if there was a good lift system to get the bed way up to the ceiling when not in use and then down to a more normal bed height for sleeping. Of course, that design would create its own compromises.
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Climbing up was great for our kids when we had Westfalias. For a few years, in the late nineties we had the Bigfoot truck camper which required climbing. My wife and I were at ages that climbing was fine but midnight bathroom trips not so fine.

Most if not all truck campers required bed climbing. I believe that 2 level sleeping in a van is great for young families.
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Maybe it could be a useful if there was a good lift system to get the bed way up to the ceiling when not in use and then down to a more normal bed height for sleeping. Of course, that design would create its own compromises.
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That's pretty much what the Winnebago Revel does and I believe Safari Condo has one as well, but you don't have to climb in bed.
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