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Old 08-29-2020, 05:05 PM   #1
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Hi. This is my first post. We are looking to purchase a camper van in the near future and I've just started researching various vehicles and features. Before I get too far I need to figure out how much of an issue my height will be. I am 6' 6" tall and need to find a vehicle that I can drive comfortably and move around and sleep in comfortably. I'm not too worried about driving as I currently have a Toyota Highlander SUV in which I'm very comfortable.

In terms of actually living in the van, I know that a pop-top is a common option. However, I don't know what happens in weather where the pop-top is closed. I can get a little claustrophobic so if I have to duck to navigate within and sleep in the van, that could well be a problem.

We are certainly open to a conversion. Could that help with the interior height?

Any help and advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-29-2020, 05:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums


right off, no sideways sleepers.
you'll need a van which sleeps fore/aft for a longer bed.
solo? in which case you could get away with a shorter bed and sleep on the diagonal.


with older vans the roadtrek models built on a chev usually have a drop floor mid section to increase headroom.
I have a pleasure way on a chev and at 6'2" I can't wear thick soled boots or I brush my head...flip flops or sneakers.
I also have to slouch to see overhead traffic lights



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Welcome!

I've seen reports here that the Ford Transit-based vans are the tallest inside. You'll also want to shop for an 80" rear bed. At 6'2", I can sleep comfortably in my 76" bed, but just barely and since I can no longer sleep on my stomach.
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Currently, the PleasureWay OnTour 2.2 would best serve your needs for a B van, IMHO. It has 6'6" headroom, and the bed is 79" long, the longest on a Transit van. The driver's seat should also accommodate you. The bath is also relatively spacious. The Sprinter and Promaster based vans tend to have only 6'2" headroom, even if a few of them will occasionally offer a single bed of 80". In order to get more headroom throughout the van, you will need to get a B+/C. The OnTour 2.0 has a bed that is 2 inches shorter at 77", relatively long for a B but still short for you. The bath is much smaller, and lacks a sink, also.

Embassy RV also builds on the Transit, and may be able to provide a custom specced bed for you, so it may be worth a call.
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Also, Regency RV makes the National Traveler on the Promaster chassis. They get up to 7'4" headroom with a raised roof, but the bed is only 73" by 73", the bath has very restricted headroom, and tall people complain about severely lacking leg room, a problem in all Promasters. So you can stand, but not sleep, shower, or drive!
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Also, Regency RV makes the National Traveler on the Promaster chassis. They get up to 7'4" headroom with a raised roof, but the bed is only 73" by 73", the bath has very restricted headroom, and tall people complain about severely lacking leg room, a problem in all Promasters. So you can stand, but not sleep, shower, or drive!
Thank you so much!!! This is very helpful!
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check out the pleasureway XL series, 6'8" headroom, and although queen bed only 74x74
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I know your challenges if you are tall. We like the solid roof over a poptop and our previous van a 92 VW Westfailia hightop had 6’ 8” clearance but lacked a bathroom/shower and the counters were low and on the small size at around 16’ long but was easy to drive and park. Our current van a Pleasure Way Sprinter has 6’ 3” headroom and works for me (6’ 4”) but I so miss the Westfailia’s headroom. Both vehicles have N/S beds so length isn’t an issue but the much wider bed in the Pleasureway is nicer. Vans unfortunately are a battle of compromises to get the convenience of a manageable size. I suggest putting together a list of wants then finding a vehicle that can tick off most of, or all those wants. See Fitrv’s latest Youtube video on looking for a new van for ideas.
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