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Old 05-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #1
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Split Beds vs Island Bed

In our search for a motorhome we came across a 2006 Tioga Jamboree 29V with split beds in the rear. I was immediately impressed with how much of an open feeling this bed configuration gave the coach. Instead of looking at the foot of a bed, you can look down the aisle all the way to the back of the coach.

When I walked backed there I was immediately impressed by how much cabinet storage you get and how easy it is access all the cabinets. The cabinets over the beds were easily accessible and so were the top cabinets at the rear. With an island bed, I have to crawl on the bed to access those rear cabinets. With an island bed and those side cabinets -- if the coach even has them -- I have to lean over to walk past them so as not to bump into them; and when opening them I have to lean backwards -- just a bit of a Gumby move, if you ask me.

With the split beds, instead of having two narrow aisles you have one wider aisle that's a lot more comfortable to walk through.

I had split beds, mid-coach, in an '85 Barth and I remember making them was a bit aggravating. To get a good sheet tuck on the outboard side I had to pull the mattress back about 6" and lean over the mattress to make it. But then those top corners of the island bed don't look like a joy to make either, with the built in night stands and the humps from the basement storage preventing easy access to those corners.

I do remember the outside wall of that split bed getting quite cold in the winter though. That'd be a positive for the island bed. The same may be true in the summer with the sun shining on that wall, but I don't remember that being a problem and I was working swing shift then, sleeping until nine or ten.

My wife would prefer an island bed because she likes to cuddle, but since my back has gotten as bad as it is, that doesn't really work out for me. But cuddling, or "nuggling" as my wife says, would be another positive for an island bed. The Great Dane would vote for an island bed as she likes to take her half out of the middle, but she's not of voting age.

I was wondering if anyone else had put any thought into this?
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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Good one Arch-

IMHO-

My bride hated having to make up the split bed. She cussed it out all the time.

The current Queen bed is a much better deal-

Everyone has to make that individual kind of decision,


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I have had both types and each have both advantages and disadvantages. The split beds were fine for us since wife stays up later than myself either reading or watching tv. Neither of us like the idea of sleeping in seperate beds though. So in the end when we traded that mh we went to a queen size bed and it has worked well. She still stays up later than me but now with the queen bed, we at least sleep together. In the end, it is what works best for you and yours that counts.
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Split beds? Like having one spoon in the drawer.
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Think "REsell" We wouldn't purchase it. Owned a 19' TT with the bed crammed into a corner. Took forever to make it...
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H. Miller, you're absolutely right about the resale. I didn't even consider that.

Max and Catonine, thanks for sharing your experiences. After reading what you typed, I looked at photos of that model with split beds and I noticed the built-in night stand would prohibit us from pulling the mattress out to tuck those outboard corners. You're right, that would be a miserable job.

Thanks all for your input! I think I'll re-think my thinking
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Recently I was looking at a Winnebago View for my Dentist who recently got married (2nd time) and wanted to get away on weekends. He wanted something small. We have these Views coming into the campground here in Maine and folks love them with the Merecedes Diesel. I suggested he look at one of these or the Itasca version. Eighteeen miles a gallon is "cool".

I got to surfing the Web and started looking at the interiors of these rigs on line. The earlier ones had the bed over the cab- Ugh, getting up and down a ladder several times a night to go potty, for me- No way- . "Doc Calvin" is no spring chicken either.

Then I saw later models with a rear bed and here is a picture of a 2010 model. How would you like to pull fitted sheets over the mattress in this hummer-



Ouch-

Again, just my feelings about sleeping accomodations--
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I've had both split beds and queen beds in rv's. My preference is split beds. getting up at night is easier and less disturbing to the spouse. Split beds can be a chore to make up, but then so is our queen bed. Night stands and shirt closets on each side get in the way. Unfortunately few manufacturers offer the slpit bed option anymore.
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If we had split beds i might never get any....
And they sure wouldn't insulate me from her snoring, unless they were in separate rooms (see comment above)
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Here's another bit of info. Split beds may affect your fresh water tank size. They would on my rig, around 20 gallons worth vs the short queen.

We got an island bed model, by the way. Thanks for everyone's input.
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Good one Arch-

IMHO-

My bride hated having to make up the split bed. She cussed it out all the time.

The current Queen bed is a much better deal-

Everyone has to make that individual kind of decision,


Good luck,

I've had both. Split beds are more efficient use of space and I prefer them Spouse makes bed and prefers island. Guess what we have.
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