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Old 09-29-2014, 11:35 PM   #1
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Driving with cabover bed out

My manual says not to drive with the cabover bed out, that it should be folded up. Other then you need to be careful getting out of the front and avoid banging your head, is there any other reason you can't drive with it pulled out, it is really convenient to store awkward things up there like folding chairs and stuff that aren't heavy just bulky and awkward. Thanks for the replies.

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Old 09-30-2014, 12:12 AM   #2
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None that I'm aware of but we haven't had a type C MH since 1998 or so.

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There is no safety reason or physical limitation that should prevent you from driving with the bed down. Having loose stuff stowed may cause issues.
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It does not make sense that it would be a safety hazard. I always drive with my bed out because it stays cooler when driving in the hot summer months.
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:33 PM   #5
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We have 18,000 miles on our class C and have never had the overhead bed folded up.
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40K and 5 years, and only tried to have the bed folded once. With the memory foam, on top of the mattress and the ladder and other items, looked too cluttered for the wife. It is always made now and used for storage( at the sides) with a view out the front window.
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:03 PM   #7
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In this overly litigious society we live in today I wouldn't be surprised if it's just a group of lawyers practising CYA.

"Let's see, if we tell them to fold the bed up and they don't then nobody can blame us if someone's up there while the m/h is in motion!"
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:22 PM   #8
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Our 1977 Tioga had an overhead bed. Early on I took just opened the bed and screwed it down. We never again pushed it in. That was our bed. The kids slept in the back in the bunk beds. We even took my Mom to Nova Scotia with us. She slept in the bottom bunk and our Daughter slept at the bottom of our bed over the cab.

For a 23' Class C that thing had a lot of room. We have both said that it was laid our and could sleep more people better than our last two Class A's.


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