Can I really sleep well in a campervan?
We asked campervan expert Daniel from Sussex Campervans to review different types of rock and roll beds and demonstrate how they work.
What is the best Rock and Roll Bed?
I’ve been comparing the different types of rock and roll beds. Lots of people, when they’re thinking of buying a campervan, wonder whether they can really have a good night’s sleep like they do at home in a campervan bed - or a rock and roll bed, as they’re often called. A lot of people wonder if it’s more like dozing in a chair and you wake up with a stiff neck and an aching back. Well, that needn’t be true, if you’ve got the right one.
In the video above you can see the different sorts of campervan beds, showing how they convert from travel seat to bed and back again, and offer my thoughts on how to choose one that’s going to work for you.
Early days: sofa-bed style
The first campervans were built from the classic Volkswagen Transporter van. They had an engine at the back, so the rock and roll bed was something like a sofa-bed, with a cushion sitting on top of the engine behind. It just clicked down into a bed.
Times have moved on, and more modern campervans don’t have that problem of the van engine in the boot.
Years ago we used to use a pyramid-style bed, which did not offer much storage below, because of its shape. The back uses up some of the room. It does fold flat into a bed, but putting it away after the night is a bit of a hassle - it’s quite heavy to manipulate and some customers did find it quite difficult.
Most campervan converters buy a kit bed
Now let’s look at a typical rock and roll bed of European manufacture, which is used by a lot of campervan converters. There are two or three makes, which more or less work the same way. In the above video I've demonstrated how they work.
Simply put, there are three operations that make it turn into a bed. One of the challenges of these is that you can often end up with quite a few gaps between the cushions and it’s quite hard to get it entirely flat and it can sometimes be a two-man job to get it back into a seated position. Some people are really happy with these, but there are a lot of people who find that they can’t get the same level of comfort as they do from their bed at home.
There is one rock and roll bed that is different.
I designed my own rock and roll bed
This Rock 'n' Roll campervan bed I’ve designed, I think it might be the best anyone’s got. It goes down so quickly, and it’s so flat, supportive and comfortable. It takes under 10 seconds to put up and down and can be easily done with just one person. Why not come and try one out for yourself?