Originally Posted by 4MacFam
Roadtrek does some interesting stuff with their quad seats up front. From dinette to 2 beds.
Thanks for tip Ė more great design ideas to consider. Those folding beds over the cab seats seem extremely space efficient, and probably work great for children and or for occasional use, but itís hard for me to imagine that they would be comfortable as the primary beds. The concept of using the cab area for multiple functions is great though; Iím just not sure if a folding bed laying on top of two seats would be stiff enough or secure enough for an adult that moves around a lot at night. My guess is that the manufacturer intends the adults to sleep on rear beds and the front cab beds are primarily for guests and or children.
I do like the front cab area configurable for traveling, seating, dining, and also sleeping. That frees up a lot of room in the rest of the van for other uses Ė like more counter tops, storage, or a bigger bathroom. One possible option to this concept would be to have a singular rigid overhead bed/mattress attached to ceiling (for shorter people that could walk under bed) that would drop down and rest on front seats. A single big bed should be more stable and not be able to fall/shift off seats. On the other hand it would be far heavier and harder to handle. And even harder to store. Thatís why I kind of reverted back to double dinettes side-by-side. The greatest disadvantage with two single dinettes that I canít resolve, by comparison, is that it adds at least 3 feet to required van length; and thatís assuming I can figure out a way to work around not blocking the side door without having to shift the passenger-side dinette back at least another 2 feet for side-door passage. On the other hand it does allow seating for up to six instead of four.
If I keep needing an even bigger van soon I'll end up with a compact Class A. Just kidding!