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« on: March 27, 2009, 04:41:15 PM »

My wife would like to know what size of bed can fit into the rear of a MCI 5. We are not sure if the bed is going across the bus or forward and back. Of course she would like a queen bed but a good size double might have to do.
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2009, 04:48:51 PM »

A double bed is 54 inches wide, a queen size is 60, we have a queen size in our iggle,
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2009, 05:16:57 PM »

We have a queen in our MC5a.  There is room for a tiny isle on each side.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2009, 05:39:17 PM »

Our bed is "athwartships" (head of bed is on street side).  In order to have enough aisle to pass around the foot of the bed, we got a "short queen," which are available from most mattress stores by special order, and stock at Camping World (but those are crappy mattresses).

A regular queen is 60x80, and a short queen is 60x75, so you get 5" extra in the aisle.  I'm only 5'10" (70"), so this works for us.  If you are over 6' tall or so, this may not be an option for you.

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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2009, 05:49:41 PM »

My wife and I are going to bunk beds in the back of our conversion,we feel large beds take up too much valuable space plus it will give us more area to move around in.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2009, 06:29:40 PM »

Most places refer to the shorter queen as an RV Queen.
His and her bunk beds? Who gets the bottom? LOL
I couldn't resist that, sorry Grin
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2009, 06:43:28 PM »

We have two single bed in the rear, a nice space between.
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2009, 08:56:02 PM »

We had two singles in our last bus, but the platform of one was on slides, so they joined together as a queen.  That could depend on who you were traveling with--wife or girlfriend.
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2009, 09:56:01 PM »

Lin- Or BOTH!  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2009, 07:58:38 AM »

Both of us being "plus sizes", we prefer the queen, with the head to the rear.  One problem with our current rig is that the "night stands" project too far from the rear, making it very difficult to make the bed.
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2009, 08:17:57 AM »

Hi Lloyd,

Like Len, I made my night stands too wide and making the bed is a slight problem.

I have a standaed queen, [60"x80"] and it works very well front to back in my 102" wide..

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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2009, 03:01:16 PM »

I have a short queen in my MCI5C, I would not do it again, but that is just my opininon. 
 I read a post where a nut was considerering building a box on rollers for the base of bed. If doing again that is the route I would go, a full size queen on a track mounted base. Some type of quick release and instant large dressing area, also makes bed easy to make!!    HTH   Jim
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2009, 03:16:22 PM »

We have a full size queen in ours.  A little tight in the isles, but worth it once we hit the hay !! 

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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2009, 03:56:23 PM »

I think our bed is a standard queen (60" wide X 80" long). The space along either side could be a little wider (a 102 bus would be nicer), but it is tolerable since we spend very little time beside the bed.  Jack

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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2009, 04:28:23 PM »

Guys,

Such really nice looking bedrooms.  Beautiful work!  I look forward to ever seeing them up close.  I expect the rest of the bus is also worth the price of admission.

My druthers is that the bed be "athwartships".  It isn't that I crave that 12 inch isle(or 18) at the foot of the bed.  Really, I would like more room too.  The reason is that I lust after that full width cloths closet across the rear wall.  I can send Wifey back in there to retrieve any duds I might need cause she has real tiny foot'ses.  Really tiny and kinda cute.

I figured that the 6'8" long bed plus the 18" bottom isle was about 96 inches of coach length and on that footprint I had no closet at all.  Say 8 feet or close.  If I put it in sideways I have the same 18" of side clear to the front. 5' of bed and 18" of side clearance at the other side plus 24 inches of closet deep.  Soooo, that makes 10 foot of coach length and I have a full closet for his and hers.  I know I could put the closet in the center isle area but I feel certain that I can find a constructive use for that area.

That is my take on that question and Wifey said I was right, so there. Tongue Roll Eyes Grin

For me to get a 8 foot wide closet across in any other spot in the bus I would have to turn the thing into a duplex. Undecided Kiss

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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2009, 08:29:58 PM »

John, not to rain on your parade, or wifieys footeses, but.....

the main reason most bunks are put fore and aft is that when you park on a surface that is moderately unlevel, you roll side to side with the force of gravity.
when the bunk is put sideways, (Cattywampus to you fellers from Idaho), either you are sleeping with your head up, or you are sleeping with your head lower than your feet. Neither is a comfortable situation in the long run.

Big trucks have the bunk sideways, and you'll notice that mostly the drivers will always park with the drivers side of the truck on the uphill side. Sleeping with your head downward will have a tendency to let you awake with a headache in the morning.

Your mileage may vary, but it was a lesson I learned after about 3 million miles driving trucks.

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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2009, 09:33:14 PM »

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I wake up with a headache anyway.  That elevation thing would only serve to give me an explanation. Huh Grin

I really hope, more like demand, a leveling system.  I lived with twin beds for years and I MUST have slept somewhere off level and had my head higher than my feet or vice verse.  It just must of happened.  If I tried to hang like a bat for 8 hours I can see where that might be a problem...not for the bat, me.  Really though, it was never an issue but if it was seriously off I felt more comfortable with my feet lower.  Drunks don't always concern themselves with issues of the such.  Puking in the bed is a higher priority....avoiding it, that is.

Hope we are still on track here,

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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2009, 10:26:48 PM »

Because the Scenicruiser has that big picture window in the rear we are planning to face our long queen bed to the rear...especially since we camp in a lot a places that back up to the oceans or sounds. The headboard will have a lot of drawers that face the front.  Dianne is AWESOME with working on projects like this!
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« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2009, 04:03:36 AM »

With a little imagination I was able to utilize the space at the foot of the bed on my 5C, I have the short queem but this is doable with a full size queen also. The wall at the foot of my bed is also the sink wall in the bathroom, with access to both sides of the bed. If interested click on the photobucket link below and take a look. The person on the potty side of the bed cannot see the person on said potty without leaning over side of bed.    HTH  JIm
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« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2009, 04:48:28 AM »

Sometimes I wake up with a headache, sometimes with a pain in the neck, sometimes I let her sleep lol.
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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2009, 08:49:47 AM »

The BEST rest you will ever have is with a Memory-Foam mattress.
Ours is a queen with the head sitting to the rear over the engine shelf.
I opened up the inside rear cap and inserted cabinets inside for clothing.
Granted there's not much walk room, But I hinged the bed base to be lifted
for lots of extra underbed storage.

I also invested in a dual control electric blanket which saves on running the
heat quite a bit. always nice to have a warm bed on cool nights.

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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2009, 10:05:38 AM »

We had two singles in our last bus, but the platform of one was on slides, so they joined together as a queen.  That could depend on who you were traveling with--wife or girlfriend.

Reminds me of the old toast: "To our wives and our girlfriends . . .and may they NEVER MEET!"
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« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2009, 10:08:01 AM »

The BEST rest you will ever have is with a Memory-Foam mattress.

I find them too "cocoon-like," and too hot on a hot night.

I'm going for a Sleep Number queen-size.
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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2009, 10:21:17 AM »

My wife would like to know what size of bed can fit into the rear of a MCI 5. We are not sure if the bed is going across the bus or forward and back. Of course she would like a queen bed but a good size double might have to do.

On the new coach I'm going with a queen-size, along the left wall, feet forward.

If you plan to let someone sleep in the bed while the coach is on the road, the only safe way is feet forward.  Think about having to hit the brakes HARD at 75 MPH.  A sideways sleeper becomes a suborbital ballistic missile, and a head-forward sleeper slams into the wall or the floor, taking the impact on the head and cervical spine.

The advantage of putting the bed against the side wall is that it gives a secure corner to fit into while the coach is moving.  Since I'm doing a large bath with corridor along the right side, this orientation of the bed puts the foot against the bath rear wall, gives more room to maneuver in the bedroom (for dressing, etc) and offers space for a standard dresser or closet on the back wall.  My bed will be hinged along the side wall, so it can be lifted up for access to storage.

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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2009, 11:54:38 AM »

The problem with the bed against the wall, if it's any larger than a twin, is that it's very hard to make.
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« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2009, 12:46:42 PM »

The problem with the bed against the wall, if it's any larger than a twin, is that it's very hard to make.

I dunno about "very" hard, but it is certainly hardER to make.

This is another advantage to the Sleep Number, which is lightweight and can be slid away from the wall.

OTOH, I'm a GUY -- I make a bed by getting out of it and pulling the bedspread up again, or just closing the door so nobody goes back there. 

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If I ever find my asawa, then she may have other ideas . . .

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« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2009, 05:54:55 PM »

The BEST rest you will ever have is with a Memory-Foam mattress.

I find them too "cocoon-like," and too hot on a hot night.

I'm going for a Sleep Number queen-size.

Be careful of high altitudes with that "air mattress"....
I haven't had a cocoon problem with mine. But I also spent over $900 for a mattress just for the bus. Mine is quite comfortable hot or cold. It also depends on the mattress cover being the kind that breathes.


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« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2009, 07:08:27 PM »

I used to have my own space too, but not any longer. We modified our twins into a queen (short). When I put the new framing together I included an 8" deep by 5" wide trough along the wall side for the excess bedding to fall into. This makes it a lot easier to make the bed. There is space between the bed and night stand also for the bedding to slide past. I haven't finished the floor yet because we're still undecided if we're going with carpet again or wood this time. Will
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« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2009, 11:22:17 PM »

How about a murphy bed for extra floor space during the day? Would folding the bed into the wall work with a raised roof?
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« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2009, 12:12:01 AM »

I would REALLY like a folding bed in the back of my MC8!

I have thought about putting the bed on a lift. When you are done sleeping, connect 4 lines and press a button. Your bed is now on the ceiling!


How about a murphy bed for extra floor space during the day? Would folding the bed into the wall work with a raised roof?
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« Reply #30 on: March 31, 2009, 05:54:11 AM »

I checked out a few of the bed lift mechanisms at an RV show.  The Happijac chain driven one seemed to be the nicest.  If you have the roof height it really hides the bed away up top.
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