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Long Term RV Living – Sleeping Arrangements

July 24, 2010

I think that, of all the things to consider in an RV, the sleeping arrangement is one of the most key. The longer you think you might be in that RV, the more key it is. There are already a lot of extra things you have to do and work around. The last thing you need is to have avoidable extra hassles.

Make sure you have a bed for every person…not something you need to convert into a bed every night and then back into something every morning. It does not matter if it is a kitchen table to a bed, a couch to a bed or some other arrangement. If you cannot leave your bedding in place and have a bed that is always available, trust me, you WILL regret it at some point down the road…pun intended.

There are several reasons for this. Let me explain by sharing some of our situation. If you have not already seen them, check out the following post before continuing:

Bed to Couch

The RV Sleeping Arrangements

Ack!!! Three Sick in the Family

If you notice, we have to store the bedding in the driver’s seat. We have to wrestle it in and out…every single day. Doing that while camping is no big deal…but doing it every day for weeks and months and even years will grow old.

If you also notice, we have a sleeping bag as part of our bedding. Since I made that post, we have also had to add pieces of foam that we try to place in strategic places. This brings me to one of the reasons for making sure you have beds. Whatever you are using for a bed is doing double duty. That means double the wear and tear. For us…it is couch by day and bed by night. The foam just plain wears out. For us, it is mostly worn out in the middle. Now our backs are paying for that dip. The foam doesn’t really do it, but it does help.

Trying to re-upholster something that you have to sit on every day and sleep on every night is no easy thing. You have to know what you are doing, have the room and be able to do it in one day…or else you have nothing to sleep on that night. In our situation, there is no sleeping on the floor because there is next to no floor space that isn’t a walkway.

If you have beds, you can replace the mattresses if they wear out…or even order a better one than came with the RV. You also don’t have the hassle when someone is sick of trying to work around a bed that is in the way. Or the alternative…which is to have the sick one get up while you make the bed and then they lay on the couch.

Our couch sits over our water tanks. You can get RV’s where the bed does that instead and under the couch is storage space. Or under the bed is storage space. Believe me, it may seem like a bedroom or a bed is a waste of space. It is not…not when your sanity is at stake. Envision yourself being sick…or having a sprained ankle…or anything else that can interfere with your ability to convert something into a bed everyday and back out the next morning.

The other issue is bedding. You can air out sheets and blankets on a bed by simply uncovering them. You cannot air out bedding that has to be kept rolled up during the day.

Last, but not least…there is the whole privacy issue. I won’t go into that, but keep it in mind because it is a very important one.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them through the comments or use the form on the “Contact Me” tab above.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Joelle permalink
    July 25, 2010 12:44 PM

    Thanks for the information. 🙂 I can’t imagine years spent rolling up a bedroll. I agree – would drive me crazy!

    • July 25, 2010 10:39 PM

      We have a deal. He makes the bed at night and I make the couch in the morning. Still…we both have gotten to the point where we really hate it. We did not really have any choice in the matter. But, if a person has time and money, I suggest really shopping around…and even renting/borrowing one if possible…for a trial run.

      • Joelle permalink
        July 25, 2010 10:46 PM

        Fortunately we’ve got good arrangements in our RV. My son has a custom-built (by grandma – yep, she’s handy) bed in the bedroom, and his sis’s mattress will pull out from underneath it. We replaced the sofa on the pull-out with a twin bed which will be used as a daybed during the day. I’m glad we have have the space we do, because I think I would go crazy in the tight quarters that you and your family are living in. 🙂

        • July 26, 2010 3:23 PM

          That is good. A good night’s sleep can make all the difference in the world. And having a place to lay down if one wants that does not totally get in the way of everyone else moving around…is VERY good! 🙂

  2. July 25, 2010 11:18 PM

    After reading your couch to bed conversion description, I can see how this would get old quickly.

    • July 26, 2010 3:24 PM

      Yep. We didn’t mind at first, but then we never figured on it being more than a few months. We also never figured on the foam breaking down and creating dips.

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