Bed with a plan

Go! Camp & Drive - - Caravan Test -

The bed folds out from the front of the body over the A-frame, and you have to do this be­fore you can lift the pop-up roof. When it’s folded in, the farthest point of the bed props up against the pop-up roof, with a lip that fits over the side of the closed roof. Of the more than 100 camp­ing trail­ers and car­a­vans we’ve tested over the years, this is one of the best ideas we’ve seen to en­sure that the pop-up roof re­mains closed while driv­ing. The bed sec­tion and the cover spun over the bed are sep­a­rate from each other, and the one end of the cover is fas­tened to the pop-up roof. You pull the cover over a loose U-frame, which fits over the head of the bed. The cover has an elas­tic seam that hooks into small hooks un­der­neath the bed to tighten it. In­side, on both cor­ners of the U-frame, there’s a loose ad­justable pole that ex­tends up against the open pop-up roof and you use that to stretch the cover over the bed. (In the new mod­els the frame is stitched into the cover.) The fly sheet over the bed sec­tion stretches with six loose spring-loaded steel bars and keeps the sun and rain off the cover over the bed. The bed is slightly big­ger than a dou­ble bed and the mesh part of the win­dows in the cover’s sides zip open for those warm sum­mer nights. >

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