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Old 06-11-2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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How hard to find a rear-bed motorhome?

We have been thinking of moving up to a motorhome for longer trips we are planning in the next couple years. We would like to find one with a bed in the back. What was the smallest motorhome with a rear-bed? Is the rear-bed option pretty rare?
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:45 PM   #2
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We have a 20ft Argosy, rear bed, panorama window, and I believe that is the smallest, and was only made for about 12-18months, so about as common as hens teeth. There are other small (24ft) Argosy/Classics which had rear beds and they finished up with the 250 (25ft) that had pano windows, but a corner bed.

Fred's ViewRV site has a very good description of all the ones available. (ViewRVs.com)
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:02 PM   #3
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Thanks, that's a great resource.

I didn't realize there was a rear-bed 20 - that's small! I was thinking something more in the 25ft length.
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:09 PM   #4
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My '83, 310 (31') was a rear bed center bath unit. No idea how common or rare they were.
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Most of the Interstates are rear-bed models as well. With the advantage that you've got big double rear doors that you can open up (especially if you add a rear screen) to really take in the view.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:59 PM   #6
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Interstate is a little tight for us. One problem is that two of us, two dogs, and a guitar are feeling a little cramped in the Caravel. That's part of why we are thinking of something a bit bigger.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:03 PM   #7
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Just a comment on the rear bedroom. We really like it. I can't imagine using that space for anything else.
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One option is what I have, which is a rear convertible lounge in my 310. Two couches in the rear that seat 6 easily, or 8 kids and then converts very easily into a king size bed that's 6'x8' wall to wall. At 6'3" I love the size of my bed and my wife loves sitting back there with the panoramic windows reading during the day.

The nice thing is my coach can easily seat 13 adults and people aren't uneasy when visiting as there's no real bedroom.

The rear convertible louges are the rarest, and when new, the most expensive version of the 310.

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I'd like to see a front bedroom motor home.
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The reason beds are in the rear, is because of the lighter weight, and the large overhang back of the axle.

Most units are sensitive to balance and the weight has to be between the axles.

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The reason beds are in the rear, is because of the lighter weight, and the large overhang back of the axle.

Most units are sensitive to balance and the weight has to be between the axles.

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I don't know Dave, the vast majority of the 280's are rear bath with the waste tanks immediately ahead of the rear bumper. Very rare to find a rear bedroom 280.
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Size?

Well all the diesel models were made rear-bed...I was a little thrown off at the question at first because to my knowledge most Class A's are rear bedroom, then I realized you probably meant rear bed in a smaller B+ or C class. If 36' isn't too big I recommend any year XC Diesel (I believe pre '00 they were called the Cutter) Oh and on that note if you're going moho go diesel...you'll just end up upgrading to it one day anyways lol.
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I'd like to see a front bedroom motor home.
Safari Trek count? Just a thought...Oh and all manufacturers seem to be bringing the drop down bed in the cockpit back as an option. When I was a kid that was my berth in our friends OLD (1970 something) Diplomat. It's amazing that how many people they can sleep in sub 30' models these days (though my 6'1 frame has only fit on one dinette bed in history in my '99 Bounder)
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The majority of all the Classics/Excella/Argosy are rear bath. So if you want an original rear bed, around 25ft in a classic shape they are all pretty rare.

But is it the rear beds, or the rear beds and pano windows that you are chasing? There are many classic type motorhomes could be rebuilt - just they start off as rear baths so only have the single rear window?
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