Sleeping in a Campervan | Campervan Hire New Zealand
When booking a campervan most people never consider the sleeping comfort of their chosen vehicle. The biggest factor is still the price, but in hindsight many travelers would pick a different campervan to avoid awkward set-ups, impractical layouts and needless nuisances.
Poor sleep, due to uncomfortable mattresses, lack of space or annoying mosquitos, can really interfere with your holiday. Considering that a campervan holiday involves a lot of driving, it is important to get adequate sleep regularly.
Campervan daytime dining areas and seats usually transform into beds at night. Not magically, of course ... The traveler needs to make up and break down the bed every day in order to use the dining area. With some 2+1 Berth models (pictured right), a second dining table and swiveling front seats allow the bed(s) to remain permanent.
For 2 people traveling for 10 days or longer, we always try to recommend at least a 2+1 Berth campervan, to ensure a positive and comfortable experience. In modern full-sized 2+1 campervans there is usually a third passenger seat behind the driver, with a separate dining table and swiveling front seats. Therefore, the rear double or two single beds can remain permanent, while the traveler still has the use of a small living and dining area at the front.
For a scenario with 4 passengers traveling in a campervan, we recommend 6 Berths over 4 Berths, as the central dining area can remain permanent, which also means that all 4 seat belts are always accessible. On another account, in most 4 Berth campervans, two passenger seat belts are located at the rear of the vehicle, which is not a comfortable place to travel.
The double bed above the driver’s cabin in larger 4 or 6 Berth campervans can be very convenient and comfortable. As long as there is plenty of headroom, good ladder access and a security net, this is also the favourite sleeping spot for children. The mattress of this bed is often the most comfortable as it is formed of one single piece and not designed to be used for seating purposes as well. During the day, the space above the driver’s cabin is often used for storage or daytime sleeping.
Bed sizes in campervans can be surprisingly small. It’s not unusual to find 1.70 metre long beds for instance. Single beds can also be very narrow with 0.70 metres.
We recommend checking the exact campervan specifications prior to choosing a campervan, so that you know what you can expect.
Most campervan hire providers include linen, pillows and duvets (or sleeping bags) with their vehicles. For longer travel durations, it may be useful to request a second set of linen when you collect your campervan. In all cases, we recommend checking the supplied equipment and reporting any shortcomings straight away, e.g. if you are not happy with the quality or cleanliness.
For restful and undisturbed nights in a campervan, features like fly screens and/or air conditioning are essential. Especially during summer months, mosquitos can be a nuisance and around bush areas or rainforest, sandflies are always persistent little visitors.
If you are unsure which campervan layout is right for you, please feel free to contact us. We have inspected all campervan types in New Zealand and are always happy to share our knowledge with you.
ProCamper Limited has been operating since 2010 and specializes in Campervan Hire for clients visiting New Zealand and Australia. Regular campervan inspections and valuable industry knowledge enables ProCamper to provide ideal solutions for campervan holidays, combined with excellent customer service and competitive rates.