BED SEATS INSTALLED BY BIG V
There are countless bed seats/rock & roll beds available, all with different features and compromises. The first consideration with any campervan bed is whether it is at least 6 feet (183cm) long, as this is the threshold required to register a van as a motor caravan with the DVLA.
Some bed seats come fully upholstered (but can be reupholstered) and others start as bare frames that are then upholstered to your taste.
Bed seats are split into three main categories:
TUV Approved - The gold standard in campervan conversion systems. TÜV SÜD is a leading international expert in providing testing, product certification, qualification, training and knowledge services. The TUV Approved certification a much, much higher endorsement than a simple crash test and takes months or years of work to achieve and includes on-going monitoring, testing, and spot-checking to ensure that a product remains as safe and reliable as possible and that the manufacturer continues to follow the approved systems of work.
Crash tested (specifically, in-vehicle pull tested) - As former vehicle accident repairers, if seat belts are required Big V Kampers will only fit seats that are at least crash tested. These units have frames designed to bolt securely to the vehicle and seat belt mounting systems that can take the force of a crash and keep the passenger in place.
Non-crash tested - If seat belts are not required on the bed seat, Big V Kampers will fit almost any bed in any configuration. The only requirements are that the frame is able to be fixed through the floor of the vehicle and the unit is of solid build, such that it won’t detach in a crash and fly forward into the cab.
Big V Recommends: Rusty Lee Beds
Rusty Lee bed are handmade in Hereford, UK and are our favourite bed seats to fit in our conversions. As former vehicle accident repairers safety is always our first consideration and, in our opinion, Rusty Lee's beds are the best built on the market. They're reliable, durable, and easy to operate.
Rusty Lee beds are special
They are TUV Approved for the ultimate safety assurance
They're UK designed and built, and have better structural reinforcements and welds
Are made from more metal and powder coated rather than painted
Come as bare frames, meaning you don't pay twice for upholstery (once with the bed, then again to replace it!)
They make a bed for almost every need
Other good quality beds
There are many campervan beds and bed systems available. We'll fit any bed as long as it meets a few simple standards:
If it has seat belts, it must be TUV Approved or at least crash tested
It has to be well made
It must be possible to bolt it down through the floor
These requirements are aimed at ensuring the bed is safe in the event of a crash, especially if it will be carrying passengers.
Other beds we recommend