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

112cm - 2 seats and seat belts

known as a 3/4 width bed

120cm - 2 seats and seat belts

150cm - 3 seats and seat belts

known as a full width bed

Sizes available

Modern vans, like VW T5

For carrying passengers:

TUV approved beds with tested mounting brackets for VW T5 & T6's. Suitable for use in other vans with alternative, non-tested fixings. 

 

For use as a bed and sofa:

Non-tested beds for use where carrying passengers isn't a requirement.

Starting at

£895 + VAT - frame only

£470 + VAT - for upholstery

Inc a wide array of fabrics and vinyl to choose from!

105cm - 2 seats and seat belts

known as a 3/4 width bed

146cm - 3 seats and seat belts

known as a full width bed

Bespoke sizes can be made

Sizes available

Vintage VW's 

Non-tested beds for VW split screens, bay windows, and T25's. These beds sit on the engine cover and make a full length, 6-foot bed when extended.

 

The frame is fully powder coated, is made from 20x20x2.5mm box section, and all the brackets/hinges are CNC laser cut.

Starting at

£190 + VAT - 3/4 width frame

£212.50 + VAT - full width frame

£470 + VAT - for upholstery

380mm wide by 415mm long

 

Sits 320mm high off the floor

Sizes available

Buddy seats

Although designed for the VW split screens, bay windows, and T25's these buddy seats will work in almost any van.

They come in both single and double seat versions. The single seats fold down and the double seat clips onto the side of the single. 

Starting at

£70 + VAT - single seat frame

£112.50 + VAT - double seat frame

 

£70 + VAT - upholstery (each seat)

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:

 

  1. If it has seat belts, it must be TUV Approved or at least crash tested

  2. It has to be well made

  3. 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

104cm - 2 seats and seat belts

Often used in smaller vans

112cm - 2 seats

Most popular option used in the UK by convertors

120cm - 2 seats and seat belts

Rare option for those that want a 2 seater with a bit more room

129cm - 3 seats and seat belts

Known as 130 in the UK popular with families wanting 3 seats and space for units

150cm - 3 seats and seat belts

Full width bed

Sizes available

RIB seats

One of the best-known bed seats on the market. RIB seats have a very clever mechanism which flips the seats over so you sleep on the flat back, rather than the sculpted fronts.

 

RIB seats have lots of optional extras, such as Isofix, extra mattress padding, and sliding bases.

Starting at

£1,650 + VAT - 112cm

In a few basic cloth finishes

120cm - 2 seats and seat belts

150cm - 3 seats and seat belts

Sizes available

Scotseat bed seats

Scotseat make a huge array of commercial and military seats, including excellent campervan bed seats. They have a very different mechanism from the RIB seats but the end result is the same, in that you sleep on the flat back rather than the sculpted front.

 

Scotseat also offers a very reasonably priced rail system that the bed seat can be mounted on, allowing it to be slid from the back of a van up to the normal second row of passenger seating position.

Starting at

£1,560 + VAT - 120cm

In a choice of various fabrics

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