What is your style of travel? What are your camping goals? Select the van bed that matches.
Over the past few years, GoneCamper has designed, built, and refined FOUR varieties of beds for camping vans.
The first - and still most versatile and popular - is the retractable bed. This design produces a bed that stores completely behind the second row of seats in a minivan. The rear, fixed section of the bed does not interfere with the passenger compartment. You have a four-passenger van during the week, and a camping van for the weekends.
Full-Size GoneCamper Minivan bed, shown extended with storage below
Here is a video that shows how quickly you can open and collapse the full-size bed. Note that since this video was made, the front platform sections are now supplied as a hinged unit to make the process even easier!
This is the best camping bed option if you 1) need to use the middle seats for passengers between camping trips, and 2) prefer to leave the GoneCamper conversion in your van rather than installing only when a trip is planned.
Full-size GoneCamper Minivan bed with Tri-Fold mattress, shown folded behind 2nd row seats for travel
A variation of this same GoneCamper design is also available for solo travelers. Instead of the 48-inch wide bed, the single bed is built to only 28-inches. With the mattress you have a 30-inch bed - meaning you have an open area that is 18-inches wide by over 6-feet long alongside.
Single GoneCamper retractable bed for minivans, shown with rear kitchen galley
The single bed extends and retracts the same as the full-size bed. You can have a full-length bed AND a comfortable chair inside your minivan. However, unlike the full-size bed, the single bed does NOT need to be folded to drive. The bed is the width of the passenger seat and center console. You can leave the passenger seat forward while adjusting the driver seat. Here is another video of the single GoneCamper bed:
You can combine the GoneCamper single bed with the standard rear kitchen galley - or just use the bed alone. Without the rear galley, you can position the bed against the rear hatch. There are lots of options! You could use a side table and shelves for your kitchen in the minivan. (Like all the GoneCamper designs, special orders are welcome!)
Single GoneCamper retractable bed, shown without rear galley kitchen
The standard length of the full-size or single retractable beds is 74-inches (6'2".) Since each bed is built to order, you can customize this length. Many solo female travelers have opted to have their bed built to less than 74-inches to gain floor space. Just specify your ideal bed length when placing your order and the bed and mattress will be sized to fit!
GoneCamper has built two other bed designs - initially for wider and longer full-size vans. But these folding beds can also be scaled to fit the 48-inch width of minivans.
Option One is the freestanding bed with a rear storage "headboard". Using this headboard, you do not need the support of the rear galley kitchen when the bed is converted to a couch. If you opt to only have a bed in your van - and do not need the rear kitchen galley - then this design may be a great choice. Like the other beds, this folding bed with headboard can be constructed in either a 48-inch wide full-size version or 28-inch wide single version for minivans.
Freestanding full-size GoneCamper folding bed with storage headboard. 54-inch version for full-size vans shown
Option Two is a folding bed that uses a hinged top platform. Instead of the front bed platform built as a removable piece, the bed platform is series of hinged sections. You do not position the loose front section to make the bed, but just fold the hinged platform into place. When folded, the bed platform forms the couch base and back rest.
Folding van camper bed. This GoneCamper design fold into a couch
This video helps explain the opening and closing of this folding bed:
It is important to note that these two design options were initially built for longer, full-size vans. The fixed rear portion of the folding bed is TOO LONG to fit behind the second row of seats in a minivan. This means that if you choose these last two design options, you will not have access to the second row of seats unless you completely remove the bed from the van. While the original retractable bed was designed for owners to easily switch back and forth between camper and passenger van, these last two folding bed options are the best choice if you have a dedicated minivan for camping - or if you don't mind completely removing the bed between camping trips.
All the GoneCamper beds fit ANY minivan with a 4-foot by 8-foot cargo floor. Because the full 8-foot length is measured at the floor - and not at the seat backs - you must move the front seats ahead to make room for the full-length bed. This is not necessary if you have chosen a shorter bed, or are extending the single bed only on the passenger side. Moving the seats forward is also not required if you do not have the rear kitchen and have located the bed against the rear hatch.
The choice is yours:
A. If you frequently need to use the center seats in your minivan - choose the original retractable GoneCamper bed.
B. If you never use the center seats, or if you do not want the rear kitchen, the longer designs (scaled down from full-size vans) may be the right choice. Long term "van dwellers" may prefer these options.
In either case, contact GoneCamper to discuss your ideas. Not only can the design, length, and height be customized for you but the mattress size and thickness will be sized to match.
Select the bed and kitchen combinations that will make your traveling and camping enjoyable. Then join us on the road!
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