Practical and Comfortable Sleeping Options for Family Adventures on the Road
Many people think that van life is only for solo travelers and couples. After all, a van is a tiny space, and most van builds only include enough sleeping space for two.
That said, there are actually plenty of family-friendly campervan builds out there, and even if you don’t have a van built for three or more, there are some campervan bed solutions that make it possible to bring the kids along on your adventures.
Trying to figure out how to ensure you have enough campervan bed space for the whole family? Here are our favorite ways to give the kids a comfy place to sleep in your van.
One of the very best campervan bed solutions for kids is the Cabbunk. This brilliant van sleeping solution attaches to the cab seats and side walls to create cot-like bunks for kids. Once you’ve gone through the initial setup process in your van, these bunks can be easily put up and taken back down, making moving day a cinch.
Young children seem to find the Cabbunks very comfortable, and we’ve heard of people adding foam mattress toppers for an even more comfortable sleeping experience. We love that Cabbunk squeezes two camper van bed areas into a spot that wouldn’t be used while parked anyway, making them a very efficient use of space.
Luno Cab Air Mattress
Another great way to use the cab area as a campervan bed is to invest in a front cab air mattress like the one sold by Luno. You can custom-fit this inflatable mattress onto the two front seats of your van to create a cozy sleeping nook, perfect for kids or smaller adults.
The Luno cab air mattress includes an inflatable “base extender” that fills the gap between the seats as well as a small air pump for filling the base extender and mattress. The incredibly durable fabric used for both inflatable pieces means you won’t have to worry about your little ones damaging them.
Have older kids that prefer to have a bit of privacy and some space to spread out? A rooftop tent could be the ideal solution. There are a number of great rooftop tent options out there.
We recommend looking for one that can stand up to all kinds of weather (hard-shell tents are nice for this) and offers plenty of storage pockets when it is set up. We also like the models that include a set of roof bars for storing things on top of the tent when it’s folded down.
Honestly though, no matter which one you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the extra campervan bed as well as the extra space, especially if you’re traveling with older kids or teens.
Cool Bunk Bed Builds
Let’s say you’re doing a van build or renovating an existing campervan. In this case, you’ll probably be building your own campervan bed spaces. This is great because it means you can get creative and build something that fits the whole family and does so in an efficient way that works best for your lifestyle.
We’ve seen a large number of amazing campervan bed builds over the years. Watch the video below to see an amazing van layout that includes mid-bunks:
This next video has an even more impressive campervan bed build that uses some extreme geometry to fit everyone into a teeny tiny area:
And finally, this removable bunk bed system is pretty amazing as well and would be great for a family that needs more space during the day:
Class B RVs With Sleeping for 3 or More
Want a van that has enough sleeping space for the whole family already built in, but you don’t want to build it yourself? You could of course pay for a custom build, but you might also have luck finding Class B RVs with campervan bed spaces for three, four, or even more people. Yes, they do exist!
Some newer vans that include enough sleeping space for a whole family include the Wonder from Leisure Travel Vans, the Pleasure-Way Ontour 2.2, and the Winnebago Solis 59PX. All of these sleep up to four people and include all of the amenities you’d expect from a modern motorhome. Unfortunately, they also have the price tag you’d expect from a modern motorhome.
The good news? There are older Class B RVs that sleep four as well. Those looking to buy an older used rig that sleeps a whole family might have luck with the Roadtrek 190 Versatile with the two front seats that fold into single beds or the Winnebago Rialta QD with a similar floorplan. Other models to look for are a van with a pop-top and an upper bunk or an older turtle-top van that includes a cab-over bunk as well as a couch bed or bed in the back.
What Do You Think About These Campervan Bed Ideas for Hassle-Free Family Travel?
As you can see, it’s totally possible to come up with some clever campervan bed solutions so you can continue to enjoy van travels with the kids for many years to come. Whether you’re wanting something super simple or some ideas of ways to build campervan beds for the kiddos, we hope this article helps inspire you so you can get back out on the road sooner rather than later!