Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

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Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby sternal » 02 Jun 2014, 17:08

Does anyone have one ?

Found these online

http://www.vw-beds.com/products/cab_bunk.html

or

http://nlavw.com/gb/interior/106-adjustable-child-cab-bunk-for-t2-split-window.html

this one looks wider, but not sure about drilling into the pillars wouldn't it weaken them ?

or this

http://www.bluebird-type2.co.uk/T25interior.htm

looks the same as no.2 ?

Or has anyone made one ?

how comfy are they ?

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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby dodec42 » 02 Jun 2014, 17:54

I fitted an nlavw bunk a week ago, i was a bit dubious as to how comfy it would be, but the two wee yins (6 & 4) were fighting over it to sleep in it, both found it very comfy and the extra width over the other variety is definitely the way to go.
I would not expect the holes to cause any weakening.....though i don't plan on rolling it. :shock:
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby sternal » 02 Jun 2014, 17:57

Cheers

Do you need to fold seats flat/ take head rests out ???

My two are the same age!

Do they both fit there ???? :roll:


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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby Mark Inder » 02 Jun 2014, 20:38

I'm interested to read what people say about these too as having three children this is a serious option. I too am curious about the seats not being in the way.
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby Mark Inder » 02 Jun 2014, 20:38

I'm interested to read what people say about these too as having three children this is a serious option. I too am curious about the seats not being in the way.
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby fairwynds » 02 Jun 2014, 20:50

I bought a cab bunk at last years Vanfest. Once fitted, I found I had to remove the drivers side headrest when in use, as can't tilt that seat back due to sink unit behind it. Don't have young kids, just use it for extra storage space when camping. I have since kept the U shaped clip separate, so taking headrest out is easier..
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby sternal » 03 Jun 2014, 12:17

Bought this one

http://nlavw.com/gb/interior/106-adjust ... indow.html

and they gave me 10% as I mentioned 8090 ! :ok

will post a pic when its up and running...
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby dirtygertie » 03 Jun 2014, 17:05

I made one (there's a thread somewhere but can't find it using my phone) and used it for years until my child grew way taller than the width of the van - because I made it I could make allowances for headrests etc
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby Mark Inder » 03 Jun 2014, 18:51

I remember seeing that in Wales and being very impressed with it. What did you do with it once it was too small ?
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby sternal » 03 Jun 2014, 19:41

Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help
by dirtygertie » Today, 17:05

I made one (there's a thread somewhere but can't find it using my phone) and used it for years until my child grew way taller than the width of the van - because I made it I could make allowances for headrests etc


id be interested to see that :D
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby dirtygertie » 03 Jun 2014, 20:34

I cant seem to find the thread :-(

Mark, I've still got the bunky bit but I've lost some of the brackets
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby Smosh » 04 Jun 2014, 07:11

dirtygertie wrote:I cant seem to find the thread :-(

Mark, I've still got the bunky bit but I've lost some of the brackets



Has it been archived,Admin? Maybe good to wiki...?
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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby Tinium » 04 Jun 2014, 10:08

I've got the vw-beds one.

After placing the order, there was a bit of a lack of communication, but true to word, the bed turned up after 2 weeks.

The bed itself is made of four metal sections, 2 long sides the width of the van, and a section top and bottom that the sides screw onto, and a canvas cover. It's not necessarily the easiest thing to put together, I found the first 3 connections fine, then the last one a bit tricky - best bet is to leave the first 3 connections a bit loose, then the play will help with the last one.

Strength wise it seems excellent - though we've only had our 6 month old on it so far, in a pop up cot tied to the bed and she slept better than at home! :) No drilling required, and stayed in place once the doors shut (end sections come with some pipe insulation for that purpose) . Getting in place a bit tricky, but probably as I was using it in combination with external silver screens, so when I opened the door to put the screen on, the bed would drop (no baby on at this point!), so just a bit of coordination to get everything in place. Didn't need to remove headrests, or move the seats etc, would just fit straight in.

We've got a full-width bed in the back, so rather than take the hammock apart, I simply put it under the bottom cushions of the rear seat when we didn't need it, where it fitted rather well and was out of the way. Otherwise you'd have to find somewhere to keep it, remember, even folded it'll be as long as the front window ledges are wide, so it will only go in the boot at an angle for example.

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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help hammock fitted

Postby sternal » 08 Jun 2014, 20:06

Fitted the hammock today, the screws that came with the fixing kit were only fit for the bin, so I riveted the brackets in.

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Re: Childs hammock over front seats ? Help

Postby NLAVW » 29 Jul 2014, 21:39

Sternal, it's interesting to hear your comments on the screws. We were careful to copy the original Westfalia style screws. Were yours badly machined or did you just not like the type supplied?

We like to hear feedback on our range because without hearing from you guys we don't know how to improve our products. Cheers in advance for any constructive comments :-)
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