Ever since we bought our Elddis Accordo I have been wondering whether we made the right decision to buy a low line motor home or whether we should have gone for the traditional shape with the bed over the cabin. Whilst the low line motor homes look more modern (they are a newer design), aren’t as susceptible to wind (we did test drive a higher motor home with a bed above the cabin) and aren’t as big and intimidating they are not as versatile.
I thought a fixed bed above the cabin would be pretty cool, I mean having to make the beds every night and pack them away every morning is a bit of a faff, but in the big scheme of things I guess it’s not too bad. If we had a fixed bed above the cabin we could also use it as additional storage area for all our kit – we have scaled right back but we still take a helluva lot of kit with us. Despite my initial thoughts our recent trip in the Accordo has confirmed that we definitely made the right decision buying a low line motor home as opposed to one with a bed over the cabin.
Our most recent motor home adventure took us to Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast, which by the way is a stunning location and I am horrified it has taken me so many years to go to the location given it is only a couple of hours drive from where we live. I digress…..
The journey to Cliff House Park campsite took us down several narrow tree lined roads with large branches overhanging the road. Some of the branches were pretty low and we had the occasional scrape along the roof (and I cringed every time it happened) but, all things considered it seems we got away pretty lightly. At the site I got talking to a bloke with a Suntour 120 motor home, which had a fixed bed above the cabin, and the topic of journey to the campsite arose. The bloke, who coincidentally lives pretty close to me, travelled the same route and was not impressed with the overhanging trees which he said had left some pretty nasty scrapes along the roof of his motor home, and there’s nothing he could do about it. Talking to the bloke I was kind of happy we didn’t suffer as badly.
I know you can’t see the roof of the motor home from the ground, and I know you can’t see any scrapes, dinks or dents unless you get up there and start looking for them, but that’s not the point. Every time something dents the roof (like acorns falling on it) or leaves scratches along the roof I know about it. I have been told that I am too precious over the Elddis Accordo but it cost us a lot of money, we want to keep it looking nice and we don’t want it damaged, regardless of whether you can see the damage or not.
As well as our trip to Dunwich we have experienced low over hanging trees on other motor home trips, such as our trip to the Lake District, where we went done some tiny roads and not only scraped the roof but also the side of the motor home, which really p***d me off. I appreciate this is all part and parcel of owning a motor home and we have to embrace it, but still…………
The bloke with the Suntour 120 was kind enough to let me have a “snout” around his motor home so I could see how it differed to the Accordo. In all honesty, the only thing I was interested in was the fixed bed above the cabin. Whilst I test drove a motor home with a bed above the cabin we didn’t look at the bed any further because I liked the look of the low line Accordo.
I never fully appreciated just how tight and claustrophobic a fixed bed above the cabin actually was, and after looking at it for a few seconds I knew there was no way I could sleep in it although the bloke said you soon get used to it. That may have been the case for him, but there is no way I would get used to that. I don’t like small and enclosed spaces and I am a restless sleeper who shuffles and moves around a lot. I would be stifled trying to sleep in that bed – it definitely isn’t for me. If I had a motor home with a fixed bed above the cabin I would use the sleeping compartment for storing gear and not for sleeping in, so I would still have to make the beds (and pack them away) every day just like I do now. The bed in the Accordo 120 is perfect for me – it is comfortable, it is spacious and I have the room around me to toss and turn as much as I need to.
The additional storage space the fixed bed would give would be very useful, I can’t deny that. But thinking about it, we would fill the extra space with even more toot that we don’t actually need, and probably wouldn’t use on our adventures and take that stuff “just because we can”. Perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing space is a little tight……..
Chatting with the bloke and having a look around his Suntour 120 has put my mind at ease and has now stopped me wondering “would a motor home with a fixed bed above the cabin be more useful?” as I now know the answer. I know for a fact I would be stressing about the potential damage driving down roads with low overhanging trees could do, I know for a fact I would still be making the beds every night and packing them away every morning, and I know we would be carrying around more gear because we wold have storage space to fill up