Join Date: Dec 2005
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I don't wish to complicate your life any further but just thought I'd let you know we had similar difficulties in reaching the decision on which van to get.
We bought our Autocruise Startraveller last April and, on the whole, it is a fantastic 'true' low profile. BUT when we originally went to buy we wanted a fixed bed model with twin settee up front. Of the british models available the Kontiki and Autotrail Dakota were right up there except we have a car port at 2.73m high and really wanted to retain it to put the thing under behind high gates.
So the major compromise for us was the rear fixed bed - and we believed that we could get along with just pulling the two sofas together and throwing our two duvets over them. Sadly, the last year has proved beyond any shadow of doubt that a fixed rear bed has far more advantages and we missed it so much we are changing the van again. Apart from not having to make a bed we missed the storage potential beneath, being able to utilise it during the day for reading or a nap, we found we literally couldn't do much of anything in the morning until the bed was all packed away again - and so on.
So we are awaiting delivery of our Knaus Sun Ti 650MF with increasing impatience. But, just last night, I was reading the Test Report Extra on the Kontiki 660 vogue in March MMM and have to say that, given the price, I'm not sure if I would still choose it now - even if we didn't have the car port. There are some great features but the Knaus is giving us far more in a shorter, lighter vehicle for roughly the same price - hey..... and what a nice looking van.
Yes we too have a Yorkshire Terrier and a Cavalier King Charles to accomodate and they both want the fixed bed model!
Keep with it - you'll get there in the end.