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Post by AndyLouch on Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:31 pm

Good day all, shortly to become proud owners of 2013 Winchcombe and we've heard very good things about Duvalay mattresses. 
Would be interested in any feedback about these and in particular:
1. What thickness would users recommend?
2. How wide are Winchcombe bench seats? From a 2012 AS brochure, Worcester benches are 720mm hence the 66cm wide x 5cm thick seem to be the ones to go for.

Any guidance much appreciated, thanks, Andy
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Post by bnelson on Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:43 pm

Hello Andy
Weve just bought the Duvalay 2.5 mattress with summer duvet attached.   Havent tried them out yet but look OK.  I think the 5cm will be rather thick if you intend to roll them up each day.   Word of warning, they are a bit smelly when they arrive so we followed the instruction and left them open for a while and this has helped.  Meanwhile I washed the covers (plum) and a lot of dye came out - I think I have rescued my son's white shirt !! 
P.s.   I bought them from Duvalay direct, but my sister got her's on e-bay and saved about £18 and no postage.
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Post by Cymro on Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:16 pm

One of the best bits of kit we've bought. Really wish we'd got them earlier.

We have 4cm Summer, with spare covers and bag. Perfectly adequate for all seasons.
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Post by Paulmold on Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:49 pm

I agree about the 5cm being rather thick to roll up. I have 4cm and 2.5cm and the 2.5 is definitely easier to roll but the 4cm is comfier for sleeping but that probably depends whether you suffer with back problems. I actually am going to sell the 4cm one with 4.5tog duvet and brown cover on EBay soon unless anyone here wants it, £45 plus postage.

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Post by daisy mae on Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:04 pm

Have the  2.5 with the 4.5 tog quilt although I have changed mine for a 4.5 duck down quilt, prefer natural fibres, saying that, find they are the best thing since sliced bread, hugegrins highly recommended. Bought from the NEC Motorhome show three years ago.

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Post by AndyLouch on Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:10 pm

"Evening All" as Jack Warner would have said!! (You have to be a certain age to get that!!) Very many thanks for all of your suggestions, much appreciated. The 4cm ones it will be then. I'll let you know how we get on. Andy
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Post by AndyLouch on Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:34 pm

Greetings all, having just had our first trip away and I can say that the Duvalay 'toppers' were excellent! Thanks for all of the advice noting we bought 2 of the gold matrasses from Yeoman's Leisure in Southampton at an 'internet price'!
We slept very well and kept warm on Saturday and I can thoroughly recommend these for a good nights sleep!
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Post by rich g on Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:20 pm

We have them also,we bought winceyette sheets folded them over and sowed the bottom and put inside the Duvalay.
We leave them on the bed and cover with a throw over so no need to find storage space
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Post by Bagabargin on Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:18 pm

I made ours , we sleep as two single beds , I bought two king size duvet covers , two single duvets , two single memory foam toppers . ( with hind site 1 king size cut in half would have done and been cheaper !! ) sewn the cover down top to bottom  , put topper one side , duvet the other , fold over and button the bottom together .  Voila !! allthumbz . Been used for four seasons now . Still ok .
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Post by nuevoboy on Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:59 pm

Magic!
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Post by Bagabargin on Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:10 pm

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Bagabargin wrote:I made ours , we sleep as two single beds , I bought two king size duvet covers , two single duvets , two single memory foam toppers . ( with hind site 1 king size cut in half would have done and been cheaper !! ) sewn the cover down top to bottom  , put topper one side , duvet the other , fold over and button the bottom together .  Voila !! allthumbz . Been used for four seasons now . Still ok .
Sorry forgot , I did trim the toppers to make them narrower to suit the beds at the time (and the over cab storage ! ) , and yes in 4 years the covers and duvets were washed !!  hugegrins
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Post by nuevoboy on Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:49 am

Lying in bed thinking about it this morning:
doesn't the top half of the arrangement, that is the duvet bit, need to be a lot wider than the mattress topper bit, so that it overhangs a bit either side of you.
And secondly, doesn't the mattress topper bit need to longer than the duvet bit, so that your head end is still on a nice soft layer of topper. confused3
Hope all that makes sense.   

Maybe I need to see an original Duvalay to get my head around how they really work. scratch head

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Post by Paulmold on Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:56 am

An original Duvalay takes a normal single bed sized duvet so yes it is a lot wider than the memory foam base and yes the base is longer , I think it's 6'3".

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Post by daisy mae on Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:14 pm

My memory foam fits the single bed in my MH and the duvet is a normal single size, so it is wider than the foam and it does wrap over you, very comfortable too.

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Post by Sally on Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:15 pm

I know this is an old thread, but here goes......scratch head

I’m thinking of getting a Duvalay, for my Sussex Duo.  The bed size is 2’ 6”, which is 77cm.  The standard Duvalay is 66cm and the wider one at 77cm is an extra £27.

I just wondered if anyone had used them on this size bed and if so, had any comments re the best width.

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Post by Paulmold on Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:46 pm

We use Duvalays and as far as I'm aware they are standard width which fit perfectly on our Sussex beds. 
We have 2.5cm thick ones which when rolled up just fit in the under bed storage, so if that's where you intend to store yours, don't go for any thicker ones.

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Post by Paulmold on Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:59 pm

Just been out to the van to measure things. The bed is only 2' 6" wide if you remove the backrest. We leave the backrests in place. Our Duvalays are 60cm wide not 66 and they fit perfectly with the backrests left in place. Even if you remove the backrests I would think the 66cm (if that's the width of new ones now) would be fine.


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Post by Sally on Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:03 pm

Paulmold wrote:We use Duvalays and as far as I'm aware they are standard width which fit perfectly on our Sussex beds. 
We have 2.5cm thick ones which when rolled up just fit in the under bed storage, so if that's where you intend to store yours, don't go for any thicker ones.
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I’m definitely going for the 2.5cm.  Probably with a 4.5 tog.  The only reason I mentioned the width was when looking on the Duvalay site, it offered a choice of width in a drop down box.  But I haven’t seen this anywhere else, so I strongly suspect that most will have the standard 66cm.

Many thanks for taking the time to measure the bed, I appreciate that.  I never thought you could sleep with the backrest in place, I’ll have to try that.  I’ll definitely go for the 66cm.

All the best 
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Post by Paulmold on Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:05 pm

Just looked at Duvalays website and we must have what is now called Compact ones, you must be looking at Comfort ones which are wider.

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Post by Sally on Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:17 pm

Paulmold wrote:Just looked at Duvalays website and we must have what is now called Compact ones, you must be looking at Comfort ones which are wider.
Decisions decisions!

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P.S. not really, I’ll be going for the compact ones.  smile!
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Post by crosgor on Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:53 am

We went down the DIY route using 2 x king size cover sewn to fit single duvet, we have dispensed with the topper mattress as it was too bulky. We have the advantage of the built in sheet and the wrap over duvet and the ability to stuff it in a small space at a cost of less than £20 all in.
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Post by Quilter on Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:08 am

I made ours as well as we prefer cotton covers and find that down duvets roll up much smaller.

Do not forget, if you use 2 single beds, that one set of covers must open on the left and one on the right.
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Post by Sally on Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:32 pm

I’ve just been to a well known National chain of camping, walking, in fact everything you need to go outdoors.  There’s an extra 15% off the discount card price as an Easter offer, and I do love a bargain.  Plus cash back on my Amex. allthumbz

Sorted.  Happy Easter. 

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Post by Chrisjohn on Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:15 pm

Hello all,  If I could throw in my two pennyworth. We bought 2 Duvalay mattresses when we first got our van in 2015, having spent a few uncomfortable nights on the sofa foam. They are WONDERFUL! we often say we sleep better in the van than we do at home! We went for the 5cm thick ones, with the zip on sheets. We have single duvets (can't remember what the tog rating is), and we are so comfortable.  We did buy 2 extra storage bags, so when we pack the bed us up, we put each mattress in a zip up bag and each douvet and pillow goes in the other. We then store the bags with the bedding in the bathroom when we are travelling. Yes they were expensive......but worth every penny!  Chris & Sue.
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Post by BornAgain on Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:17 pm

We have tried both the 4cm and 5cm and prefer the thicker ones even though it takes up more room when rolled. The quilt provided by Duvalay is poor quality so we ditched them and bought decent ones. The best thing you can do is to buy the Duvallay covers (that’s the clever part) then buy Duvalay 5cm foam mattress topper and source your own standard single quilt. You will end up with really comfortable beds which is great since you will spend a third of your time away sleeping in them.
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