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Post by daveH on Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:33 pm

Hi has anyone got any experience of using a Duvalay Luxury sleeping bag in winter conditions?

Any views would be very helpful as we are thinking of purchasing a couple but would appreciate members experiences before purchasing.

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Post by Paulmold on Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:59 pm

We use Duvalays. We have a 10.5 togs but find the 4.5 togs sufficient. We also have a 4cm base and 2 x 2.5cm bases. The 4cm base is more comfortable but takes up so much room rolled up so we used the thinner ones. We've had sleeping bags in the past but prefer the Duvalays. For what they are, I think they are over-priced, if you're handy with a sewing machine you can make your own much cheaper.

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Post by daveH on Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:35 pm

Thanks Paul, we were concerned about how much room the Duvalays with 4 cm bases took up - your reply was very helpful.

Do you prefer Duvalays to normal zip up sleeping bags?

We were considering Duvalays for ease of getting up during the night without having to unzip then zip up the normal bags.


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Post by Paulmold on Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:09 pm

I prefer Duvalays for the very reason you mention. My wife doesn't have to get up in the night and prefers sleeping bags except when it's hot, as she likes to have one open side so she can get cooler. The actual sizes of Duvalays rolled up is on their website.

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:07 pm

Duvalays for us, for the same reasons as Paul, easy to get in and out
Of,especially if your tucked up in bed up in the Luton overcab bed.
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Post by Cymro on Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:27 pm

There are a few threads on the Forum about Duvalays. Those of us who have them generally feel that they are very good products. Personally, I regard them as one of the best accessories we've bought. An earlier thread raised the same topic - what type of Duvalay do you need? We followed the advice and didn't go for the heavier one [I forget the details - probably those mentioned by Paul in his first post above]. We find the lightweight ones to be perfectly adequate and snug; in winter, we keep the space heating on low. I'm sure the higher tog would be too hot for most of the year.
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Post by daveH on Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:51 am

Thanks guys your comments are most helpful - at least now I'm sure that I don't know whether to go for a Duvalay, sleeping bag or large quilt. bouncing
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Post by Machloop on Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:32 pm

daveH wrote:Hi has anyone got any experience of using a Duvalay Luxury sleeping bag in winter conditions?

Any views would be very helpful as we are thinking of purchasing a couple but would appreciate members experiences before purchasing.

Thanks,  Dave

Sorry I don't know anything about duvalays but,
Try one of these..............  [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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Its big, thick and hot and snug as a bug in a rug.  We bought two but have fastened one to a summer bag thet we use underneath and its fine. All the usual hassles with a big bag but with a fixed bed its no problem.

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Re: Sleepin bags

Post by Spospe on Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:33 pm

We have a Warwick Duo and it has two heater outlets on the offside rear bed base. A Duvalay would hang down and cover the heater outlets to some extent. Has anyone had this problem (and was it a real problem in actual fact)?
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Post by Gromit on Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:44 pm

daveH wrote:Thanks guys your comments are most helpful - at least now I'm sure that I don't know whether to go for a Duvalay, sleeping bag or large quilt. bouncing

Hi Dave

First a caveat. How tall are you? I'm 6' 3" and Duvalays are not long enough for me. shrugg

If it's any help, we use a large duvet each, lying on one half with the other half thrown over us. Easy to get in and out, more padding on top of the seat cushions, not too bulky as they roll up quite small, and the beds are made in seconds.

Also if it's very cold or the heating packs up (as ours did a couple of weeks ago) we can use the double bed and sleep under both duvets for extra warmth. (We carry a sheet just in case!)

I reckon they cover just about every eventuality, and they are very cheap compared to Duvalays at £17 each from Dunelm.

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Re: Sleepin bags

Post by daveH on Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:21 pm

Hi Guys,

Thanks for point regarding Warwick heater outlets - hadn't thought of that.

Dave we have considered large duvets and I think that's going to be the answer - Ill keep in touch.

Got to go out for a meal now as it's New Years Eve.

Happy New Year to you all.

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Re: Sleepin bags

Post by AndyPK on Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:08 pm

SWMBO prefers the feel of cotton to polyester, so we have bought a couple of Vango Aurora double sleeping bags to put on our bench seats when made up into a larger-than-king-sized bed - the Vangos are very large (and heavy!) being cotton faced/lined, and we have both fully unzipped, one bag beneath and one on top - very much like having two duvets I guess!!
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Post by logburner on Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:49 pm

Ditto ,  100 percent cotton for me, otherwise I get too hot and can't sleep. allthumbz
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Post by daveH on Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:08 pm

Just looking at the Vango Aurora Grande - 220cm long 105cm wide 3 season.

Anyone got any experience of this bag?

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Post by Machloop on Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:23 pm

daveH wrote:Just looking at the Vango Aurora Grande - 220cm long 105cm wide 3 season.

Anyone got any experience of this bag?

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Only three season, so no good for the OP in winter.

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Post by AndyPK on Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:16 pm

We've got one of those too, Dave. Excellent cotton sleeping bag, larger than the average single and warm and cosy, used extensively with the double for SWMBO over Christmas at Ferry Meadows when it did get quite cold outside overnight! Quite a heavy bag, but well worth the money in my opinion.
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Post by fenderbender on Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:44 pm

When its really cold in van and I'm on hook up, I take electric overblanket.
Its lovely and warm, similar to sleeping in a George foreman grill, sleep like a log, I tend to wake up about 10.30 am.

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Post by daveH on Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:50 pm

Hi all, we finally settled for two Duvalay's c/w summer and winter quilts. Tested them out down in the Lakes - really cold nights but we enjoyd really good nights sleep, just like sleeping under a duvet at home. Easy to get into and out of when nature calls. We chose the 2.5 cm memory foam mattress. Thanks for all your valued feedback, don't know how I'd manage without the Forum. Dave up!
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Post by Liz n on Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:45 pm

Our Sigma converts into a huge double bed, the size of which no sheet would fit!
The solution was to buy a super king mattress topper which fits into a lightweight duvet cover. This covers most of the bed area. We can then sleep on top of this with cosy duvet on top. Saves messing about trying to tuck in sheets and more hygenic with thick layer between us and the upholstery.
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Post by AndyPK on Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:47 pm

Hi, Liz.
I presume the topper has memory foam in it? We tried one of those, but SWMBO found it too warm, hence the Vango sleeping bags.....
The dogs also seem to prefer the Vangos!! 
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Post by Liz n on Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:23 am

Hi Andy,
No, it's a sealy dual layer hollow fibre one. We previously used a feather one but it was too small. I'm not keen on memory foam either! 
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:50 am

Hi Liz
Pleased to see your getting out and around in your Sigma and getting a good nights slept .
We haven't managed out this winter,only away days up the coast.
Happy holidays
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Post by Liz n on Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:15 pm

Hi Boaby, 
Have to confess we're not that brave and have only taken the van out for a run. Unfortunately, engine management light on and van not pulling as it should so it's in for investigation. Luckily, still under warranty! 
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:36 pm

Liz n wrote:Hi Boaby, 
Have to confess we're not that brave and have only taken the van out for a run. Unfortunately, engine management light on and van not pulling as it should so it's in for investigation. Luckily, still under warranty! 
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If its an orange engine symbol, it could indicate the ECR valve is on the fritz , good job its under warranty, I've had three replaced on three puggies, last cost me nearly £400 + software upgrade..
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Post by Liz n on Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:51 pm

Hi Boaby 
The garage thinks it might be the throttle but they are on the case to find the cause. 
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