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Subject Topic: Mattress topper & Duvet in Pennine Fiesta Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by Bramidan09/12/2015 at 4:42pm
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Hi all,
I am dreaming and planning for trips in our newly acquired Pennine Fiesta 2 +2.

Is it possible to leave a mattress topper and a duvet on the bed when you come to fold up?

What is the maximum size people have used and still been able to fold without damage?

I searched on the forums but there did not seem an answer to this specific question. I feel sure you more experienced owners of Pennine Fiestas FC's have gone down this route so your advice would be appreciated.

If this topic has been addressed before please point me in the correct direction and apologies if I have wasted your time.

Message posted by Blue Sky Pennine09/12/2015 at 9:10pm
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A lot of us, myself included, leave all of our bedding, including duvets, mattress toppers etc in situe when we fold the camper away, without any problems at all. In fact, there is enough space in the gap between the seat cushion and the mattresses to put a few other bits, like curtains, cushions etc, so I wouldn't worry too much on that front.

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Message posted by Bramidan09/12/2015 at 9:50pm
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Blue Sky Pennine, thank you for your reply.
I have to say I always find your posts extremely informative as is your web site.
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Message posted by pnefan10/12/2015 at 12:03am
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We have the 2010 countryman (Same layout) and confirm that there is quite a gap between the bedboards and settee seats when the unit is folded. I shouldn,t think there will be a problem leaving the bedding on

Message posted by phil-john11/12/2015 at 2:28pm
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I have a Pennine Fiesta and find that there is no room to leave the mattress topper or duvet on when you fold up. Flipping the beds over with anything on top puts a lot of strain on the hinges, in fact when we tried leaving a sleeping bag on the top bed it would not sit flat on the one below when folded. there is also one swing leg in front of the kitchen which doesn't touch the floor when you try to fold the first bed over if you have anything on top.

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Message posted by Blue Sky Pennine11/12/2015 at 3:10pm
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Must be doing something wrong there Phil. They are designed to be used with all the bedding in place. It's one of the big plus points of a folding camper. I've worked on plenty of Fiestas, and never had an issue with bedding space on any of them.

Is it possible that yours doesn't have the original mattresses on Phil? If it's an earlier model, with later, thicker mattresses on, that could, potentially explain any problems you might be having.

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Message posted by phil-john12/12/2015 at 8:22pm
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I think they are the original mattresses Blue Sky, well they are the original colours on the covers anyway.
We tried leaving a sleeping bag on top of the mattress on the first bed over and the swinging leg that sits on the floor was about 3" off the floor, so we took it off and put it on the top bed and found that it wouldn't reach the two stubby legs of the first bed (I'm sure you know the ones I mean they are the ones that you hit your head on if you crawl under the space under the bed when it's up!), anyway it doesn't sit flat and puts a terrible strain on the hinges.
Ours is a 2002 Fiesta 2+2.

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Message posted by Blue Sky Pennine13/12/2015 at 10:24am
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Back in 2002, most of the models, the Fiesta included, used the blue and white internal colour scheme, so it is a possibility that an internally sprung mattress, from another model has been used. Not likely on the left hand bed, admittedly, as it needs to be the split mattress arrangement to make up the settee, but, if either of your mattresses are 6 inches thick, or so, and internally sprung, they wont be original to that model. It's the only thing I can think of, bearing in mind the sort of measurements you're talking about. If the leg sits 3" off the floor, my sleeping bag isn't 3" thick, and, bearing in mind you should have extra space allowance for bedding, as well, there's, clearly, something not quite right there.

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Message posted by phil-john13/12/2015 at 11:46am
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Hi Blue Sky, I'm pretty sure the mattresses are original they are not sprung ones just sponge about 3-4" thick. We do have one of those sponge roll out camping things underneath each mattress but they are only about 1/2" thick. They are not the blue/white covers they are the coloured ones before that.
We do leave the bed pods on but unhook them from the poles and fold them neatly on the beds before pulling the two straps over, the swinging leg just about reaches the floor but putting anything else on and it won't reach.




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Message posted by potjoe03/1/2016 at 2:04pm
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Hi, happy new year to you all. We have now got a Pennine Q4 can I ask same thing we have a 2" topper plus duvet are they ok to stay on? Also with the inner pods /curtains can they All stay in place too?.

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Message posted by Blue Sky Pennine03/1/2016 at 3:17pm
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Firstly; Phil, apologies, yes, hadn't thought of that colour scheme. That is actually the 2000 - 2001 scheme, but some did run over into 2002, and, yes, they are original, so no reason why it shouldn't close. I'm not too far from you, at all, in Redditch, so, if you would like me to have a look at it for you, I may be able to suss out what the issue is, cos, as I've said all along; they are supposed to shut with all bedding in place.

For both yourself and Potjoe; there is absolutely no need to unhook the bed pods every time you pack away. Again, they are designed to be left in place when packed away. The only exception to this is wet pack ups. Then you do take them down, so that you can put the wet pack up cover between them and the wet canvas. Otherwise, they can stay in place.

On all the Pennine models I tend to remove all curtains except the ones on the bedroom windows. This is mainly to avoid getting them creased, dirty or trapped in the mechanism, when closing. You can leave the bedroom curtains in place, if you want (the ones on curtain wire) but I tend to take them down, just to protect them.

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Message posted by Bramidan03/1/2016 at 4:21pm
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Hi all,
Happy New Year to all of you reading the forum and lusting to take your campers out.
Phil, what an offer from Blue Sky, once it stops raining get over there!
He seems to know what's what.
Although I got my Fiesta late summer ( it then started to rain) apart from sitting in it, in the front of the garage , drinking wine with friends and family, I haven't actually camped in it, hence my question.
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Message posted by potjoe20/2/2016 at 2:42pm
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Hi, a little late but thank you that Blue sky Pennine.just seen your reply.nice one

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Hi
Note that you have a topper on your mattress - what size (i.e. depth) is it - I have seen one that is 2" and another 3" - any thoughts on thickness?
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Sorry bit late just looked at this,well we have a 2" topper on and boy is it good,can someone tell me" Blue sky" i hope if you do not clip the pods How do you stop the beds from droping for the broads please?.

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