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Hi all,

I'm trying to decide between the Beach and the Ocean. We are a family of 3 (with an 18 month old) with Baby #2 on the way (eeek)!

I'm not convinced by the narrow width bed in the Ocean (if used by adults) or by cooking inside the van with toddlers around so I'm leaning towards the Beach. But having a fridge and cooker built in seems very convenient but then saying that I'm more than happy to cook outside.

Which do you think is better for a family of four; a Beach or an Ocean?

Thanks!
 
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Search function will probably pull up 60 maybe 70 similar threads?
 
Days out

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Hi all,

I'm trying to decide between the Beach and the Ocean. We are a family of 3 (with an 18 month old) with Baby #2 on the way (eeek)!

I'm not convinced by the narrow width bed in the Ocean (if used by adults) or by cooking inside the van with toddlers around so I'm leaning towards the Beach. But having a fridge and cooker built in seems very convenient but then saying that I'm more than happy to cook outside.

Which do you think is better for a family of four; a Beach or an Ocean?

Thanks!

Hi. There are many threads on this but briefly to answer your question...

1) The downstairs bed in an Ocean is totally suitable for two adults.

2) I borrowed an Ocean before I bought. At the time I had one young child and the built in fridge and cooking facilities was what impressed me most. Yes you will need to be very careful with young children in the vehicle when cooking just like at home. But the ability to pull over on a trip and heat up some food or milk swings it for me as opposed to having I set up a stove outside the van. Especially if the weather is wet.

We now have bought an Ocean (1 year ago) and have two children. When cooking they either go outside or up in the top bunk so they are away from the cooking area.

We just did 8 nights away in our Cali and cooked every night. On dull or damp days I was grateful to be cooking indoors. The nice thing is the ability to make a cuppa in the morning without getting out of bed!!

My advice is go for the Ocean. It's perfect for a family of 4.
 
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Man, I don't ever want to post 'use the search' replies as new members are the lifeblood of any forum as are repeat topics but even I have to go with Sidod and preempt HC and say, search - this is the number one overdone topic on this forum! ;)

But....in short if you want a proper usable width bed and are happy to cook outside or use a pod then Beach I'd say.

See, two replies, two different answers.

Here we go again... :D
 
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My best advice - Don't make your decision based on any of our suggestions or advice. Look around at both and and then if possible hire one of each - preferably in wet weather to see how you cope. You will enjoy both.
As I said... we borrowed an Ocean and it suited us. It's fine to get opinions on here but an Ocean owner will be biased as will a Beach owner. Try both if you can in typical situations and go from there.

One thing I will agree with is they are both super cool vehicles and will get you out and about as a family.

Good luck....
 
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Hi cdjpb

If possible best way to find out: Rent/Borrow both at the same time and go away for a few days...or rent first one and then the other.

Cheers
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We have had our se for 3 years now and my youngest is coming upto 5, eldest 7. We've had no problems and it is a good choice. Our problem now is number 3 on the way!
We are going to stick with our se to start with, but I can see a swap to a beach in the future.
 
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Hi all,

I'm trying to decide between the Beach and the Ocean. We are a family of 3 (with an 18 month old) with Baby #2 on the way (eeek)!

I'm not convinced by the narrow width bed in the Ocean (if used by adults) or by cooking inside the van with toddlers around so I'm leaning towards the Beach. But having a fridge and cooker built in seems very convenient but then saying that I'm more than happy to cook outside.

Which do you think is better for a family of four; a Beach or an Ocean?

Thanks!
2 questions.
1. Are you planning to tour abroad, only in the Summer and use it in good weather at home, only?

If yes - Beach.

2. Are you planning on using the vehicle all year round home and/or abroad?

If yes, either get used to cooking outside in All weathers or its the Ocean.
 
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Don't use the search facility as we all secretly enjoy a good Beach vs Ocean debate :)

I'll start with ... The Ocean is for pensioners and the Beach is for young people and families

:Iamsorry
Oh, oh...now you know you only posted that to set off WG and SP, here we go again... :D
 
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As someone used to a king size double bed who struggles with a standard double bed, I was really expecting the even smaller cali bed to be a big issue, but it is fine because the sides stop you falling out!
 
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Which do you think is better for a family of four; a Beach or an Ocean?!
We are currently on a 12 month four season tour with 2 young boys age 2 and 3, and two dogs. These are very early days, but so far have no regrets over our choice of a Beach over an Ocean. We cook outside or in the drive away awning, and have a small fridge strapped to the floor rails.

What sold us the Beach was the transformation from MPV to van to 4/5 berth sleeping accommodation. The lower bunk is sufficiently wide for a family of four to sleep in stormy weather without the roof popped up.

But don't be put off by the Ocean's narrow lower bed. A bed with sides always seems wider than a normal bed with no sides.
 
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Having a Beach doesn't mean you have to cook outside. We do it in poor weather. Obviously take precautions regarding ventilation and the children etc, but those same precautions apply to the Ocean.

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I'm holding my breath .....
....almost choking doh...

@cdjpb , just ignore some of the above posts , alltough some are very thru !
Indeed loooots has been discussed before here on the forum regarding the two diffrent Cali setups.
Searching does give a lot of topics .

In the end only you can diside what your needs(and budget) are .
I personal would not be satisfied with a Beach as it is actualy a multivan with a pop-top and a few other xtra's , a Ocean/Coast/SE is more a campervan . Meaning , pull aside crawl in the rear ....start making a cuppa , have running water and gas within' hands reach ,make the bed , read a book , whatever ...without even getting out or open the booth .(I know 100% Beachowners will now be hitting that button below , and i understand them as they understand my view on this :D )
Thats for me and many others the big plus compared to a Beach , specially on road trips and travelling in wintertimes when outdoorcamping is not reccomended.
It all comes down to one thing , getting out there , anywhere you want away from work and daily stress doing your own thing!
 
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2 questions.
1. Are you planning to tour abroad, only in the Summer and use it in good weather at home, only?

If yes - Beach.

2. Are you planning on using the vehicle all year round home and/or abroad?

If yes, either get used to cooking outside in All weathers or its the Ocean.
Sorry to disagree but you can camp in a Beach and cook inside all year round just as easily as in an Ocean.

And enjoy far more flexibility. space, all round vision and 'coolness' ;) all without lugging round the equivalent weight of three permanent passengers everywhere you go and a wardrobe, water tank, sink etc that for many users never do anything but look shiny and new and get in the way.

And a proper size bed - who sleeps at home with a partner in a double less than 4ft wide?!

And have £thousands in the bank.

And not have everyone think you're a retired OAP....

See what you've started now! Here we go again...

;););):D:D:D
 
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Sorry to disagree but you can camp in a Beach and cook inside all year round just as easily as in an Ocean.

And enjoy far more flexibility. space, all round vision and 'coolness' ;) all without lugging round the equivalent weight of three permanent passengers everywhere you go and a wardrobe, water tank, sink etc that for many users never do anything but look shiny and new and get in the way.

And a proper size bed - who sleeps at home with a partner in a double less than 4ft wide?!

And have £thousands in the bank.

And not have everyone think you're a retired OAP....

See what you've started now! Here we go again...

;););):D:D:D
Your choice - If you noticed I didn't give any vehicle undue prominence .
I have an SE and I use it as intended - unlike many - and certainly do not intend cooking outside in all weathers or rearranging the furniture to have a cup of tea or cook a meal. Your choice.
Like the furniture your making for your vehicle.:thumb
I prefer to spend the time travelling.

And yes, as I pass you moving your kitchen pod outside or opening the boot to get the milk out - this OAP will wave.:cheers
 
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