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Luno front-cab inflatable mattress gives camper vans an extra bed

Luno front-cab inflatable matt...
With a few simple pumps, Luno helps you put to use wasted van space
With a few simple pumps, Luno helps you put to use wasted van space
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Luno packages the front sleep pad with an inflatable base extender to create an extra camper van bed
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Luno packages the front sleep pad with an inflatable base extender to create an extra camper van bed
The base extender is custom-fit for ProMaster and Sprinter van models, creating a platform on which the mattress rests
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The base extender is custom-fit for ProMaster and Sprinter van models, creating a platform on which the mattress rests
Installing the kit requires moving the seats all the way back and down
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Installing the kit requires moving the seats all the way back and down
The steering wheel is a bit of an imposition but probably beats the alternative of sleeping on the floor or semi-upright in a seat
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The steering wheel is a bit of an imposition but probably beats the alternative of sleeping on the floor or semi-upright in a seat
For the right-size camper, it's a lounge chair and a bed
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For the right-size camper, it's a lounge chair and a bed
Many camper vans are built with just one double bed, so Luno offers an extra bed for kids, smaller adults and pets
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Many camper vans are built with just one double bed, so Luno offers an extra bed for kids, smaller adults and pets
The dog will certainly be happy to have his or her own space inside the van
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The dog will certainly be happy to have his or her own space inside the van
With a few simple pumps, Luno helps you put to use wasted van space
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With a few simple pumps, Luno helps you put to use wasted van space
The Luno front mattress kit is available for Ram ProMaster and select Mercedes Sprinter models
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The Luno front mattress kit is available for Ram ProMaster and select Mercedes Sprinter models
The front mattress can fit adults 5' 7" or shorter
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The front mattress can fit adults 5' 7" or shorter
Enjoying a little R&R on the Luno front cab mattress
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Enjoying a little R&R on the Luno front cab mattress
It may be a squeeze for adults, but the cab mattress is plenty roomy for children
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It may be a squeeze for adults, but the cab mattress is plenty roomy for children
The base extender is custom-fit for ProMaster and Sprinter van models, creating a platform on which the mattress rests
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The base extender is custom-fit for ProMaster and Sprinter van models, creating a platform on which the mattress rests
The T-shaped extender fills out the empty space
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The T-shaped extender fills out the empty space
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Luno dropped its vehicle-based Air Mattress 2.0 on the market at the exact right time, giving the travel-starved hordes a simple, affordable way of transforming an average car into a COVID-safe light RV. Now it's back to make an average camper van a bigger, better COVID-safe family camper. Perfect for #vanlife honeymooners turned parents or grandparents creating an unforgettable road tour for their grandchild, Luno's new Front Cab Air Mattress adds an extra sleeping berth to the all-American camper van, turning a two-sleeper into a small family van.

Last month, Luno detailed the exponential growth it's enjoyed the past year. And expanding its customer base will only help it keep that growth going. The average camper van owner doesn't need an inflatable vehicle mattress since they're already wandering Earth in a micro-home on wheels, but an extra sleeping berth? That could definitely come in handy, particularly if it neatly occupies in-vehicle space otherwise un-utilized at camp.

The T-shaped extender fills out the empty space
The T-shaped extender fills out the empty space

More than just a simple mattress that lays across the front seats, Luno's Front Cab Air Mattress is a full kit designed to work with several of the popular full-size vans on the American market. Like Luno's original air mattresses, the kit includes a platform extension, in this case a T-shaped inflatable that fills both footwells and the space between the front seats to create a level, supportive under-mattress platform in conjunction with the seats. This maximizes the sleeping area, allowing the mattress to comfortably fill out the full front cab space.

The front mattress fits an adult up to 5-ft 7-in (1.7 m), but it's probably better left as a kid's bed so as not to be banging one's head and feet against the doors and/or steering wheel. Luno says one child or one pet, but creative RVers with small children and pets might be able to squeeze a pair on there without too much discomfort, angry sibling-v-sibling foot fights or accidental midnight honking. The rugged 300D Oxford nylon fabric is designed to hold up to wear and tear.

It may be a squeeze for adults, but the cab mattress is plenty roomy for children
It may be a squeeze for adults, but the cab mattress is plenty roomy for children

Luno says the Front Cab mattress and extender inflate in under three minutes and pack down in even less time using the included rechargeable battery-powered pump/deflator vacuum. The kit packs into a 22 x 19-in (56 x 48-cm), 13-lb (5.9-kg) package when not in use, stowing away easily inside a large van.

Luno has designed the Front Cab mattress kit to fit Ram/Dodge ProMaster and select Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, and it has also partnered with Winnebago to offer it for the ProMaster-based Travato and Solis camper vans. The kit costs $400.

The dog will certainly be happy to have his or her own space inside the van
The dog will certainly be happy to have his or her own space inside the van

Luno showed its full lineup at last month's Overland Expo West show and will have product at the upcoming SEMA show via a partnership with a vehicle manufacturer.

Source: Luno Life

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3 comments
3 comments
guzmanchinky
Just went to their website, and it's not available for my new Sprinter. Strange. Sent them an email saying I saw it on Newatlas and I need one!
paul314
Seems like a cool idea, but only for the short interval in age where a kid fits in that space while not being a positive danger to all of the controls.
JeffK
Our first "camper" was a '68 2wd Chevy Suburban, formerly a Ma Bell fleet vehicle with a 292 straight six in faded, mottled OD Green that blended in with our Montana mountains. Insulated, paneled and carpeted in the back with a cabinet opposite the single passenger side rear door, we bought it for $700 in '77 from my new father in law and sold it for $300 in '94. When the kids came along I rigged bunk beds for the front. When we reached a campsite, it took about five minutes to unbolt the front bench and rear bucket seats and install the bunks. The seats went into a tent where they served as convenient furniture and were protected from the elements. We used it like that until buying our first camp trailer in '91, then towed the trailer with the old 'burb. Except for a couple slabs of two inch foam rubber, the bunks were built from material in "inventory" as my wife calls it, total cost $0.00.