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Old 02-28-2015, 08:31 AM   #43
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paiceman's observations are on target if family dynamics match well with intent. My experience, though decades rather than 'years' ago, was shaped by 3 siblings and two parents doing annual, month long tours in a 63 VW "Caravelle Camper" split-screen bus. It was a super tight fit, the 'baby' got the deck over the engine, parents the dinette, my sister under the dinette, my brother and I the front seat bunks before my Dad built a mini-foldout trailer with a canvas cover for the little ones a few years later. Your kids will certainly thank you for it in adulthood; maybe before if you choose an Airstream with a working toilet. The perception of adequate space is an adult thing unless you have girls only.

Like others above, be sure you can inspect before committing. I believe Ebay finds are more risk than reward.

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Old 02-28-2015, 09:33 PM   #44
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So, what are you going to do? =)

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Old 02-28-2015, 09:38 PM   #45
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It seems to me that sometimes kids would rather sleep in sleeping bags on the floor or in tents pitched outside. For them it half the fun. More than 2 kids on the floor of an RV could be too much like an obstacle course for others.
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:57 PM   #46
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We have our 3 granddaughters (sisters) with us on some trips.. and sometimes our other granddaughter and grandson.. plenty of space in our 34'... Then we have enough space in our Crew Cab for them when underway.
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:29 PM   #47
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I grew up with a 24 ft midship twin bed Safari AS. My parents hired a carpenter to build bunkbeds above the twin beds. They were built to collapse back upon themselves to be able to capture the head space, as that was where we kids sat to eat our lunches. My littlest sister slept on a bridge built to span the space between the two lower twin beds. However, that was rarely used, as it prevented anyone from getting to the rear bath. The upper bunks were supported at the four corners with a vertical member. The system worked well for our family. I do not remember any feelings of it being too tight---after all, you are trailer camping.I have many happy memories of camping in that trailer.I hope that you can find a good solution for your family.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:05 AM   #48
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About the one on E-bay - it's 10 years older than the Norman Rockwell one on our classifieds and at $13K "reserve not met" they're looking for about the same money as the newer one. I say that makes the newer one a no-brainer.

I get that the older one looks cleaner and more modern, but that is mostly cosmetic. You're going to have to remodel... so why re-remodel? Most of what looks overdone or dated in the newer one can be changed in less than a week.

Last August I parked next to a camper who had a small SOB - maybe 22 footer. His kids had a Tepee that they'd obviously helped make themselves - 15 foot saplings and a plastic coated canvas cover that mom had helped make. The family was home schooled - and really must have been studying the plains Indians. Even though the cover wasn't made from buffalo hide they did an impressive job of making it look pretty authentic including having the top in two layers so that condensation would form on the inside of the outer layer, and having a ground cloth that ran up the sides. Also all of the side panels could be rolled up for ventilation on a breezy day (they did have a cloth screen under the inner layer to keep out the bugs - so history vs. mosquitos?

The kids had a ball! They also made their own moccasins. Go camping!

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Old 03-01-2015, 08:09 AM   #49
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Only you know your financial situation and capabilities. Or do you. Take it from me, you never know what life has in store for you.

#1 You could always sell your trailer if things got rough, but there is a good chance that you won't get what you put into it

#2 In my mind, RVs are a luxury item

#3 RVs are a bit of a money pit

#4 The old saying…." If you have to ask… can't afford it "

#5 You wouldn't believe how much being poor costs. Make sure you have a nest egg.

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