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Old 02-22-2015, 12:34 PM   #1
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Newbie. I have 5 kids and am looking at air streams

Does anyone have ideas/recs on how to modify to accommodate that many bunks?

I haven't bought the rig yet, so am open for which used model would be right as well.

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Old 02-22-2015, 12:40 PM   #2
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Save yourself a lot of work and money and look at an SOB with bunks. Get an Airstream when the kids have left the nest.


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Old 02-22-2015, 12:56 PM   #3
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Dumb question, what does SOB stand for?
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:01 PM   #4
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SOB = some other brand - aka white box.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:03 PM   #5
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Urg. Just because they come like that as is? Or is there more to it w kids and airstreams?
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:10 PM   #6
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SOB.... Some Other Brand

Five kids...
(1) Purchase ANY sized trailer that you plan to use for a decade
(2) Purchase several tents, sleeping bags and LED flashlights

Use the trailer as you would the living room or kitchen table at home. At night, you turn the kids loose with two or three to a tent.

I know many who have large families who survive with tent camping and enjoy every moment.

I know those who think a motel is beneath their dignity.

Choose one of the three options. Financially... a SUV, three or four tents pulling a small UHaul trailer with everything tossed into it that might be needed.

Floors, bench seats and any other available unused space can be for sleeping if everyone wants to be inside the trailer.

IF you are not a regular camping family... I would rethink the whole idea of anything other than Lodges, Hotels and Dude Ranches. It would be a disaster to spend the money on a RV or Trailer to discover nobody was happy....

When I was a kid... I would have been thrilled to have been able to go camping in a card board carton. If the kids are not enthused... over any optional ideas, Disney World and the like might be all you will find to please everyone.

Good luck. Each family has its own dynamics. Your question has few details and only you know how everyone will react.

ASK them first. Then proceed with EVERYONE to find that one special RV, Trailer or Tenting options.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:15 PM   #7
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They make bunks and there are people with kids and Airstreams who do fine. And plenty of naysayers on here too. Somewhere around here there is a family of 7 in an Airstream that's 31 or larger.

Happy hunting.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:15 PM   #8
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check out what Pizzachop did to his trailer to accomodate two adults and 9 children.
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:16 PM   #9
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Airstream used to make a rear bath, center beds with an isle down between, then up towards the front a dinette and pull out couch. That configuration could sleep two adults and four kids. If you add bunks over the center beds you are then up to six, you could take a friend.

I think they were made in late 60's and 70's. think it was a 31' signature.

Good luck, most kids don't care where they sleep as long as they are on an adventure.

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Old 02-22-2015, 02:44 PM   #10
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PM "Skatiero".....Katie and Rob Schultz....they do this not only with 5 kids plus, but also additional guests, and they do it without fuss. Rob has made some amazing modifications to the interior of their trailer...and even with all these folks, Katie found room for a dishwasher. I kid you not! A wonderful, amazing Airstream family.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:51 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by KJRitchie View Post
Save yourself a lot of work and money and look at an SOB with bunks. Get an Airstream when the kids have left the nest.

Look up Pizza Chop (Ron) and Skatero (spelling?) on here. They have like 9 or 12 kids and have done amazing renovations of older Airstreams into bunkhouses-
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I third(?) the others. Check out PizzaChop and Skatero's modifications. Absolutely brilliant!

AND close enough to even see them. They both will be at Springstream in Hiawassee, GA on April 10-12. Come on out and visit. There is a motel just outside the gates if you need to stay there, but this is a great way to see their modifications in person. We will be at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:35 AM   #13
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Depending on their ages....a good quality hitch hauler can accommodate 3-4 of them. (I'm so sorry...). jon
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Eric Olson NC did a 74 29' Ambassador Twin w 2 bunks. Kept the overhead cabinets and sleeping space looks not too confining. A 2011 post

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