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Old 09-09-2009, 01:50 PM   #1
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3 Adults, 2 dogs, and 1 Airstream

My husband and I are full-timers in a 23' International CCD. We've been doing this for 3 months now and absolutely love it! Recently, a friend, intrigued by our lifestyle choice, came for a visit. He purchased a one-way ticket and continues to travel with us...nearly 4 weeks later. We've had some great laughs and some great challenges with this many people/animals in such a small space. I'm a little behind on my blog entries, but I just introduced our friend in a recent entry at

Just curious, anyone else travel with this many or more people? If so, please tell me, how did you maintain your sanity? And, more importantly, how did you keep a clean kitchen?

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Old 09-09-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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We traveled for 3 weeks this summer with, me hubby and bulldog, 2 grandchildren, daughter, soninlaw and their bischon (sp?) I gave up trying to keep ANYTHING clean after the 3rd day. But the memories are priceless, wouldn't change a thing! Can't wait to do it again!


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Old 09-09-2009, 05:47 PM   #3
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Two's company, three is damn hard to squeeze into 23'!
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:58 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by FLYNCLD View Post
Two's company, three is damn hard to squeeze into 23'!

Ha! So I'm learning. I was JUST mumbling about my messy kitchen when I read this. Thanks for the laugh. I needed it.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:26 PM   #5
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Spent 2 weeks this summer in our SOB MH with 2 teen age girls, two adults, 30ft, no slides, no problems.

Our son & family camped next to us in the AS.

Lucky for us the girls preferred the CG showers.

After awhile you "sort of" get used to the mess and we ate out a lot.

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Old 09-09-2009, 08:47 PM   #6
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Years ago my parents did 6 weeks in a 24' class C, two adults, 4 grandchildren and a mutt. They loved it.

That included 4 nights in a RV park in MN up on jack stands because the tranny in their then new ( <3k mile ) RV snapped a main shaft. During which time one grand-daughter did a 2 1/2 gainer off the swingset and broke her arm...

Once we did a week with them, so 4 adults and a mutt, once. had a good time.. but.. well.. it was a long week, or so it seemed by the end.
See our blog here on how two RV/AS rookies tackle a 1979 Sovereign resto!!

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Old 09-09-2009, 10:02 PM   #7
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We did 2 weeks on a trip from Denver to Louisville, Ky. with my mother and a dog. It got a little close but we were glad we could do it.

We also did 4 weeks in 1982 when we went to the Worlds Fair in Knoxville, TN with my in laws. 4 people in a 31" gets awful close too. Have lots of good memories but not something I would consider doing long term.

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Old 09-09-2009, 11:32 PM   #8
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We travel three adults and two dogs fairly regularly, but do most of our living outside at the picnic table or off adventuring. Our record was four adults and three dogs for just shy of a week, people wise it didn't seem any more crowded than with three, but the dogs were a bit much.
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Old 09-10-2009, 06:13 AM   #9
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wow - all of you folks are braver than I am - I travel with one dog and 3 computers and feel I am at max in a '31.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:13 AM   #10
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It seems like I am constantly sweeping and picking up. I try to move us outside as much as possible and its just the two of us and cats. When we had the grands we just gave up. Clutter, clutter and more clutter but we couldn't do without Mr. Potato head!
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:57 AM   #11
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Wow, For those that travel with more people, you are much braver (and patient) than I am. Don't get me wrong though, we've had a blast, a ton of laughs, and some days I can ignore the food and dirty dishes that covers my teeny tiny kitchen counter and spreads over to my kitchen table. Yesterday was just not that day and apparently I needed to vent a little, so thanks for letting me do that on this forum. I'll try not to do it again.

And, yes, we try to spend as much time outdoors. Unfortunately, for my husband, he works during the day and when your office is the kitchen table and you can't see the kitchen table, it can really be challenging. The lesson here is patience and humor and I'm slowly learning how to do this.

As for our dogs, they love this life and seem completely unbothered by the's just more opportunity for them to steal food and get into trouble.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:55 AM   #12
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me and my wife just picked up our airstream ('52 flying cloud) this past Sat., and spent 3 nights in it on the drive back to New Orleans with the entire "family" (three 30lb. dogs) My first impression on the new trailer is we're going to miss the slide out gauchos in our previous airtream. They gave our mutts some out-of-the-way places to hide. Now they have to sprawl out in the middle of the floor, because there's nowhere for them to go. If any of the 5 of us has to move to another part of the trailer, we all have to adjust. Maneuvering from the front couch to the bathroom in the back while someone is in the galley reminds me of those little hand puzzles where you're trying to get the numbers in order, but you have to move like 5 pieces to get the one piece where you want it. But I still wouldn't trade the airstream experience for anything.


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