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Old 01-21-2013, 10:03 PM   #15
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I made a tent o hang from our awning. It's not difficult if you have a sewing machine, and much cheaper than buying one ready-made. Our 29 footer has been modified to sleep ten, though! Seven kids/teens in the back bunk room and my husband and mother-in-law and me all up front. You might look into bunking cots from disc-o-bed. That helps you put two in the space of one. Look into their "relief" bunking cots, they are narrower and also are airstream blue, and they are comfortable and easy to set up. Katie
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:24 AM   #16
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Of course, there is always getting a Bambi or Sport (something under 5000 pounds), which would give the teenagers a completely separate space. This is a relatively expensive option, of course.
Some campgrounds won't let you hook up a trailer and a motorhome in the same site, so you might find yourself running one off a generator and using onboard water while the other uses the hookups.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:30 AM   #17
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Not so tongue in cheek. Writer Ernest K. Gann said that about his yacht: "Drinks six, eats four, sleeps two," so it's actually a literary reference.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:47 AM   #18
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Some campgrounds won't let you hook up a trailer and a motorhome in the same site, so you might find yourself running one off a generator and using onboard water while the other uses the hookups.
Actually I believe some campgrounds have rules against having both on 1 site or at least sleeping in both on 1 site. Probably directed at larger MOHOs but often applied to all.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #19
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Others consider the B-van the one vehicle allowed per site and are more flexible about tent usage, as well.

We have had discussions with campgrounds that wanted us to purchase a site for us and one for a tent, but have always relented once they realize there is no tow vehicle.


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Old 04-28-2013, 05:24 PM   #20
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I am figuring this out myself. I just bought the 2013 I3500 Ext. and decided to use the 4 captains chairs with front seats leaning back to second row seats with custom made cushions to make two extra beds for grandkids. The cushions make the seats level for sleeping on the captains chairs with headrest on second row to front seats for footrest. I am using natural latex for seat cushions medium support to create the bed.

When completed I will try to post pics.
Did you ever get custom cushions made and did it work?
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Yes, it worked well. Two adults (us) on back bed. Two grandkids on captain chairs, and two adults outside in Fiama Privacy Room on cots. 6 is max.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:37 PM   #22
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Sounds like a great idea. Got any pics of the setup? You promised earlier.
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Sounds like a great idea. Got any pics of the setup? You promised earlier.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:26 PM   #24
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As the kids get older we are finding that bringing a tent along for the oldest one or two is a great way to keep the peace. Most campgrounds tolerate a trailer plus a tent, the oldest is reasonably responsible about setting and breaking camp, and the younger kids are fine on the dinette and gaucho.

Everyone gets the benefit of the galley and the systems in the trailer, and if the weather is really bad we can fit all 5 at night.
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I am figuring this out myself. I just bought the 2013 I3500 Ext. and decided to use the 4 captains chairs with front seats leaning back to second row seats with custom made cushions to make two extra beds for grandkids. The cushions make the seats level for sleeping on the captains chairs with headrest on second row to front seats for footrest. I am using natural latex for seat cushions medium support to create the bed.

When completed I will try to post pics.
Can you post pictures? How has it worked out? Do you think it would work for kids ages 9-15? Other ideas? Any other alternatives?
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I also agree with the Fiamma solution as I intend to use 2 cots also within the Florida room.

I am also putting a xtend a room out the back doors that will use a portable stage about 16" high 8' X 8' to put a queen size air mattress.

These additions will give me sleeping capacity of 8 people overall (2 on king size bed and 2 on captains chairs inside I3500; and 2 on cots in Florida room and 2 on Xtend a Room on queen air sleeper.

I suppose tents would make do as well but I cannot help myself to try to engineer an 8 sleeper out of a 2 sleeper when the whole family jumps in with us.
How did the xtend a room work on your AI? I'm getting a 2012 AI and desperately trying to figure out how I can get me and my three kids (15, 12, 9 years) and on occasion my husband sleeping areas in the trailer. We generally are a family that doesn't mind being in close quarters with each other. I was thinking of getting the xtend a room like you did and having the older kids sleep there. Thoughts?
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Extend a Room did not work out from back of vehicle (too much trouble for floor base), instead use Fiamma Privacy Room.
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