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Old 12-21-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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We are looking for creative ideas on how we can sleep 4(2 adults and 2 teenagers) in an interstate ext???
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:10 PM   #2
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Get a tent?
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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Thanks. I have thought of that. I have heard of converting 4 front bucket seats for sleeping but not sure how.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:11 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum.

There was a thread in this forum or the Sprinter forum about how Road Trek used a folding board to go between the front seats (rotated to face the rear) and the second row. Try doing a search on that.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:56 AM   #5
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Thanks. I have thought of that. I have heard of converting 4 front bucket seats for sleeping but not sure how.
That could be done, but I don't believe they would work for teenagers.

A tent is your best bet, plus one of those self inflating air mattresses.

You would then need a hitch hauler to carry everything.

Still a great way to travel!


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Old 12-22-2012, 08:03 AM   #7
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We are looking for creative ideas on how we can sleep 4(2 adults and 2 teenagers) in an interstate ext???
Your teenagers love you but will not be around you for too long (dating & other teenage stuffs) so get a cheap used 1800 LB pop up camper on eBay ( $2000 - $3000 range) and tow behind your interstate . They collapse / fold in-tow and pop-up when needed at campground . The all aluminum shell / fiberglass are lighter but $$ and you sell it back on eBay as soon as your teenagers vamoose . Hope that helps.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:05 AM   #8
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Inquire with Pa-Ha-Que tent rooms...the might have something that will work well with the Interstate

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:48 AM   #10
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We are looking for creative ideas on how we can sleep 4(2 adults and 2 teenagers) in an interstate ext???
If you want more space in general, and can afford it, you could get a Fiamma Privacy Room to enclose the area under your awning, with a patio mat for a floor. The enclosed area would be 13 feet by 8 feet, plenty big enough for a couple of cots. This allows the kids to be "inside" and have ready access to the fridge and bathroom, yet still sleep in a separate room. You can use the outside electric outlets on your Interstate to provide them with more light and a fan (for summer) or heater (for winter). They'd definitely need more light; the patio light on the side of the Interstate is about bright enough to serve as a nightlight, but no more than that.

Downsides are: it ain't cheap; you have to store the Privacy Room when you're not using it (a hitch-mounted cargo tray is preferred); you can't set it up on a paved campsite because you can't drive the stakes through concrete or asphalt; it's not completely enclosed because there's still a gap under the Interstate itself; when set up the right-side wall blocks access to your passenger-side front door (Fiamma calls the sides the right, front, and left walls rather than the front, right, and rear walls); and you may also need to carry a small stepladder to aid in setting it up.

The first time takes a while to set up because the instructions aren't the best, but starting the second time you set one up, one person working alone can do it in about 45 minutes, or two people in half an hour.

I don't even have a spouse, let alone teenaged kids, but I have a Privacy Room, and use it whenever I'm at an unpaved campsite (or when I can park right at the very edge of the pavement). It's a great place to escape from mosquitoes, deerflies, and other flying insects. Not so much for gnats, though; no-see-ums can get in anywhere.

There should be some pictures already posted of my Privacy Room over at the Texas Piney Woods Rally: The Sequel thread. The rally attendees who saw it all liked it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:46 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:55 PM   #12
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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.
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I also second the trailer idea. A pop-up might require new canvas, but as soon as the teenagers leave the nest, the trailer likely will hold its resale value. Austin's Craigslist has them disappear quite quickly when they appear, so they are in high demand. You might be out $1500 to $5000, but you can recoup most of that back. On the more expensive side are hard-sided pop-ups like an A-liner which don't have the issue of canvas.

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.

In any case, I'd consider getting a transmission cooler for the Sprinter, a good tow brake controller, and other items to minimize the wear and tear on the vehicle.
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