Originally Posted by dougjamie
Do any of you 16'CCD owners camp with kids? I'd like to know how the 16' might work for 2 adults and 2 small children who would just use the trailer for weekend camping and B&B when traveling.
We are a family of 4 and have the 16' CCD, although not the Quicksilver. We use it mostly for weekend outings, and a full week (2 times, if we're having a good year...) of boon docking. It works well, but there are some limits that you have to work around.
1) Water & waste tank capacity - probably fine for an overnight, but no way is it enough for a week of dry camping. We use the campground toilet facilities, carry drinking water from home in separate containers to avoid concerns over unknown water quality, and use campground water in the trailer's tank so we can use the water heater for washing and showers. Gray water goes into the campground drain (if available) or on the ground back in the trees if that's permitted (at our favorite spots it's OK to drain gray water onto the ground). The 16' has only a single waste tank for both gray and black, and so we've never used the toilet in the trailer. It's never OK to drain black water onto the ground.
2) The wet bath room isn't much of a problem, drying after showers, when you're not actually using the toilet. A daily cleanup after showers are over keeps it in order. If you need/want to use the toilet in the trailer, then the wet bath is an extra step you have to deal with. When our kids were smaller, we'd let them use the toilet in the trailer (kids recoil in horror when they see the pit toilets...) and the grownups would use the campground facilities. Since we've had the 16', everyone's been big enough to just use the campground toliets.
3) Sleeping - we bought some Travsacks a few years ago. The big one stays in place on the bed in the rear, and the singles get rolled up each morning and stowed on the back bed. Our kids prefer not to share the dinette bed in the front, so we got a low folding cot and they take turns sleeping on the floor - it fits and there's foot room under the table for the cot. If I had my way we'd use the Travsacks at home - they make it really easy to keep the beds made up, or out of the way.
4) Daily activities keep us on the trails, streams, lakes, and around the campfire most of the day - so we mostly use the trailer for sleeping, or getting out of the rain. If it looks like it's going to rain for days and days, we leave and do something else. The 16' is too small fo 4 people to 'live in' for extended times, but it's great as a camper.
5) Main reason for us getting the Airstream was for it's towing abilities, and for quality of construction. Not that people don't have problems with their Airstreams, but in general they are one of the better units available.
6) Since our campgrounds require travel on some gravel roads, nicks and dings on the front aluminum skin will happen (the stone guards still leave a fair amount unprotected). To minimize this damage, I buy bubble wrap in rolls, and tape it over the vulnerable areas. I remove it when we get home, and have had not problems with the tape leaving residue, or damaging the clear coat. We bought the trailer to use it, and there will be inevitable dings on this kind of material, but the bubble wrap really cuts down on the damage.
7) If you camp mostly at campgrounds with hookups, then it's really easy. You can either use the campground or the trailer facilities as you choose, you can drain and refill tanks whenever you need to.
8) We bought 3 soft duffel bags in different colors for each person, sized to fit in the overhead lockers. That way, each person can pack their stuff in the house and load/unload the trailer really easily. The dirty laundry goes into each person's 2nd bag - when the 1st bag is empty & the 2nd is full, it's time to go home! The 3rd bag is used for each person's books, toys, flashlight, personal items, etc. With a unit this small things that aren't being used pretty much have to be put away.