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Old 03-31-2012, 07:53 PM   #15
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I have a family of six and we own a 1966 Ambassador (28 feet). We are very comfortable sleeping and have no complaints from the kids. And to make matters tighter, they kids are 18, 17, 13, and 5. I really wanted an Ambassador Twin, but the Double isn't bad. The twin would have had to separate twin beds(no "push overs" all night) and I then could have built two bunks. The hubby and I sleep on the sofa sleeper, the teenage daughters (17, and 13) sleep on the double bed, the baby sleeps on a bunk made by dad over her sisters and when the son joins us (18) he sleeps on a cot. The bunks hold up to 100 pounds and are moveable so they help make it feel open. Though I think the real reason we have no complaints is that our last camper was a 19 foot Wigwam for the 6 of us and that was only a few months ago. Starting to think the Ambassador is a mansion to these kids.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:58 PM   #16
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I do not think Craigs list is the place to look

Lots scams if it's inexpensive you know it's scam. $2800 for newer modern forget it add zero on end. Ebay has a few to checkout, tow vehicle what are you running. I would look at 19ft bambi to start your search, check them out. You can bring a tent for younger ones. Honda oddessy would be seriously challenged with modern 16 older trailers much lighter even 500 is pretty big weight savings on mid size.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:23 PM   #17
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Trailering with Lots of Kids

We have eight (8!) kids. We have been trailer camping for many years. Our first hard sided trailer (we started out with a tent trailer) had bunk beds (1 set). When the kids were small, we crammed them all into the beds and floor with my wife and I on the queen.

As the kids grew out of the available bed/floor space, we put the boys (4) out in a tent or two. We would eat outside as much as possible; but when the weather didn't cooperate (we do live in the great pacific NW), we would crowd into the trailer. With a good tent and a good air mattress, they stay dry and have their own space.

We just purchased our 30 foot classic last summer (it has been our dream for years to get an Airstream). Well, there are no bunk beds, but the boys are still out in tents. The kids are all in their teens and twenties now (well almost, the youngest is 10). The eldest two (boys) have been away at college for the last three to four years and one is getting married this summer.

Now we usually only have six kids when we camp, so it is getting less crowded as the years go by. We would not trade these times for anything.

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:26 PM   #18
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Who were the people with the many kids who put six bunk beds up in their AS? I can't find the thread...
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:38 PM   #19
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Hello and welcome to AirForums. You've come to the right place for most things Airstream.

I don't think anyone said this yet (and if they did it bears repeating):

Check out Alumafandango in Colorado this summer - August 21 - 26 at the Lakeside Amusement Park.

Don't worry that you don't have an Airstream yet. Make arrangements to attend. They might allow tent camping (don't know) but they'll certainly let you attend the day and evening events and you're close enough to drive there for the day(s) you want. Bring the whole family - you'll have lots of fun.

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:48 PM   #20
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Who were the people with the many kids who put six bunk beds up in their AS? I can't find the thread...
Is this the thread? http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...use-80288.html from a posting by Skatiero (#18)?

PizzaChop also has pictures of bunks in his Photo Gallery.

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:52 PM   #21
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I think that was it, thanks Nancy Mac!
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:53 PM   #22
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:55 PM   #23
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teehee!

Well, at least Snailip doesn't need six bunks...
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:39 AM   #24
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P.S. TravelBird, your blog will now become my newest hobby
SnailLip, thank you so much for your kind comment about my blog. I'm having a lot of fun with it. Looking forward to staying in touch with you and hearing more about your adventures! Cheers!!
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #25
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Shoot a message to PizzaChop, Ron & family (7 kids) are an absolute delight! We camped next to them last fall at the Falluminum weekend and those two have mastered the art of building a cohesive family camping unit. Oh, by the way, they entertained everybody when dad and kids broke out the instruments and played after dinner for ~80 people. The same weekend, there was another bunk house attending with a family of 5 kids!

Personally, some of my best memories of early family life were the camping trips. My folks headed out with four of us youngsters (each three years apart) in a 1960 VW bus my Dad customized. Those were days of sardine living: the front bench seat made a bunk for the two eldest, under the fold-down dinette bed (parents) was another area which included the space by the door, and the back cubby over the engine was the for littlest. At least it was dry and an upgrade from the canvas tents we used initially. Airstreams are light years better and everyone has amenities!

Now, it is just the wife and I, and our travel buddies - two Great Danes over 160 lbs each.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:10 AM   #26
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I think some families can pile into a small RV and do fine, but others will be at each others' throats. Best to test the family for this with a rental unit and see how everyone does and check it out a few times to see how it wears. Real small kids may adapt better, but teens may be a problem.

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Old 04-02-2012, 10:46 PM   #27
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Real buyer's well pause pause buy!

If you are General Contractor will lots skills any old trailer is going to work. If you have zero time to fix one up your looking $20k plus for decent one. Heck ebay has dogs for 20k. How about trying a big ass tent, I picked one up sportsmanguide 14x20 with 6foot door $75. Plan on bringing with my AS lots extra sqft. Small tents are wack infact I need to unload couple. Small trailers can be delt with and easier to park,tow,store. I would never buy something for kids sooner than later they will be grown up. If I had kids stuff there arses in Mini Cooper make them deal with it. This post reminds me of Osmonds clan singing playing all night in wee hours at my camping spot, whole bunch tents. I do have one question for ya, do you think Honda Odessy can haul 9 people and 1000 pounds of gear lol, not to mention trailer out back.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:38 AM   #28
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I have also admired Airstreams for a long time, just as I admired Porsche autos and BMW motorcycles. But in each case, I started small and worked my way up. Airstreaming is just camping in the worlds best trailer, IMHO.

I recommend you start out by buying a tent- actually two tents for your family. One for you and your husband and the 3 small kids and one for your daughter. Buy a dining canopy, stove, cooler, some sleeping bags, some air mattresses and just go camping. Camping is about being outside and doing stuff with your kids. It does not really matter what you sleep in. In warm weather, it is better to cook outside anyway. Try this for a while and see how you like it. Your Honda minivan will be the perfect vehicle for this also (plus maybe a roof top carrier). After you camp in a tent for a while, you may want to move up to a pop up camper. These are great for sleeping lots of kids and your Honda could tow it as well. All the while you can be studying up on Airstreams (both you and your husband) and just maybe take that giant step sometime in the future. In the meantime you need to start camping with your kids and start making some good family memories. Remember, it does not really matter what you sleep in all that much. Just do it!

I have an Airstream and I love it. But if I am going a long distance for a music festival by myself, I just take my camping tent, my car and my bicycle and I enjoy myself just fine.

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