Everyone, thanks for the kind words. I really was only saying that the walls seem to shrink when we're stuck in it.
I used to camp with my grandparents when I was a kid. They had all manner of RV's, with a few Airstreams along the way. My grandpa was ex Navy and he basically gave the same instructions of "Bring what fits in one case, that's it." I wound up sleeping on the floor. It was totally miserable. I vowed to never put my kids through that. I think my parents sent me with them just to get rid of me for a week and so I got the tight confines boot camp treatment. If that was camping, I want no part of it.
Later, my parents got some trailers. Traveling with them was pretty much miserable as well. We actually lived in a 24' Wilderness (real piece of junk white box with green trim) for three months while dad got the house finished. That was tight!
I've looked at a couple of newer Airstreams with the slideouts, and they really do make a difference. I posted on here at another time about the Keystone Vantage I went to look at. It's 6" wider than my Avion to start with, and it has a nice big slideout, so that the salon ends up having easily triple the open floor space my trailer does. Just that little bit makes a huge difference. But, the Vantage just wasn't there quality wise. I saw trim falling loose as it sat new on the lot.
Truly, these silver trailers are made better. I even told the dealer that. I wasn't trying to be a silver snob, just being truthful. Just like I like lots of different motorcycles and get mad at the Harley guys that say if you're not on a Harley you're on junk (and I own a Harley....but I've also owned Kawi's and Honda's), I like lots of different RV's.
This could start a whole 'nother forum, but I could make a strong argument that there's really not that much more usable room in a 34' than a 28'. You stretch the salon a little, you stretch the bedroom a little, the bathroom gets a little more, and you're there. It's not a night and day difference. The only reason I wound up with a 34 is because I found a good deal on one in solid shape. It's actually too big for some of the places I'd like to go. I wanted to buy my grandpa's '58 Traveler for state park weekend trips but he sold it without telling me
But being an Avion guy, maybe an Avion pickup camper would be the ticket for that
I'm thinking if I put a bike rack on the back bumper (remember it's an Avion so it has the heavier frame and that won't hurt it), get one of those little tent houses, and just take the cap off the truck and throw the bike in there, I'd be good to go. I used to haul my KLR650 like that...but the V-Rod weighs a lot more and I need a better ramp than a 2x12 to load and unload that one.
Turns out my wife said it was just an "off the cuff" remark she made the other day about the trailer being too small. So I guess I'll hang onto the old girl (I mean the trailer
) a while longer.
There was one guy on the Avion forums (not nearly as fancy as this forum but still a lot of good data on there) that cut the skin and made a slide on his. It was really awesome, but a lot of work.
I see why the guys on here with the 30' bunkhouse models are so covetous of them.
Did you know that Avion made a 5th wheel? They're very rare, but very nice.
Anyway, camping is truly different things to different folks. I used to walk out into the woods with a Bowie knife and come out three days later. I'd make a shelter out of sticks and leaves and sleep on the ground. My wife's parents always stayed at a nice beachfront hotel. She had no interest in RV's at all. I talked her into borrowing one of my dad's trailers one time and giving it a try (my Dad doesn't like Airstreams at all...he's a Holiday Rambler snob and says the round trailers have no storage space...). Well, she liked it, and I've managed to turn her into a real trailerite. In fact, she saw those little TAB trailers at the dealership and thought they were cute. Until I said "Imagine it raining for three days straight.'' "Uh, let's keep the silver one!"
So, the boy will have to confine his Lego's a little better (we can't leave them behind as I play with them too
...). The vacuum cleaner will find any loose ones after the trip.
As for the teenage girlfriends along for the trip...I'm not quite sure how to handle that one. I'll defer to you all on that one when the time comes. I've got four years until my oldest one starts driving and that will be bad enough!
See you on the road,