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Old 07-12-2010, 10:09 AM   #1
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Need to sleep 5, want small airstream

Which airstream is the best for sleeping 5? 3 kids and 2 adults. Don't want to go big, just want efficient spacing (like bunks or custom bunk in retrofit) Love the bambi, but cant find a way to make the 3 kids fit. PLEASE HELP....I want to make my purchase before this Fall. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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Both kids and Airstreams are long term investments, but kids grow and Airstreams don't. Plan for the future as well as for now. What ever individual wants as far as comfort is different, beds may not be as comfortable for some as for others, opinions change. This is probably not news for you, and doesn't answer your questions.

Go to dealers and look them over and get everyone's opinion and try to find the style that works for all of you—that may be difficult. Only when there is agreement, then it is the right time to look for the right trailer.

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Old 07-12-2010, 11:38 AM   #3
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How about a small Airstream and an attached tent type room? Just a thought. LJH
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:44 AM   #4
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I have a 30' classic with twin beds which works for me for two adults and three kids. The gaucho, folded down, is comfortable for two adults, and then with the twin beds and the dinette each kid gets their own bed.
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:53 PM   #5
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We have a 22' CCD. It can sleep 4 on the bed and dinette. Someone could sleep on a mat on the floor or a small cot. My teen age daughters want their own space and bed, so I got them small individual tents that they can place under the awning or E-Z-Up shelter. It works for camping, but might get old setting every night up if you're traveling.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:23 PM   #6
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We slept 5 in our 27' Overlander. One each in the twin beds amidships, and three on our purpose-built dinette at the front. That type of configuration would work for a smaller trailer (maybe as short as 25') but below that, I think you'd be looking at some type of bunk bed arrangement.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:57 AM   #7
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We sleep six in our 19' Globetrotter. I fabricated aluminum framed bunks to fit above the two gauchos. You can see how on my blog. They are very easily removed... takes about 5 minutes. We usually leave them in and store blankets and pillows on them during the day.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:52 AM   #8
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The current Flying Cloud 23' (not the front bed model) and International 23' are the smallest Airstreams spec'd to sleep five. They can also seat five. Without hookups, fluid capacity is limited, however, and five would soon use/fill things up.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:13 PM   #9
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We have a Safari 25' Sleep Six. It is really pretty comfortable for 6 adults even. My parents, brother and sister in-law and the two of us spent a week in Yellowstone in it. The dog too.

Admittedly bigger than a Bambi, but still a nice manageable size. Our Infiniti QX56 pulls it like a dream.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:47 PM   #10
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YES!! This is what Im talking about. I have been wondering how difficult or expensive it would be to fabricate a bunk situation. Do you have insight on which Airstream is the best for this? Yours seems perfect, but I am not interested in a full refurbish.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:12 PM   #11
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Recent model Flying Cloud 23s (not FB model) will as small as you'll find to sleep that number of people as they have 3 sleeping areas that can sleep 2 adults and up to 4 kids. If you can swing the 25 ft models, it's worth it.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:35 PM   #12
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I have military bunks over the twin beds in the Argosy. We usually sleep 6 and have slept 7 in it on our extended road trips. It's not as crowded as you would think and we've not been cramped. The bunks needed a little modification but they fold down and are removable. Not that I've removed them since I put them in.

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Old 09-11-2010, 11:03 PM   #13
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Whats the latest? I am in the same boat, want to make a purchase soon, I too have 3 kids, 5yr, and twin 2yr olds....Love to hear what you decided and how its going.
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