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Old 09-25-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Hello all,

After conducting extensive research, we finally decided on the Airstream. We've zero'd in on the Flying Cloud 27FB. Our F-150 Eco Boost w/ max trailer package, has a towing capacity of 11,300lbs. Only question we have is how do we accommodate sleeping arrangements for the occasional visit by three grandchildren; (boys) ages 9,10, & 13? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 09-25-2011, 05:50 PM   #2
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Lou,

We drop the table and take the back cushion off the bench for our two boys 8 and 6 in our International 27FB. Have tried all other configurations but this works best for us.

Best of luck with the new Airstream!
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:55 PM   #3
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Congratulations I am certain you will enjoy it. We have only one grandson. He has staked out his bed, however, he was nice enough to allow us to use to the queen.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:29 PM   #4
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:44 PM   #5
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We built bunks into ours for our children, but one option for you might be bunking cots. They do fit into the living room of our 29' Excella, but we opted for a more permanent situation. Cabela's carries one version by a company called disco bed which is based near atlanta, Georgia. They will sell to you directly (and it is cheaper) if you want their rescue cot version, also bunking and very comfortable, even for an adult, but narrower than the ones ey sell through favela. Plus, they look very airstream since that version is blue and silver. The cool thing is that you can triple bunk them if you need to, you just have to buy three. This may not be the mgr reccomendation, but it works great! Look up disco bunk cot on google and you will find them. They are heavy, but break down small and are easy to put together.
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Sleeping bags work well for bedding, both when camping and at the house. Little ones love the character bags and they pick up and wash easily.

We found really nice, sturdy fleece "liners" in colors for the older kids, on sale at Cabela's, I think, for $15 apiece. It's all they need.

We of course can't have the youngsters inside with us so use a tent for the older children, which they delightedly help set up and then gives them their own "space" for reading and their "stuff".

Kids love to camp and travel. You're going to have a wonderful time and make many happy memories.


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We of course can't have the youngsters inside with us so use a tent for the older children, which they delightedly help set up and then gives them their own "space" for reading and their "stuff".



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That's our plan, too. Not had an occasion to try it out yet, but our eldest is always telling us tent camping is best anyway so I'm sure he'll enjoy being outside in his tent when the time comes.
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Our children are too timid to sleep in a tent without us! So we all sleep inside the airstream.
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Thanks to all for the feedback!
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Our children are too timid to sleep in a tent without us! So we all sleep inside the airstream.
I don't know how old they are, but we started this with the oldest when he was 12, I think, and have only done it at a trusted campground we have been to many times. Might try it in your back yard, first.

For my peace of mind, and in case someone woke up, needed to use the bathroom or was disoriented as little ones can be, we put the baby monitor on the picnic table near the tent, with the other piece inside so we can hear them.

Have had "Grandma--I need to go potty" called into that more than once. Works well.


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Maggie, great idea on the baby monitor!!!
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We put two on the front sofa . We could put two more on a bed made from the dinette table but for now, two little ones (8,4) is enough. I didn't realize how much kids love to camp until my 8 year old grandson gave us this picture.
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