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Old 03-03-2019, 10:14 AM   #1
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First time parents, looking for 2nd airstream

First post, but have been reading for the past 4 years. Will try to be brief....

My wife and I are on our first AS, 2014 22’ Sport. It is enough for just the 2 of us, but we are expecting our first child later this year. Before this exciting news we were looking at moving up to a 27’ Globetrotter or similar International. We went smaller first to see if we would use it. We do and are looking to do more.

We love to watch Patrick’s, Colonial AS, in-depth videos and just saw the 30’ FC Bunk. Has anyone spent time with a new addition in a single bed set up and wished for the bunk? Is it a pain to make up the bed everyday? How is it with a growing family?

Our TV is a 2018 F250 6.7L diesel.
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:19 PM   #2
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Hi Luper76: It's about time you signed up to AirForums. I'm glad to here you enjoyed your Sport; so much so you want trade up for your growing family. Many Forum participants talk fondly of family travels in their Airstream. They create and have many fond memories.

I think the optional bunks make sense. I slept in one back in the late 50s when my family went on summer vacations in our 18' Shasta. I don't remember anything bad about it.

Many folks fold out the gaucho and sleep there while the kids who may go to bed earlier sleep in the back. It is easy to convert the dinette or gaucho to the sleeping position. Then I just unroll the sleeping bag with pillow and crash. We're roughing it for goodness sakes.

A Classic 30' is a beautiful Airstream. It would last you a lifetime. Good for a growing family, good for the retirement years.

Here is a photo of our 1986 Classic 34'. My wife's folks bought it new back then and went all over in their retirement years, including Texas in the winter. We inherited this trailer and it still goes strong for our retirement years. That's how long an Airstream will last.

Go for it.

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Old 03-05-2019, 07:32 PM   #3
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We’ve got 2 children, 11 and 13. They’ve grow up with an airstream. We now have a 30’ international. Floor plan works great for our family - queen for the parents, pull-out sofa for one and the dinette bed for the other.

We removed one of the dinette benches and replaced with and extension to the couch. This makes for a very big lounge area for the family, which we really enjoy for movie night, friends and games.

I like the bunk but we felt it gave up too much lounge area, where we like to hang out. I live in Denver, and bought from Patrick at colonial - great guy.

Here is what we did to make the uber lounge, children sleeping area:
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:49 PM   #4
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We have 2 kids 10 and 15. We have a 23D and do the same as Wulf... we spend around 100 nigh a year in our unit. Making down the dinette is no big deal. We are looking at going to a 27’ modern Globetrotter and will still have to make the dinette into a bed each night. At some point you are camping....right?
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:01 PM   #5
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Young children are best closer to the floor, they will fall out.
Our five year old grandson did a sleepover a few weeks ago and rolled out of bed in the middle of the night and woke everyone in the house up, he's a pretty tough little guy and was fine but no need in getting hurt trying to sleep.
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:09 PM   #6
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I have two daughters, twins. They went camping before they could walk. The first camper trailer was a popup pulled behind the car. They slept on the fold out bed/table. Pillows around the edge to keep them on.
When I got my first Airstream they were about 15-16 years old. The first three Airstreams I had were 30 and 31'. They were great. The one that worked best was a center bedroom with bunks over twin beds. I slept on the sofa up front, the back area was "the girls bedroom".
They are in their mid 40's now, busy working. They still talk about our family camping trips when we get together. One daughter just flew down to Fl to spend a few days with us in the Airstream. She folded down the dinette table and slept on it. Just like old times!

Whatever you get the kids will adapt. Just keep on camping!

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Old 03-06-2019, 03:41 AM   #7
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Not sure of your floorplan, but with our 31' Excella, we transformed the hall closet into a crib. Took the two sliding mirror doors off the tracks, built a bed insert, using blocks underneath to adjust the height, had a mattress made. We repurposed the side of a wooden crib to provide rollout security. Dowel pins/lock were installed so the side can be removed and the bed can be lifted out to access the waterpump as needed. We can still us the closet to hang our son's outfits in as well. We expect to get a couple more seasons out of this set up before we turn it back into the closet it was. You still have a few years before having to move to a bunk model. We will look at bunk models when our son is 5-6. Currently he sleeps very near us, in the bunk model, he would be sleeping at the far end of the trailer from us. Something to consider.
Good luck and safe travels, Jim
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