Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum, Airstreams, and have never owned an RV before. My husband has all of the experience, and we're toying with the idea of buying an RV for family vacations. I've always loved the look of Airstreams and love of the idea of creating memories with our 2.5 year old.
While other RV brands have different layouts that have bunks for her to sleep in, I'm aware I'd be sacrificing quality for a bunk bed, which sounds silly. We would be using the trailer for long weekends and maybe 1 longer week long vacation a year. I also don't see myself housing many guests, although I can picture my daughter inviting a friend over when she gets older. We're not big people and live pretty minimally.
That being said, I'd like to understand how important having a bunk is with children. My husband believes she'd be able to easily sleep on the dinette bed, I've been reading about the PeaPod that we could put on the bed to create a cozy place for her. Any experience with that set up with a very young child and did they sleep well? I'm worried that not having a designated spot for her to sleep may make it difficult for her to sleep. Also, her current bed time is 7pm and while I know she'll stay up later on vacations, I'm worried that we'll be too loud or there will be too much light with her out in the open on the dinette. Has anyone tried setting up a privacy curtain across the width? Lastly, we're not interested in getting a big model and the Flying Cloud 23CB w/ bunk looked nice because of the bunk, but I'm concerned that she might be too small for the bunk, scared, and may fall off. Would you agree? Also isn't the best that we don't get our own privacy with her up above us.
Sorry for the rant of questions, but anyone with experience or an opinion on how to make this work with a 2.5 year old would be great. I'm a nervous mom.
Ps - We're renting an RV this spring break to try the experience out, so a lot of my questions are coming from inexperience! Also, she's a pretty good sleeper normally with consistent 3-hour naps during the day and 7-7 bedtime at night. Not afraid of sleeping in the dark, sleeps with sound machine, still in crib because she doesn't seem to mind or try to crawl out, and when sleeping in hotels seems to be fine still with sleeping in a pack and play. At daycare, she takes naps on a cot, but I've never tried it personally.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!