View Poll Results: To bunkhouse or not to bunkhouse...
only with multiple children 1 2.13%
no way! 25 53.19%
good place to store extra junk 2 4.26%
for a family, yes! 19 40.43%
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Old 05-14-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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We only have 1 child left at home but he's entering the teen years! We are contemplating a bunkhouse fiheel. Your thoughts?
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Old 05-14-2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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Does he have any interest in going along with you? If so, he's probably going to want more privacy than the fold out couch in the living room offers. Some of my inlaws have a Regal, and the kids come with them. 2 sleep in a tent, and one on the couch. Just all depends on the kid. Have a chat with him, see what he has to say?
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Old 05-14-2009, 06:37 PM   #3
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Talk with a teenager? Are you crazy???? Just kidding, probably the best advice you'll get.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:50 PM   #4
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This was a question we had to answer a few years back when we bought our fifth wheel. We have 2 children, a 12 year boy and 5 year old girl. We decided not to go with the bunkhouse. After looking at all the different floor plans we felt the bunkhouse took to much room away from the living area. So far we are happy with our decision.(1)- we spend most of the time outside but (2) - if it rainsthe extra living space gives us plenty of room to play board games, playstation.....etc. And (3)- if someone doesn't want to participate they can watch TV or movies in the bedroom. Our kids do not mind sleeping on the fold out sofa one bit. If our son brings a buddy, we keep a dome tent in the storage compartment and they love to set it up and sleep in the tent. We also figured that by the time our daughteris old enough tobring a friend our sonwillprobably be old enough that he won't want to go with us. We also camp with another couple most of the time that has kids thatour similiar in age to ours so it usually ends up with the girls in one camper and the boys in another.I wouldsuggesttouring several different floor plans with and without the bunkhouse. Go thru the "what ifs". What if it rains, what if your child has a freind with them, what if you are camping with other children. Evaulate the different scenarios and make the decision that works best for you. And ask any questions you come up with here on the forum, you will get answers from every angle. Good Luck and Happy Camping!!! Edited by: scott
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:29 AM   #5
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One thing to think about if your going to put them on the coutch, If yours are like ours and they sleep in, are you going to be able to get around the fold out bed in the morning to get to your coffie, Or out the door , Or to the fridge ??? Thats why we bought the floor plan we did. Our son was 15 when we bought ours and just as we thought now that he is 17 and has a job he can't go with us like he used to.

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Old 05-15-2009, 02:33 AM   #6
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If I were in your situation, I would look into a 5er with a seperated rear living area, It might have a pullout couch in the back, so he could use it as a room and not be in your way in the morning, he would have his own space back there, but you could 'convert' it back to functional space if he were not with you, which he might not be going in a few years. If you ever had anyone come along with you, they would have theirown space as well.

The Zinger 29bs looks nice for what I am talking about. Edited by: croberts
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:55 AM   #7
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I would pick the Cruiser 32BL. You have a rear living area with comfortable seating for you and the wife. The kid has a small mid-ship bunk room that he/she can use and 1 extra bunk for a friend to come along.

The 32BL also has a side aisle bathroom and slide bedroom. IMHO this is your best option, you get an adult friendly rear living setup with a small bunkhouse for the times the children come along. This will avoid the need to dump a traditional bunkhouse 2 years from now and buy another trailer with a RLS.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:47 AM   #8
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i agree. the 32bl is a unique floor plan. we have three kids so we bought a quad bunk trailer. if i had one or two kids that would definetly be my choice. good luck.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:33 AM   #9
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we are empty nesters, but have the 32bl, great choice. we will take friends with us at times, and put them up in that room. We now have a grand daughter who is 9 months old today, when she get old enough that will be a great room for her. We really like that that room has a solid door, we love the rear living, and the bath set up. for us it was the perfect choice. Beside rainbow and Hoover think that is their room. Don so ou put the 17 year old to work?? Is he money going to replace the mail box??? or you still waitng for your stimulas??

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Old 05-15-2009, 09:00 AM   #10
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He got a replacement mail box!

As I remember he took a whole lot of mail boxes at the rally!

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