I LOVE mine. I hated tripping over a basket or moving it around all the time in the old TT so this was a must have for us. Basket travels inside our bedroom on the way to the campsite with our chairs are stored underneath for traveling. Get to the campsite, take out the chairs and insert basket. I don't have to look at it, trip over it or smell it for the duration of our vacation. Pop it back in the bedroom for the return trip with chairs stowed away until the next trip.
Who would have thought that DS13 would fall out of his bunk in the bunkhouse. He did the first night out and he knocked off the "college-dorm" bed tray and his fan. Landed on top of them! He was a mighty sore boy the next day. Says he won't sleep up there again without a rail. Funny thing: he never fell last summer.
Anyway, the Ikea bed rail looks like it could work. We live a few miles away from a store so it'll be easy to get.
Question: is the rail easy on - easy off? I'd like to have one available for the drop-down bunk to put on when we have guests. I don't think it would work if it was a permanent install.
In our bunks, it just slips on and off whenever we need them. I always take them down and lay them across the bunks when we travel.
We have a large cooler in the back of the pickup gets loaded up with drinks last thing before we pull out of the driveway. A quick stop at Micky D's for a couple bags of ice and we're off camping. It goes outside right next to the TT door so the kids (and us) don't have to trek in and out of the camper for something to drink all weekend. We upgraded to a Coleman Xtreme 5 day cooler last year and LOVE it. For a long weekend we don't need to add any ice after the initial filling.
I wanted to add a bedrail to our new trailer because the bunks are open all along one side. We didn't use one in the old trailer because the bunks were tucked next to the bathroom. Our girls are older, so the baby section at Walmart is out because they would NOT want to sleep on those bars under the wimpy bunkbed mattresses. We found this at ikea and it works perfectly. It's just big enough to keep from kids from rolling of the beds but doesn't get in the way of anything. Probably not the best solution for a younger child but works really well for our girls.
Those are great, how do they attach to the bed? Are those clamps?
They are clamps, our bunks have a wood lip that hold the mattress in place. They aren't big rails that block off the whole bunk bed area - my girls are 15 and 10 so I just wanted to add something small because the bunks felt so open. I'll take a picture with them installed if I can later today.
When hooking up to water at the campsite, do a quick check to be sure all the faucets are off just in case your darling daughter turned them all on for who knows what reason. Walking into the trailer with overflowing sinks and very wet floors does not make for a good start to the trip. Plus, nobody wants to swim for the first day because the beach towels are all soaking wet and hanging out to dry.
We have a trailer with life's luxurie and love our camper. It is the only way DH would camp, he IS NOT a tent kinda guy. I like the slideout, AC, bathroom, and warm water.
BUT, I take my girls and their friends tent camping at least once a year. I like knowing I can survive a few days without electricity or creature comforts. I became a girl scout leader for the sole purpose of providing camping skills and experiences to my daughter's troop. I think there is something very satisfying in tent camping. Eventually I would love to backpack in a wilderness area and really put my outdoor skills to the test.