Hello to all, first time posting on this board. I have a 21' travel trailer that I have been using for the past three years with my wife and 2 small kids. Age 5 and 7. We have been thinking about upgrading. If we go to a bigger trailer, we have to buy a new truck, so we just started looking into the Class A's. My question is, is there anybody out there that uses a class A with young kids, if so, does it work well for a family, any thoughts would be helpful.
We have a class A that we bought almost 3 years ago. It is an older unit, which I think is more kid friendly than the newer units. The boys are now 9 and 11, but were 7 and 9 when we got her. The big draw on the unit that we got is the pull down bunk over the driving area. This gives us the possibility of sleeping 7. We have several trips that we have had 8 in the MH, 3 adults, 13, 11, 9, 9, and 5 and had no problems. We bought an inverter and now the kids go down the road either watching a DVD or playing x-box.
Our only problem is having to take 2 vehicles. If we are going somewhere close, I will drive the truck with the bikes and firewood. If we are going someplace far I use an enterprise rental. We do not camp enough to justify buying a toad and hookup.
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Me and my DW use a Class A to travel with small kids. Our to children are age 3 and 9 months. It is very convient to pull over, use the restroom, make lunch, change diapers, etc. Ours is a triple slide, so we have lots of room for the kids to run and plan when we are set up at camp. The reason we started motorhoming was because of the kids. We hated going on a trip and having to load and unload an entire house at every hotel, also the thought of who has slept in the beds and used the tub. DW always had to clean the tub and toilet with bleach when we stayed at hotels, but now we know who is using our facilities. I believe the Class A makes for a great home away from home for the kids.
Just finished up a 12 day trip with our 6...ages 2-13. Ours is a '78 Bluebird, so no slides, and not a huge amount of space for 8 people. I really thought that by the end of the trip we would all be tired of eachother and ready to go home. But none of us was ready to be done. The kids had a ball and space was never an issue. As was said before, it's great to be able to pull over anywhere and have your wn bathroom and kitchen.
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I had my doubts initially, but a Class A was a great choice for my family. My daughters are now 8&9. They were 6&7 when bought ours two years ago. They fold out the sofa without a problem. Everybody has a clear view of the road when traveling. It is a great way to travel with kids. Go for it!
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We really looked hard at Class C's because of the extra sleeping accomodations, but I just hated giving up all that living area that the Class A's offer. It's like a huge family room with the slides and the captain and co-pilot chairs turned around facing the living area. Also, I think that the entry level Class A coaches are a lot of times cheaper than the equivalent Class C.
We have two kids ages 9 and 7 and have been RVing for more than 6 years with great results. My kids love it. I love the fact that they keep busy with games and TV while I'm driving. Much less heartache for me. I think you'll find that driving down the road with a 34' motorhome and the kids WAYYYY in the back is a lot better than everyone on top of you in a truck or car.
We use a toad nearly everywhere we go. It doesn't have to be a seperate vehicle. It can easily be your daily driver depending upon what that is. You can get a baseplate for many cars and trucks and driveshaft disconnects are always a possibility. Also, tow dollies let you tow just about any front wheel drive car.
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. . .is there anybody out there that uses a class A with young kids, if so, does it work well for a family, any thoughts would be helpful.Bob
Once you travel with a bathroom, fridge and microwave along with the kids' favorite DVDs, you'll never want to travel any other way. There is no better way to keep a baby dry, comfortable and fed on long trips than a motorhome especially with all the stuff they require away from home.
My wife's biggest complaint is that she never gets to relax playing stewardess to the little ones throughout the trip.
Some other things we have learned (sometimes the hard way):
Children's headsets will help keep the ride a little quieter or else you have to put the entertainment center volume above the road noise level and that gets old quickly.
I had to secure metal floor plates with large carriage bolts in order to install seatbelts to strap in their car seats in our Rexhall Aerbus. We do keep the kids secured while traveling and only allow them to un-click for bathroom breaks. If you give the little guys an inch of freedom on the road, their travel excitement becomes hard to control when unrestrained.
It is impossible to find forward facing passenger seats with belts for the kids in any manufactured Class A coaches. Elburn Bill (who has some posts on this site) has the most kid friendly coach I've seen with four Flexsteel passenger seats, a bathtub and a triple bunk bed in the rear. However, he started from scratch with a custom design that the majority of us may not have the resources to construct.
Some threads in this forum that might help make your decision easier: