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Topic: triple bunk bed in travel trailers

Posted By: CampinHappy on 09/20/07 03:43pm

I've seen a couple of travel trailers that had at least 3 bunks, some with 4. We're in the market for a travel trailer and with 3 boys, bunks seem like a good idea to give each their own "space" within the trailer.

Anybody with these types of trailers, I sure would appreciate your opinions.



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Posted By: tom_kat on 09/20/07 04:01pm

the guy across the street got one this summer he likes it a lot they put the 3 kids to bed and can close the the door and can stay up later watch tv or what ever the only mess is there bunks not all over the trailer.less pick up to do in the morning.

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Posted By: funkygti on 09/20/07 04:01pm

We have quad bunks, two doubles on one side and two singles on the other. One of the singles folds up for storage. We have two teens and they each like to sleep in an upper bunk so this works for them. They also like to bring friends along too.

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Posted By: Hornet28BHDS on 09/20/07 04:09pm

Try looking at a Hornet 27B. They have three bunks in the back and is a nice floorplan.

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Posted By: Novacamper on 09/20/07 04:53pm

Both these models have front bunks, one a3 the other 4 with a rear queen hard slide out.

Outback, KZ (and I believe Jayco) also make similar models.


Posted By: hamilton71801 on 09/20/07 05:01pm

We have a triple bunk model and the kids like it (10 & 8 yrs old). The only problem is getting up on the top bunk is a challenge, but my kids are like monkeys and just swing up there. During the summer, it also gets warm in the bunks because they are in kind of a cubby hole. My wife put a fitted sheet over the mattresses and either let them cover up with another sheet or sleep in sleeping bags.

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Posted By: gillguy on 09/20/07 05:46pm

funkygti wrote:

We have quad bunks, two doubles on one side and two singles on the other. One of the singles folds up for storage. We have two teens and they each like to sleep in an upper bunk so this works for them. They also like to bring friends along too.

Same here except the kids are 10 and 13. Works great as we camp a lot with in-laws and since they have a MH their kids usually stay with us. Plus if one of our kids wants to bring another friend along then we still have room. With kids having bunks is so much easier.

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Posted By: jtwisconsin on 09/20/07 06:19pm

We have three kids (ages 7 to 12) and considered the 3 bunk models. The kids took a look at those and started arguing about who "had to sleep on the floor". In the end we decided on the 4-bunk model instead. Has worked out great so far.

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Posted By: Rescue421 on 09/20/07 07:26pm

We have a 3 bunk unit. My kids and my wife love it. The back room has a slide out so the room is large. There are 3 bunks and a couch. There is also a TV, DVD, Dresser drawers, storage shelves and a wardrobe in that room. Two of the bunks fold up so you have a wide open play room on rainy days.

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Posted By: mom2four on 09/20/07 09:03pm

Check out the Timberlodge loft TTs from Adventure Manufacturing. We are seriously considering the 27 footer.

Posted By: JayWVA on 09/20/07 09:53pm

As with rescue we have the Mountaineer 32 Phd..............great setup as the room is in the back and gives others some privacy when they are behind the door with their own TV. Nice setup but this line is not an ultralite by any means but some pretty nice quality.

Posted By: rhondavid on 09/21/07 06:25am

If you have kids, you need a bunkhouse. Makes life on the road so mcuh better when everyone has their own bed. I have a triple bunk in my Jayco and would love to upgrade to a Quad. Have looked long and hard but wife does not find one that she likes as much as the Kiwi we have now.

Go with bunk and go with slide too!

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Posted By: mwebber78 on 09/21/07 06:30am

I have the 312BHDS with the bunkroom slide. Whatever brand you choose I would suggest you pass over the 4 bunk layout on any model. Even after folding the bottom bunks (if equipped) you are still tight on space and that type of layout cuts down on the kitchen length so the bathroom can be positioned between the kitchen/bunk beds.

The Mountianeer has the best layout wth the bunk slide and fold up beds. However, at over 35' you are talking about a tough tow in the Northeast were we live. Most parks up here are TIGHT.

I love my Sunnybrook for it's build quality, all plyood construction, 2" thick walls, full alum. superstructure, etc. However, most of these layouts are very similar to mine - a bunk slide with a top bunk bed and a sofa/foldable foam couch that converts to sleep three kids.

If I were you I would look at the Jayco 31BHDS, Sunnybrook 312BHDS, Dutchmen has one, Rockwood, etc.

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Posted By: Matthmobile on 09/21/07 07:03am

We have a 240BH KZ Spree with three bunks in the back. The bottom bunk sings up and provides a bunch of storage while traveling with a big access door on the back of the trailer. It also has an island queen bed that DW and I are very pleased with.

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Posted By: seasonal on 09/21/07 07:11am

I would look at quad bunks. That will open up your options as there are many more with quads than triples. The extra bunk makes good extra storage and you have an extra so you don't have to convert the sofa or dinette in case you have a friend along.

Posted By: Kampfirekid on 09/21/07 07:30am

You might look at K-Z. The wife and I looked at one model I think was their 2007 Model Frontier 2205QSF, which was discontinued, or replaced by the 2008 Spree line. It had a real neat set-up with two bunks across the front headwall, and one pirpendicular along the side with a massive storage unit below it. Rather compact (about 23 feet), but nice and roomy. Plenty of storage with less length and weight. I do not know if it made it to 2008 with the Spree line, but check and see.

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Posted By: fulltimegrams22 on 09/21/07 07:31am

We have a quad bunk with one of the bunks changeable to a computer station. The room also has an entertainment center in it for the tv and video games to bring along. The dirty clothes hatch to the basement is in this room also, makes it so perfect for the kids to get rid of their smelly day clothes after a shower. The master has a Short King slide and the regular household reefer will take care of all the food you will ever need, lol.

Puma 39PTBSS is our model by Palomino but they have many different models with a regular camper fridge that also works on propane.

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Posted By: campNride on 09/21/07 07:46am

I have a 2003 Dutchman pac n play and love it. It has large cargo door in the rear that opens and has the quad bunks in the rear that fold up for storage of large items. I am able to put my boys little quad back there along with 2 large dog boxes. Then when we get to the camp site and unload we have the 4 bunks. I only have 2 kids so the top bunks work great to store thier clothes. My model doesn't have alot of storage but I am ok with that. Up front it has the island queen for us. We are very happy with it. It is a 30' model but no slide. That is the only thing I would change but when you are on a budget sometimes you have to sacrific a little.....

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Posted By: strubelfamily on 09/21/07 08:20am

look at my signature regarding our model, we have three kids and this model has a double bed and then a flip down bunk, plus it is on a slide that creates the kids room with their own entertainment center and drawers

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Posted By: jmaul on 09/21/07 08:27am

First post to the forum, but been snooping around for about 6 months now. We picked up a 2000 Flagstaff 25LB, triple bunks, and very lightweight (due to TV). Don't use the bottom bunk as we only have 2 kids, but have been thinking about a bigger replacement for the future when I upograde the TV. As others have stated, a bunkhouse is a must with kids, and a quad seems to be the preference. It looks like manufacturers are gearing towards a bunk'room', with flexibility such as sofas, fold down bunks, dinettes, computer stations and the like so the kids feel its their own little area. That Timberlodge looks awesome, but wow it's heavy. Others suggest Palamino and Mountaineer. I'm looking at the Surveyor SV304, 2 bunks on one side, a fold down bunk and small dinette on the other. Find out what your Burb can handle, then go from there.

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Posted By: georam1 on 09/21/07 08:56am

We have a Jayco Jay Feather 30r that has quads. We love it. It has a cargo door and two of the bunks fold up and gives you a lot of storage space. I haul the kids bikes and the satalite dish in that area. It also has an entertainment center between the bunks so the kids can watch TV or play the playstation. The new 08 model is a 30u which has a larger slideout. This tt grosses out at around 7000lbs. The only complaint I have with it is the gray water tank is only 30gals. Somewhat of a bother in parks without full hookups. Good luck.

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