It has been interesting reading these responses, and just goes to show everyone has different ideas of what makes their camping trip fun.
My inlaws bought a TT a couple years ago, it is designed essentially for 2 people. Big bathroom in the back, queen walkaround in front, kitchen and couch in the middle, and 22ft overall length. Enough room for 4 or 5 to visit or eat, but really best fit for 2 people. My FIL likes it that way, it keeps his other daughter's family of 6 from being interested in borrowing it or going along. SIL even commented "why did you buy this thing? It's too small and poorly designed for us to use!" He just smiled. We like going camping with them and take adjacent sites. The kids visit, but at bed time they go to sleep in our TT
We bought a TT with maximum people efficency. I wanted something that we could still get into a lot of places and would have enough beds for us and the now 3 kids. We sometimes take along DW's aunt making 6. I grew up as part of a family of 4 who traveled cross country in a VW camper bus. Then we moved to a 8ft TC. So my 22ft no slide TT seems big and spacious by my measure, even with 6 of us!
The best advise I can give is do what will make camping enjoyable for you. We own these RVs, take the time and money to load them up and drive them somewhere, to go out and have fun. Why have the RV or spend the money and time to do this if it makes you unhappy or uncomfortable? Don't we get enough of that during the week at work?
2007 Expedition EL 4x4 Tow pkg
1981 Palomino Pony, the PopUp (Sold)
2006 Pioneer 180CK (No more PUcampin!)
An Australian friend of mine has a favorite saying. "People are like fish, after 4 days they begin to stink"
Actually Ben Franklin said Fish and Visitors stink after three days in his Poor Richard's Almanack back in the 1700s which was probably a few years before your friend in Australia did. http://www.lifesabirch.org/quotes/poorrich.php
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2003 Chevy Silverado 1/2 Ton Extended Cab
I enjoy camping with other family and friends a lot. I just don't want them in my trailer after the fire goes out!
When we 'group camp', be it with family or friends, we try to get adjacent sites or at least in the same loop. If the family or friends are trying to save money or whatever, no better way to save than to start off in a tent! I'll share my camp site with a tent. No problem there! After lights out, the rest rooms are down the path too!
*Anything I post is for entertainment purposes only and what usually works for me.. Your Mileage May Vary..
This is a long thread, so I haven't read the whole thing before posting, but I would never invite someone to go camping with us unless I was inviting them to stay in the trailer with us. I have a hard time imagining any friends we actually like inviting themselves. It's lots of fun to have people with you occasionally (not every weekend).
Mike & Melynda joined by rugrats Alexandra, Zoe, and Georgia
2010 Yukon XL 3/4 ton V8
2011 North Trail 32QBSS, Reese Dual Cam Our trailer and camping pics
If they're planning on staying in my trailer, they better be supplying me with beverages or meals for the weekend. The only exception would be DD or DS's friends. When they start to bring friends along, I will have no problem with them each bringing one friend.
It's funny this comes up. Recently one of my daughters friends was like "Hey let's go the the beach. We'll get an RV site, you could bring your camper." While I don't really mind, if the teenage girls go my SO won't and the reason I bought the camper was for family time. Plus if my whole family goes then so do the dogs and they won't quit barking when "strangers" are in the house. I don't take people with me. My parents are planning a trip with us, but they have their own trailer and will be in the site next to us.