I have three boys 8,10,11 and they love camping. We bought a Jayco 26BH last year, it has a double bed and a single bunk in the back and a queen up front, no slides. The boys are getting bigger and it's getting cramped already, especially in the mornings. I'm probably going to go 1 more season and then upgrade to something bigger myself.
I agree with earlier posts, try to make it as much fun and easy to do as you can given your budget/circumstances. We like RV'ing for quality family time and an opportunity to get out and see things that we might not otherwise get out and do.
2012 Chevrolet 3500 Duramax, 2013 Sprinter 311BHS, DW, 3 boys, & a dog...
We camped in an old, small, no slides TT that we paid cash for six years with our two daughters before upgrading and still really enjoyed every trip - even when it rained. Went to plenty of RV shows and dealer lots and fell in love with lots of trailers.
Here's the question we always asked - "It's nice, but is it $10,000 nicer, $20,000 nicer, etc. then ours?" The day we were able to confidently say yes to that question is the day we purchased - just this last February.
Tom and Stacey
DD Nikki (14) and Kate (9)
Wrigley, our big black dog
Same issue here. Out little one will be 3 this summer. We have a non bunk house trailer. which means she sleeps on the couch. Not a bad option but it means that for nap time and for early bed time we are out doors or in bed ourselves. not bad if its not 100 or 30 outside. Still we managed 40 nights last summer and 88 nights the summer before last, and had a blast. As she gets older i wish i had a place for her stuff (out from under foot) and a place to do time outs. Naps/early bed times are becoming less of an issue. but what is becoming more of an issue is she needs/deserves her own space. We'll see how this summer goes.
THe last thing i need is another payment (current RV paid for), especially in this economy. that being said, this is our one and only hobby, the RV is my only toy. If its not meeting my needs then i am going to start shopping.
If you want to get a boat, how are you going to tow the boat and the TT ?
Two tow vehilces ?
Storage shed at the lake for boat/TT ?
Sell the TT and get an a Class A to tow boat and camp in ?
We have a boat and TT, keep the boat in a storgage facility at the lake.
Yep, that's where we are.....we (and 3 kids) tented for 20 years so we could tow the boat and would not trade those fun times for anything....but then we moved from Va to Wi and figured too cold for boating or tenting so that's when sold the boat and we picked up a travel trailer....love it...but after two years we are now back in Va and just picked up a boat...hmmm...still trying to figure out how we are going to do this....I'm going to start with installing a hitch on the DW's SUV which mean double the fuel and everything else...the price of FUN!!
Short answer, get the boat and store your camper near your favorite closest lake. That's what we are doing now, and it works great, we should have done it sooner.
We tent camped and pulled the boat along when our kids were young (through high school). Our boys are in college now, and we just figured out that storing our camper in an outdoor parking lot was only $20/month, and we could tow our boat to the lake and use both. We reserve a camp site, drop the boat off at the camp site, then go get the trailer and set it up.
2005 Dutchmen Tundra 30' travel trailer
2010 Ford F-150, 5.4 V8
One good woman, two rowdy college boys, and a Chocolate Lab.