Hi, my husband and I are looking to buy a camper. He wants a bumper pull. We have 3 girls (11,8,6 ages)
We went to an RV show, and we still can't make our minds up on what we like. My fave is a crossroads sunset trail 32pb. But, I question whether or not no couch in the kitchen area is a big deal or not. I know there is a couch in the back but that is where I plan on tossing the kids!
I wanted some opinions from some experienced campers on what are the gotta haves!
Welcome to the Forum..
Gotta haves are really up to individual styles and family situations.
(It took us 4 trailers to get it right for us)
Since you are new at this I will throw out a "gotta have." Make sure that whatever floor plan you decide on, you have an adequate tow vehicle..or you will be laying out big bucks for a new one soon enough.
If just the couch in the kitchen area you are referencing (vs. bed conversion of kitchen table), sort of depends on how much family time you want with your kiddos near you and proximity to TV(s) in your rig. It tends to be a central gathering place and gives you "spare bed" for the shortys in the family, or a friend they may want to bring.
We have a 2500 HD chevy to tow with. Does anyone have a camper that they would recommend? At the rv show, we found lots we would like, if we only had 2 kids. I want to give them a space that they can enjoy with friends. I want a door, no curtain to separate the kids space. I want leather, if at all possible. I like a bump out for the living area (dinette space) and a bump out in the kids area. I really liked the Kodiak, except the bump out in the kitchen area, it really limits space under awning and we put ours chairs there and sit out there a lot.
Besides kids, there probably won't be any adults staying with us because everyone we hang out with already has a camper.
Dad of Four Girls
Employee of GM, all opinions are my own!
2011 Silverado 2500HD CC (6.0, 3.73)
previous 2001 Yukon XL (8.1L, 4.10)
2011 Jayco Jayflight G2 32BHDS
previous - 2002 Dutchmen 31BH4DSL
We just bought a Sunset Trail 31QB - they stopped making this particular floor plan, but you can still find leftovers around. I LOVE many things about it.
Our girls are 14 and 9. I wanted a bunk room with door also, that had extra beds for bringing friends. My fav part of the bunk room is that one of the bottom bunks turns into a dinette when you don't need it for sleeping space. When they have coloring stuff, a board game, puzzle or homework out I'm not looking at the mess when preparing meals or putzing around inside. I'm a bit of a neat freak when camping because the space is somewhat small and I can't stand clutter. This is going to work really well for all of us - LOL.
I also really love this particular kitchen with corner fridge by the door (really convenient for grabbing stuff to set outside) and the extra large counter space.
We have 2 children, so we have a Rockwood 8317SS. It is a quad bunk with a dinette and couch and doors to OUR bedroom. It has paper to the kids bedroom. We NEVER use theirs, but we do use ours.
If we were to miraculously produce another child (we're now in our 50's, but have a 4 and 7 year old), we would probably purchase an Open Range Roamer RT331BHS or if we went the 5th wheel route, we would definitely get their 413RLL.
Our quad bunk has the larger bunks on the left and small bunks on the right and we have slept 13 kids in it for a party. It was packed, but they had a blast.
The Crossroads Sunset Trails is a terrific RV from a builder that does things the right way. Lots of features for the money and great value...and good customer service and a 2 year warranty too.
But under the catagory of "you can have your cake and eat it too", this Jayco has 3 bunks and a sleeper sofa in the rear kids bedroom with a kids slideout wardrobe...a rear bath with it's own exterior door, a slideout living room WITH a sofa and big "U" dinette, optional exterior kitchen with it's own awning, roomy master bedroom with huge wardrobes. It even has a standard exterior 1.5 cu ft refrigerator!
The all new from the ground up Jayco White Hawk 31DSLB is state of the art light weight, steel chassis frame, also has a 2 year warranty, and it doesn't give up anything but the weight....only 1 ft shorter than the Crossroads but 1300 lbs lighter. It has a big, 15 ft (unobstructed by slideout) patio awning, bigger water and waste tanks, 200 lb less hitch weight, than the Crossroads. And a two tone exterior.
All Jayco's are also made with high pressure vacuum laminated walls..10 times less likely to delaminate than "glued and rollered" walls used by others.
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I like that Jayco, but I guess it just depends on what you're really looking for. Floor plans and options are really individual with how your family operates and what they like to do. The weight and length on that Jayco is just about identical to our Sunset Trail, and we have hung walls that also don't delaminate.
Big counter space, oversized fridge, huge doors to exterior storage were musts for me. I actually prefer a booth over an extra sofa in the bunk room. The kids don't sit at a sofa as much as they get out their stuff and sit at the dinette so that was more practical for us. Best thing to do is think about what your family enjoys doing most and then find the floor plan that fits.