When pulling with a 1500 suburban, we decided on a Passport 290BH after a year of searching. It is a classic quad bunk house, but with six windows so no darkness issues.
Now that we have a more robust tow vehicle, the definition of the perfect bunkhouse just gained 2000 lbs, has 2 or 3 slides and an outdoor kitchen.
Early 1999 F-350 7.3 DRW CC, 4.10
(retired from towing) 02 Suburban 5.3 3.73
2011 Passport 290BH - Blue Ox Sway Pro
3 Kids, 2 Dogs, 1 Wife.
Subject to affordability, pick the largest tt your tv can handle, subject to length restrictions at some parks. That is how we came up with our Skyline 247 Ltd. Queen bed up front, double bed with single bunk over it, bath w/tub, dinette and couch. Will sleep 3 adults & 3 kids w/o needing to breakdown dinette or couch (4+4 max). 25/28 loa with 6200# gvwr. Haven't seen anything else like it for the same weight, length & gvwr. No slide.
Love this topic as we are looking at bunkhouses for our family of six. Three boys - two in the preteens - in our hybrid is testing my sanity, especially since we always seem to hit "unexpected showers" during our trips.
My husband is concerned about the length. He wants to stay around 30 feet but the more we look the more we realize that what would work nicely is something that's 33 to 36 feet. Are there huge cons of towing something that long? I would think that once you hit 30 and extra three to four feet wouldnt be that big of a difference, but I'd like to ask those with more towing experience.
I'd love to know what you really like about your trailer, have found invaluable with kids, etc.
We love our Forest River Salem 26TBUD. It has triple bunks, and they're not in a bunkhouse but rather in the main room. Because the bathroom is on the back instead of on the side, it has a HUGE amount of floor space. And it tows easily. Our TV has to sit more than 6, so we tow with either a Nissan Armada or 12 passenger E350 van. Either works. The Armada tows it a little better, though.
A lot of people like that Salem model and we need to take a peek at it too. Thank you for the reminder!
We are open to models that are not bunkhouses. Anything that can comfortably sleep 6-7, preferably with minimal bedtime set up, would be great.
Having owned a Keystone Passport BH and not at all happy (mainly with construction quality), having looked at a dozen or so others, and now having owned a Ever-Lite 32MKS for over a year now, in my opinion, nothing comes close at the price point. I think it would suit your needs perfectly.