There are quite a few different 2010 models and sizes called Sportsman. We considered the KZ Sportsman S261RK model for the two of us since it has a large bath. Also shown in the same pdf brochure are some light 24 foot models with bunks more suitable for families instead of couples. Even get an easy-to-make walk-around-queen bed in 24 feet. Unfortunately the Classic floorplan is not shown in this brochure, but I think they are about 16 feet long.
Here is a short video aptly showing the very remarkable Classic. It really does offer a lot for the size, including bunks. One thing to keep in mind is that this fairly compact camper would greatly benefit from one of the screen/tent rooms that attach under the awning. Lots of extra room to grow that way, plus a bug-free, non-muddy patio, suitable for older kids tent-like sleeping quarters.
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Days spent camping are not subtracted from one's total.
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We have two kids, ages 8 (dd) and 13(ds). They like camping as do me and my husband.
I love to hike and plan to take up fishing. The kids like to wade into nice shallow babbling rivers, swim in safe places, and raft. DH likes to do most anything.
We spend entirely too much time at home in dry, dusty West Texas. We'd like to get out and make some memories and we happen to have a small nest egg where we can pay cash for something right now. We foresee having the 16bh handy to take off on Friday afternoons for a couple of days out of the city now and then.
Right now we are working out whether the 2005 4runner 4x4 v6 can handle the load, including in the southwest Colorado area we love (10 hour drive without hauling a 2500 lb something behind us).
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It seems that just about anything would be a good step up from tent camping. I'm thinking most would not go from that to a 36' 5th wheel that has everything. In this case I think the Sportsmen or popup is very practical and affordable. For me I'd rather go with the TT...popups are great if your TV can't handle much...otherwise the TT seem to have more advantages that matter to me IMO. Price is normally lower on popups but at the same time the higher end ones can be expensive. I think the best thing to do would be to set a top price you are willing to pay and look for something that meets your needs in a range below that price.
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I have the 2010 Sportsmen Classic 16BH and I love it - for me! I bought it for me, my boyfriend and our two dogs because it just gets too hot for tent camping here in the summer.
It's a great LITTLE trailer. When both of us go and take the dogs, we do most of our living outside and basically only use the trailer for dressing and sleeping. DBF sleeps on the dinette, usually with one of the dogs and I sleep in the bottom bunk (we took the top bunk out) and the other dog sleeps on the floor - there is not much room to move around in, like middle of the night trips to the bathroom.
When I'm by myself, I can leave the dinette up and sleep in the bunk, so it's much more livable although I still prefer to live outside during the day.
So yes, make sure that it truly works with everyone inside when need to be, like at night or when it's raining. It does get even smaller in a hurry.
Sportsmen Classic 16BH
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Don't let people talk you "out" of a little trailer. Everyone doesn't have the same needs/likes/wants. Get what fits your family.
I'm presently in the smallest trailer I've ever camped in...and having the time of my life. I'm totally in love with my little T@B. I enjoyed our other trailers, but nothing like this one We came down to the T@B from a 28' Holiday Alumalite motorhome, and lovin' it.
With my attached Thermarest add-a-room, one or all 3 of my college kids can join us. It rained last weekend. My hubby and 3 twenty-somethings visited in the add-a-room while I fixed dinner. Like you say, 90% of the time is spent outside.
Whoops. Here is a corrected link for the Sportsman Classic 16BH video link I messed up above (I fixed that too). This is what poster, sandersmr, above described... and the one that I saw in a showroom that impressed me with it's ability to sleep 4.
Upon further investigation, there are several models just of the Sportsman Classic series. Some are shown here. And this site provided a linkable photo of the 16BH floorplan:
It's almost hard to believe they fit all that in 16 feet. But I have personally seen it too, and it definately works. The video salesman claims it is lighter than some pop-ups.
Awning rooms run $500 on up, and usually convert to both screened in outdoor shade, or to completely enclosed private rooms. The 16BH looks like it has about an 8 by 12 foot awning, providing a substancial tented area.
Love your setup, looks like the dog is loving it too.
What's funny is that I had propped a dish pan between the floor of the room and one wall because we had a ton of rain running under the floor and I wanted it to dry. Apparently our shih tzu went under the wall and outside. I almost panicked when I couldn't find him. He's usually underfoot...