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rexlion

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Posted: 05/13/12 12:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You're probably no more crazy than the rest of us loons.


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Posted: 05/13/12 04:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Francesca Knowles wrote:

fordsooperdooty wrote:



There's enough room...even if it doesn't have a slideout...for the kids to be able to spread out. You can also get a screen room awning for the ramp area...and each kid will have a queen bed too.

And no...I don't think you're crazy. We camped in less space for 20 years with our 2 kids in bunk model Jayco's...had a great time.


I don't get how this unit is a "toyhauler"- don't those usually haul "big boy toys"?????


Note the 12' Cargo Area Section at the rear. The items there either lift towards the ceiling or fold up against the walls allowing the floor space to be used for the TOYS. once the toys are removed, everything folds back into place for use as a camper.


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Posted: 05/13/12 06:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm going to be honest.

You are sort of crazy.

My concern isn't entirely with the fact that you'd like to live in an RV with children. In fact, it can be very economical, and you'll save a boatload on property taxes. (Have you considered buying land and putting one on it?)

My concern is why you'd choose a toy hauler. That spot to park your toys or store stuff will really beat down on the living space. I'd HEAVILY suggest you go for a 5th wheel at least. Even if you have to go a bit more used, it will be worth it.


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Posted: 05/14/12 12:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's wonderful. Take some pics and that would be awesome memory for the little kids.


Hate living in the house which is like a box.
So I like Tent Camping.

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Posted: 05/14/12 11:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i am concerned about education for the 4 yr old.

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Homeschooling... by us and with other kids along the journey. I am actually more concerned about the millions of kids being put through the abysmal bricks & mortar public schooling provided in many parts of our country. This will be a big step up.

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rollingrogers wrote:

Homeschooling... by us and with other kids along the journey. I am actually more concerned about the millions of kids being put through the abysmal bricks & mortar public schooling provided in many parts of our country. This will be a big step up.

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I don't know what the difference would be if you homeschooled your kids from home or the road, except, while on the road, you'll be able to visit the places you read about. Based on what hitchup said, I'd rather my kids not learn to steal, drink and smoke. Also, what's wrong with siblings being best friends?

I agree with TXfamilycamping, I think you and the kids need separate spaces to go to if needed. I would also recommend you consider a model with an additional 1/2 bath. I don't know how we lived with out one for so long. Now that both our kids are potty trained it's priceless.

on edit - You'll figure out how much room you need after you buy the trailer, It'll either be too much or not enough.

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Posted: 05/16/12 10:03am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No, we're crazy. We're planning on doing the same thing for the summer with a 5yo & 3yo in a 16' Camplite. That's 112 sq ft!

You don't need to worry about "educating" your children in any formal fashion. The only thing kids need at this age is love and running around outside. Let them explore! Don't let them have Nature Deficit Disorder.

http://www.kidsoutside.info
http://www.nature.org/newsfeatures/kids-in-nature/index.htm
http://getkidsoutsidenow.com


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I have been camping in small trailers where the table was a bed for 2, the sofa folded into a bed for 2 and the cupboard above it folded into a bed for 1. We had 5 people in it. Look at the size of some older homes where people raised 6 to 8 kids. Don't let other people dictate how much space you need.

My current 5th may be a little large for our needs but came at a good price.

The only thing I would suggest is getting one with a tub. Much easier with kids. An outside shower helps too, until my 4 year old ran off yelling "NAKED GIRL, NAKED GIRL!"


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Thanks everyone!! Great advice. We got our RV! Went to a show and my wife decided a regular TT suited us better than a TH. Grabbed a deal at the show and are gonna roll in a 2012 KZ Sportsmen 280BH. Paid $19,995 OK, rental house over at end of May and we hit the road!! I'll update along the way. Adios!!

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