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ependydad

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Posted: 03/05/18 08:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Honestly, most manufacturers have some kind of bunkhouse model.

Sabre had quite a few. My 2013 36QBOK is setup very similar to what you saw- bunk house with dual opposing slides in the rear. They also had a model with only 1 slide in the bunkhouse to save on weight.

Back when we were shopping in 2011/2012, I made a spreadsheet of all of the bunkhouse models that I could find. Ironically, my camper isn't on the list as my wife found it as they were releasing the 2013s. We literally bought it based on pictures of their pre-production model.

Here's the spreadsheet. Maybe it'll help you.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1........87rmIUqGOW9EaSiK2r44Crk/edit?usp=sharing

And, Lantley and I have very different opinions on the 1/2 bath. Even before we fulltimed, I love having it. Keeps the kids (and guests) and their mess out of my space.


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Txfirerescue77 wrote:



What makes the second tank such a pain?


For us (family of 4), the half bath is definitely worth it. Yes - Having an extra tank to dump with a separate outlet does add a little "Complexity". I started out using a y-fitting. That was more trouble than it was worth.

With FHU, I use 1 hose connected to the main outlet. If the rear blank needs to be emptied before we leave, I move the hose. Having enough water is never an issue. The sink drains to the same tank.

When it is time to empty all, I empty rear black first, move the hose, then dump main black tank followed by the 2 grey tanks.


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ependydad wrote:

Honestly, most manufacturers have some kind of bunkhouse model.

Sabre had quite a few. My 2013 36QBOK is setup very similar to what you saw- bunk house with dual opposing slides in the rear. They also had a model with only 1 slide in the bunkhouse to save on weight.

Back when we were shopping in 2011/2012, I made a spreadsheet of all of the bunkhouse models that I could find. Ironically, my camper isn't on the list as my wife found it as they were releasing the 2013s. We literally bought it based on pictures of their pre-production model.

Here's the spreadsheet. Maybe it'll help you.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1........87rmIUqGOW9EaSiK2r44Crk/edit?usp=sharing

And, Lantley and I have very different opinions on the 1/2 bath. Even before we fulltimed, I love having it. Keeps the kids (and guests) and their mess out of my space.


I hear you on keeping them out of your space. But I don't consider the toilet my space. ...LOL But I do understand your point.
I just don't think the convenience of having a shorter line at the bathroom is not worth the additional work it takes maintaining the tanks. I understand Dumping is a necessary evil, but dumping 1/2 empty black tanks vs. full tanks is a waste of time.
All of us on this forum enjoy RV'ing, but wee know RV requires lots of effort. That 2nd black tank tilts the effort scale for me. Which is why I eliminated it. My 1/2 bath closet has become a great additional storage space. I should patent my new custom floorplan
From a broader perspective I come to believe that duplication in a RV is a waste. With that in mind the 1/2 bath space could be put to better use.
Outdoor kitchens are questionable because I don't need:2 stoves, 2 microwaves, 2 fridges.
I prefer to use that space for something else vs. duplication.


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We are a family of six...four kids ages 5-10 right now. We are about to start our third season with a 2012 Cedar Creek Silverback 35QB4...dual slide bunk-house in the back, with a TON of storage in the kids room for their clothes, toys, books, etc. Each has their own large drawer and closet. And there are a few spare drawers and closets in that same space.
We have the 1/2 bath...and LOVE it. My rig has five holding tanks, but has only one drain outlet...which is by far the best way to go. No need for multiple sewer hoses, or 'y's and 't's.
I went to an RV show over the weekend in Syracuse...and there are no fifth wheels that can match up to ours with the amenities that we currently have. That's unfortunate, but at the same time, makes us feel really good about what we have!
When looking for our rig, one rule was that each kid had to have their own bed...no folding out sofas or tables, etc.
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mekkerl wrote:

We are a family of six...four kids ages 5-10 right now. We are about to start our third season with a 2012 Cedar Creek Silverback 35QB4...dual slide bunk-house in the back, with a TON of storage in the kids room for their clothes, toys, books, etc. Each has their own large drawer and closet. And there are a few spare drawers and closets in that same space.
We have the 1/2 bath...and LOVE it. My rig has five holding tanks, but has only one drain outlet...which is by far the best way to go. No need for multiple sewer hoses, or 'y's and 't's.
I went to an RV show over the weekend in Syracuse...and there are no fifth wheels that can match up to ours with the amenities that we currently have. That's unfortunate, but at the same time, makes us feel really good about what we have!
When looking for our rig, one rule was that each kid had to have their own bed...no folding out sofas or tables, etc.
Hope this helps!


That’s exactly what we want, with 4 kids I want each to have their own bed and I don’t want to make it up everyday into a couch. I like them to have dedicated beds. I also really like the idea of a second bath. I feel like it will be worth the hassle to keep them at their own end of the trailer. I really like the dual rear slides giving a large area in the back. Storage is a huge factor with six people always campus. I can’t believe we made it this long in a 29 foot TT with no slides. Last years spring break trip to the TX hill country sealed the deal, we all agreed we officially outgrew it.

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Sandpiper 365saq!!!

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The 1/2 bath w/2nd dump is a hassle, for sure. But the good far outweighs the bad. Not having to hear my wife complain about my kids' practices in the bathroom is worth it. For some reason the whole bathroom thing and RVs freaks my wife out. I guess I messed up in telling her we sometimes carry our waste with us in tanks. My wife is a college educated, very smart women but for some reason I guess she just thought RV poo "vaporized" [emoticon] [emoticon]

Anyway, finding a way to dump at home has REALLY made life easier and I highly recommend it to anyone even considering it. Not having to mess with tanks before packing up and having a functional bathroom while rolling home is glorious compared to dumping at camp.

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zell66 wrote:

Sandpiper 365saq!!!


This is the first one I have seen that is now in direct competition with the Montana 345DBQ. Thanks for the suggestion, it’s exactly what I have in mind

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We just purchased the 2012 a few weeks ago, so far we are in love with it. It tows like a dream with my F350, and the family cant wait for this white **** to be gone so we can use her.

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We just got a Cougar 320QBS last fall. We only got one weekend trip in but it seems good so far. It has quad bunks in the back and the two on the drivers side are bigger.
I would check the Cougar 32BHS. It looks like a good floorplan with 4 bunks and has the extra crapper/sink only in front for Ma and Pa. KZ has a similar floorplan but it only has three bunks.
I would check out Jayco as well.
What do you currently have for a truck? It would be nice not to have to trade.

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