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We have been out of the camping scene for a couple years and ready to get back into it. Here is my conundrum. Our last "child" starts college this year but oddly enough she still loves hanging out with mom and dad and wants to continue camping with us. So here I am at 53 years old looking at bunk house trailers when I figured by now I would be looking at a couples style rear living with a nice big back window. I guess there are worse problems to have. I just really wonder how much free time our soon to be 18 year old daughter is really going to have to go camping with us. I hate the idea of giving up all the room a bunk house takes up if she isnt going to be using it. Wish I could see the future. So my conundrum...... do I get a "us" camper and have her sleep on the couch or look for a bunk house where she has some privacy......


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Only you know your daughter; however, what about the older kids? Their path may be telling for your youngest. Personally, I would buy for the long term, and let her sleep on the couch for the very few times she will go with you. At 18, she is becoming an adult and it is time for her to learn to fly away from the nest.

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Why "give up" anything?
You have enough truck for a small 5er.
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When I was looking to buy my current trailer I too didn't think I had any desire for a BH either. One of my adult daughters came with us trailer shopping one time and was looking at trailers along with us. She convinced us into buying a BH because our grand kids would love it. Both of our adult children almost always accompany us at some point during our trips. The private bunk room has worked out great for us. When we have no guest its also great using it for extra storage. Our adult children are like friends and its great sharing our camping adventures with them.





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I has a similar issue where I wanted the rear living area but still had a need for a small bunk room. I found the Grand Design Reflection 31MB (mid-bunk) to work perfectly for us. I have no issues with pin weight, it provides ample room for the family and provides for a separate sleeping area for the kids.


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My kids are in the late 30’s married with no kids. My wife has a niece and grand nephew. She wanted to get bunk beds incase the kid wants to go along. So far in three years, just three times. However, the bottom bunk sans mattress makes a great place for ( at various times ) a dog kennel, cat kennel and litter box location, their assorted foods and toys. Upper bunk used for storage most of the times and it works out well. Just a an idea.


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We are in a similar boat looking for a new rig more suited for couples with young adult children that occasionally enjoy RVing with us. Since they are all working and attending college the frequency of them tagging along is sporadic at best, we may consider a mid bunk room style of rig although those floorplans really eat up kitchen and living room space.

We certainly are not looking at typical bunkhouse models at this point since we desire a spacious rig for extended RVing escapades, since the sofas readily turn into queen beds along with ample floor space for air mattresses, we feel they are adequately accommodated when they are in the mood to accompany us. It is about our comfort level this time around.

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I would suggest a mid bunk model if you want to give her dedicated space.
However if it were me I would be looking at couple models and let her wing it with sofa or air mattress when she come along


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Sandia Man wrote:


We certainly are not looking at typical bunkhouse models at this point since we desire a spacious rig for extended RVing escapades, since the sofas readily turn into queen beds along with ample floor space for air mattresses, we feel they are adequately accommodated when they are in the mood to accompany us. It is about our comfort level this time around.



Have you found any floor plans that have sparked your interest yet?

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My daughter's family camps a lot and they have double bunk beds in the rear. The kids are 6 and 10. In a couple of years the older one will not be able to fit two in a bed unless they "spoon". Even with their oversized dinette laid down in a couple more years when the little ones fit teenage years, they are going to need individual bunks.

BH models with 4 real bunks are not as common as they used to be ! Many times you loose a bunk to an outdoor kitchen.

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