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We've got 1 kid in college, and one is a senior in high school, and we are thinking about a new camper. Currently we have a bunk house TT that my son is longer than the bunks so he sleeps on the tri-fold, and my daughter still stays in the bunkhouse.

We've been looking at a couples type 5th wheel thinking of when the kids are off to college, but are wondering how much they will go with us. What's been everyones experience with that.

We are working from home, and are thinking of traveling around a bit while we are working. The 5er we like only has the master, and a tri fold, so no where for both kids.
There is a floorplan that is the same as what we like, but it has a mid bunk, which has a desk, so this would be ideal, it would sleep everyone, and have a good work location. The problem is that gets it to 42', and would really limit some campsites.

I've got to buy a new truck for either, so I'm gonna buy one that will pull the big one, but just can't decide which way to go.

Any thoughts out there?


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grown kids are difficult to predict, so IMO, you should please yourself first and then work out some plan to accommodate the "kids" if either or both decide they want to make a trip with you.
You could get an easy set-up style tent and use that for an extra bedroom.
Or choose a campground with sleeping cabins.


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My son, who is 23 and working and living on his own, still goes camping with us on most trips (bringing along with his girlfriend also).

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TexasShadow wrote:

grown kids are difficult to predict, so IMO, you should please yourself first and then work out some plan to accommodate the "kids" if either or both decide they want to make a trip with you.
You could get an easy set-up style tent and use that for an extra bedroom.
Or choose a campground with sleeping cabins.


Ditto on the tent idea. Tho the kids will not like it. Alternative is air mattress for the floor. Our experience is they they will mostly want to be with their friend unless a trip interests them. Then they will want to go and may want to drag a friend along. Until they get bored then they will make life Heck until you turn around.

Under no circumstances would we allow an opposite sex friend. But that would depend on you off course.

* This post was edited 02/04/21 10:57am by agesilaus *


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We look ahead and wonder the same... I'd pick something that gives me the sleeping arrangements we want, and adds at least a full bed somewhere. Maybe a murphy bed, or a toy hauler with couches that can be used as a separate bedroom. This way you always have space for a 'guest' or two.


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I’d be thinking toyhauler. Generally plenty of out of the way extra bed space.
Extra “work” space. I couldn’t imagine doing my job at a camper kitchen table.
And if long term camping, I’d want to have some toys with. Either off road or something to get around in other than the ole dooley.


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Grit Dog beat me to it.

We're lucky that the toy hauler was already our RV of choice because of years of off-road riding. Even when we're not off-roading though, the toy hauler is the perfect setup for our family with three kids. We've only had all three kids + boyfriends/girlfriends camp with us a few times, but it's still pretty workable. We have two queens in the garage and a fold-out queen in the living room.

It's more comfortable when it's just my wife and I, but even just with one of the kids and their +1, it's fine.

The garage also makes a great office (better when none of the kids are along).

We're heading out to camp tonight, and then I'll work all day from my "office" in the garage. It's plenty comfortable and I can get as much peace & quiet out there as I need. I can shut the door if the dogs or bugging me, or just kick them out and make them chase kangaroo rats in the desert.

Anyway, the toy hauler has been incredibly practical for our family, even if we don't have the toys along with us.


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We have two nice recliners where a person can sleep. Great for when my sinuses are acting up. Have had five grandkids in the trailer once. The two girls got the recliners and the boys on the floor. Heck, I used to sleep on the floor with a sheet or blanket under me, along with my five younger siblings and or four cousins when I was growing up and we visited them. Or at home when they visited us.

But past college age granddaughter brought her boyfriend about 18 months ago, and a tent, and a dog and a kitten.

The only time we got into the opposite sex deal, but they solved it.

(My father mentioned it to me once the first time I brought my wife to visit / meet my family, we were not yet married. I was almost 50. Something about he guessed it is too late to say something.)


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agesilaus wrote:

TexasShadow wrote:

grown kids are difficult to predict, so IMO, you should please yourself first and then work out some plan to accommodate the "kids" if either or both decide they want to make a trip with you.
You could get an easy set-up style tent and use that for an extra bedroom.
Or choose a campground with sleeping cabins.


Ditto on the tent idea. Tho the kids will not like it. Alternative is air mattress for the floor. Our experience is they they will mostly want to be with their friend unless a trip interests them. Then they will want to go and may want to drag a friend along. Until they get bored then they will make life Heck until you turn around.

Under no circumstances would we allow an opposite sex friend. But that would depend on you off course.


So far we've only taken my son's girlfriend, and she got a bunk, and he stayed in a hammock outside [emoticon] He had to be a gengleman and let her have a bunk and A/C.

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agesilaus wrote:

Under no circumstances would we allow an opposite sex friend. But that would depend on you off course.


My college girlfriend (now my wife) asked me if I was ready to meet her folks. Seemed fine to me.

As the getaway weekend got closer, I asked her what kind of clothes to pack: would we be going out to dinner, etc.?

She laughed and told me, "No. We aren't going home to see them. We're meeting them out in the desert to camp. And by the way, you can ride a motorcycle, can't you?"

I slept on the floor of their moho and learned that my girlfriend was a bada$$ on a dirt bike. My theory that "if she can, I can" was so wrong. She humbled me, and I rode in the rear with the moms and the kids. Years later, she told me that the real test was how I dealt with it when I wiped out on the hillclimb and ran into a joshua tree. If I'd thrown a tantrum, that would have been it. But I stood up and laughed, spent a few minutes trying to start the bike on a steep slope, and took a few more tries to finally get up the hill.

I'm just glad her parents allowed an opposite sex college kid in their RV back then.

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