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deltabravo wrote:

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Have 2 kids and we need them in separate beds now they are getting older.


How old is "older"?

The bunks I've seen aren't that great for kids beyond 8 or 9 years old - they won't support the weight, and they are pretty cramped for space.


Young teenagers. Thanks!


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The bunk in the Northstar STC can hold 300 lbs. It is sturdy. It is 72" long but a little claustrophobic in height, but a young teen should be totally fine.


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Mine has three, queen front, full in the rear snap-n-nap, and a short dinette bed. Only problem is the manufacturer went out of business several decades ago.

Depending on if you're going into the F450-F550 territory or not will determine if the triple slides are feasible upgrades for you or not. As recommended, one of the camper lines with a side entry and a rear fold out tent, which is as close to an Amerigo Snap N Nap as you can get in modern times shy of restoring one of the campers, would be the best bet.


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mellow wrote:

Find one with a REAR TENT.

It will be hard to find one but lance 1191's had it and some Host campers had it as an option. My 2 kids split sleeping on the floor and dine out, I wish could have found one with a good rear tent when I was looking but the tent material on the ones I found needed to be redone and I didn't have the patience at the time to source new material.


Hmm, we looked at the rear tent option, but I felt it suffered from too many issues:

  • Additional set up over the slide
  • Can't leave the beds set up as much as the hard side option
  • Tents more easily vandalized or compromised. Not putting my precious children there


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You camp somewhere you don’t trust your kids safety being in a tent (not really a tent, more of a popup camper) or just a helicopter dad?
I can think of pros and cons to the tip outs but ….not life safety.


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You camp somewhere you don’t trust your kids safety being in a tent (not really a tent, more of a popup camper) or just a helicopter dad?
I can think of pros and cons to the tip outs but ….not life safety.


There are a lot of places that only allow hardsides due to critters. Maybe he camps in one of those places.


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You camp somewhere you don’t trust your kids safety being in a tent (not really a tent, more of a popup camper) or just a helicopter dad?
I can think of pros and cons to the tip outs but ….not life safety.


There are a lot of places that only allow hardsides due to critters. Maybe he camps in one of those places.


When one says critter, something small like a rabbit or prairie dog is what comes to my mind. . .


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Whoa! Lol
You camp somewhere you don’t trust your kids safety being in a tent (not really a tent, more of a popup camper) or just a helicopter dad?
I can think of pros and cons to the tip outs but ….not life safety.

I doubt my kids, who operate power tools, ride 4 wheelers, or regularly climb on top of the roof of our house would call me a helicopter dad, but yep, we often did camp places where I would no more put my kids in a tent or popup than hand them to strangers on the side of the road. Wal-Marts come to mind. We stopped all the time in the backlots and parked overnight.

Some were in great shape, but not all. A determined attackers could have no doubt gotten in the hardside, but I'd have at least had a bit more warning to respond.

I don't think they were too keen on being in a tent either, and my wife made it clear she did not feel safe with the tent option. And, that, folks, trumps all the other reasons.

The model was a OK117TNT, as I recall, and differs from the OK117DBL only in the back is a fold down tent, and not a slide. We had the opportunity to take delivery of one off the lot in 2006 in Tennessee, which would have been SO convenient and we were so excited to get going on our journey in TC-land. But, there was no discussion about it. We ordered the hard slide 117DBL and drove all the way home to IA and back to TN months later to pick it up.

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When one says critter, something small like a rabbit or prairie dog is what comes to my mind. . .


In Montana, we have critters that are a bit bigger … black bears, grizzlies, cougars, oh my. [emoticon]

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