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Old 10-11-2008, 09:21 AM   #15
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If you are looking for a new unit, the new 19' Escape will have an optional fold down bunk above the front dinette which will provide sleeping for 5.

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Old 10-11-2008, 03:30 PM   #16
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We have a Bigfoot 17.5 with the side Gaucho, which I think would be cozy for 5 or 6 people, although usually there are 3 of us. One of us is small, though (just turned 5). The Gaucho couch pulls out to a full sized bed, the dinette makes up into a full sized bed, and the cabinet over the gaucho couch makes a nice bunk bed.

We have had 2 adults and 2 kids sleep comfortably in her. During our last camping trip our friend's 4 year old "made a fort" and took a little nap under the "pulled out" part of the gaucho couch as it was made up into a bed, so I imagine that if eveyone was nice and cozy you could put 2 older kids in the dinette bed, 2 adults on the Gaucho bed, one kid (under the 60 lb. weight limit) in the overhead bunk, and a little one under the gaucho bed, and still be able to use the bathroom!

We rarely camp in the rain, as it is pretty dry here, but I imagine it would not be as enjoyable if everyone was trapped inside during the day while we were all awake. We generally bring along a tent and set it up for kids to play in during the day-because I don't like them alone in the trailer "playing house" or messing with the heater or sinks and turning and pushing all of the handles and buttons while I'm out by the picnic table making dinner or whatever. I would rather have them in the tent where I can keep an eye on them (and where I don't think they can get in as much trouble).

While we were looking we looked at a Scamp 5'r that looked like it would have been very roomy for the 3 of us (plus maybe 2 more in the dinette bed) but with the 5th wheel we couldn't use the back of our truck for bikes and stuff.

It took me well over a year to find a decent, affordable used Bigfoot, so you might start looking now (the average price for an 80's model was between $6,000 and 8,000, and $9,000 and up for the 90's models!) . When the right one comes along you will be ready to snap it up quickly-because they go pretty fast!

The Escape sounds really great too-although I doubt there are many affordable used ones around at this point (it is a recent arrival onto the Fiberglass Scene).
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:22 PM   #17
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Our 17ft Casita Liberty Standard has a king size bed and bunk beds, we have had no problems sleeping 2 adults and 3 kids

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Old 10-13-2008, 08:58 PM   #18
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We have a Scamp 5th wheel, which is a good-news, bad-news kinda thing for families.

The good news is you can comfortably sleep six (maybe even seven if you put three little ones up in the loft) in the "standard" Scamp 5er layout: two in the loft, one in each of the two gaucho-bunk beds, and two in the kitchen dinette. The 5er comes with a "privacy" room for a flush toilet and a shower wand (though it's a very cramped shower; we prefer to use campground shower facilities) and a very functional little kitchen.

The entire Scamp 5er loft has a fair bit of head-room, too, enough head-room for 12-year-old to stand on their knees, so the loft can be used as a play area so the adults can sit at the other end of the trailer in the dinette and read or play cards.

The bad news is the most comfortable sleeping quarters are up in the loft, right over the bunk beds, so you have to choose between climbing over the kids to get in and out of the comfy bed or sleep in the less-comfortable and less-private dinette bed. And, remember, the kids may be young and adorable now, but one day they'll be teenagers, and may not be willing to share the premium loft space with their siblings.

I guess the other bit of bad news is you have to pull a 5er with a pickup truck. We pull ours with a 6-cylinder Ford Ranger.

If you play it cool and can wait for a deal to appear used 5ers in reasonable condition can be had for $5-7K. Some people are willing too throw their tow vehicle in for a few thousand more.

That might not be what you call a cheap ride, but it is food for thought.
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:46 PM   #19
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Can one or two bunk in your tow vehicle?
If you tow with a Van you have an annex to the trailer already. All it needs is a fold-up foam mattress and privacy curtains on the windows. Link to my Honda Odyssey as an extra bedroom.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:32 AM   #20
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If you tow with a Van you have an annex to the trailer already. All it needs is a fold-up foam mattress and privacy curtains on the windows. Link to my Honda Odyssey as an extra bedroom.
That is a good idea. We have a 2006 Toyota Sienna. My big question is how do you keep the climate inside the van controlled? Maybe not, but I would think that it would get pretty stuffy some times in the van.

I camped out with the boys night before last, and boy am I ready to get a camper!!
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:50 AM   #21
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That is a good idea. We have a 2006 Toyota Sienna. My big question is how do you keep the climate inside the van controlled? Maybe not, but I would think that it would get pretty stuffy some times in the van.

I camped out with the boys night before last, and boy am I ready to get a camper!!
What about making a set of folding bunks over the dinette? Has anyone tried this in a 13'? (Better make sure you have jacks under the rear end, or it could be a rough night...

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Old 10-14-2008, 10:23 AM   #22
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What about making a set of folding bunks over the dinette? Has anyone tried this in a 13'? (Better make sure you have jacks under the rear end, or it could be a rough night...

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I have 5 kids, two teens, 3yr old twins and a baby. we have a 16' Amerigo and find it comfortable and have plenty of room for the little one's to play. My teens sit on the couch playing games, etc and never complain and yet we have room to sit and talk. The previous owner put in a smaller table for more floor space and it works great. I did notice that in the brochure for the Amerigo they offered a folding bunk above the dinette. I have considered it. Looks like it might work. Right now we have two doubles which is nice. When not sleeping the couch offers room for 4-5 adults and the dinette sits four easily.
I think putting a bunk in a 13' would work, I saw a posting where a member did exactly that. It was above the dinette and it folded back. More of a hammock style. I think I saw it on Scampers forum. I don't care for the site but, like to look at all the idea's out there.

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Old 10-14-2008, 02:09 PM   #23
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What about making a set of folding bunks over the dinette? Has anyone tried this in a 13'?
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Good idea! An idea like this was something that I was looking for. I will look into all of these ideas! Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:06 PM   #24
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That is a good idea. We have a 2006 Toyota Sienna. My big question is how do you keep the climate inside the van controlled? Maybe not, but I would think that it would get pretty stuffy some times in the van.

I camped out with the boys night before last, and boy am I ready to get a camper!!
This is how we do it in our Suburban: I bought some screening from Home Depot and some magnets. Cut the screen a little larger than the windows and stick it to the outside with the magnets. Worked fine except the rear hatch window had plastic around it but it did have a large rubber gasket around the window. We took clothespins and attached the screen to the gasket.
Also use a fan / ceramic heater with extension cord to trailer or hook-up. Seems to work unless the night was just awfully hot or maybe terribly cold.
Spent weeks and weeks and everybody's been fine so far!
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Old 10-16-2008, 03:13 PM   #25
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It sounds like that is a definate option to consider. My van has stow away seats in the back and the front seats flip up. So this should be easy.

Here is an idea I had for a 13' scamp. I am currently looking at a 13' love bug. Check it out and see if you think that this will work or if there will be a problem with this layout. I thought that with the TV sleeping option, this would work pretty good.
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:16 AM   #26
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Jakeh - My girls and I, formerly tent campers, just completed more than 9,000 miles in our little fiberglass trailer (our first, and acquired just three weeks before we split town for 9 weeks). When DH me up with us in the Dakotas, it was VERY tight. Any night we stayed more than one night in a spot, we set up the tent and he and I slept there while the girls had their own "room" in the trailer. We divided it up this way because he and I are VERY heavy sleepers and, should anything or anyone try to get into the girls' tent, we never would have heard it. However, they're both old enough and smart enough to be able to get out of the trailer, even locked. So we left their windows open, set tent right outside the windows, had our own private space and felt pretty comfortable with the setup.

If you and the boys like to tent camp, you could get the trailer for your wife and you, let the boys camp outside...or she can sleep in and you boys can all be outside...or...the possibilities are many.

We love our little 'glass trailer and will keep it 'til we just can't squeeze in any more.

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Old 12-06-2008, 11:17 PM   #27
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Well after much consideration and research I bought a camper today. I appreciate all of the help on this site. I really wanted the FG campers to work out for me, but I was on a tight budget and I would have to really work around the layout with my large family. I decided to go with a pop-up for my first camper. It is light, sleeps up to 6, and it meets all of our needs nicely. It is unfortunately a lot more work then a FG, but I don't mind the extra work (yet anyway). I got a good deal on it and am very excited to start camping. I thought that it would be a great camper to start with. God Bless.

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Old 12-07-2008, 12:06 AM   #28
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Congrats on your purchase! I hope you and your family have a wonderful time in your pop-up. Who knows, maybe you'll be able to get a FGRV later on, but you have found what will work best for you now. What a great early Christmas gift for your family!
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