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Old 06-03-2006, 07:56 PM   #1
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Hmm, I just thought I would try out this 1982 13 foot Burro for sleeping. So I tried the small area next to the stove on the side where the hitch is. Oh my, how small. More for a child. Then I tried the bed that is made from the dinette area. This is a little larger then a single bed. So how does a couple sleep in these little trailers...how do you get a good nights sleep? Then I thought well I could sleep on the floor. .

So what do you all do when you go camping in a 13 foot travel trailer?
I wanted a 16 footer, but this will have to do. Any ideas out there?


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Old 06-03-2006, 08:18 PM   #2
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Now, see this is where you have to summon up all those repressed memories. The way I understand it is that the 13 foot trailers are only made for those who are able to remember being in a FETAL POSITION.

Gina, how do you weigh in on this topic? Is it possible that missing a lung is actually an advantage in this matter?

As far as couples are concerned I'm guessing the answer to this is found deep in the interpersonal relationship or the B.O. coefficient, or......(blah, blah, blah.....).


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Old 06-03-2006, 08:39 PM   #3
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We have a 13 Scamp. We are short. One of us sleeps on the front bunk with the back/top removed. I made a wider cushion as the Scamp cushion is 2 pieces (banana shape). With the back removed we have almost 30 inches at hip area.

I like it better when my husband sleeps on the front bunk, maybe we will switch off. I made memory foam topper for both the front and the back, but that was a bother to remove from the back dinette. So, he gets the big area without the memory foam, we left it home last trip.

Fred sleeps in berths on sailboats and he doesn't move around much when he sleeps. i really like more width. When he moved to the back dinette he was overwhelmed with how much space he has. I wouldn't want to be tall in a 13.

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Old 06-03-2006, 09:06 PM   #4
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We are short.
Vertically Challenged sounds better .
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Old 06-03-2006, 09:08 PM   #5
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Cue Randy Newman's "Short People"...

Sometimes having a rather large tent pitched nearby the trailer significantly improves the sleeping situation in a 13' trailer.

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Old 06-03-2006, 09:40 PM   #6
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Gina, how do you weigh in on this topic? Is it possible that missing a lung is actually an advantage in this matter?
I put the one they took out in the overhead, so it doesn't use any room.. leaving more room for one dog to snuggle in on that side of me.

I am short, so I have no problems in either spot. I sleep on the gaucho when the pups are left home, otherwise, I am allowed a few inches on the "Big" bed. Either way, my feet do not conflict with a wall.

There are some interesting bed mods on here, some for just this reason. Snoop around.
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Old 06-03-2006, 10:14 PM   #7
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I wanted a 16 footer, but this will have to do. Any ideas out there?
As I understand it, the [b]Standard versions of the 13' and 16' models have the same size (dinette) bed in back. You and your "significant other" just got to get all snuggley.
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Old 06-03-2006, 10:19 PM   #8
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I have a 14-foot trailer. It has a full-size bed with a 6-inch mattress. If I wanted to make it into a queen-sized bed, I could pull out the extension.

My 19-foot trailer has a 3/4 sized bed, like most FG trailer. Go figure.

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Old 06-03-2006, 10:37 PM   #9
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Hmm, I just thought I would try out this 1982 13 foot Burro for sleeping. So I tried the small area next to the stove on the side where the hitch is. Oh my, how small. More for a child. Then I tried the bed that is made from the dinette area. This is a little larger then a single bed. So how does a couple sleep in these little trailers...how do you get a good nights sleep? Then I thought well I could sleep on the floor. .

So what do you all do when you go camping in a 13 foot travel trailer?
I wanted a 16 footer, but this will have to do. Any ideas out there?


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Well, we just got our 13 foot trailer, so we haven't tested it out yet, but my husband and I slept on a twin bed when we were in a German hostel one time, so I think the dinette bed in the 13 will give us plenty of room. Hubby is 6'3, and I'm 5'8, but I typically sleep curled up on my side (fetal position), and that gives hubby the opportunitey to lie diagonally on the bed, giving him more room. If it's too cramped, I think we'll probably add a piece of plywood or something to the side of the dinette table, so that hubby can have more legroom. I'll have to check out the modifications people have made for this purpose.

I think my problem in the future will be the bunk sizes. Our Scamp has the bunk option, and our two year-old son is projected to be approximately 6'4, and our 7 month-old daughter, probably about 5'10 or taller. I am not sure how that's going to work.
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Old 06-04-2006, 01:35 AM   #10
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Im 6', the g/f is about 5'3 or so. We tried both sleeping in the so called bed. Pretty cramped but i thought it was ok.She didnt like it. Now she sleeps on the bunk. Then in the morning when shes frozen solid she comes back in bed to warm up. But i figure its better than sleeping in a tent by a long shot.
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Old 06-04-2006, 11:48 AM   #11
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When the kids are too big for the bunks, they learn to pitch a tent! My boys are 6'2 and 6'4. They both encouraged me to get a trailer, but said they'd bring tents to sleep in. We all like the idea of something solid to get in out of the rain, if necessary, where you can at least sit a bit more comfortably. Then, by the time they are old enough to complain about sleeping on the ground (like I have) its time to get their own rigs.
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Old 06-04-2006, 12:32 PM   #12
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It doesn't make any difference how big the bed is.. I will never fit in it.

I wonder why?


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The "Other" just hasn't gotten there yet. (Yes, they have thier own bags that match Moms)
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Old 06-04-2006, 01:06 PM   #13
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I am a tad over 6'1" and weigh 240lbs., my wife is 5'3 and weighs exactly what she should. We have no problem sleeping in the dinette/double bed of our UHaul. In fact, we find it much more comfortable and pleasant than any motel bed we've experienced. But then, we are v-e-r-y good friends...
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Old 06-04-2006, 03:07 PM   #14
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My wife is 5'5" and I am 5'9". We sleep great in our 13' Compact Jr. We sometimes nap on the dinette cushions without making up the bed. They are 25" X 70". Works okay but a little tight. With the table top down and all cushions in place the bed is 70" X 70". Tom Trostel
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Old 06-04-2006, 07:10 PM   #15
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ya, short people. I am 5'6" my wife is 5' and Hannah is about 30"

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Old 06-04-2006, 08:03 PM   #16
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hahahah good subject!!!

We just went on our Maiden Voyage and I was worried my hubby couldn't sleep well on the little side. He LOVES to sleep on our sofa, however- so he thought he'd be okay on it. And he says he DID sleep well. I do not sleep well many nights, just lay there with insomnia and I can testify that he did seem to sleep well! hahaha

I thought we'd have to switch off nights but he says he was fine on the little sofa part!!

I felt very good on the dinette bed part indeed.

Oh- my husband is 6'1 and I'd say 180 lbs and I'm only 5'4" so I fit most anywhere!
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:17 PM   #17
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For Anne and I the bed (dinette) is quite comfortable for the two of us. We're not overly large people, but we're not small either. The bed is acutally bigger than the floor of our backpacking tent. We learned long ago that we can get a good nights sleep in sperate mummy style sleeping bags. We also learned that the backpacking tent was a little crowded when sleeping sholder to sholder. We saw no reason to change when we went from the tent to the Scamp. Works for us.
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Old 06-04-2006, 10:10 PM   #18
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My better half gets the sofa with the back removed and she is very content there and won`t switch with me for the dinette, which is always set up for sleeping.....On our 17' she uses the gaucho part way open and I use the dinette......what the heck, they`re both there so why not use them......best of both worlds.....Benny
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Old 06-04-2006, 11:38 PM   #19
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We extended the "dinette" side bed to a full 48" (it is permanently made up as a bed.) My dh is 5'9" and I am 5'3".. He sleeps nearer the window cause I get up many times during the night. We find the bed very comfy (but yes, you do have to like each other!!)

But, after being away a week in the trailer---getting home last night to our queen sized bed was very nice!!
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My hubby is 6' but is willing to sleep against the back wall. Thank goodness, since I am claustrophobic and have to sleep on the "open" side! It works best when we both sleep on our right sides at the same time or left sides at the same time. So if he rolls over, so do I.

Our German Shepherd sleeps on the floor. Our medium-size terrier can sleep on the sofa but prefers to sneak up onto our bed, which drives me crazy because that's just a little too crowded for me! We usually board the dogs.

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