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Old 04-05-2014, 09:07 PM   #29
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I see that some people are advocating a 16' trailer rather than the 13' you indicated you would like to have. I wouldn't trade my 13' for anything.
As for kids, my children are grown and have almost grown kids themselves. At this point grandpa and grandma are the only ones sleeping in a trailer. The rest are sleeping in tents. We took our kids backpacking when they were just 7 and 4 years old. They had to carry their own tent even. 30+ years later they're still sleeping in tents.
One thing we discovered is that the kids much preferred their own tent or tents (all three of them). Their tent was an escape from mom and dad. Our camping trips were in all kinds of weather. Rainy weather the 3 would hold up in one tent and play card games, or nap. In sunny weather they would hold up in one tent and play card game or nap. They seemed to really like being able to have space of their own.
Conclusion suggestion from my experience.. Let the kids have their own space in the form of a tent. As they get older add another tent.
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:01 PM   #30
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Conclusion suggestion from my experience.. Let the kids have their own space in the form of a tent. As they get older add another tent.
A good point Byron. Back in the day my dad being a school teacher allowed our family to do a lot of traveling. As teens we too enjoyed sleeping in tents and not in a trailer. Seems to work good for many.
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:38 PM   #31
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Talking Privacy?

You might want to consider the question of privacy using a porta-potti in such close quarters.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:26 PM   #32
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A 16 ft. might well be more convenient when it comes time to get ready for bed or dressed in the morning. Look at the 13 ft. and 16 ft. floor plans and while they are not to scale that extra 3 ft. does show up as floor space in the middle.

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In those scamp floor plans note that some do not have a front window because they have storage across the front which might make triple bunk up front easier. I still need to get out and take some rough measurements.

Something I do not know is if the 16 ft. scamp has the raised floor under the two sides of the couch. If you go to the rally and are considering putting in 3 bunks you might want to note if certain models have a flat floor across the front. Also find out how people attach modifications to that brand of trailer. Scamp and other single wall trailers people often epoxy or fiberglass in block of wood to attach to, or go through the wall. Double wall campers such as Egg Camper and I think UHaul they tend to use some different approaches to anchor add on modifications.

Oh and plus one on putting the kids in a tent after a certain age, they tend to love it. Unless it's pouring when you set up camp. At least that is how I recall it as a kid. Brother and I in tent, sister "stuck" in camper with the parents :-)
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:36 PM   #33
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Something I do not know is if the 16 ft. scamp has the raised floor under the two sides of the couch.
My front bunk model does. The centre storage portion of the bottom front bunk that has the door on it is flat to the main floor though.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:40 PM   #34
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If you can find a way to see a 13 footer near you, I definitely recommend doing that, taking the entire family, and spending some time inside. Once all 5 of you are inside, do you see a way the sleeping arrangements will work? Do you envision it working if you are stuck inside the trailer for a day or two because of poor weather? If so, do you see all 5 of you still fitting comfortably in a couple of years (if the plan is to keep it for several years)? It's really dependent on your own personal preferences and experiences. My family has been comfortable in trailers others would say really only work for two people.

But, we've also learned that what works at first (two small kids on one bunk, for instance) doesn't always last long. Those kids keep growing! I think lots of folks put the kids in their own tents as they get older. That isn't an option we're able to do because we frequently camp in areas where bears are active and I don't want the kids outside alone in a tent. But for many people that's not an issue or it's not an issue frequently enough to matter. Just a few other suggestions/thoughts to throw out there.
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Thanks, all. I like the thought of using the trailer + a tent. I guess the only time we would all squeeze into the trailer would be in bad weather. So I think I only need it to be *possible* to sleep all five of us inside the trailer.

I failed to mention that we have a large dog. At ten months old he is 70 lbs. He's a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd Mix so he is likely to be 90 pounds of very fluffy love when he is full-grown. I'm thinking that he will probably take up the whole floor area whether it's a 13' or a 16' trailer.

I do think we could squeeze three people into the full-sized bed if necessary, although it's true that kids grow and it won't be long before they are all too big for that. (I think we have at least 5 more years of having at least one "small kid", though.)

I really appreciate all the ideas and comments! Thanks.
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I failed to mention that we have a large dog. At ten months old he is 70 lbs. He's a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd Mix so he is likely to be 90 pounds of very fluffy love when he is full-grown. I'm thinking that he will probably take up the whole floor area whether it's a 13' or a 16' trailer.

I really appreciate all the ideas and comments! Thanks.
Agree, 5 bodies plus a mammoth dog is not going to work. I would be looking for a larger trailer like a Bigfoot.
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So I think I only need it to be *possible* to sleep all five of us inside the trailer.

I failed to mention that we have a large dog. At ten months old he is 70 lbs. He's a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd Mix so he is likely to be 90 pounds of very fluffy love when he is full-grown. I'm thinking that he will probably take up the whole floor area whether it's a 13' or a 16' trailer.

I do think we could squeeze three people into the full-sized bed if necessary, although it's true that kids grow and it won't be long before they are all too big for that. (I think we have at least 5 more years of having at least one "small kid", though.)

I really appreciate all the ideas and comments! Thanks.
I spent 5 very rainy days a few years ago with two adults & two children (15 and 11) and two large dogs - a 75lb lab and a very large(read tall) 90lb golden on the west coast of Vancouver Island in a 16' Scamp. It was originally planed that the 11 year old boy would sleep in the tent with the dogs to keep him company. That worked for the first night.... second night in the wee hours of the morning he banged on the trailer door reporting that he had a big river of water running through his tent! He only realized that after the dogs growling at a black bear passing through the campsite had interrupted his sleep. With the two children and both dogs sleeping inside it made the simple task of getting up and making a pot of coffee a bit of a challenge each morning. Oh and stepping on the little plastic pieces of board games that had gotten loose the night before with bare feet all made for some Great memories though!! Not sure what we would have done differently had we had 3 children with us.... lol.... perhaps just not let them in and tell them they need to toughed up? or perhaps do as many tent campers do - put the dogs in the car to sleep and put a child on the floor of the trailer.
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I spent 5 very rainy days a few years ago with two adults & two children (15 and 11) and two large dogs
Hahaha! That actually sounds like fun, although it might be more fun in retrospect than in the moment, right? I think in bad weather (rain, bears, etc) we could always throw a person or two (and a dog) in the minivan.

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Hee hee, I might just have to pack us all into a 13-footer just to be stubborn. I like that quote. (Plus, the Bigfoot and other large trailers just seem like so much trouble.)
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A compromise is a Trillium 4500. 15' but exactly the same floor plan as a 13' Trillium, Boler, or Scamp. Only a couple of hundred pounds more.

That extra space is spread out over a larger bed, kitchen, closet, and front bunk. After being in a Trillium 1300, it seems huge.
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Hahaha! That actually sounds like fun, although it might be more fun in retrospect than in the moment, right?
We did manage to have a lot of fun memorable days regardless of the weather. When talking about that trip I don't recall hearing the children who are now both teens actually talk about the rain, they just recall the other things we did on that trip and funny events associated with all of sleeping in the small trailer.

I almost forgot about the fact one of the children's brand new sleeping bags came apart at the seam during the night... sending lots of feathers floating all over the trailer - took repeat vacumings & weeks before I actually was able to find them all. Anytime anyone moved in the trailer feathers would appear - the dogs thought it a fun new game - leaping up to try and catch them! That is one thing the children recall of that trip and laugh about most frequently.

The time the children are at an age where they actually want to camp with you is way to short but the memories will last a life time for you and them, so make the most of it!
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The time the children are at an age where they actually want to camp with you is way to short but the memories will last a life time for you and them, so make the most of it!
So true. Always a good reminder. They grow up so very fast.
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A compromise is a Trillium 4500.
I really like the Trillium 4500. They are hard to come by this far south (I'm in Texas) but they do occasionally pop up. I recently saw one up for sale near Dallas for $4500.
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