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Old 06-16-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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Family of 4 fit in t21qbhw?

Anyone have a family in one of these? We are a family of 4 and a dog and like the easy of setup. The t21qbhw has 2 beds. 60 x 80 and 50 x 80. Do you think this would work or has anyone tried this. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:38 PM   #2
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A lot depends on what I call your camping style. The A-frames have a lot less interior space than the same box size in a conventional pop-up.

The model you suggest has what is essentially a queen size bed and a dinette that converts to a full size bed. Assuming the kids can share a full size bed, and the family will fit in the dinette for a game of cards during a rain storm, yes it is sufficient if you spend most of your time outsided the A-frame.

Aisle/standing space is the real limitation. Only 2 (and preferably one) can be standing or cooking inside or dressing or anything else in the aisle at a time. Our small dog tends to stay under the dinette table (and sleeps there, too).

The other limitation with 4 is the repeated conversion of the dinette from bed to lounging area and back. The only inside seating areas are at the dinette and one sitting on the main bed.

Since our camping is generally limited to long weekends, and we use the camper only as a comfortable sleeping facility, we are very happy with the quick setup of the A-frame and the ability to store it in the garage.

We spend almost all our awake time outside the camper. The picnic table is used for cooking, eating, and cleaning. We carry comfortable folding chairs for lounging at the campsite. We have a nice EZ-up to provide shade at the picnic table.

There are only 2 of us, although we occasionally use the A-frame (Rockwood) A122 to visit our kids for a weekend at their colleges (Baylor and Nebraska). During those visits, the kid will sometimes sleep in the camper with us for a night.

If you expect to spend much time inside the camper or camp for extended stays (like a week) you will probably want the extra interior space of a pop-up or travel trailer. We chose the A-frame over a pop-up because the rapid setup and teardown makes weekend (and one night) camping that much more enjoyable. It literally takes less than an hour for complete campsite setup, with the EZ-up being the most difficult part.

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Old 06-16-2015, 05:54 PM   #3
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Forgot to mention - it doesn't look like there is much floor space in that model to use the porta-potty inside. We don't take ours with us; we use the campground facilities. Your needs/desires may differ.

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Old 06-16-2015, 08:46 PM   #4
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nope .. its really only a 2 person camper

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Old 06-16-2015, 09:03 PM   #5
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The specs say it "sleeps" 4 IMO that's about all you will do.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:17 PM   #6
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If you can live together camping in one tent, you could do it in one camper.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:04 PM   #7
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We usually are only in tent or a pop up if we are sleeping or it rains. I thought it would be easier since I do all setup and take down. Also looks to have enough interior/exterior storage that we could just grab pillows, food and clothes and be off.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:58 AM   #8
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If you're only using it as a glorified tent a couple of times a year, then 4 is probably fine for an overnighter. Personally though, I would lean more toward a pop-up with the extended beds if I were trying to keep it small. Even with just two it would be a bear to really do any cooking or clean up. If the weather went bad on you I can't imagine 4 people being cooped up in there for any length of time.
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We are currently a family of three, with a fourth when an older child comes 'home'. As others have stated, moving space inside the trailer is minimal. The two kids 17 and 20 sleep head to toe on the dinette and hubby and I share the queen. We can fit five around the dinette table (with stool on end) for card games if chased inside due to weather. But, we camp to enjoy the outdoors so we rarely change the dinette from bed to table. Hubby is 6'5" which is why we own a Rockwood....and an A-frame. He can sleep and stand comfortably inside. All depends on how 'close' your family is. A122BH works fabulously for our family.
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:28 AM   #10
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There is this old "rule" that says to buy your second camper first. So with your concern about space, project that concern to the growth of the kids and what you and they will be wanting to get out of camping in a few years. And of course the budget.

A 12 foot box popup will provide a more spacious environment where some can sit at the table while other lounge in bed. Teens really like some space to call their own. The set up and striking of camp is more complicated, but with a family pitching in, it goes pretty fast.

OTOH, if everyone already crams into a tent and has a good time, or you think the kids will grow out of camping and move on to hanging with friends, an A Frame could be right. Also, teens will sometimes prefer a tent of their own to being with the parents in the camper.

Hope this perspective helps.
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