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Old 10-20-2010, 12:31 PM   #1
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bunks or no bunks???

My husband and I have been looking at travel trailers for what seems like forever! We have now narrowed it down to a couple floor plans... We have two kids (presently 3 and almost a year old). My question is bunks or no bunks for the kids???? I grew up RV'ing- we didn't have bunks. My cousin and I slept on the couch/bed and my brother on the floor in a sleeping bag. I worked out great; kids will sleep anywhere right? However, I wasn't the responsible adult who had to make the bed every night and fold everything away each morning! Did you have bunks with little kids? Thoughts? The bunks we are looking at are decently sized at 34 X 74...


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Old 10-20-2010, 12:39 PM   #2
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we have two rear bunks and would not switch. 1 child with 1 friend and we do not have to pull the sofa out or drop the dinette to make a sleeping area.

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Old 10-20-2010, 01:46 PM   #3
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with kids I wouldn't even consider a trailer without bunks.

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Old 10-20-2010, 03:27 PM   #4
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We have a 4 year old and decided on the Rockwood 2702SS because of the floor plan which included bunks

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Old 10-20-2010, 03:33 PM   #5
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LOFT !!! :-)...

but seriously... stashing the kids in the back with a door. Makes hanging out in the rig much nicer on those cold nights or rainy ones even.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:22 PM   #6
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Our first trailer had bunks, we never seemed to get much use out of them. Kids liked the sofa and the fold down dinette,,figures right,,the one thing that I can saw that was negative was that our bathroom space was very limited because of the set up of the bunks,,very squeezed.. If I got bunks again, it would only be with two slides,,bunks would have to be in one of them.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:31 PM   #7
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dont forget bunks have a weight rating. im assuming your kids are still young so it wont matter yet.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:34 PM   #8
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Our last TT was a Roo 26RS with 4 bunks. With 3 kids it worked. Every one had their "own space" and there was never any fighting over space (which is not to say there was never any fighting). I would not consider a unit without bunks if you have kids. With four bunks we always had room in the trailer for a friend to come along as well.

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Old 10-20-2010, 05:45 PM   #9
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Definitely go for the bunks. We had a 25' Coachmen without bunks when our daughter was a toddler, it was very in-convenient making up a bed every night. She is now ten and we have a quad bunk Rockwood 2901SS. She has already had two friends along camping and it is so nice to 1) not have to make beds each night and 2) have a place far away from us for the kids to hole up at night or in the rain. She has here own TV and everything back there.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:56 PM   #10
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I think it depends on the type of camping you do. We have a rear slide with one bunk and a couch w/ queen air mattress. We have 3 kids and tend to spend time in the camper as a family (watching movies,etc.) and find it difficult for everyone with our current layout. If we could do it over (and probabley will in the next couple years) we would go with one of the newer layouts we've seen that have the rear living area with the opposing slides. These open up the living area and create a great area to gather together (similair to this Sabre Fifth Wheels by Palomino ). Very 5th wheel like which is what we really like but in the weight of a TT. We are still setting up beds at night so converting the living area to sleeping would not be a big deal for us given the benefits for us.


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