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Skingonduke

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Best option for family of 6
« on: March 07, 2018, 12:34:53 PM »
Hi -
We are a family of 6 with kids ages 15-8 hoping to do some extended traveling in the future. We are currently trying to decide what type of MH to buy - we would really like the kids to have bunks rather than having to fold out the couch and table every night. We stayed in a MH for a weekend and disliked that part. The class A's seem to be more roomy, but the layouts are not really great for the sleeping situation. We are willing to do some remodeling to make it work for our family - Husband is a carpenter, so that's not a problem. Any idea's on how to make a class A work with 4 bunks and a full bed? Thanks, Shannon

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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 12:52:12 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum. Hopefully one of the gang here will have some suggestions.  I know some people have toyhaulers with bunks instead of toys....

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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 02:04:42 PM »
Depending on your likes/dislikes, and budget, there are a number of class A units with bunk beds to accommodate kids -- it just takes some time to come across them. I don't have any examples, but I recently saw a couple of diesel units with bunks at an RV show, and I'm sure there are also gas units with them.
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 02:56:18 PM »
A class C, B or a towable simply will not work for you. A class A is your only option. I have never seen one with more that two bunks, but there might be one with three bunks. You might need to add a tent to your setup to be able to sleep so many people. RVs just aren't made for more than two people comfortably because the huge majority of buyers are older retired folks.
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 03:24:11 PM »
Depending on your budget and time constraints, having one custom built might be the best way. With husband being a carpenter, have one completed to the point you feel comfortable. I'm taking delivery on my 4 custom unit later this month. The prices are comparable (discounted) to regular manufactured ones. Although I decided against Winnebago due to quality issues on my ERA, they do have a specialty division on their website for custom/commercial units. You can even buy it as a basic shell with or without slides.

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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 03:32:26 PM »
My advice is to keep looking at floor plans until you find one that is right for your family,  with 4 kids I suspect this will be a bath and a half diesel pusher.
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2018, 03:33:18 PM »
Depending on your budget and time constraints, having one custom built might be the best way. With husband being a carpenter, have one completed to the point you feel comfortable. I'm taking delivery on my 4 custom unit later this month. The prices are comparable (discounted) to regular manufactured ones. Although I decided against Winnebago due to quality issues on my ERA, they do have a specialty division on their website for custom/commercial units. You can even buy it as a basic shell with or without slides.
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2018, 03:44:18 PM »
I know of large families traveling in tents, pop-ups, travel trailers, fifth wheels and Class C rigs - and having a ball. We traveled all over the country in a pop-up with eight of us on board. It doesn't really matter; enjoy the quality family time before the kids outgrow camping.

There are bunkhouse Class A rigs, with two bunks in back and a drop-down bed over the front seats, in addition to the rear bedroom. Thor is one manufacturer with units starting around 30 feet long, and there are probably others as well.
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2018, 03:45:58 PM »
i went searching and found a unit that might work for you. The downside is that it is a fifth wheel and you will neee a one ton truck to pull it.

https://www.generalrv.com/product-jayco/jay-flight-travel-trailer/32tsbh
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2018, 04:06:35 PM »
class c might be the way to go...with bunks and the overcab.

I'm only a family of 5, but I think the best advice is to visit some dealerships or better RV shows and walk into a bunch of them....  I had bunks on my must-have list when we first started looking, for teh same reason.  Instead we landed in a class c without bunks.... the floorplan just worked better.  It's always a compromise....you have to give something to get bunks...

At first all three of mine slept in the overcab bunk.  it's like an odd oversized king.  Now that they are older and bigger, one usually ends up on teh sofa.  I wish we had a futon type rather than the hideaway with air mattress.  We have never used the air mattress but i think a Futon jack-knife would be a whole lot better.

One more thing to look for...went to an RV show recently, and there was a rig that had a sofa that converted into bunk beds.  Not ideal because you still have to give up the sofa for a bed, but it was interesting.... the seat and backrest as a unit jacked up as the top bunk, leaving a lower bunk below.  Kinda slick.  I have no idea what rig it was...i want to say it was a 5th wheel... but it was just a sofa...

Anyway, class C's in my opinion are a niche design well suited for families but as a general rule they do have limitations.  If in the budget, super C's are a great way to go!
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2018, 04:08:40 PM »
tons of great travel trailer options with lots of bunks.... but tow vehicles for large families are a limiter.  That's what i found a couple years ago anyway.  Crew cab pick-ups only seat 4 comfortably for long trips, and they don't make 3/4 ton suburbans anymore
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2018, 05:10:31 PM »
We're a family of five. Totally with you on making and unmaking beds every day. We rented a 31' Class C with bunks last summer. Boys had their own bunks, and my daughter had the whole upper bunk to herself. We got the bed in the back. Didn't fold out the couch or drop the dinette table once in two weeks, really nice. The large upper bunk no Class A will ever have. Sure some have drop down bunks these days, but you have to drop them down, and put them back up. Some don't even have a mattress. Some are pretty small.

But, you left something out that is very important. Your budget! Buying new? Used? Very used? The oldest class A bunk models are about 10 years old now. There were some Class C models where the rear bedroom had 4 bunks too. Those seem to be rare. And all Mom and Dad get is the upper bunk. Ok for some, not for others. Haven't seen a Class C like that in the last 15 years or so though.

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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2018, 06:42:46 PM »
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The large upper bunk no Class A will ever have.
My 85 Allegro had a large upper bunk. I know it was a real pain to remove it.
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2018, 07:19:35 PM »
My son has a 28' Rockwood with four bunks in the back with a door closing it off, and a fold-down couch/Murphy bed in the front.  I don't know the model, but it is about a 2013.  My son and his wife have only two kids, but it works out well for all because kids have their own room and each uses the bunk above him or her to store toys and clothing. 

ALso, I did a Google Search on "trailer with four bunks" and found several available.  Unfortunately, the problem with pulling a trailer is that you will have difficulty finding a tow vehicle where you can seat six people!

However, I also did a search on "motorhomes with four bunks" and found quite a few listed, so try some searches.  Before I took out my front dinette, by the way, my motorhome had seat belts for five kids--two on couch, and three on dinette.  Another thing I have seen people do is convert a toy-hauler rear toy space into a bedroom with four bunks. 

Also, I have a 32' Class C with a large overhang queen bed and two bunks, plus a back bedroom for me.  I have slept two parents and two kids, which is the same as four kids I think.  And my grandkids LOVE the front queen bed because they get to climb up a ladder to it and the 30' TV is up there.  Once bedding is rolled up, I have had three kids up there laying on pillows to watch TV. 

However, and this is a big one, Because I have two large slides, my cargo carrying weight is only 1,300 pounds.  This is fine for me full-timing because I almost always travel along.  However, If you add belongings, water, and six people, you are already WAY over the safe weight limit.  You do not want to take your entire family in an unsafe vehicle.  That alone probably means you will need an A, unless you can find a rare C built on a heavier duty chassis. 
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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2018, 12:10:38 PM »
Shortest, lightest quad bunk pull behind trailer you can find, I found some for a friend in the 27-28 ft range,  and a single rear wheel E350 or E250 passenger van or Chev/GMC 2500 passenger van, gas or diesel (think church bus, but with largest motor possible).

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Re: Best option for family of 6
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2018, 02:34:49 PM »
Have you considered rental fleet units?  Our local dealer takes a Class C Winnebago 31K, removes the queen bed and puts in four bunk bedroom in the back with the queen over the cab bed, u shaped dinette and couch.

 

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