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Dh and I are serisouly considering buying an RV. After researching carseats and RV's, I've decided that driving an RV is not a safe way to travel. DD #1 is 5 1/2 yo and in a HBB. DD #2 is 3 1/2 yo and still in a Britax Marathon. DH and many others we've spoken to about this, think I'm nuts for even considering putting either kid in a restraint in an RV. So anyway, I think I've talked DH into a Travel Trailer (the kind you tow behind a pick up).<br><br>
For those of you have or have used Travel Trailers before, are you happy? Do you think you made the right decision? Anything you'de like to have but didn't get? Am I being way too cautious on the whole carseat issue?<br><br>
Just looking for you experience and thoughts.<br><br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I think you're absolutely right to be cautious about this. RVs are big, heavy vehicles, full of projectiles, and they don't exactly stop quickly, nor are they nimble and highly maneuverable to avoid a crash.<br><br>
My parents had a pop-up, replaced with another pop-up when the first one wore out, replaced that with a travel trailer, replaced that with a fifth wheel, then sold their house. They now live full-time in their fifth wheel. Each time they upgraded, they learned more about what they liked and what they didn't like. They also spent a good amount of time shopping, and even went to an RV show where they spent a week doing nothing but looking at trailers.
 

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We love our travel trailer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We bought our first one used. It was a super deal and it was super clean. It didn't have all the features we wanted, but it was a good first camper that didn't break the bank if camping wasn't for us.<br>
We love having 2 exits, bunk beds, a slide out to give more floor play space and air conditioning so naps can happen 95 degree weather in full sun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Oh, and the less carpet it has the better. Sweeping is easier than vacuuming and you can't imagine the sand and/or mud if it rains!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If you get one, make sure you chose one that has at least 2 forward facing seats so you can install the carseat/booster, AND one that has storage places for all of the 'stuff' you bring along (which will otherwise be projectiles)<br><br>
We had one for a while and hated it. No place to install a carseat (this was before I had ds though), and stuff would fall out of the cupboards all the time.<br><br>
A tent was much more fun anyway.
 

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We don't have a travel trailer, we have a pop-up that we never use <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
That said, something else you might want to consider is a converted school bus. There are federal standards for school bus safety, so you know the whole thing won't crumple in an accident like a typical RV would. You could either convert the school bus yourself (yes, lots of time and effort would be required, but you'd end up with exactly what you want), or you could buy an already-converted bus- I've seen a fair number of them on Craigslist.
 

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We have a pop-up, it tows wonderfully. That being said, make sure your chosen tow vehicle can pull the travel trailer safely. And don't forget to include yourselves and all that you've packed in that weight limit.<br><br>
I would suggest a hybrid travel trailer if you were thinking of going beyond a pop-up. I absolutely love our pop-up, but I realize they're not for everyone. The hybrid will give you the luxury of the space, but you'll have pop-out bunks.<br><br>
I honestly wouldn't do the RV. As pp have stated, you have projectiles to think about as well as carseats.<br><br>
Good luck finding the perfect travel trailer.
 

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I know a hybrid was suggested but to me they are still a lot of work to set up. I had a travel trailer and it was great! if we were in the middle of nowhere driving and had to go to the bathroom....we had one. when we got where we were going just pull up and you are set! an AC is almost a must because it is a metal box. I also agree with the little or no carpet thing. The one I had didn't have a slide out but it was still quite roomy.
 

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Even beyond the carseat issue, I think a travel trailer is more convienent because if you want to go anywhere once you are at your destination you can just unhook and go, and not have to drag the whole camper with you! Growing up we went from tent camping, to a pop-up to a pull behind and now my parents just got a fifth-wheel trailer. I vote fifth-wheel all the way!
 

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Yep, a travel trailer is definitely the way to go. DH and I plan on full-time RV'ing in a couple years, and won't even consider an RV because of the safety issue, so we'll go with a 5th wheel.
 

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Thanks for the replies! DH and I have definitley decided that a driving RV is out of the question. I'm just too concerned about safety and after showing DH some threads on car-seat.org, he has started to see the light.<br><br>
We've been looking at travel trailers (both new, used, online and at the dealership) and <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270582723643" target="_blank">this is the one we've really fallen in love with</a>. We love the "kids room" in the back. Now I'm sure our kids wouldn't actually sleep there cause we all co-sleep but it's a perfect place for toys, games and maybe even a TV for the occasional movie. And when the kids get older, and they want to bring friends, there is plenty of sleeping space.<br><br>
But we've decided to rent one for a 5 day trip and try it out (granted it's not as big and doesn't have all the bells and whistles). That way we can really get a good feeling for how it drives, the configuragtion that works best, what we like, what we don't like, etc. We'll be taking this little vacation at the end of June and then we'll decide if we really want to pursue buying one.<br><br>
I'll keep y'all posted!
 
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