AnswerID: 360498 Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 11:23
We have a wind-up (a Goldstream but the following points apply), our kids sleep on the queen bed end but we had the matress divided into two seperate 'singles' This way we make their beds individually... yes we use sheets and blankets/doonas (much easier to manage if the younger one had an 'accident' than a sleeping bag but thankfully those days are gone!).
We never wind it up completely for lunch stops but you could easy enough in fine weather. Would need to pull out the bed ends far enough that you could sit at the table (depending on layout) and erect the door to keep flies out. We just pop the lid enough to open the door and get at the fridge. We don't like making our lunch in the morning (silly in some ways as I do that for work most days!) but use the our drop down table on the exterior of the camper to make lunch and have somewhere to sit drinks. We also use the lunch stop as a chance to get some exercise into the kids, usually by kicking the footy around.
Setup time would be around 10-15mins. Something like.. park, move it cause the wife thinks north is 1 degree clockwise more than your compass says*, disconnect car, level via jockey wheel, check sideways leveling is within acceptable tollerance (esp if running fridge on gas), wind down stabilisers, errect bed flys**, wind up roof, errect bed end supports and fasten canvas, fit door, connect services
if available, crack a tinny.
* - true! bloody farm girls!
** - optional but recommended. Obviously good in rain, but also good in sunny weather.
One aspect of wind-ups that is rarely discussed is the ability to open it up to let any breeze through. On a warm day you can open all sides and it's more like being under a shady tree.
Weight for your Suburu will be a problem, but maybe a Dove or Hawk might be possible. Still get the two bed ends (might be a bit smaller.. not sure of the specs), just the space between them is reduced so you can't fill it up with so much junk, thus it's lighter! :)
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FollowupID: 628302 Submitted:
Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 12:39
Thanks for all those hints!
I like the singles idea for the kids - will stop them kicking each others shins out!
I agree, I don't want to make the lunches in the morning either & are more likely to eat outside the van anyhow, depending on weather. I just want to have relatively easy access to make a hot cuppa !
10 - 15 mins set up ??!! LLLLLLLLLOVe that
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