RVing With Guests On Board – Privacy & Comfort Considerations

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We don’t host overnight guests on board our RV all that often. But when we do, we know how to keep them happy, providing adequate privacy and a comfortable place to sleep.

Many RV visitors are unfamiliar with living in such small quarters, and using systems that are different than they’re used to. Often equipped with only a single bathroom, convertible bedding and limited private space for changing clothes, RVs can be a challenge when more than just the residents are on board.

It’s not uncommon for people to see our large motorhome and ask “How many people does that thing hold?” A fairly standard answer to that question is “Drinks for 6. Dinner for 4. Sleeps 2.” But of course we can comfortably host another couple on board, and have many times. An oddity of RV design is that sometimes, the larger the RV, the fewer people it’s designed to sleep. And of course “comfort” is a relative thing, often in inverse proportion to the age of the visitor. LOL

Someone shopping for their very first RV might be so focused on learning what they need for themselves, that considerations related to hosting overnight guests might not even be on their radar. This video shares a couple of simple basics that can make hosting family or friends a more comfortable experience for all involved.


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  1. One time we had 6 adults, 2 teens, and 5 kids (ages 3-10); worst 2 nights in my camping history! Family or not, no one should have to go through that! LOL

  2. Ha ha, loved the video! You really are great on camera. However, now you have set the bar and we are going to expect to see you (all of you, not just the hands) from now on. Thanks for letting us sleep over…but I still haven’t gotten my pancakes!

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  3. We actually did 6 adults and 3 grand kids (all under 3 yrs old) for a week when we were at camp. Thank goodness we were all family because we wouldn’t have been friends after that.

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  4. When my parents had our RV, the wife and I spent a number of nights on the jack knife sofa. Definitely not good! Plus 4 adults in a 30 footer is interesting, although not as interesting as us plus 4 grand babies in a coach that sleeps four.

    Loved the cameo with the Wynns! Lotsa smiles!

    Don’t your guests find the disembodied hands disconcerting, or do you relegate them to the basement when guests are over?

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  5. Thank you for another informative video. We have a 45 foot and it sleeps only four adults. Thankfully we do have 1 and 1/2 bathrooms. That’s a real plus when you do have guests. The addition of another air bed is a great idea.

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      Number of guests definitely seems to be inversely proportional to RV length (and price!). LOL! And you’re right, Roger… bath-and-a-half floorplans are really great when guests are on board!

  6. Thanks for another wonderful video. I especially like these now that you show your faces.
    A floor plan is a very important consideration. When RV shopping, I’ll sit down and contemplate “How am I going to use this” and “How is this floor plan going to work for me”. Shoppers really need to do this as it is too easy to be swayed by color schemes and décor, only to find out later a chosen floor plan doesn’t work for them.

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  7. Great video as always. We have a smaller RV (35′ Sunova) and it has a similar layout with two sets of sliding doors that basically creates 3 sections in the RV with access to the bathroom in the middle. The middle section has a set of bunk beds across from the bathroom. Love the way that that creates privacy. Another benefit of the sliding doors is that if you do not have your windshield curtains closed its easy to slide the doors shut for privacy. We really didn’t consider this when buying the RV (it’s our first and we still are using it) we just got lucky.

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  8. Our Newmar Ventana came with an Aero bed. We used it once: for the two grandsons. It was great. Our rule on visitors is the 6-4-2 rule like yours — except when it comes to family. Then we make exceptions.

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      We’ve twice had a total of five adults (all siblings)… so it was a 5-5-5 rule those two weeks. We make exceptions for family too… as long as they all stay out front. lol

  9. Great video. We use a blow up mattress when the grand kids come camping.
    Great to see you guys and Rv with Tito welcome the Wynns back from Alaska. Like I told them, it was a nice surprise when I seen my favorite RVers all together in one place.

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  10. Love your blog. Keep em coming… My wife and I have never owned an RV and it is websites like yours that provide us with the information we need to make an informed decision when the time comes. Thanks!

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  11. Informative and amusing video…super job with the cameo appearances, too!

    Your inflatable queen airbed seems to be of a nice design and is taller than those I’ve seen. Do you have any details that you can share? I’d love to find one !

    Jim

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  12. Awesome and informative video guys (and right on – we love our bath floorplan for the same reasons).. and the surprises are absolutely priceless :)

    We had the opportunity to stay in the Snowmad’s drop down bed (similar to the one demo’d in your video) and with a nice mattress upgrade it was pretty comfortable. Takes some agility to get up into it, but once there.. we slept quite well.

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      Thanks Cherie! We figured the drop down beds would at the very least be able to accommodate an inflatable or foam mattress to make them more comfortable, even if they didn’t come that way. And hopefully the “agility” doesn’t end up being more like acrobatics! :)

  13. Thanks for the video. Really gives us something to think about when we go to purchase our next RV. Right now we have a travel trailer with a pull out sofa (a comfortable queen memory foam mattress), but it folds out right into the walkway to get to the bathroom; therefore, a certain amount of acrobatics are required from us when we want to go from our room to use the potty. We are actually thinking of switching it out for a dual reclining chairs so we don’t feel obligated to invite people to stay :)

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