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 4/22/2007 12:28 PM
 
we're fairly new to the rv life, almost 3 months in, will be fulltiming it for a few years while I go back to school, we have 2 girls, 4&8 and need some advice on wrangling toys! The girls can't seem to grasp the concept of "common spaces" and I know they really need their own space, any advice on how I might be able to accomplish this and where there might be magic secret storage spaces to be found?? Thanks to all who reply!
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 4/22/2007 4:02 PM
 
Welcome,....
you didn't say what kind of a camper you are living in,.... is it medium size, or a large one? Bunkhouse floorplan? What climate are you in? Do you utilize a screen room? Actually your "toy challenge" is no different than we all face, just you are doing it in cramped quarters. I think (thinking waaay back,...) that the amount of toys increases with the amount of space!
I always thought that my kids didn't play with everything. So if you can observe what isn't used much and store that away,.... then exchange occasionally you will reduce your toy clutter and then when you exchange your kids will be excited to see the things that had been packed.
Good luck! Cedar Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 4/22/2007 9:23 PM
 
When I had a 5th Wheel - and a child - we opted for the dinette rather than a free standing dining room table and chairs. The space under the seat was toy chest size. With two girls you would have two toy chests. But as we don't know the size or configaration of your rig we really can't say much. I personally don't use the shower in my Class A, it's a storage unit. Some rigs have space under the mattress, but that could get awkward. Bless you though for taking those girls places. They will never forget the experience. My son says looking back on it those were the happiest days of his life.

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 4/22/2007 11:04 PM
 
When the grandkids come camping I set up a tent just for them to play in that way the toys don't clutter up the motorhome. If it is a rainy day then it is movies and video game day and the tent gets covered from the rain. I always go to the library and check out kids movies and kids books to read to them. I also sit and color with them. I keep most of their stuff in a bag in the basement. You'll have to find some kind of place to put stuff so it isn't all over and figure out where the 8 yr old can get their space from the 4 yr old. Mine just wanted to go swimming all the time and didn't want to play with the toys.
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 4/23/2007 11:21 AM
 
We have a 32' class A, we tried the dinette seats as toy chest, but it was difficult for the girls to get into them, and apparently even more difficult to put things back up!:) we are currently using the space under the sofa as that's easier for them to get into, a screened room is a great idea,right now we are in South Ga, headed for Ft. Lauderdale area, I could use the "basement" storage for toys in that case! Thanks for all the advice!
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 4/23/2007 2:41 PM
 
I am ready to sell my home and hit the road. The kids are raised, the ex found a new woman, how it's my turn to do what I want. It all started when I saw a Pleasure Way class B motorhome in a hospital parking lot. I am planning on renting one in the Chicago area for a week and touring Door County. I am interested in finding favorite safe campgrounds through the United States. Saw a great web site and can't find it. There is a big camping event somewhere in central Illinois this summer. I would love to go. Life is good. Please let me know.
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 4/23/2007 5:41 PM
 
Dixie, If you are "on the move".... how are you accomplishing school for you and the girls? Are you homeschooling the girls? Sounds interesting.
Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 4/24/2007 6:37 AM
 
Welcome, Geraldine -
Please post a new topic, so people will notice you. I'm afraid you've gotten lost in another topic.
Keep reading this forum, too. Most of us find no problems with safety!
I, too, had a "man" who had a yen for new women. I'm grateful to him!! Best thing that ever happened. You just do your own thing! karen live for the moment "One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." - AA Milne

karen live for the moment "One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." - AA Milne
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 4/24/2007 8:58 AM
 
Welcome Dixie and Geraldine!! We are so happy to have you join us..
Geraldine... We have been RVing since 1968 and have never been in any park we considered even near unsafe! That will be one of your least concerns! Just be aware of your surroundings as one is in every situation, whether in an RV or not.
This is a website reviewing RV parks...but not for safety..
http://rvparkreviews.com/
Enjoy your week exploring Door County... Come on back and tell us about it....with Photos! We gals love to "arm chair travel"...with our Forum Friends!! :)
Hope you get to attend and enjoy that Camping Event in Central Illinois.
My ex bro-in-law left my sister and four young children years back for a younger woman. She was scared to death...but she changed, became her own woman and in a few years wrote him a letter THANKING him for leaving her and the kids and told him that was the BEST thing that ever happened to her...
Hacked him off royally!! Grin..
She did remarry eventually and had a very happy second marriage.. So...altho' it may not seem like it at the time, I have found things always work out for the best in my life!
Now that your child raising responsibilities are over...YOUR time has come!!! Enjoy!! Joella

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 4/24/2007 12:39 PM
 
We do homeschool, it is interesting, although there is something to be said about the socialization issue, we try to make sure that the girls are around other kids as often as possible, but the fact is they are around adults a lot, and you can tell when you hear their sentence structure, my 8 yr old sometimes sounds like an english professor! It's funny, I'm proud of them though! Eventually they will have to go back to school, I can already see the math becoming more than I can handle! Hopefully by then we can afford private school.
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