Originally Posted by Amf2015
We are considering a 2016 32thds travel trailer. We are a family of seven and I haven't come across anything else that will fit all the kids in one room. I would love a second door for the restroom but I'm not sure if that is worth trying to possible get a smaller bunkhouse. Also the bedroom really bothers me with absolutely no space to walk in front of the bed. Is that an issue? Please let me know your thoughts. Things you love or things that bother you after your purchase.
Are you referring to the 32TSBH? Or, the 32BHDS? Either way, that's a lot of trailer for your van. We are in a similar situation and also have a Chevy Express 3500 (12 passenger version) and have also looked at the 32BHDS, but I'm worried about the weight.
Your van has a total GCWR (gross combined weight rating) of 16,000#'s and a curb weight of around 6,400#'s. The camper that you are looking at is going to be in the 8-9,000# range dry. Let's say you were able to keep it at 8,500#'s. That only leaves you 1,100#'s for all your passengers, cargo, batteries, etc. And with a family of 7, you will likely be over your GCWR.
Think of it this way. If your family weighs ~750#'s + 1,500 pounds of cargo + 6,400 van weight + 8,500 dry camper weight, then you are at 17,150#'s. Which puts you over your GCWR by over 1,000#'s. That's something to consider, on paper it's too much for your van.
On the other hand, there's one member here that does tow a 32BHDS with a std. length version of the same van and likes the way the van handles the unit. I know all this, because we really want the 32 BHDS for our family of 5, but in the end decided it might be too much camper for our van to comfortably handle. As always, YMMV :-)