184bh ideas and a family of 5
We purchased this model in April, and couldn't be happier. As newbies to camping, we've had a blast traveling with the kids throughout the spring and summer. We just got back from a week exploring the eastern coast of Lake Michigan, stopping in several quaint beach communities along the way. Some of our sites were literally steps away from the water, so that was an added treat. I've attached a pic taken from our site in Grand Haven, Michigan. Beautiful views!!! So far, this camper has been a great fit for our family, and we can easily tow it with our Traverse.
With each trip, I've been searching for ways to make the space more livable for us. This website has been a huge help! It can get a bit tight with 5 of us, but we are really only inside to sleep, so it hasn't been a huge issue yet. Our 5 year old sleeps on the bench and the older kids get the bunks. We keep the dinette as a bed for my husband and I all the time now because changing it every day is a big pain. I plan on bringing a collapsible TV tray from Target on our next trip because the older two like playing card games and I like having a table for to avoid spillage of food and drinks.
So here are a few pictures of our setup. We used a tension rod for the curtains. The older kids like having some privacy in their bunks and I like that the little curtain under the dinette hides all our junk. That's been a great space for our camp chairs. I'd also like to hang a tv on the wall next to the bench, but we don't have cable or electric hookups there. Additionally, Ive been pondering how to go about strengthening the dinette bed. I see that some of you replaced the plywood in the seats, but I was thinking about laying boards between the cushions and our memory foam mattress. I also need to maximize storage under the dinette and lower bunk. For those of you with the 184bh, I'd love to hear more of your ideas!
Family of Five
2015 Jay Flight SLX 184bh
Chevy Traverse w/ tow package