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Old 10-10-2015, 09:23 PM   #11
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It does get a bit snug with 5 in there trying to cook, when kids are going back and forth when everyone is in the unit, but my kids are older 18,14,10, but nothing to bad. The dinette will fit six,a little tight trying to eat, but when watching TV we will spread out by someone getting up on the bed and the rest of us use the dinette. The table does move and we have moved it to get more comfortable. There isn't any room to put extra chairs in it, but you do have the bunkhouse that will give you extra room.I know some people do not like the u-shaped dinette and is a deal breaker for them, but for our family we really do like it, I guess it is just personal preference.We are real happy that we got the x254.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:25 AM   #12
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BTW I'm not trying to sell you on just the x254, it is just personal experience on this unit, I think whatever camper you decide to go with, you and your family will be happy and enjoy camping even more.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:02 AM   #13
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The x254 has been on my short list for a couple months, I really think it would fit us well. Thanks for the input.
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:54 AM   #14
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Lovin the toy hauler

As fulltimers with four kids, we have debated this as well, and a little over a year ago we went toy hauler. If you are carrying gear and need a place to, say, change out of wet and sandy stuff after being out, the toy hauler has a rubber floor in the back. Our previous unit was a five slide bunkhouse, but with the toy hauler I have the same amount of floor space once the back beds are up, and don't need the back two slides. I know that is a bigger unit than you are looking at, but the parallels are the same. The toy hauler also has bigger tanks typically, and can go off grid easier for longer periods of time. There are other reasons as well, but suffice it to say we have been very happy with our decision to go toy hauler as opposed to a travel trailer.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:30 PM   #15
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Great info

Thank y'all for the info,
I just wanna make sure I get what I want!
I know resale on campers is horrible so I wanna
Buy what I want with no regrets.
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Old 01-17-2016, 09:58 AM   #16
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X254

Well I just bought a ram 2500 so I don't have to worry abut weight.
I am shopping 2015 x254, left overs! Maybe x213. There are several within 300 miles of me going for under 17k. If Anyone has any pics of either I would appriciate them, I love the Cochran and dinnette of 213, but quad bunks of x254. I wander if there is a way to pull the u shaped dinnette of 254 and retrofit
A sofa and dinnette?
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:11 PM   #17
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Idea! Get what works for family and gear on typical outings. Don't try to purchase for the "what if" situation. Maybe ration the friends and rotate between kids/trips. Aux tents are also a good idea for the kids with friends as they have their space out of the watchful eye of the parents. Remember unless you're into going big, what ever you buy you will have to tow, park, set-up, and store. Bigger is not always your friend as it limits choice of sites and tends to make a lot of things more complicated.

Not in the toyhauler game, so can't help there, but they would be nice if you're into bikes, cycles, atvs, or whatever. They save driving a 2nd vehicle pulling a trailer. Otherwise I agree they can be like sleeping in your garage.
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:20 PM   #18
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A headache rack on the new Ram to hold the kayaks or bikes is another space saving option. But, like others have said, keep a close eye on your tongue weights, TV limits, and trailer limits.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:00 PM   #19
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That's good advice, kids already said they want their tents,lol. Daddy wants the camper for bad weather. I want to stay under 30 ft anyway. The campgrounds here in north lousiana are great and just ready to get camping. It's gonna be either the x254 or the octane 222/273
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Old 01-18-2016, 05:19 PM   #20
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We have the 254 and LOVE it! We have 4 kids so the bunks are nice. I wanted the U-dinette "because" it fits all of us together. We have even had extra people and set up a chair (maybe could fit two chairs) in the open area to fit 7-8 people around table. I have some pictures in my gallery if you want to view. Ours is a 2016 but nearly identical to the 2015. We put our bikes in the bunk area easily through the little door for traveling.
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