Originally Posted by Murf2u
Not to single any one person, but I hear these kinds of comments quite often. I still don't understand them. Do a lot of people go "camping" and just sit watching TV in a different place or something?
YES! Indeed they do. More than you would think. They're either inside watching TV or they're on their computers.
A lot of people still "camp" in tents, we did for many, many years. As a guess-timate I'd have to say that over the years the DW & I have stayed in a 8' x 12' for more than the equivalent of a full year. No problem.
By comparison our 24' C is positively spacious!!
I started by tent camping many years ago also. Most of our stuff was stored in the van my ex and I had at the time, so the tent worked out fine. It wasn't very crowded/cramped. But when you're in a Class-C, it's all in there with you. Some things will fit in the cubbys. Inside storage areas are not huge. And today's campers, especially those with children/teens carry a lot more stuff with them than we did back then.
Teen boys, at least all those I knew, normally grow tired quickly of sitting staring at a fire. They'll want to get online, call their friends on a cell phone, watch some TV when the weather is bad. Ride their bikes into town. Maybe do some fishing. Bikes and fishing gear take up space.
There are changes of clothing and bedding if you're going camping/traveling for more than a few days. There's all the food too! And the smaller the Class-C (generally speaking) the smaller the tanks. The more people in the RV the faster they fill and need dumping. Believe me, even a 28 footer can feel small once it's "packed" and ready to roll.
A slideout would help, if not with more storage space, then with just some space to breathe and not feel claustrophobic.