RV Camping with Our 6 Kids

By Frank Gurnee
In California
November 12, 2014

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As a family, we love to camp!  Ok, so I’m not talking about sleeping on the ground under the stars or in a tent camping.  I’m talking about enjoy the beauty around you with a kitchen and a bathroom available at all times without having to walk in the dark by yourself camping.  Yes, we love our type of camping….and so do our 6 kids!

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We used to have a Hybrid Travel Trailer, but with our big family, it was a little tight for us.  We could have continued to use it, but we made a decision that it was time to upgrade and that’s just what we did.  I know quite a bit about pop-up campers, utv trailers and RVs, so I was on the lookout for a good camper van for quite some time. Then we found a place down in Southern California with a lot of options in our price range, so we headed down to take a look.

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Shannon and I looked at a few different RVs and then found the perfect one for our family! I had seen it online and it was definitely one I wanted Shannon to see. I didn’t have to do any convincing because she was sold on it once we walked through it and she saw we would have our own room and a walk-in bathroom with 2 entrances!  She also liked the flooring in it and the appliances!  The RV we bought was a 2007 Fleetwood Tioga 31M and it is perfect for our family!  It has lots of room for our big family, as well as a kitchen, a walk-in bathroom with a shower in it and a separate bedroom for Shannon and I to sleep in. Let’s not forget that there is tons of storage space in it – perfect for a big family! We had our new RV delivered to us by a local rv transport company.

Shannon made a video to take you on a tour of our new RV.

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#OurBigFamily #camping #familyfun #travel #familytravel

#OurBigFamily #camping #familyfun #travel #familytravel

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We have a favorite campsite we like to visit with the kids in Santa Barbara.  There is swimming, miniature golf, ice cream socials, scavenger hunts, hay rides and more.  The kids love to camp there and they especially loved it this time with our new RV!  We are definitely looking forward to more camping trips with the kids soon!


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#OurBigFamily #camping #familyfun #travel #familytravel

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Have you gone camping in an RV before?  What was your favorite thing about it? 

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Frank Gurnee lives on the central coast of California with his wife Shannon, and their 6 crazy, spunky, smart, crazy, funny, intelligent, crazy kids.. Did he mention crazy? Ok, well he's over exaggerating a bit, maybe spunky is just too over the top “lol”. On this blog, he talks about the dad's perspective of having a large family, as well as the ways dads and moms can maintain some sanity; while also embracing the fun that can be had when everyone is together.

42 Responses to “RV Camping with Our 6 Kids”

  1. Janet W. says:

    I’ve never been camping in an RV before but have always wanted to! I’m so jealous when I see these driving on the road! Looks like y’all had a nice time!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    As far as I am concerned, staying in a hotel is camping, so no – I’ve never been in an RV before. Never will, but happy you guys had fun.

  3. What a fun time. We used to go camping when the kids were small. Now there’s just me and it seems like too much work lol. You have a beautiful family.

  4. Vicki W says:

    I absolutely love camping in an RV! I have done the tent thing, but that wasn’t my cup of tea, nor were the long walks to the restrooms and showers (in the dark) 🙂 You are creating memories that will last a lifetime with those kiddos!

  5. kristin says:

    Id love to a take an Rv trip with our kids. You guys look like you had a blast.

  6. Dawn says:

    My favorite thing about camping is totally leaving behind the whole “roughing it” aspect. I find camping to be much more fun when I have a nice soft bed. =D

  7. Lisa says:

    RV camping is the only camping I like. I don’t have to hear the kids complain about how hard the ground it. =D

  8. Franc Ramon says:

    It would be cool to explore using an RV. Your RV feels a real house with complete amenities.

  9. michele d says:

    Grew up camping with my family and my kids love it. Great memories for us all!

  10. Eileen says:

    I’ve never been RV camping before, but I’d love to try one day. Looks like all the kids had fun!

  11. Kari Jordan says:

    My parents have a 5th wheel and when I had one child, I would go with them when hubby was away. But, with 2, there is no comfortable place for me. So, it becomes my kid-free week at home. My kids absolutely love it and they think that Nana and Papa’s camper is theirs. My little one will tell me “you can stay in OUR camper, Nana won’t mind”. They are making memories and I get a little break.

  12. courtney says:

    Glad y’all had a fun time!!! I couldn’t do it myself lol…

  13. Shasta says:

    You are braver than I. That is too little space for that many people. I need my bubble of peace and quiet.

  14. Erica says:

    I have never been RV camping but I know I would love to go. One day when we get a little older (my kids that is) I think we might just do this .

  15. myrabev says:

    Thats one comfy looking RV, never been camping in a good RV but been in not to mention kinda one lol. Its always fun when you spend time with family, very important and a blessing

  16. Looks great and like lots of fun! I used to go camping in an RV with my grandparents and always had a blast!

  17. My kids are grown but we used to camp almost every weekend and sometimes for as long as two weeks at a time. We had a 1965 Apache that my husband and I had redone and added a few modern upgrades. We loved that old camper. Once the kids grew up we sold it. Now when we go we are back to a tent. We are saving up to buy one of these when my hubby retires in a few more years and then we will be taking off for good! Can’t wait. Hope you enjoy yours look forward to future updates!

  18. Elizabeth O says:

    I’ve never tried renting an RV. I’m jealous.

  19. I always wanted to do this, it looks like so much fun. One should experience this at least once in their lifetime.

  20. I would love this. It’s been so long since I and gone camping. It would be fun!

  21. Alyssa C says:

    Oh man, my girls would love this! Another thing to add to my bucket list!

  22. Nichole says:

    We plan on taking a RV trip for AZ to OH to visit family. So far I think it may be the best route with our kids. 😀

  23. Liz Mays says:

    I’m not a camper at all, but I would definitely agree that an RV beats out a tent. That’s such a nice roomy one you found!

  24. Kae James says:

    I’ve never been camping and I so want to do it in an RV. I feel like that’s the only way I can really get the experience. Kudos to you doing it with many peoples. I bet it was fun.

  25. Krystal says:

    I love camping in an RV. I can enjoy the wilderness without ever really experiencing any of the discomfort. 😉

  26. I saw instantly why you and Shannon like this model. You two in the front …and all of them in the back. Is there a slider door to close? hahahahah. I just can’t imagine it. (We had 4 so I get it).

  27. Lynndee says:

    We haven’t tried camping in an RV before and I’ll bet it is cool. We haven’t tried any kind of camping actually because the husband would rather go on a road trip than go camping. LOL. But I love to try it. We have to get us an RV first. 🙂

  28. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I have gone camping in a RV when i was a kid. I can remember how fun it was to sleep in the bunk bed over the drivers cab. The campfire is always the best part of camping.

  29. Risa says:

    I would love to go RV camping so much more than camping in a tent. I get a little uncomfortable without the comforts of home and the RV seems like a happy compromise. Maybe I can convince my husband to camp this way sometime!

  30. estherjulee says:

    this looks like such a great time for the whole family. we’ve never gone rv camping before, but we hope to try it one day. we have a friend who has an rv and just travels around the country with his family one month at a time, and we’ve been talking about possibly doing something similar.

  31. Manu Kalia says:

    I will be planning an RB trip too. Thank you for the great idea!

  32. Johanna says:

    Ohh, camping is so much fun, have the best memories of my childhood. My parents loved mountains so we hiked and camped in tents mostly. But once we had the opportunity to rent an RV for camping in Italy and that was a great experience as well. Doesn’t matter how, but camping is a lot of fun and all kids should have that experience in their life.

  33. What special memories you are building together. Looks the the RV is a perfect fit for you all, and lots more camping and time together. Nothing more beautiful!

  34. Rosey says:

    Man, we got the short end of the stick as kids but we didn’t even know it. The adults slept inside the RV and we camped in our tents right beside it. It was fun though, camping creates lifelong memories for sure.

  35. Lara says:

    I have never been an an RV before. My concern would be toilet clean up. LOL!

  36. Wow, I couldn’t imagine going in an RV with 6 kids! It looks like you all had a great time, though!

  37. HilLesha says:

    I have never RV camped before, but I camped a couple times YEARS and YEARS ago. I wouldn’t mind going camping again someday. 🙂

  38. Elizabeth O. says:

    On the way you guys smile, I bet camping is fun! 🙂

  39. I’ve done plenty of tent camping and didn’t enjoy it. I might be able to handle camping in such a nice RV though.

  40. Brandy says:

    I so want an RV some day … we have a lot of kids together and it would be great to take them on a trip in an RV. My step daughter has never gone in an Rv and says she would hate camping, I am here to prove she wilL LOVE it 😉

  41. john lopez says:

    Amazing RV, im hoping we having vacation soon and we were rent RV i like to stay there hehe.

  42. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I have never been camping in an RV ever and love your new used RV. This is what I have wanted forever. I so want one of these to go camping in with the family. Thanks for sharing.

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