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Paris Petro-Various questions (upcoming Apr 2016 trip)

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Hi All. I am struggling with the transportation piece of our upcoming April trip and could use a little help. I have searched high and low (including reading through a few tour books) but questions/uncertainty still persist.

First, here is some background:
I am traveling with the family (wife, son (14yo) and daughter (12yo) - our plane lands in CDG (from LAX) on Fri morning and we depart the following Friday around 11:30 AM . We do not have physical challenges and will likely each have one 27" pully luggage and one backpack, so the metro/RER works great for us, especially since we are on a budget.

We plan to do the popular sites (Eiffel, Loevre, Arc, Versailles, Notre Dame, East Bank, Luxembourg Gardens, etc.) and do plan to walk around a bit to enjoy just being in Paris (e.g the people, ambiance, etc.).

"Home" for our stay will be a condo/timeshare located about 13 mins walk from the Château de Vincennes metro station (end of Line 1).

Here are my questions - some are specific to a given scenario (which I am thinking about).
*Since I have several questions, it would help if any answers can include which question is being answered.
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1) I believe the 10-ticket booket/carnet is the most economical choice for us - but am looking for others' input/confirmation. I am still working on the itinerary, but my thought is each person uses one ticket daily to get into Paris (includes transfer)...walk around for the entire day, and use one ticket to return 'home' (which exception of a couple of days which are to/from CDG (plan on taking RER/metro), and one daily excursion to Versailles).

2) When I arrive at CDG, can I purchase the following while still at the airport?
a) The carnet booklets

b) RER return tickets (Paris-CDG)? and does this include the metro ride from our 'home' to the RER station (to transfer onto RER B to CDG)?

c) Round trip RER tickets to/from Versailles to be used at a later date? and does this include the metro ride portion of the trip to/from the RER station (to transfer onto RER C to/from Versailles RG)?

2) When we first arrive in CDG, we will purchase a RER B ticket to get to our 'home' in Vincennes. I have read that ticket includes a transfer to the metro. However, are we allowed to leave the underground metro system (such as to a cafe at street level) to grab a quick bite to eat, then hop back onto the underground metro to continue our trip to our 'home' ?

3) Are the metro transfers time-based or number-of-transfers-based?
4) Are we allowed to leave the underground metro system for a very short time (like 30 mins), then come back into the underground metro to continue our trip using the same ticket?

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