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Old 04-07-2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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Question Bath + 1/2 Worth it?

Would love to tap into current owners of coaches with a bath-and-a-half layout ~ especially if they owned a previous coach with just a single bath. This would be for a DP in the 45' length, probably a CC Donatello, Entegra Cornerstone, etc.

Very curious about your personal opinions on the following:

While Traveling:
  • Is one of the toilets that much easier to access than the standard, single bath set up?
  • Is the space so small as to be of limited use compared to the other bath?
  • Is the doorway significantly smaller/harder to get into with slides in?

While Camping/Slides Extended
  • Do you find the living or kitchen areas severely compromised as a result?
  • Does it result in a lot of lost storage inside (or out?)

  • What was your primary reason for wanting the additional half bath?
  • -- His and Hers toiletts?
  • -- Entertaining and not having guests in yours?
  • -- Traveling with a larger group (or kids?)

Any and all insights from those of you that have made the choice would be really appreciated!

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Old 04-07-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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Bath +

We have a 2 bathroom Tiffin 36' gas coach.
Love having powder room that gets used by guests and ourselves most of the time. The full rear bath which has the shower is plenty spacious.
While in motion the powder room is easily accessible
Once you have both it's hard to go back to one.

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Old 04-07-2014, 06:49 PM   #3
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We really like bathand 1/2 acsess while driving not much difference traveling with grandheathens it is priceless
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:49 PM   #4
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We weren't specifically shopping for a bath and half. It just happened to have one and we liked the coach.
With the slides in, you have to climb over the bed to get to the main bathroom at the back. The 1/2 bath is easily accessible when travelling.
The his n hers is useful at times. Can't say we miss anything that may be in place of the 1/2 bath.
It just suits us...
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:59 PM   #5
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We really like the bath and a half in our 40DFT. Great for entertaining, longer-term guests and when alone, we each get a bathroom. Yeah, gotta clean 2 bathrooms, and there are twice as many plumbing fixtures that need repairs - actually, that last is really a benefit. If one of the toilets fails, still got the other until repairs can be made!

Our rig has the full wall slide, which does make it a challenge to get to the rear master suite when underway and everything is closed up. When the slides are out, though, there is nothing like the tub in the master suite in the back - a hot soak with no one passing through and bothering you. The bath and a half, with the rear master suite, was the key design feature that we based our purchase on.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:18 PM   #6
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We have a bath and 1/2 and like it so much that when we look at new coaches,we only look at bath and 1/2 units. The 1/2 bath is small but really convienent. Especially when getting dressed for an evening out. Out last Class A had a walk through that used up more floor space than what we have now.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:18 PM   #7
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If you dry camp water and power usage of macerating toilets typically used in rear bath can be a consideration.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:29 PM   #8
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We love our bath and 1/2. Just spent 6 weeks in AZ and I would never go back to 1 bath. Our 1/2 bath is plenty big enough. I do have to crawl over the bed to get to the full bath when traveling.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:33 PM   #9
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Mine is also out of necessity when slides are in, but I also get plenty of use out of it since we typically have either our children (College Age) traveling with us or other guests. As other have mentioned, it is added convenience.

I don't notice any less storage with the 1/2 bath, plus we have separate washer and dryer whereas our other coach only had the combo washer/dryer.

The only negative on ours with the 1/2 bath is we don't have the drawer storage in the bathroom we had in our other coach.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:59 PM   #10
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We went from a 5'er with a single bath to the DP which is 1 1/2 baths. We can't get to the back bathroom when the bedroom slide is in.
The pluses for us are we have a bathroom we can get to while traveling, guests can use the smaller front bathroom, and if someone is taking a shower and someone else needs to use the toilet, or needs something from the bathroom they do not have to disturb or wait for the shower to clear out.
If we have overnight company they use the front most toilet at night so no one has to cut through the bedroom and wake folks up.
For dry camping, the front toilet is a regular RV toilet, requires no power or extra water to flush, and the rear toilet uses a macerater. I would like to have one in our next rig, this one is to handy.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:17 PM   #11
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We have a 43 ft bath and a half. With all the slides in you have t crawl over the bed to get to the rear bath.

1/2 bath has easy access.

We use our coach for work, 2 baths means we both can get ready at the same time.

Coming home from the movies, no more racing to the bath room.

We never felt a loss of storage space, because we went from a 38' to a 43'. We don't have every cupboard filled as is.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:04 AM   #12
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I have a bath and 1/2 gasser but just love it. We have had several 5th wheels and another MH with single baths and this is real nice. As others have said, yes you can get the rear bath if needed by crawling over the bed, but the front bath is accessible when traveling. My front bath has the macerator and the rear bath does not. OK well it didn't but now it does after I finished the install. More toys for me
We would not go back to a single bath unless someone paid us good money and gave us the coach for free.
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:07 AM   #13
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We have kids, our Fleetwood Discovery 39S had one bath. I hated it, we have 7 bathrooms at home and one when we travel. I ended up using the campground showers which is not always that great. When we went looking for a new coach, a must have was the extra 1/2 bath so the kids could use that one and the mom and dad could have their own "suite" in the back. Much more privacy. We also wanted a full wall slide, and even though the hallway is narrow, the 1/2 bath has a pocket door so it is easily accessable while slides are closed.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:40 PM   #14
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Thanks for the comments so far!

I'm really curious of those of you that travel just as a couple really find the 1/2 bath need is as strong as those with families? Sure, we entertain in the coach...and sometime get ready at the same time. But what level of importance do you place on it?

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