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Old 01-30-2011, 08:23 AM   #1
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Looking to buy a new or ,almost new, class A with a floorplan that allows the TV location to be viewable without straining your neck. The new Sightseer 33C model has this type of layout with it built into the dining table with the couch facing it. Anybody know of others. Thanks
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:48 AM   #2
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This is something that has always bothered me and made me wonder why Manufacturers build these this way. A lot of time is spent watching TV and it is very uncomfortable to sit sideways on a couch. There seem to be very little floorplans with the TV directly across from seating. Good luck...
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:43 AM   #3
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We removed the old (heavy) TV from the overhead and turned the space into more storage. Then we mounted a 32" flat screen in our hutch at the other end of the "living room". Now we can watch TV from the couch and all of the chairs including from the dining table. It works great for us but not all coaches have the hutch.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:35 PM   #4
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The TV across from the couch was one of the primary factors for us when we bought our 30W Vista. We've had the Winnebago for 4 months now and have been on 4 trips. If a 30 footer would work for you (actually 30' 11") there might be some used 2010s (first year with that floorplan) out there now. We had to buy new to get it, but we love that layout.

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Other than Winnebago, two others come to mind (below).

The Newmar Canyon Star is a gasser on the Ford chassis; the Thor Serrano is a Workhorse chassis diesel w/Maxxforce engine (scroll over one place on the right-hand arrow to see the 33A floor plan on the website). This particular Serrano floor plan just came out so there are not too many on dealers' lots yet.

All of these (and the Sightseer 33c) are roughly around the same MSRP price-point, give or take about $10k).

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Look at a Winnebago 38J from 2005 t0 2007. Once you have one you will never go back to craning your neck.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:24 AM   #7
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"This is something that has always bothered me and made me wonder why Manufacturers build these this way"

Until the advent of light weight flat panel tv's there were few options of where you could mount a TV in a MH. Either in the dash or in the overhead area were about the only options without taking up room.

Some manufacturers did design a front facing couch but not many did.

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Old 02-02-2011, 06:53 PM   #8
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My wife lies on the couch and I sleep I mean watch from the recliner.Works for us.
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When we recently visited the Tampa Super Show Lazy Days had a new Monaco class A that had a front kitchen and middle living area with a sectional couch that reclined and faced a large flat screen. No strain on the neck. Don't remember the exact model but it was different and the floor plan was great. Not your typical layout. Check with Ian Raymond the salesman we know there and I'm sure he can point you in the right direction.
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Looking to buy a new or ,almost new, class A with a floorplan that allows the TV location to be viewable without straining your neck. The new Sightseer 33C model has this type of layout with it built into the dining table with the couch facing it. Anybody know of others. Thanks
Winnebago Journey Express 34Y or Itasca Meridian V Class 34Y. That was just one of the floor plan features we were looking for ourselves. We just bought a 2010 Itasca 34Y.

Just took a look at the Sightseer 33C floor plan. That's pretty much the same as our 34Y. You'll love it.
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This one has a theater in the bedroom. Just lift the Murphy Bed and find a 42" flat screen with theater seating. Perhaps a bit pricy but a beautiful coach.
http://www.rvt.com/rvdetail4552438.htm

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Thanks for the info,,we are trying to stay 34 ft or under. We may even go to a class B+ or a C to allow for more options. I guess it isn't that big a deal but,,,




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Welcome to the forum! The issue you raise is exactly why we ended up with our current coach. I just was not going to deal with a front mounted TV. I don't know what's available in shorter lengths but we love the set up in our Itasca Ellipse 40FD. Dual power recliners are mounted opposite the TV and fireplace.

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It's a big deal if it matters to you.

We first saw a configuration similar to ours in the Sightseer but we didn't want to go over 30 feet if we could help it because of the places we knew we'd want to be able to go. We loved the fact that along with having the TV across from the sofa we'd get the dinette with 4 chairs instead of a booth.

Although we found a few 2010 30Ws (some 1000 miles away from us) none had exactly what we wanted. When our local dealer agreed to order us a 2011 at a price competitive with the 2010s, we went for it. We were able to pick only the options we wanted and select the colors I preferred. Yes, we had to wait for it when it would have been wonderful to take it home in days rather than weeks, but we used that time to sell my car and find a Wrangler like we wanted to tow.

This is our first RV and we decided not to compromise on the things that really mattered to us. I don't know that there's an RV out there that would have had every single little thing we wanted - at least not one that we could afford and still have traveling money - but this one has most of them. We haven't regretted buying our Vista.

If you don't rush your decision I hope you'll be able to feel the same about the RV you finally get. Happy hunting and even happier travels.

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