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Old 11-30-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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Having recently purchased an 01 Winnebago Brave, 26 feet, no slideouts I'm curious about how practical in would be to do significant cross-country traveling, just two of us, without being too uncomfortable.
Would re-doing the dinette into something with a sofa couch be advisable or money wasted.
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Having recently purchased an 01 Winnebago Brave, 26 feet, no slideouts I'm curious about how practical in would be to do significant cross-country traveling, just two of us, without being too uncomfortable.
Would re-doing the dinette into something with a sofa couch be advisable or money wasted.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:31 PM   #3
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What is your bed situation? For me, I like having a bed I don't have to put away every day and make up every night. I have a 36' park trailer with two slides and a 23' class C with no slides. There is a HUGE difference in the various dances my better half and I have to do around each other. We have basically settled on a rule that only one of us is up and moving at a time in the class C. We have only stayed up to three nights in a row in it, but I am certain we could last a lot longer if the time comes!
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:43 PM   #4
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Actually the sleeping quarters are decent, with a queen sized bed and space to move around the bed. My primary 'concern' is how to comfortably spend the down-time after a day on the road. The dinette doesn't offer much room to stretch. I'd appreciate any ideas re: modifications that other MH owners have found helpful to make the most of a 26' Class A. I'm new to this forum and to the future of the roads that lie ahead.
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:56 PM   #5
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It is really very subjective what people want/need to be comfortable. I myself would like to have a couch or recliner to relax in after traveling ...we bought a coach w/o a dinette setup because they are not comfortable to us. In some coaches, the front seats swivel and can be used comfortably. Some people prefer to carry comfy outside chairs and do their relaxing outside ...of course, that does depend heavily on what kind of weather you travel in! If doing some interior changes make your coach more enjoyable/usable for YOU, then it is money well-spent!
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:12 PM   #6
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As Paul states, it boils down to what you are comfortable with. For me it would be a minimum of a small couch and a chair. Hopefully your front seats swivel and recline as well. You can also buy some pretty comfortable small chairs and fit it in somewhere. Good luck.
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:26 PM   #7
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You are the only person who can determine what if any changes must be made to enhance your rv experiences. Betty and I determined what we wanted in our new rv and ordered it but have made a few mods along the way. Everything was designed for our comfort and unless the kids read this posting, they still believe there is only one bed in the Bounder.

If the dinette does not meet your needs, find a couch or chair configuration that makes you happy. There are numerous RV salvage yards that can help if you have the dimensions of the space you wish to fill. Just do what is right for you.
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:38 PM   #8
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Our last motor home was a 1994 25 foot Flair that we put 95,000 miles on it in 10 years. Went every where and parked easy. Tight but had great time in it. So can you in your 26 footer.Be safe!
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To those who offered their helpful insights, to my very first post, I offer a heartfelt, "THANKS". Based upon the responses received, I'll follow the consensus advice to make the most and enjoy this new to us 26 foot Winnebago. Hopefully, down the road I'll be able to afford a bigger rig with slideout(s) but kudos to those who took their time to respond.
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How much room someone needs to be comfortable is all over the map. There are 3 ways of looking at space.

1. Space to have features. Obviously, you can't have a dining room table, sofa, rocker/recliner, 8' kitchen counter, 2-door refer, bathtub, king bed and room to dance in a 26' MH. Does it have the features you find necessary?

2. Space to have storage room. We travel for months at a time and carry enough clothes for all 4 seasons. Plus tools and spares. Plus lots of groceries. Plus 2 laptops, 4 cameras, etc ad nauseum. We keep lusting after a smaller coach but we're just not prepared to travel light enough to make it work.

3. Space to have elbow room. After 'camping' in a 29' sailboat for 17 years, a 29' TT is like a mansion. But some folks just gotta have 4 slides and enough room so that they're not reminded that DW is in the same coach.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:14 PM   #11
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If our unit only had a dinette....I wouldn't last a DAY sitting in that thing!

We would require a couch, and at a minimum, a recliner or two..
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You wont have to worry about leaky slide seals and its very common.
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oshacon,
I hope your still reading this tread. Our first coach was a 1978 Winnebago Brave, 26 feet. This served as home for my mom, wife, 2 kids and me for 3 months every year. We also lived in the coach for almost a year when our house was being built. Everything is what you make of it.

My only recommendation is do nothing until you have some nights, in the coach, under your belt. Experience will tell what things you may want to change.
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Until the 80's this was the entry level standard. We drove 3/4 of the way across in 81 in a 72 18 ft. Brave with two kids and had a great time.

Get on the road and enjoy before you decide on your next rig.
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