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Old 09-17-2013, 05:25 PM   #15
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Love the Mid Door! But To Each His Own...

We just bought our '02 Tradewinds a few months ago. After looking at many floor plans, we liked the mid entry door. It's next to the kitchen so we don't have to walk 20 feet every time we load up, or pass stuff up and down to the picnic table at a camp site. It's also under the middle of the awning, so we stay out of the rain anytime we're getting in/out and using the grill. After two big trips, we are very satisfied with our decision. The wife still has a reclining chair in the front, too.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:04 PM   #16
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Spartian, Magnum, and Freightliner have have made chassis's in the past that the door could be behind the passenger seat like the gas coaches have. Haven't seen any new one's that way. There is a 2008 Gulf Stream on PPL Motorhomes web site with the door that way.

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There are several new DPs with mid entry. Palazzo, Excursion, another I can't recall, and I think the new Winnebago Solei.

We like it much better than front entry.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:34 AM   #17
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Not following re: "raised rail"? Our coach has "pass through" storage available - with mid door.
I have pass through storage on my gas coach. Chassis's with a raised rail frame have taller pass through storage.

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One point not noted, the front door allows for more slide configuration options. In my coach, for example, most of the wall is a slide and the only place for a door would be the very front, or just ahead of the bedroom slide.

That said, I definitely see some of the pro's of a mid door, especially with ease of access carrying items.

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As others have stated, it's primarily to give more efficiency and flexibility in floor plan layout and slide arrangement. With a mid-entry door you gain a bit easier access, but you loose a few feet of precious wall space where you can't put appliances, cabinets, or furniture. And that lost space is smack in the middle of the main living space.

When you have a mid-entry door, that area before the passenger seat is useful only for the passenger's feet. When parked and the chair is rotated to the living area, that footwell space is totally wasted. With the front entry, you end up moving the passenger seat back a couple inches, and that footwell space doubles as the entry steps. There is no wasted space, and that few feet in the middle can be fully utilized since it doesn't have to be left clear for the door. And as others have noted, that couple inches that the passenger is moved ack is hardly noticeable - it's still not an issue to turn toward your passenger, you're not looking back over your shoulder.

So, it all comes down to what's more important to you: easier access to the kitchen, or better space utilization?

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The entry door placement argument, and a similar one regarding the dining area being on the road vs. off road side of the coach, can rage on for pages at a time!
Door in front, and dining area on the curb side, of course! Is there really any question? <ducking and running...>
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Curb side dining is best.
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Curb side dining is best.
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A front entry door is nice if you remember to dodge the tv...
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