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Old 11-24-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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Kitchen Counter Top/Drivers Door - which model?

Many questions have been asked on which motorhome to purchase so here's another and little more specific. DW will be retiring and we are moving up from an older 96 Winne Adventurer, 34' one slide, gasser and want to get a 2003-2006 diesel pusher. Will use about 3-4 months a year for the next several years then determine if we want to move up again or just buy a place and live closer to some of the grandkids. What the DW would like is more counter top in the kitchen and I'd like to keep a drivers side door ... which models of DP have one or the other (or preferably both)? Would like to stay around 36 to 40' as will still be able to fit in our garage.

When searching recently for used motorhomes, I did come across one that appeared to have a longer counter top ... but don't remember which one it was and now can't seem to find it now. We are not brand specific ... just want to get what we think we can be comfortable in and with the diesel will make pulling one of our vehicles a little less effortless.

Thanks in advance for your help and opinions.
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Old 11-24-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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It can be hard to find a decent kitchen layout with enough counter top. That was about the only drawback I had when we purchased our 03 ten years ago. Two years ago I had the big double sink removed, ordered a new countertop from a local cabinet company. We then installed a bar sink and had the new top made with a flip up extension. It folds down during travel, but adds about 12" length when set up. I really don't miss the big sink and enjoy the extra counter space.
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:05 PM   #3
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I don't believe there's any DP with a driver's door. As for countertops, just keep looking until your wife finds one she likes!
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When we upgraded from our 2003 33 ft gasser to our diesel DH and I listed our requirements and a large kitchen was at the top of my list. It took us quite awhile to find our coach mainly because we were looking for a mid entry diesel. We eventually found a gently used 2008 model that met 99% of our requirements. I love, love, love my kitchen. Tell your wife not to settle. Remember happy wife ... happy life.
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Many questions have been asked on which motorhome to purchase so here's another and little more specific. DW will be retiring and we are moving up from an older 96 Winne Adventurer, 34' one slide, gasser and want to get a 2003-2006 diesel pusher. Will use about 3-4 months a year for the next several years then determine if we want to move up again or just buy a place and live closer to some of the grandkids. What the DW would like is more counter top in the kitchen and I'd like to keep a drivers side door ... which models of DP have one or the other (or preferably both)? Would like to stay around 36 to 40' as will still be able to fit in our garage. When searching recently for used motorhomes, I did come across one that appeared to have a longer counter top ... but don't remember which one it was and now can't seem to find it now. We are not brand specific ... just want to get what we think we can be comfortable in and with the diesel will make pulling one of our vehicles a little less effortless. Thanks in advance for your help and opinions.
My wife and I have lived full time in our coach for nearly 7 years now. I concur on a galley with good useable space. Don't make a driver door a high priority. I gave mine up with our full timing coach and truthfully I haven't missed it.

A 40' tag axle Monaco Dynasty in those years would be a wonderful coach.
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We did as Calico with single sink. I cut the double sink apart and used the big part. Put the original 2 burner top in a drawer so you don't have to move things to use the stove. Also no cut out in the new Corian Top. Did it all our selfs . Found the Corian was very simple to work with. Now that I've seen the 2 burner induction top I'm thinking of changing to that. We do most of our cooking outside any way.
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Thanks all. Sounds like I will lose the drivers side door, but as Steve indicated ... it won't be a deal breaker. Just kind of nice to get out of the MH and already be on the dirvers side instead of walking around. The Dynasty looks like a real nice coach, but I don't need another axle. I know it would probably drive better, but there is the potential for more breakdown/expense with additional brakes, tires, bearings, etc. Also, not sure about our state, but beleive some states (and toll roads) even charge more taxes based upon axles. But Monaco does have other coaches that seem pretty nice to include the Cayman and Diplomat in the 37-39' range. Looked at some used ones on-line and don't see the kitchen the wife would like. So we'll keep looking (not in that big of a hurry) and if we don't find something, then may have to do a remodel like several have done or live with the best we can find.

If others know of a coach with an increased kitch/counter size, please let me know? I do appreciate the suggestions and remodeling ideas ... Tom
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My sink and cook top have the corian covers so you can use the entire counter top .
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We started with a pup tent, so we know what "minimal" is.

We have 7 feet of counter space including the sink and stove top. But there is a table right behind us! We often cook together, and easily manage gormet meals.

Dont count a rig out cuz the counter does not look like Chef Tell's. A great meal does not require a runway. ;-)
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:07 PM   #10
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I do like your counter top and saw the other pictures posted on a separate thread where you were doing the remodel. I did come across this 2004 Fleetwood Discovery that advertises it has a larger counter, but looks to me to only be the island that makes it larger. Not sure about a Fleetwood, but the rest of the coach looks comfortable. BEAUTIFUL 2005 Fleetwood Discovery Wood Floor Leather 330HP 13K Miles

Keep info coming .... appreciate the help.
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