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Old 04-12-2014, 06:41 PM   #1
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Hubby and I have been studying floor plans for months now and really like the kitchen forward with L-couch facing fireplace and TV. Why are so many diesel's designed with the living area forward? Why can't the gasser floor plans (angle TV across from the couch) be duplicated in the diesel's? Are we the only one's that like this design?

The coaches we have liked so far are 42', DP, Fleetwood, Winnebago and Tiffin.
There are thousands of coaches with couches across from each other and TV's above drivers station and another TV who know where. These seem to be the most popular. Why?
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:49 PM   #2
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We've only seen one plan like that, it was in a Forest River. We both like the floor plan, and would agree it is very nice.
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:41 PM   #3
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Some buy them like that thinking they will like them and then end up modifying them to suit them.

While we did not buy ours new we also knew when we got it that we would modify it. We ended up taking one of the couches out and putting in an entertainment center with a fireplace there instead. We then moved the TV from above the drivers seat to on the entertainment center right across from the other couch. We also moved the other couch to being center on the window. Took out the RV fridge and put in a residential. Took out the washer/dryer combo and made it into storage. Also took out the big ice maker (fridge now has one) and made it storage.

Yep most just end up modifying to suit them and their needs. Or they have one built to their specs at a factory and then some still do modifications that the manufacturer don't offer.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:48 AM   #4
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Hubby and I have been studying floor plans for months now and really like the kitchen forward with L-couch facing fireplace and TV. Why are so many diesel's designed with the living area forward? Why can't the gasser floor plans (angle TV across from the couch) be duplicated in the diesel's? Are we the only one's that like this design?

The coaches we have liked so far are 42', DP, Fleetwood, Winnebago and Tiffin.
There are thousands of coaches with couches across from each other and TV's above drivers station and another TV who know where. These seem to be the most popular. Why?
We live full time in our Georgetown 378TS and could not be happier. We looked for three years and would have preferred a DP but, like you said, most of the DPs had the two facing couches and the TV over the dash. Just never made any sense to have to look over your shoulder to watch TV in the evening. Simply could not see how you could get comfortable. And little counter space in the kitchen.

Don't be afraid to look at the Ford V10 F53 chassis. Unless you plan on driving 75000 miles a year I just can't see the need for a diesel. The best floor plans seem to be on the F53 chassis today. And we have 13000 miles on our F53 chassis, including many 7 and 8 percent grades, pulling a Wrangler toad, and have had NO problems!!!! Passed many a 300HP Cummins Diesel climbing. We just don't have the "aurora" of a diesel. Not needed.

For us it was floor plan, floor plan, floor plan and a gasser just fit us fulltimers.
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There are many people who like the kitchen forward design. However we, probably like the majority, like the LR forward design. The driver and copilot chairs can be turned around to become part of the living room. Nicer for entertaining and makes the MH look larger than it really is.
I haven't looked for a while but I know I have seen some diesels with the kitchen forward and midship TV. Make the hunt part of the experience, I'm sure you'll find what fits you. RV shows are a great place to see lots of different models, check,the different forums for information any shows that might be near you.
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There are many people who like the kitchen forward design. However we, probably like the majority, like the LR forward design. The driver and copilot chairs can be turned around to become part of the living room. Nicer for entertaining and makes the MH look larger than it really is.
I haven't looked for a while but I know I have seen some diesels with the kitchen forward and midship TV. Make the hunt part of the experience, I'm sure you'll find what fits you. RV shows are a great place to see lots of different models, check,the different forums for information any shows that might be near you.
Happy hunting!
My preference was the living forward to incorporate the driver/copilot chairs as part of the living space. Personal preference but I believe that is probably the major reason.
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We opted for the forward kitchen with the side bath. Didn't like the sofas across from each other with the split bath because it makes the coach look like a bowling alley...with a clear shot all the way back to the rear closet.
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I also like the gasser layouts over the DP's and thus we opted for a mid entry FRED. I am a clean freak and like the fact that that I don't have to walk through the living area to get to the kitchen and bathroom. I know that there are allot of folks who don't like FRED's due to the engine noise but for us it allowed my husband the power of a diesel for towing and me to have a mid entry floor plan. The other reason I like the coach is because I work remotely quite often while traveling and I love having the built-in dash desk. Oh and FYI... the engine noise in the newer FRED's isn't that bad.
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Welcome aboard. When we purchased our present coach, we decided the front kitchen limited our living area, because we can turn the front seats backward. We also removed the front TV, and love seat, then located a 37 inch LCD TV on the curb side in place of the love seat. We're very pleased with this arrangement.
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