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Old 04-24-2016, 03:12 PM   #57
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Usually the driver doesnt care about a mid-door--but the passenger will appreciate no wind noise, a window that actually opens, no door "pit" to fall into, and last--once the "nest" is made in the corner, in front of the passenger seat, no need to move/store stuff as the driver can/will use the mid-door at the fuel stop. Oh--then there is the tracking with dirty shoes and hauling everything from the front to the kitchen or bedroom.
PS--I just love those cute little automatic awnings that pop out over the front door, but unless the rain is coming straignt down--oh never mind....save travels everyone.

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Old 04-24-2016, 03:23 PM   #58
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The mid entry has some appealing things. My wife wasn't fond of the stairwell at her feet on the dp's we have looked at either
Most DP's, in fact everyone we've owned have a cover over the steps that is electrically operated. Takes just a few seconds to close or open.

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Old 04-24-2016, 05:15 PM   #59
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Most DP's, in fact everyone we've owned have a cover over the steps that is electrically operated. Takes just a few seconds to close or open.

I have seen that now...at first I didn't realize most all of them had the cover.

I like the idea of a mid entry door as I think maybe it would separate he coach a bit (5 and 8 year olds). Would also allow for a drop down bunk up front like some gas models have. Other wise we would be walking past the kids sleeping in the morning to get out of the coach (assuming kids were on a fold out etc upfront...). Hard to find a bunkhouse dp that has good toe capacity, carrying capacity and have the tv viewable for the kids while driving
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Old 04-24-2016, 05:44 PM   #60
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Palazzo 33.3 bunkhouse

-tv viewable while traveling
-bunks have tvs, not just dvd players
-front electric bunk also
-mid entry door
-everything is accessible while traveling
-10,000lb towing cap, more than enough

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Old 04-24-2016, 06:49 PM   #61
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Good points mr t. I looked at one a few months ago but didn't drive it. I do like the floor plan, but the storage bays give me pause (straight frame so storage seemed pretty limited). Also, how are yours with regards to being water tight? The slide issues also gave me a lot of pause, although it seems like much less complaints since going to triple track.

Towing - 10k is a mythical figure based on gvwr and cgvwr, isn't it? Have you ever had yours weighed? I would be interested in seeing how much carrying capacity it has? Thanks for the thoughts and info!
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cat scales last month, fully loaded

25,750 total, fully loaded, fuel, water, 4 persons, dog
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I at first had the same concerns about 'storage' in that this XCS chassis sits lower, allowing for the 'compartment' style bays, though the main bay is a true passthru style. If you plan appropriately, it works fine. We have found, thru time, that more stuff does not mean more enjoyment. We have shed items we thought we 'had to have', and actually feel less stress than when we had more 'stuff', and I still carry more stuff than I need.
The XCS chassis sits 6"-8" lower than most others, requiring only a single entry step, and sometimes not even a step is even needed, especially if you dump the air bags and self level. It also provides peace of mind versus the higher units where tunnels, overpasses, and tree limbs are concerned.
The ride is smooth, 300hp is more than enough, and I would have no hesitation in pulling a 10k trailer is needed - it doesnt even know my Fiesta is following it. : )

not sure what you mean by 'water tight'

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