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Old 07-14-2015, 07:22 AM   #29
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For us, it would be about the DW not having to get up whenever I exit and enter the cabin. She isn't a kid anymore, and getting up becomes a chore that could be eliminated with a ME coach.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:36 AM   #30
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Why don't you put details or your coach in your signature ?
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Why?
It can help those responding to your questions give a better, more focused response. Not all questions or answers are type or model dependent, but many are.

As for "why front door", I agree that the biggest factor is maximizing usable space. Just using our coach as example, all else being the same, we'd end up with a "dead wall" in front of the passenger chair and would have to give up either a sofa or half our kitchen to fit in a mid-door. The chassis configuration in most gassers also dictates a mid-door configuration. A front entry door/steps would interfere with the drivetrain and/or the steer axle and tire.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:22 AM   #31
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We absolutely love our mid entry door in our Beaver!

- DW sits right across from me
- DW has full unobstructed view without door and screen right there
- DW doesn't have to retract her chair and step cover on my exit
- Direct access to kitchen and bathroom right onto ceramic tile
- Quick access to kitchen to make a cocktail
- Quick access to bathroom because of cocktails
- No stepping over fold out bed or sleeping peeps when I'm up at 5AM
- Door exits under main awning. No added awning required

With our 40' DP we see no discernible loss of real estate and only see pluses to our mid entry door. One of the main reasons I bought the Beaver!

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Old 07-14-2015, 08:32 AM   #32
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We absolutely love our mid entry door in our Beaver!

- DW sits right across from me
- DW has full unobstructed view without door and screen right there
- DW doesn't have to retract her chair and step cover on my exit
- Direct access to kitchen and bathroom right onto ceramic tile
- Quick access to kitchen to make a cocktail
- Quick access to bathroom because of cocktails
- No stepping over fold out bed or sleeping peeps when I'm up at 5AM
- Door exits under main awning. No added awning required

With our 40' DP we see no discernible loss of real estate and only see pluses to our mid entry door. One of the main reasons I bought the Beaver!

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Strangely ours is very similar....

NOT offering the option simplifies manufacturing. Having it up front makes it look like a "Bus", so the marketing guys love it. It really is personal choice as the space can be as efficient as the manufacturer is creative. We love ours!
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Les nailed it--of course it is personal choice and to each their own. Yes-- there is some loss of useable floor space and storage but the convenience of leaving/entering thru your kitchen area verses disrupting your spouse's "nest" ever time you stop is priceless. Frankly, the little awnings that people have over their front doors cracks me up. Anyway, cant help but believe its a perception thing--if you have a front door--it must be a "bus/coach," if you have a mid-door, its just a motor home??????? No analysis please--just saying.....smile
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:52 AM   #34
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We just bought a 36' Class A Gasser with a mid-door. Winnebago Vista 36Y. Pleased all around with the overall quality.
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For us, it would be about the DW not having to get up whenever I exit and enter the cabin. She isn't a kid anymore, and getting up becomes a chore that could be eliminated with a ME coach.
No need for the wife to get up when I exit and enter the coach.
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....besides the large window that opens at my spouse's wish...the #1 reason I dont like a front door is------wind noise while driving!!!!!!!!
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My front entry must be different than everyone elses. My wife pushes her seat back a bit(and leaves it there), and never has to use the step cover. I can pass without her having to get up. The door has no wind noise.

If you like the mid door, that's great! But the statement that it doesn't consume any usable space is kind of absurd. But you may not miss that space, which is great. We have a full size table (three of us always eat there) and an additional chair behind the passenger chair. Not everyone needs/wants that. That's cool!
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My front entry must be different than everyone elses. My wife pushes her seat back a bit(and leaves it there), and never has to use the step cover. I can pass without her having to get up. The door has no wind noise.

If you like the mid door, that's great! But the statement that it doesn't consume any usable space is kind of absurd. But you may not miss that space, which is great. We have a full size table (three of us always eat there) and an additional chair behind the passenger chair. Not everyone needs/wants that. That's cool!
My guest is that you don't have a front computer drawer where your wife can follow the ongoing trip; I guess that you do have an excellent co-pilot sitting 3 feet behind you...
Do you use walkie talkie to talk to one another ?
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Computer? Man we are enjoying the road! I never really noticed her being behind me
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Computer? Man we are enjoying the road! I never really noticed her being behind me

If your wife never uses the step cover, it means that she is sitting behind the front door entrance, so somewhere behind your vision !

I guess you don't use a computer while travelling.
Our computer is used to find ongoing infos on our upcoming destination, like "how many milles for the next rest area, the next Wall Mart, or the next truck stop or this type of restaurant to have a descent meal".
It keeps the wife busy instead of knitting or crosswording or reading...
She, just as I do, focuses on the road and whenever I need an information, she finds it quickly as we roll down the road.
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If your wife never uses the step cover, it means that she is sitting behind the front door entrance, so somewhere behind your vision !

I guess you don't use a computer while travelling.
Our computer is used to find ongoing infos on our upcoming destination, like "how many milles for the next rest area, the next Wall Mart, or the next truck stop or this type of restaurant to have a descent meal".
It keeps the wife busy instead of knitting or crosswording or reading...
She, just as I do, focuses on the road and whenever I need an information, she finds it quickly as we roll down the road.
She sits just a little further back than I do. Maybe 6". She can put her feet to the left of the steps which is stretched out forward. Bring feet toward chair, and people can pass easily. Other coaches must have bigger stair openings or something. I sit fairly far back anyhow at 6'4". I don't need to look at her while I am driving.
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To be clear: I never said it was wrong to have a mid door. All I stated is that the reason pushers generally put them up front is because they can, and it takes up less space. It doesn't have to mean that it is better somehow.
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