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Old 10-03-2016, 08:08 PM   #15
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Front Living Room

We love our KZ 2016 Durango Gold front living room. Ours is not nose heavy and tows beautifully with our 2015 Silverado 2500. We are not overweight and the difference between the rear living room and front living room hitch weight is minimal, at least in what we are familiar with. As someone else stated it gives you a bathroom/shower area with very tall ceilings which would be great if you are tall. We don't happen to be but I can see how beneficial that could be. It is true that the underbelly storage is slightly smaller but certainly manageable. We carry a lot of things that my husband won't leave home without such as generator, air compressor, etc and it all fits. There is also storage under the back of the bed which is accessible from the outside as well as the inside storage under the bed which I'm sure most all rvs have. In any case, we really like our FLR but what works for one may not work for someone else. Everyone needs to figure out for themselves what is best for them. It is true that with the living room up front one might be climbing steps more often. However, the bathroom is on the main floor so it might just be a trade-off.
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:21 PM   #17
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Thank you all for your advice and words. Very much appreciated! I can already tell this will be a learning experience.
In answer to a point brought up ..... no health issues at this point going up/down 3 stairs, but a very good concern in (hopefully) distant future.
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One thing I like about the front living room is the bath on the lower level has a lot more height in the shower. That way, my head wouldn't be up in the bubble.

I'd also like the greater headroom in the bedroom for getting dressed.

It also puts the bedroom at rear of the campsite, which can be a blessing or curse.
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57 and DW is 55 (please don't tell her i said that).
The 3 steps don't interfere with our use. The 102" width, tall bath and bedroom, and ample interior storage was a huge plus for us.
If health such as hips, knees etc are a problem, a travel trailer or motorhome should be on the short list as less steps overall.
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Looking at Grand Design as well as the Winnebago ...... comments as to what to look at, ie. axles, structure, insulation, electrical, on and on it seems. So far, like em both.
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I liked the front living room setup at first until I saw the smaller basement and the lack of a large rear window to look out that most rear living rooms have.
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Front Living

Wife and I are just into the Montana 3730FL. Salon in front, kitchen/dinette in middle, bathroom next before rear bedroom. It has 2 slides in each section, and has a lot of room. We love it. Didn't really plan on buying a 5th wheel, but sat in it for a couple of hours and made the plunge. Ceiling height, openness, spacious, kitchen island, lots of storage (mega-storage in cabinets), and king bed in slide were major selling points. I have trouble understanding the negative comments about the 3 steps up to front living room. There are 6 steps just to get in the 5er?????

Have to admit, we had brake problems on second trip, and they are all being replaced as I write this, complements of Dexter Mfg.

Advice: don't buy anything that doesn't include auto-levelers. They make set-up and breakdown sooooo much easier.

Advice: don't go for the first price offered by dealer. These babies are marked up more than most items you can go out and buy. I wouldn't deal for anything more than about 20-22% below the so-called MSRP.

Advice: consider the Anderson Ulitmate hitch. Inexpensive, clean, very easy to use, you can turn the pin box adapter 180 degrees if truck cab to 5er clearance is a problem, and they only weight about 40 pounds.

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