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Old 08-15-2016, 05:26 AM   #15
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Bathroom was #1 with the Mrs. Had to have a good size shower and room to get dressed in the bathroom without being a contortionist.
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:44 AM   #16
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I may be weird but when we were shopping if I couldn't access the bathroom or the refrigerator along side the highway there was no sense looking at the rest.


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Old 08-15-2016, 08:57 AM   #17
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For us, it is the frame, tires, suspension, etc. and then a floor plan. They are all pretty inside but that does nothing if it falls apart driving down the road. Must haves for us as full timers was a custom frame, 17.5 tires, disc brakes, and Moryde IS suspension. Then we picked out a floor plan that we liked.
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Old 08-16-2016, 09:13 AM   #18
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Floor plan, floor plan and floor plan! Number 1 sitting and watching tv straight on, not having my head turned sideways.
I notice a lot of floor plans have the TV/fire place on the back wall with recliners facing the couch. I assume the TV is mounted on a rack that can swing out towards the recliners or the couch. If not I'd be pulling the recliners out to face the TV. It seems the floor plans where the recliners face the TV (sometimes at an odd angle) that the TV is smaller than those on the back wall.

Frank LLoyd Wright put it best. "Form follows function." So I have to go along with those that say the structure is first.
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Carry capacity is number 1. Use able storage space number 2. 38 ft or less number 3. Must be able to access potty room number 4.
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I notice a lot of floor plans have the TV/fire place on the back wall with recliners facing the couch. I assume the TV is mounted on a rack that can swing out towards the recliners or the couch. If not I'd be pulling the recliners out to face the TV. It seems the floor plans where the recliners face the TV (sometimes at an odd angle) that the TV is smaller than those on the back wall.

Frank LLoyd Wright put it best. "Form follows function." So I have to go along with those that say the structure is first.
I have seen this floor plan, the TV popped out the top of the cabinet the fireplace was in... was pretty sweet. Not sure they are all they way or not
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Floor plan, then in no particular order: Auto leveling, 4 step entry, lg. Pantry w/pull out sliding shelves, if one bath I would want it to be a split bath w/room when sitting down, residential fridge & bathroom accessible when slides are in, 2nd A/C, king bed, outside tv, a lot of CCC, as little carpeting as possible, easy viewing of main tv.

I doubt you will find everything you want in a single unit. Make a spread sheet with priorities.

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IMO has to be floor plan. You have to be comfortable and have your needs and wants addressed. For example - you want a king bed. No matter how well constructed your trailer with a queen bed is you will not like the trailer in the long run.

Then pick the manufacturer that gives you the best substance in the construction. Since many floor plans are very similar there should be several manufacturers to choose from.

Then get a truck that will adequately haul the trailer.
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Access to the fridge while the slide is in may sound funny but to us it is very important. The rear kitchen is good if the door is at the rear into the kitchen. I don't like my kitchen on the same side as the awning. The exhaust vents are noisy when you are sitting under the awning trying to visit. We also want the tallest bedroom possible with room to walk around the bed.
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I agree most strongly with jpharley in the suspension and frame is tops. All of the pretty and access is useless if the foundation is bad. Then floorplan is next most important followed by length and weight. There's only so many ways to lay out stuff in the space of a trailer. Unless you can buy a truck to match the weight of a trailer, weight becomes important real fast as to what you can really tow safely. If you can't tow it, its not worth much to you.

Make sure you examine any rig you're thinking about with all the slides retracted to understand what access will be like on the road between campgrounds. Access to the kitchen area and restroom is very important to us. Oh you must also take care of the DW's requirements if you're going to enjoy life.
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We "fulltime" so what was important to us is being able to access the fridge and bathroom without having to move the slides. When traveling from destination to destination (average 150mi) we stop for lunch and a potty break.
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Ours was chosen based on usable galley space #1 & worthwhile freshwater capacity (100gal) #2.

We have a bunch of other important thngs too. Washer/dryer cabinet next to galley which is a massive pantry a 4 door fridge & a TV mounted at a 45deg angle in a slide making it visible from everywhere on that lower level.
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We "fulltime" so what was important to us is being able to access the fridge and bathroom without having to move the slides. When traveling from destination to destination (average 150mi) we stop for lunch and a potty break.

Accessing the fridge is a big deal for us too for the same reason.


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#1: Frame, suspension, brakes and tires
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