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Old 01-18-2016, 07:29 PM   #1
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Table and chairs vs booth dinette

Shopping for new and first TT and would like opinions regarding the choice of a booth dinette vs a free standing table and chairs. I can see advantages and disadvantages with both, but it just seems to be personal preference. Maybe someone could enlighten me with information that will be more definitive based on personal experience that will enable us to make a more informed decision.

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Old 01-18-2016, 08:00 PM   #2
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We haven't had a booth since trading in our last TT in 1988. But by then the kids were old enough that they didn't want to go with the "old folks" anyway.
With younger kids I can see why you would want a booth to make into a bed.

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Old 01-18-2016, 08:20 PM   #3
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My wife and I are getting ready to go fulltime in a 5er toyhauler sometime in the near future. We are super picky when it comes to the interior layouts. A booth is a requirement for us as we just can't stand a table and chairs setup. Even worse are the credenza with chairs that all the high end RV's seem to have these days. We call them the "Golden Girls interior package".
We never turn the booth in our class A into a bed but that is always an option if needed. We prefer a booth because we just love ours so much and wouldn't be without one. It's the party spot in the coach!
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:39 PM   #4
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Ford or Chevy......All a matter of personal preferences, We have had both.....we have a round table with chairs in our coach. We like it better.
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The previous owners of out Southwind removed the booth and bought a table and chairs from a furniture store. I wouldn't have it any other way. We can move and rotate the table and position the chairs where we want. Most booths are not comfortable to sit in for very long. Too upright.
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We are credenza and table/chairs folks.

Movable chairs are, well, movable. Storage in and on the credenza is a plus (yes, there are typically drawers under a booth seats). We don't need another bed. Chairs more comfortable than booth seating, to us anyway. When we do have another couple in for dinner it's roomier and more comfortable.
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We have table and chairs and wouldn't have it an other way. But some feel the same way about a booth.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:07 AM   #8
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We have had both and for just the two of us, a separate table and chairs work the best. We only carry two chairs but do have a couple folding tucked away JIC. Many if not most of the chairs supplied in current RVs have lift up seats for some additional storage - though we replaced our chairs with two that 'sit' better and lost that option. If you need the extra bed space for kids then the booth works well but an adult needs to be pretty small to sleep there. Also, with a booth - if you tend to be portly (or tall) - not gonna be a friendly spot for many meals.
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We opted to [re]install a booth setup simply because we could store more in a smaller footprint (less floor space consumed to get greater storage space). We preferred the look and feel of the table and chairs, but did not like how the table (table shape and sizes being equal) and chairs seemed to spread out and interfere with travel between one end of the MH and the other.

In our case, it's just the wife and me.

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As a previous poster once said, "when you go to a restaurant, do you ask to sit at a booth or a table? That likely tells you which you would prefer having in your rv." Answering that question helped settle our indecision when we were purchasing.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:37 AM   #11
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When we were in search of our "perfect" motor home, My wife wanted a booth.
Enough said.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:51 AM   #12
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I prefer the chair / credenza setup. Why do I need fixed seating for 4 when it's just the DW and I. Two chairs take up less room than the booth.

I would prefer the computer desk setup, our coach has the shallow version. Not a lot of storage space in the cabinets. The computer version is deeper, room for a printer, etc.
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I love the booth. This gives me way more storage for thing under the seating. Where free stand table and chairs you just lost all you storage. Like my current Jayco you can access either by pull the draw out or lift the cushion and the board. Lots of good storage room. Typically for my 120V appliances.

In my old 1976 Dodge motorhome the water tank was in one booth bench and make it winterized system. I never had a freeze up problem and it allowed me to camp year round in it.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:10 AM   #14
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As a previous poster once said, "when you go to a restaurant, do you ask to sit at a booth or a table? That likely tells you which you would prefer having in your rv." Answering that question helped settle our indecision when we were purchasing.
That's only because a booth is more private and most chairs are just wood bottomed. No cushion. 99% of booths in RVs aren't comfortable enough to sit in for more than 30 mins. Booths in restaurants have higher backs. Look at booths in RV's. Most seat backs are very low and provide little support.
With that being said not all free standing chairs are comfortable. We replaced our booth with a table and chairs. We couldn't sit for more than 30 mins before the seat cushion bottomed out. We can sit for hrs with our table and chairs. I would advise you to sit in the booths of the RV you're looking at to see if you like it.

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