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Old 02-15-2013, 08:53 AM   #29
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I find myself disliking the "bowling alley" floor plans more and more. These are the ones that allow somebody standing in the front of the coach to see the back of the coach easily. One aisleway right down the middle of the coach. Our next one will have a side aisle or I'll keep the one I'm in.

We'll likely go with 2 slides for a little more room in the bedroom for those longer trips.

Private throne (reading room) a must here as well.

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Must have a light colored interior. Man graduated from caves a long time ago.

I prefer a side door too. It seems like my copilot isn't comfortable without piles of "stuff" (including the dogs at times) around her on the road. Wading through that to get in and out doesn't sound like much fun. We also eat outside a lot, making the side door closer to the picnic table a bonus.

I would REALLY like a driver's door, but those are almost unheard of anymore. I'm jealous every time I see one!
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One of the really wants was a side aisle and we found it in a used Monaco. Both of us really like the side aisle for various reason. For us there was not much in the way of must have. The only real one I guess would be that there must be room whether there were slides or not. Wanted the ability to be able to use the bathroom while on the road as well as get into the fridge or whatever. If we had to squeeze just to walk in the door we walked right back. Oh and it had to be a DP, that was Thom's must.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:32 AM   #31
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I prefer a side door too....We also eat outside a lot, making the side door closer to the picnic table a bonus.

I would REALLY like a driver's door, but those are almost unheard of anymore. I'm jealous every time I see one!
I often wonder why many smaller (even 20 ft) travel trailers have two doors while 45 ft. coaches have only one door at the far front? I really like our configuration of coming right into the living area through an adequately wide door. And yes, I wish I had a driver's door for those fueling stops.
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As noted above, we did not want the 'bowling alley' floor plan of opposing couches up front where you walk in and can see all the way to the back. Also, no fire place, they do not generate any more heat than a standard portable heater, cannot be moved and take up lots of good storage space.
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As noted above, we did not want the 'bowling alley' floor plan of opposing couches up front where you walk in and can see all the way to the back. Also, no fire place, they do not generate any more heat than a standard portable heater, cannot be moved and take up lots of good storage space.
I'll have to disagree with you about the fireplace taking up storage space. They are actually quite slim and will fit into a wall where no real storage would be feasible. Ours will warm up the entire coach, though we are only 34' long.
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I'll have to disagree with you about the fireplace taking up storage space. They are actually quite slim and will fit into a wall where no real storage would be feasible. Ours will warm up the entire coach, though we are only 34' long.
That's funny. Our coach came with the fireplace and we thought it was just silly, but came with the deal. After nearly 6 years, 50,000 miles, etc, etc... it's a feature we quickly came to LOVE.

It provides a nice "ambiance" on nasty days and I much prefer the heat it puts out to running the heat pump if I can. Many nights we leave it running on a medium setting all night so we don't have to use the heat pump and constantly hear it turning on and off. Many mornings, it does a great job of taking the chill off... maybe in addition to the heat pump.

We like it so much that I'm currently designing an electric fireplace into the living room remodel of my stick house. I'm not sure we'll do it, but we've also discussed adding an "in wall" model in our master bedroom at the stick house. Having said all of that, our house is in Arizona so we're not exactly dealing with harsh cold, but the area heating idea seems to be attractive here.

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I am starting to be influenced by this thread on the need for a bath and a half.
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On this note: Get into the shower, then step out and pretend you're grabbing a towel. It's surprising the number of coaches don't have a good place to put a towel.
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