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Old 09-26-2011, 10:03 PM   #1
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Tiffin diesel pusher with North/South bed?

After looking at "tons" of MHs and visualizing living in one for extended periods, we have figured out one of our "musts" is that the bedroom needs a North/South bed configuration. Depending on the East/West or West/East orientation one of us can't get in/out easily.

I've been trying to see if Tiffin in the 2000 to 2007 years makes a diesel pusher in the 36 to 40 foot range with North/South bed. If you know of any, please respond with model and year info.

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Old 09-26-2011, 11:33 PM   #2
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North/South bed

I have a 2000 42ft Zephyr with N/S facing bed. It has plenty of room on both sides. The only change that needs to be done is the where the bedroom TV mounts. It's currently in the left upper part of the room and is a shoulder cruncher. I plan on removing the mount completly and installing a flat sceen.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:53 PM   #3
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The bed in our 2003 Phaeton 35rh is just like the pictures above. You will however NOT have a bedroom slide!
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:17 PM   #4
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not quite sure I get it? Most 4 slide coaches with an east west bed have plenty of room around the bed. Few coaches with north south beds have 2 bedroom slides, no place for them to go.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:19 PM   #5
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not quite sure I get it? Most 4 slide coaches with an east west bed have plenty of room around the bed.
All the east/west rigs that we have looked at (<= 40') have on one side of the bed (depending on the orientation) have a raised floor that is about 9" or so below the top of the mattress. And the space between the mattress and the rear closet wall is about 12" wide. The combination of the two makes it quite difficult to get out of bed unless one slides to the end of the bed were our legs extend the whole height of the mattress off the cabin floor.

Not the way we want to have to get out of bed with old knees and sore backs.
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All the east/west rigs that we have looked at (<= 40') have on one side of the bed (depending on the orientation) have a raised floor that is about 9" or so below the top of the mattress. And the space between the mattress and the rear closet wall is about 12" wide. The combination of the two makes it quite difficult to get out of bed unless one slides to the end of the bed were our legs extend the whole height of the mattress off the cabin floor.

Not the way we want to have to get out of bed with old knees and sore backs.
You are right that east-west beds will have a raised platform on the side of the bed toward the rear of the coach. The only exceptions to this I can remember seeing are the ones with a rear bathroom. In this floor plan, it's the bathroom that is over the engine and is raised. As far as I know, the rear bath floor plan is fairly recent and was probably only offered the last couple of years.

Tiffin had a 35' Phaeton that had no bedroom slide and a north-south bed. The Tiffin brochure archives on their website only go back to 2005, and it's not there so it must have been before that.

To get a north-south bed, you will probably need to find a motorhome with no bedroom slide, which means you may need to look at something older than 2000. Your other alternative would be to look at gas or a FRED (FRont Engine Diesel) with an east-west bed, but no platform.
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The Monaco Vesta, a 32 ft FRED has a N/S configuration. The bed is on a raised platform which makes getting out a little more difficult. but that increases the outside storage beneath it. The queen size bed is also a regular length rather than the typical RV queen. We bought one and wife loves it.
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Roy, what you're probably looking for is up to 2004 Phaeton, Allegro Bus or Zephyr with a single slide. Newer than that you'd be looking at the 32' Allegro Breeze.
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PAZ, check above post # 3; the 2003 35rh Phaeton is n/s bed, can walk all around but NO bedroom slide
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Winnebago Journey 36M 2011 Or 2012 has a NS bedroom and a wardrobe on a slideout. My wife loved the bedroom but there some features in the rest of the floor plan that were missing for us. This model has a 340 HP rear engine diesel.
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Yes the 32 Allegro Breeze has a north south configuration with a full size queen bed. No slides in the bedroom, and you will step right down to the regular floor.
However, the area around the bed is TIGHT and the 2 big beautiful windows on each side have cornices that protrude out a bit, making it a little hard to manuever around the bed until you "get the knack of it".

Oh where oh where is the perfect coach that not only has exactly everything you are looking for, in a small enough size thats easy to manuever, only costs what you want to spend on it, and lasts for 20 years and never needs a repair!
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..Oh where oh where is the perfect coach that not only has exactly everything you are looking for, in a small enough size thats easy to manuever, only costs what you want to spend on it, and lasts for 20 years and never needs a repair!
Whoever comes up with one will make a fortune!

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As we look at all sorts of coaches, access all the way around the bed is something we always check. We saw a floor plan that looked interesting to us, and we talked for some time about it. Finally we were able to see one in person, and boy were we disappointed. Neither one of us was able to maneuver ourselves to where we could easily change the sheets on one side. Beautiful coach, and otherwise the floor plan was great, but we had to cross it off of our list.

Another thing we look for is a nightstand on both sides of the bed. It doesn't have to be a big one, but there ought to be room for a box of tissues and our glasses. The lack of a nightstand might not be a complete deal breaker, but everything else had better be perfect.
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