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Old 07-28-2017, 08:04 AM   #1
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Walking space when driving model recommendations

We are looking for a 2009 to 2013 motorhome with a bath and half. We just looked at a 2010 Newmar Essex and were disappointed that we couldn't get into the bathroom unless you shimmied in when everything was slid in. We also have two 40# dogs that lay between the sofa's so space there would be good.

We currently have about 24" space in our current motorhome and would like close to the same. We also want king bed (passenger side preferred), dishwasher, aqua or Oasis hot, heated floors and preferably booth seating but could put that in.

We are looking for make and model recommendations. We can find floor plans we like but when driving we have no room to take advantage of the motorhome.

Thanks in advance.
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I have a Fleetwood Providence and it has plenty of room with the slides in.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:19 AM   #3
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Hey Mark,

Best answer is get a non-slide coach. The isle is fixed and nothing to break down!
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:23 AM   #4
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Some models work, some do not. You have to look around. We would not be interested in anything we could not get lunch and use a bathroom in with the slides in. Some folks don't seem to care.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:26 AM   #5
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My 2015 Discovery has a decent isle way when closed and a king bed. The 40G is a bunkhouse model with full wall slide. I think the 40X has a similar layout without the bunks, but I don't think it has the full wall slide.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:35 AM   #6
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I have a Fleetwood Providence and it has plenty of room with the slides in.
We have the same and it's an 05. We looked for a newer one with bath and half and couldn't find. Do you know if they made any? We love ours and honestly it does ride and handle better than a Newmar Essex.
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I'm a little bias.... I sold motorhomes for many years... All brands and models but bang for the buck was the Fleetwood Discovery, Excursion & Providence (all the same structure and floor plans) and I sold 150 of them as well as own one.
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This is our first, we bought not knowing if we would like or use is it. 3 years and 35k miles later we want to upgrade. Besides the layout one of the biggest issues we have with ours is noise. We would like to be able to block out more outside noise when parked. Do you know how much better the insulation is on the 2010 plus model years? Any model recommendations for chassis quality and overall quality?
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With two 40# dogs it is going to be tough to find a coach with slides that have a wide isle. The Phaeton 42LH (and a 40 foot model ) has an area next to the fireplace that is open and maybe big enough for the the dogs to lay in without being in the isle. You'll just have to see one to determine if that would work.
I thing the Winnabago Tour has a similar floor plan.
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American Eagle 42F checks all your requirements.
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We have an 2010 allegro 35qba. It has plenty of room. We have a90lb dog that wonders the coach.
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As you get into newer model year coaches, the aisles get more narrow....the reason.....they have bigger slides (deeper). People are demanding more room when the coach opens up. As much as some will argue how their non slide or old one slide coaches are the best for walking down the aisle when driving, the bulk of the RVing public wants more open floorplans when the coach is open. The newer RVs are being built for their intended purpose, spaciousness when the coach is opened, not during the 5% of the time you spend driving them.
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i definitely wish manufacturers would show photos of the floorplans with the slides in

it would definitely make shopping easier

rarely do rv dealer walkthroughs show the coaches with the slides in either

seems like they just hope thats a question people wont ask until they've already purchased a coach
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Any sales person worth their salt will take a picture for you with slides in. If he doesn't, call the coach builder if your looking new!
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