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Old 06-16-2014, 07:43 AM   #1
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I am working through my build sheet and I am hung on the U shaped dinette. I do not understand the layout of it. It appears to occupy the same space as the regular dinette. If that is the case then you loose seating capacity on the sides, gain storage on the rear, and the table is smaller. Other than storage what is the benefit?
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:07 AM   #2
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I'm not sure but one may also lose leg/foot room in the "well." Someone will correct me if I'm wrong here but there's only so many cubic feet down there and it seems with an added back bench something would have to go .

I think it depends entirely on how one plans to use it. To me the large slider table (side-to-side) is one of the best inventions and makes ingress and egress so much easier--no more scooting. But if it is used primarily as a lounge area (not for dining or work), it has its appeal.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:38 AM   #3
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Y'all are correct in your assumptions. You lose foot space and gain storage space and lose the large table. Sleeping space stays the same.

I'm not even getting a table in my new 5er. This is my lounge area... swoon! I'm even getting an extra filler board and cushion to make the back bench wider. But, as a single traveler, my needs are different than a couple.
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Other than storage what is the benefit?
It is designed more for lounging like Donna wants, whereas the regular layout provides more efficient work area like Karen alluded to.

After touring two 5.0TA's, with both the layouts, for me the full dinette is the way to go (thought to be fair, I pretty much had my mind set already). We generally don't 'hang' in the trailer very much, and even when we would, it would suffice. We love the large table, as it gets used a lot for temporary storage, and provides a great work area.

I do like the storage the U-shape adds. It got me thinking to add something narrow for storage along the end wall in my regular dinette, while still allowing four sets of legs to comfortably dangle.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:41 AM   #5
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You will get tired of taking the larger table down for travel real quick, the smaller table in the "U" set up is more user friendly. In addition we took the table out and just used the small pop up tables on each side, made the area into a lounge area.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:50 AM   #6
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I think not having the table and using the pop-up tables or as I called them when growing up "TV trays" is the way to go. Utilizing the dinette area as a lounge area makes perfect sense for us. Thanks for all the great help on this site!!
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Jim,

Are you saying that the table has to be put down for travel?
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I had the larger table come off the legs a couple of times in my 19' so I just put it down while towing. It broke my master turn off switch which I replaced.
It has not happened to the smaller table I have now in the 21'. Remember the table in the 19 is up front whereas in the 5th and 21' it is in the rear, not sure this matters.
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Jim,

Are you saying that the table has to be put down for travel?
We don't. I just make sure it's locked in place so it can't slide.
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We love the standard dinette table and never take it down to travel. It locks in place so no problem. Lots of leg room, huge amount of table space. It all depends on how you are going to use it. We've also found there is enough room to put our feet up if we feel like lounging, watching a movie, etc. (You can also slide the table over far enough to 'walk' to the back for easy access to those cupboards.)

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