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Old 12-26-2014, 11:36 PM   #11
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Different choices depending on the trailer. My buddy has road-side front hatch on his 19. That would not be my choice for the 17. Compartment isn't as large and there is some sort of electrical box in there on the 17.
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:54 AM   #12
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Our exterior storage hatch sees way more use than any other storage area in our trailer. Given the large expanse under the queen bed of the 19, an easy access to a part of this is great.
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:51 AM   #13
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Hi SunriseTrucker

We didn't put in the hatch opening for the following reasons:
1. There is just the two of us. We don't have lots of "stuff." We have inside areas, the front box, and the truck bed for storage. If we didn't have the storage box we would want the exterior hatch.
2. The hatch would be one extra hole in the egg-shell.
3. And this was the selling point for us and perhaps will be something for you to consider, since I see you are in B.C. If we decide we want the hatch, it can be cut into the shell later by Escape at the same price as the option list. Since we are about an hour from Escape we didn't have to decide right away.

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Old 01-18-2015, 09:11 AM   #14
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For the rear hatch on the passenger side for the 5.0TA, how much more storage room do you get with the u-dinette vs. the regular dinette?
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We have the U dinette... From the rear outside hatch, you can only access the passengers side of the dinette, roughly 16x48. The 2 6V battery's are under the rear bench in the passengers side corner, they intrude a bit into the area. I also think the rear wheel well cuts in a bit to the front of it. If you need it I can go out and take a picture.

We manage to fit quite a bit in it including the Coleman stove and the bucket we use for the black tank. Of course you can't get the bucket out the hatch, the stove you can.
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:53 AM   #16
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For the rear hatch on the passenger side for the 5.0TA, how much more storage room do you get with the u-dinette vs. the regular dinette?
Hi: woznick... Here's a pic of the hatch from the outside. We use it all the time. Alf
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:55 AM   #17
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Thanks for the replies. We
were thinking that if the u-dinette was purchased, you would get all the extra length of space under the rear bench to use for storage via the access hatch. If that's not the case, we probably would go with the regular dinette with the larger table. We play cards with other couples while vacationing, so the large dinette would be better.
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We play cards with other couples while vacationing, so the large dinette would be better.
Dunno. The U-shaped dinette would allow 2 of the players to sit near the corners, which would prevent alot of "accidental" card snooping.
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I'd agree with you, the regular dinette would be better for 4 people. You do however gain some storage with the U of course, just need to lift the rear bench to get to it. It does house the batteries, converter/power dist panel, those would have to go under the side benches on the non U taking up much of that space.

Where are the batteries on a non U dinette on the 5.0TA or 21?
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Thanks for the replies. We
were thinking that if the u-dinette was purchased, you would get all the extra length of space under the rear bench to use for storage via the access hatch. If that's not the case, we probably would go with the regular dinette with the larger table. We play cards with other couples while vacationing, so the large dinette would be better.
We have actually probably played cards with friends in bad weather, way more than we have eaten at our dinette. The larger table is perfect for this. I just can't see having a smaller table, no matter the draw of the U-shape. We use our large table WAY too much to give it up.
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