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Old 12-29-2015, 12:18 PM   #1
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19' Rear U-dinette?

We need to get our build sheet in real soon now.

We are having a hard time deciding on whether to go with the permanent bed or a rear dinette option. We have a family so we will have to set up a dinette one way or the other. (We will also get the cot option). I think we would also get a marine type pedestal on whichever table we decide would get set up daily. Our concern is how comfortable the cushions are going to be to sleep on. Also concerns with losing the underbed storage. Crystal mentioned that there are a few rear dinettes built each year. For those with 19's, any regrets one way or the other?
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:51 PM   #2
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Are you confusing the front "U" dinette with the rear? With a 19, the front dinette can be optioned to a "U" and also have the bunk option.
The rear is a queen bed stock or dinette option. So you want a front and a rear "U" option?
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:53 PM   #3
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We have a family so we will have to set up a dinette one way or the other. (We will also get the cot option).
For me, the deciding factor would be the number in the family. If the number allowed everyone to sit at the front table and eat then I'd never give up my full time bed and the storage space that goes with it. On the other hand it depends on your previous experience. Not everyone minds going back and forth between a bed and a table. For us, been there, done that, no more.

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Old 12-29-2015, 01:08 PM   #4
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I agree with Ron ... the number of people in your family would make the difference. We have the front U-shaped dinette and find that we can seat four adults comfortably (one rainy trip, we also managed to squeeze in two children in the corners). Using the rear area as a dinette is appealing (since, with a bed, it's only useful at night), but you are losing a bit of storage space. Even though you would still have space under the seats, where do you store all your bedding/sleeping bags and still have room to sit in the dinette? If you're seriously thinking of turning it into a dinette, you might want to boost the thickness of the cushions to make it more comfortable for sleeping.
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Old 12-29-2015, 01:26 PM   #5
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One possibility is to add another exterior hatch on the passenger side rear. This gives you "some" access under the bed. We have three exterior hatches on our 19 and use them all nearly every day. We have the conventional bed in the rear of the unit and a U shaped dinette on the front that can be converted to a pretty good sized ( two medium sized adults) bed.
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Old 12-29-2015, 02:03 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback.
We will be able to seat everybody at either dinette. From a setup standpoint, we'd either have to set up the rear dinette versus take down cot and set up front dinette. Also received some feedback that people sleeping on dinette cushions on a regular basis are adding a 3" topper. Still deciding...
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Keep in mind, if you use a topper during the night, you have to put it somewhere during the day. Our topper is maybe 2" thick and takes up a heck of a lot of room when rolled up for storage.
We leave the dinette as a bed, but if we plan to set it up as a table, I'll leave the topper at home.
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:59 PM   #8
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The cushions do make for a very firm bed. When we have used the dinette as a bed, we've added an air mattress and left it set up.
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:39 PM   #9
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One possibility is to add another exterior hatch on the passenger side rear. This gives you "some" access under the bed. We have three exterior hatches on our 19 and use them all nearly every day. We have the conventional bed in the rear of the unit and a U shaped dinette on the front that can be converted to a pretty good sized ( two medium sized adults) bed.
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Where are you three exterior hatches? Did you put them in or did Escape do it?
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:49 PM   #10
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We are not the kind of people who would be happy if we had to make and unmake two beds twice a day. The pillows and blankets take up a fair amount of space, and without the permanent bed there is less storage. And in our case, we tend to leave things on the bed -- the extra blanket, pajamas, etc. These things would all need to be put away or found every time the switch was made. Having a spot that is permanently mine makes me a calmer person.

What also would make me claustrophobic would be making the switch with four people inside the trailer.

That said, some people are probably more orderly than us

When we traveled with four children we had a much bigger trailer, but there was no table or benches. The rear had bunks and the front had empty space with chair beds that could be folded up when we needed to be inside. Mostly we left the chairbeds opened up unless it was really pouring and we absolutely had to all be inside. If we were taking children in our 19 I think we'd do something similar. We'd just leave the cot and the dinette bed in place and everyone would have their own spot except for the times when weather forced us to eat inside. Even then I would consider spreading a tarp over the sleeping space and letting people eat while sitting on the bed or even the floor.

Here's another thought: The permanent bed is definitely big enough to lounge upon and games can be played there. Depending on the age of the kids, I'd even consider turning the permanent bed over to the kids with all their stuff and then we could do what we wanted with the dinette. That could be our space.
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