Last night I posted this as part of another thread and realized this morning that it needs its own thread. I've made some additions to the original post. Here it is:
We just got back from viewing the 21'. WOW!
Okay, learned lots of things, of which a few are:
The ceiling and walls are padded! Very nice to the touch and even better if I bang an elbow against the wall while in bed or the dinette. This is mentioned on their site, but I did not understand what it meant.
Lots more room in the bathroom than I thought there would be. Not even sure if I'd need to remove the sink, so that was great to see. However, since then my mind has been pondering all the ways to put shampoo, soap, etc in there with or without the sink. I'm not a super huge fan of the suction on stuff as they never seem to work very well for me.
I'd want to make sure the shower curtain covers the toilet. What a pain that would be to dry it off all the time.
The bed fits!!!! That's a major concern for me and I was very pleased with it. Poor Tom did not quite realize what I meant when I warned him I'd be flopping on the bed. Now he does - it means I'm laying on that bed to see if it fits me. And flopping around from side to side and flinging my feet around to make sure they don't hang over the edge.
I can see the advantage of adding another cabinet on top of the one already there by the foot of the bed. I'm not a "watch TV in bed" sort of person and using my laptop at the dinette would work just fine for my DVDs. But seeing it in person made me realize the advantage of that modification. Spend money on the extra cabinet/shelves/drawers, but save money on not getting any of the TV stuff.
One thing that did not thrill me in the least and I'm wondering what others have done to overcome this. When you sit in the dinette (standard, not u-shaped), how do you keep from banging your shoulder into the bottom of the curtain holder? Holy Cow - first thing I did was bang my shoulder in it. Not impressed, to put it mildly.
This happened when I sat with my back to the back wall so I could see what it was like to watch TV from across the trailer. I probably would not sit that way very often as it was too short for my feet and I wouldn't sit there with bent knees for very long.
I'm quite interested to see how it works with a u-shaped dinette, which I'll eventually see at the factory (decided not to attend the rally so I can save that money towards a trailer!).
AND - I did not know the dinette table shifts from side to side to make it easier to get in and out!!!! WOW!!!! (Yeah, okay, I have not read all the threads here, but this is something that should be mentioned on their web site - holy cow!!! That was cooler than cool!)
We were there for 2.5 hours so we got a very thorough understanding of the 21' specifically and differences between it and the other sizes we're interested in. On Sunday we're viewing the 19' and 5.0TA. (Don't worry owners, I don't expect to spend that long at each of your trailers.) Gotta charge up the camera battery as one died while we were there.
Today we're swinging by the local dealer that has some R-Pods, just so Dirk can see the difference between what we saw last night and what I initially started looking at several weeks ago. He's an engineer; he sees construction stuff that I miss. He'll recognize the differences right away. Yeah, I think I can toss the R-Pod brochure - oh wait, did that earlier in the week!
Tom - many
from Dirk and I