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Old 08-04-2015, 12:15 AM   #11
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I am in Jon's camp for the layout. I like to read a lot, and so the larger bed doubles as a lounge. I also use the underside of the large side for storage, and the width and depth is enough for 2 storage bins (one in front of the other) and two camp chairs (in bags) and the grabber for the awning switch. (& 2 pair of shoes too). You could also, if you decide to use the small dinette as a bed, cut the wardrobe down so it would be taller than the bench, but not so tall as to be claustrophobic, and then have shelving or drawers.
But, it really comes down to what your planned usage is and your own personal preference. Welcome and welcome to the world of choices!
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:31 AM   #12
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When I sleep, my eyes are closed. I don't have a problem with claustrophobia.
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:08 AM   #13
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I'm 5'10", (and shrinking), weigh 175#, am able to stretch out completely and sleep quite comfortably up front. It's the length of a twin bed and a little narrower than an Army cot. With no modification to the closet I joke that there's now way this OleMan will fall outta bed. I like it enough that Wednesday I'm picking up a mattress from ETI.
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:19 AM   #14
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It's a heck of a lot easier to "make the bed" using the front dinette. For me, that's straightening the sleeping bag and getting the pillow off the floor.
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:27 AM   #15
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I camp alone in a 17b I haven't slept in the small dinette space but my friends have they say it's comfortable I put a memory foam mattress on it I sleep on the larger one because I share my bed with two dogs.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:08 AM   #16
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My plan as well Glenn!

I love to do art/collage so look forward to the larger dinette being permanent and being able to spread out supplies. (hoping my art supplies don't put me over the weight limit for the TV!) (kidding)


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It's a heck of a lot easier to "make the bed" using the front dinette. For me, that's straightening the sleeping bag and getting the pillow off the floor.
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Old 08-04-2015, 02:14 PM   #17
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The front dinette in our 17B has the bunk option and it is setup as bunk bed permanently. We replaced the seat cushions on the lower bunk with this sleeping pad and it sleeps comfortably.

If you had been tent camping and/or backpacking before, you probably know that the 30" width is quite generous when compare to most backpacking mat on the market. But comfort is a very subjective matter....
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Old 08-04-2015, 02:17 PM   #18
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I am also camping solo and use the single dinette as my permanent bed, 5'8" +140 lb. it works well for me. I purchased a 2" euro latex pad which goes over the top of the dinette cushions which makes it quite comfortable. The closet and bathroom walls do not bother me. I like the extra living area which the double dinette provides, overall it makes the small space seem larger.
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Old 08-04-2015, 03:40 PM   #19
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Thanks for the great feedback, everyone. I'm feeling really good about my choice after reading your comments. I have 3" memory foam I use on my bed at home right now, and plan to cut it to size and leave the bed set up most of the time. I don't think the closet/bathroom walls will bother me. Will store seldom used items underneath, so hopefully I won't have to get into the storage too often.
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:58 PM   #20
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When I sleep, my eyes are closed. I don't have a problem with claustrophobia.
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