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Old 09-09-2017, 11:33 PM   #1
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17B wardrobe by dinette & top 3 options

Hello,

We are looking at buying a 17B and are in the planning and reconfiguring stage. I would like to put a few questions out there for possible feed back.

1. The dinnete is a 2 seater in the 17B. We were thinking of deleting the wardrobe beside the dinette and having a two seater bench on that side so our family of 3 could sit at the table together. Has anyone done this or have a better option to sit 3 at this particular dinette?

2. We are on a budget and unfortunately can't have every option for this build. For the 17B what would be the top 3 optional features?

Thanks in advance,

Scott.
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:16 AM   #2
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Hello,

We are looking at buying a 17B and are in the planning and reconfiguring stage. I would like to put a few questions out there for possible feed back.

1. The dinnete is a 2 seater in the 17B. We were thinking of deleting the wardrobe beside the dinette and having a two seater bench on that side so our family of 3 could sit at the table together. Has anyone done this or have a better option to sit 3 at this particular dinette?

2. We are on a budget and unfortunately can't have every option for this build. For the 17B what would be the top 3 optional features?

Thanks in advance,

Scott.
Scott, if you delete the wardrobe, you really lose valuable storage space, especially if there are three of you. In addition, you all have the issue that the table probably wouldn't be the same length as the bench. Also if you are watching your budget, there is probably a cost to this option. My advice is (as the owner of a 17B), I wouldn't, but you may be different.

You will need to decide what sort of camping you intend to do? If you are planning to hook up all the time, there are some options you could pass on. However, your daily camping fees will be more expensive. However, if you dry camp, there are some higher set-up costs (e.g. Solar Panel and the dual 6V batteries), but your per night charge could be significantly less or even free in some spots). We are currently planning a trip to Southern Utah and there are a whole bunch of free or cheap sites there. If you save say $20 per night, the savings quickly add up. Our top three (as a dry camper) would be:

1) Storage Box

2) Solar Panel

3) Dual 6V Batteries

Closely followed by:

4) Larger fridge.

Other options that we wouldn't be without are:

1) Exterior propane quick connect. We BBQ a lot and it saves bringing an extra propane tank.

2) Thermal windows. They look much nicer and for those days when it rains, they can stay open, whereas slider windows have to be closed.

The option I definitely wouldn't get would be AC. You probably don't need AC anywhere in BC, even in the hottest summer as typically the nights cool down enough to sleep in comfort. We wouldn't intend to travel south in the summer, but we are retired and we can go south in the winter when the AC is not necessary.

Happy to chat through with you at length what we did. You can PM me and we could chat by phone.
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:25 AM   #3
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Hello,

We are looking at buying a 17B and are in the planning and reconfiguring stage. I would like to put a few questions out there for possible feed back.

1. The dinnete is a 2 seater in the 17B. We were thinking of deleting the wardrobe beside the dinette and having a two seater bench on that side so our family of 3 could sit at the table together. Has anyone done this or have a better option to sit 3 at this particular dinette?

2. We are on a budget and unfortunately can't have every option for this build. For the 17B what would be the top 3 optional features?

Thanks in advance,

Scott.
Yes, we did this and love it. There is a pic here: 17B Small Dinette

I don't see the loss of storage space significant for us. It will sit 3 easily. This was a no-cost option.

Top 3 options for us would be:
- Extra insulation and frameless insulated windows
- Solar
- Dual 6V batteries

Why? Extra insulation is impossible to add later. I would want under spray foam, but you can always have it added later back at ETI. Thermal windows don't collect condensation when it's cold out. Solar and dual 6V batteries really go together and it's a great system for having power independence without a generator.

We didn't get the larger fridge because you lose some aisle space and it's already pretty cramped in there, but we do carry a Yeti cooler in the car for longer trips.

There are a couple we bought and probably shouldn't have. Although we have used our A/C, we could live without it. Our surge protector is rarely used since we don't plug in very often.
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:30 AM   #4
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Since you have to convert the 2 person dinette into a bed every night anyway, why not convert the big bed every day instead? This will give you your storage needed, saves you money going with the standard configuration, and having a large dinette. For comfort sleeping just add a foam on top of the cushions.
Wouldn't go without insulation, thermal windows, storage box, solar panel, dual 6v batteries.
(Just my two cents worth...)
Best wishes for you and your family on the decisions for your build sheet, and many happy travels!!
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:24 PM   #5
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Thank you for your advice! As far as the four persons dinette we are turning it to a permanent bed for us. That is why we were thinking to modify the two dinette into three by adding the bench.
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:26 PM   #6
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Chris and Patricia, Thank you for your input! I might take you up on your offer by phoning you so we could chat.
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:30 PM   #7
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You might be able to squeeze an extra seat by removing the closet, but you'll still have a fairly small table since it's made for two people not three.
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:34 PM   #8
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Thanks for your input and the picture! It gives us an idea what it would look like if we go with the option of extending the bench. Did you keep the four persons dinette on the other side? We are thinking about converting it to a permanent bed for more comfort.

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Old 09-10-2017, 04:58 PM   #9
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We had a 17b and you can still keep the full dinette as is, but we left it down all the time, had a foam topper on it. We stayed in it for a month or so at a time, and we felt it was fairly comfortable. That way you still have the full dinette if need be.
We had the closet by the door, although it was handy, we always felt the front dinette to be a bit tight, but we did have the gaucho bunk, which makes it even smaller. With the longer bench you would have more room to sit- and also put on your shoes. You would have the extra space under the bench, and could always put a door on the face or side.
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We had a 17b and you can still keep the full dinette as is, but we left it down all the time, had a foam topper on it. We stayed in it for a month or so at a time, and we felt it was fairly comfortable. That way you still have the full dinette if need be.
We had the closet by the door, although it was handy, we always felt the front dinette to be a bit tight, but we did have the gaucho bunk, which makes it even smaller. With the longer bench you would have more room to sit- and also put on your shoes. You would have the extra space under the bench, and could always put a door on the face or side.
I will say that we always regretted not getting the 19foot, we really liked the 17, but it was fairly tight at times.
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