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Old 12-12-2017, 09:03 PM   #1
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Question 3" raise dinette bench and floor

We are finishing our final build sheet for a 19 foot trailer. We aren't sure whether its worth it to raise the floor dinette by 3" and have a few questions and seek your input. My wife is 5'3" and I am 5'10". With the extra 3" when sitting down can you see out the front window? Is the linoleum flooring finished under the bench seat? Is it more difficult to get in and out of the dinette area? If you contemplated this option and didn't proceed with it, why not? Any input is appreciated or pics.
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:29 PM   #2
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The flooring covers the complete floor front to back. The passenger side under the bench is usually empty and the floor is covered. The drivers side however has part of the black water tank in it and any electronics. Here is a picture of the drivers side I took in the show room.
I am 5 10 and found the windows uncomfortably high...so much so I will personally raise the floor as high as I can go without hitting my head on the cabinets above.
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:36 PM   #3
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My wife is 5'3" and I am 5'10". With the extra 3" when sitting down can you see out the front window?
We are about the same height. It's much easier to see out with the dinette raised.

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Is the linoleum flooring finished under the bench seat?
Yes, but the benches are full depth, so raising the dinette will also increase storage. The floor under the benches is the same level as the unraised floor. The raised area consists of raising the center floor section and the bench height a corresponding amount.

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Is it more difficult to get in and out of the dinette area?
Not for us. With the benches slightly higher, we find it easier.

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Old 12-12-2017, 09:40 PM   #4
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a few pics i got fro ETI . I been asking same questions


first three are raised and the last in not .
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:09 PM   #5
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We are finishing our final build sheet for a 19 foot trailer. We aren't sure whether its worth it to raise the floor dinette by 3" and have a few questions and seek your input. My wife is 5'3" and I am 5'10". With the extra 3" when sitting down can you see out the front window? Is the linoleum flooring finished under the bench seat? Is it more difficult to get in and out of the dinette area? If you contemplated this option and didn't proceed with it, why not? Any input is appreciated or pics.
We raised ours . If you don't you can't see out the windows very well and we felt like we were sitting in a hole .Pat
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:10 AM   #6
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I would assume with the cot option you would not want the raised dinette option.... as there would be little clearance
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:21 AM   #7
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I would assume with the cot option you would not want the raised dinette option.... as there would be little clearance
3 to 4 inches less, yes. That isn't alot, but in an already tight space it's significant.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:12 AM   #8
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We raised ours . If you don't you can't see out the windows very well and we felt like we were sitting in a hole .Pat
Not the case for everyone. We do not have a raised floor in our 19' and have had zero difficulties or issues looking out our windows. Of course, no one in my family is vertically challenged, so if you can limbo without bending over, it may be best to get the raised floor.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:12 AM   #9
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Guess it would depend how much time one is going to spend in the trailer. We sit outside under the awning most of the time and eat outside unless forced in. Ours isn’t raised and we never would have known it was an issue for some had it not been discussed on the forum. We can see out fine and it is usually dark and the blinds closed when we are sitting there. If you have the money and it’s important to you then definitely add it. Nice that there are options to choose from to meet everyone’s needs.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:28 AM   #10
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I raised the benches myself. The floor stays one level which we prefer.

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