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Old 08-11-2014, 02:05 PM   #1
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U shaped dinette disadvantage

Have a 19 ordered, and working on the final options list. Are there any disadvantages to the u shaped dinette? Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 08-11-2014, 02:14 PM   #2
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No disadvantage for me! YMMV

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Old 08-11-2014, 02:17 PM   #3
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Works out fine for us but we have never had or seen anything else. In our 5.0 Classic, you can sit with your back to the fridge or sink, stretch out at an angle and put your feet up on it (if you are not too tall) and you can lay things on it so they are out of the way. A bunch of electrical stuff is in the under bench area...might lose some other under bench space if it had to go someplace else. Not sure how it is configured in the 19.
I think the table is smaller with the u-dinette.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:19 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by donehrlich View Post
Have a 19 ordered, and working on the final options list. Are there any disadvantages to the u shaped dinette? Any input would be appreciated.
Hi: donehrlich... We've had two now. First one was in our 5.0 and even though it's optional now we got it again in the 5.0TA!!! It just seems more finished some how. Smaller table to wrestle with if making into a bed also. Alf
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:52 PM   #5
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A smaller table in the U-shaped setup, if you in fact need a larger table. It would be a change for us, because we use our table so much. This could be because in our 19 it is at the front, and it is so handy to stage things at.

I like the look of the U-shape, but what I see as more functionality to the regular one still kinda wins for me, though it will be a few years before I would have to make this choice anyway.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:12 PM   #6
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If you can, find a "19" owner that has the U-shaped dinette to view and scoosh around on. The original dinette with the full size table works for us.
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:01 PM   #7
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I have a 19 with the U shaped dinette in the back instead of the front. We love the dinette for the views out the back and the large table to pile our stuff. BUT, it is a PITA to take down and put up in order to make the bed which I do frequently for my Mom. If I had it to do over, I would not get the U shape dinette ....
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:14 PM   #8
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We like our U - but would get a variant on the standard dinette next time. Our table slides back to front and is on a boat pedestal.

Right now we slide the table to get in/out and slide it back to use the table. You can't slide yourself in enough on the bench to eat right without sliding the table back because of the U piece.

We LOVE to sit sideways on the benches with our backs against the front.

We would order the standard seat configuration (but raised 4") and the table would be a cross between the U and standard tables. It would be (guessing here - the trailer is in storage) about 12" longer than the standard U table, so there would be room to get in and out on the driver's side without needing to move the table. It would slide as it does now and use the same pedestal. (And we would get a slat to use if we had to make a bed out of it.)

This would give us a larger table, we could get in/out without moving the table, we could sit at the table all the way to the front of the trailer, and we could still sit sideways on the benches.
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:18 PM   #9
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Here is the link to my "U" shaped dinette, with a change into a divan for watching tv or looking out the rear window. There are no disadvantages to a "U" dinette, just unlimited advantages. Planned modifications to BlackJack….
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:27 PM   #10
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I like the way the U-shaped dinette looks and thought about it a lot but in the end went with the standard for our 19. We don't plan to use it for a bed except on possible rare occasions so I don't know about that aspect, but we really really like it. With a queen size pillow on each side it's comfortable to sit -- at times I lean against the wall between the bathroom and the dinette -- the sliding table is GREAT for us -- Terry especially needs more room to get into the table and we use it a lot -- for eating occasionally, but mainly for computing, writing, etc. For lounging there's nothing like the bed.

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