I've removed mine, (SS3010) just to see and it definately makes moving from the drivers seat, back to the coach, easier. Same improvement when going the other way. One member removed his and put a flat piece of wood, slightly padded and covered in matching material where the drink holder was. Then added a couple of boat style cup holders that fold flat. I agree, Ford kind of overdoes it, but there are thousands of them on the road and a lot of us big folks driving them.
2017 SunSeeker 3010DS