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Old 02-18-2015, 12:09 PM   #11
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We have a large (but not U-shaped) dinette in our Rockwood PUP, and we love it. It seats four adults comfortably, and like awellis3, we have inside-to-outside storage beneath both benches. We have a stationary L-shaped couch in our unit, too, and yes, it really does make a difference when the "dining room" and "living room" are separate. We did have a little trouble with the dinette table wobbling, but we solved that with cane tips on opposite legs, and as they match pretty well, they're barely noticeable.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:22 PM   #12
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We use our dinette for all inside meals. We also have a jack-knife sofa that is the most uncomfortable thing to sit on EVER. Considering yanking it out and putting in 2 recliners (someday). I use the table often for dinner prep, etc.
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:20 PM   #13
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we have the 2104s. We keep it like it came. I love having the storage. No worries of something getting stolen. no loading and un loading the back of the truck with the items that could be kept in the storage. the dinette makes a decent bed for 2 guest. We didn't buy our camper to hang out in we bought it to travel in and see the sites. We prefer to cook and eat outside as much as possible. the dinette comes in handy to play cards or games at in bad weather also.
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:10 PM   #14
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Thanks for all comments -- Now I really have a lot to think about. We are newbies, getting ready to retire, and have never done this type of traveling. So, this is a major decision. Our expectations are to cook/eat outdoors and are not really concerned about the extra sleeping space. Losing the pass-thru storage is a concern. If the choice is between a dinette and a booth-style -- I think I would choose the booth if possible. Putting a couch there may be nice, but this will cost more storage loss within the seats.
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:55 PM   #15
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Thanks for all comments -- Now I really have a lot to think about. We are newbies, getting ready to retire, and have never done this type of traveling. So, this is a major decision. Our expectations are to cook/eat outdoors and are not really concerned about the extra sleeping space. Losing the pass-thru storage is a concern. If the choice is between a dinette and a booth-style -- I think I would choose the booth if possible. Putting a couch there may be nice, but this will cost more storage loss within the seats.
Hi again macalr, if that pass-thru storage is your break-point to concede dinette or sofa, understand that you will retain the storage under a jack-knife. I cannot tell you if they will automatically make it a full pass-thru vs exterior access with the jack-knife, but it's actually very easy to add doors to the front of the jack-knife platform yourself to have pass-thru.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:59 AM   #16
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Just purchased a 2104 in January. Only used it 5 nights so far, but we love it. We find the dinette very useful, but we have already put the factory table in our garage storage. We replaced it with a round outdoor table we had bought at Home Depot. It's much lighter and slightly smaller, and folds up easily when not in use. We liked the idea of having a game table and a place to setup our laptops, as well as having the sofa for relaxing. As one member mentioned, it's hard to access the restroom or fridge with the slide in, but not a deal breaker. Good luck with your decision, you can make it work either way.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:14 PM   #17
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Thanks for all comments -- Now I really have a lot to think about. We are newbies, getting ready to retire, and have never done this type of traveling. So, this is a major decision. Our expectations are to cook/eat outdoors and are not really concerned about the extra sleeping space. Losing the pass-thru storage is a concern. If the choice is between a dinette and a booth-style -- I think I would choose the booth if possible. Putting a couch there may be nice, but this will cost more storage loss within the seats.
I was lurking until you mentioned the "R" word

What are your retirement plans? Are you planning on traveling? If so you may want to consider something that is not gigantic but more suited to long trips (our unit is a good example)

A lot of us have found that the "First" trailer we bought was outgrown in the first year of camping (YMMV) but since you are close to retirement it is something to consider (Exemplar: we are 2 years away from the R-event and are considering yet another upgrade because we are going to go 1/2 time & need the space)

if, OTOH, you are just going to occasionally camp...nevermind
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:09 AM   #18
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We just bought a 2109s. We looked at your model but opted for the other. As older adults we wanted a real bed for our old backs. ;-) As for the sofa table we figure we will use that outside and we bought two storage cube ottomans with trays and we use those if we eat inside and we can really kick back when we watch a movie. We also wanted the outside storage area for chairs, fishing poles, tools, hoses, etc.
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Our expectations are to cook/eat outdoors...
The more days you spend camping, the ,more days of inclement weather you'll experience. It's one thing to plan a trip around a weekend forecasted to be suitable and quite another thing to be on the road for weeks at a time.
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Another comment on your experience (newbies, retirement):

They always say "buy your last trailer first," but most of us don't (can't) do that. And the main reason is lack of experience. You don't know what you're going to like or dislike until you've experienced it. So in my opinion, special ordering a TT might be a mistake, as you most likely will find that in a year or two or three you're going to want another one that's bigger, smaller, lighter, heavier, with slide, without slide, outside kitchen, no murphy bed, who knows???
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