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Old 01-22-2016, 08:49 PM   #1
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Who owns or at least has looked

at front living room 5er? DW and I have been smitten with a front living room Chaparral. It's a 370 FL. What are others feelings about the front living room?Just curious.

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Old 01-22-2016, 09:16 PM   #2
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We don't have one and have not seriously looked at one since we still have young kids, but my thoughts on them are that it gives you lots of "living" space, then a kitchen/dining space and a bedroom/bath space, kind of like a house. My one big drawback to that would be that you have to traverse the steps to go to the bathroom so many times during the day, but if the bath is upstairs in the bedroom area, like on a traditional, you still have to traverse those steps. Just not really sure.

A lot of times, there is a large "window" in the front of the RV and I would worry about about leakage.

Just my thoughts on it.

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Old 01-22-2016, 09:21 PM   #3
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We've been looking at FL 5th wheels since they first came out.
The biggest negative is they often have two sofas at 90○ to the tv. Or the recliners or theater seating are at the same angle.
And why have two sofa beds and recliners, when most FL floorplans are sold to couples. Why not take one sofa out and put a desk and chair in its place.
Having recliners or theater seating directly in front of the tv, should be standard.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:13 AM   #4
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That was one thing I noticed too. Too many places to sit. Seems the people that design these things,If you can call the designers,never really look at what they have. Every camper we have seen at least one if not both of the seats set at a 90 degree angle.
If we do a trade we will delete one of the couches and do just as you said,put a desk or something in it's place.Also will have recliners instead of theater seating.We really like the lay out,but it's still a modders dream set up..Thanks for the replies so far.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:48 AM   #5
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We looked at the xlr at Goshen 2 years ago it was really nice, we looked at a cardinal somewhere it was also very nice. The FL will most likely be our next fiver, that's until she sees something else.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:10 AM   #6
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We saw a Cardinal 3825Fl at the BamaGanza15 rally and it was absolutely beautiful. It does have theater seating facing the 58"TV. Only drawback to the one we saw was the carrying capacity was a few hundred pounds with all the options.

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Biggest draw back is having to go up and down the steps anytime you want something. To me not a practical set up. Later RJD
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:59 AM   #8
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There has gotten to be quite a few FL models available. We looked at several and decided against. The one thing I noticed was the loss of basement and interior storage. Basement storage was split into several compartments. Square footage may have been the same but I prefer the one big one up front. The big closet in the nosecone was also lost as well as the cabinets above the couch and recliners.
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:20 AM   #9
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The up and down steps doesn't seem to be any different than any other FP.You have to go up to the bath room or up to the bed room.The extra living space is what we like.We are just beginning to travel more and we do like or space.The storage,both outside and especially inside seems to us any way,to be a lot more.Of course the 370 FL is some 10' longer than we are now. We haven't got to see this camper first hand yet,bt it's supposed to be at the Tulsa show next month.Our local dealer doesn't have a interest in ordering one in,unless we are buying it first.I know I can beat his pricing in Tulsa. We did on our last one by about eight grand.Service is not a problem,I can make several trips for that much and I'm pretty handy too.
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:29 AM   #10
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I looked at some SOB with front living room's but I could not get over the heavier pin weight of them. Plus the fact that you need to go up and down the steps every time you want to the front living room. I also think it might cut down on storage space in the basement on some models.

With the front living room models you also lose closet space in the bedrooms as far as I can tell. I also do not like the wrought iron in some models of the front living room this is to me a 60's thing in the old try-level homes built then.

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