First post here and I come asking opinions. We have been looking at fifth wheels since last winter and finally decided on a CC. We saw the posting about some changes being made to units built after the 5th of August, so before we ordered anything we called CC and asked them for the list of changes. They were great and gave us the list on the call, and the changes seemed benign so we placed our order for a new 36CKTS three weeks ago.
We finally got a chance to see some of the changes in production when we found the first photos on-line this week. The one that struck home for us was the change to the bedroom closet. In our opinion, the closet layout had been one of the positive features of the CC units, with the bank of drawers and upper storage on the curb side, wide shoe rack, and open storage on the street side.
The new closet layout has done away with just about all of that, see below for some images. To us, there seem to be several downsides about this new layout:
- the drawer and upper cabinet storage is gone
- the bed facing, street side open storage replaced with two closet facing shelves where the washer must go
- it appears that if you want separate washer/dryer units, they must be installed on opposite sides of the unit
- the washer and dryer will be facing inward to the closet, so you will have to step in the closet, moving the hanging articles out of the way, to use them
The one obvious positive is you now have a hanging rod spanning the width of the trailer.
The shoe rack area appears to be close to a wash as it is now narrower but taller, although getting to the upper shelves will require going through the hanging items.
We were curious as to others impressions of this specific change, since existing owners should be able to provide some real world experience based on the existing layout and offer opinions on how this new layout might work out in actual usage.
Another thread stated they removed the window at the TV location... is this true?
We looked at a 34RLSA this morning as it was the only model locally that had the new closet layout and it does not have a window over the main tv. A The first photo below should show that one. The 36CKTS keeps the window and should be the second photo.
We use those four drawers on the curb side (that they removed). Plus we have the stacked w/d and could not see using those inside the closet on opposite ends. Seems like that is a lot of wasted space. But it is a Chreeker, so you know it is good!
My unit was completed on 8 Aug, I picked it up that next Saturday the 17th. It still had couple changes but not the closet in the pictures. Either way if you add a W/D you lose a lot of storage space that's why I'm trying to live without one fulltiming. Look real close at the TV and you might notice it is 46". The reason I know this is the first thing I did when I got back to Texas was pull that cheapo 40" Jensen out and put it my daughters 46" Samsung, she got my 55". It fits perfect with just a bit of space left. Don't know about the board on top though. My would rub against the valance, so I just pulled it off and set it on the floor behind the lazy boys. I'll set it back on when the TV is lowered for traveling. The other two new things on mine were the décor option I picked was Cognac Taupe, apparently that's no more. They substituted a new style. The other was if you ordered the leather lazy boys in beige you will now get a new leather couch that is also beige. It appears to be a more sturdy with much firmer cushions than the previous ones.
That new closet is the same thing they did to the silverback.
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