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Old 02-10-2019, 05:18 PM   #1
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Isata 3 fw vs rw

I have some questions
that no one has been able to answer at a few dealerships
As some know, I am agonizing over an fw or rw as I really like the extra storage as I plan to travel a lot.
I saw an fw with the trifold sofa with the foot rests and loved that. The width was perfect for me
As I am going to hopefully be ordering one early this week, when I make my decision, I could use these answers as no rw model is available near me within 3 hours of driving, yesterday I drove over 2 hours to see the fw.

My first question is, is the width of the trifold sofa the same in the rw?
This could be possibly be answered if someone posted the inside width of the slide on the rw where the sofa lives
Do all new orders come with the "airline trays" on the sofas?
I was also wondering if there were available dimensions for the rw's bathroom?
Finally is there an actual cubic foot calculation between the fw and rw for storage size?
Thanks in advance
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:19 PM   #2
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I think sofa much smaller in rw
We have the fw with couch and bed over cab . Have no issues with storage. Sofa in fw makes into a huge bed, and if needed can sleep 2 more above, although usually used for storage. The fw felt small to us, where as fw feels huge for a 24 foot rv.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:53 PM   #3
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I have some questions
that no one has been able to answer at a few dealerships
As some know, I am agonizing over an fw or rw as I really like the extra storage as I plan to travel a lot.
I saw an fw with the trifold sofa with the foot rests and loved that. The width was perfect for me
As I am going to hopefully be ordering one early this week, when I make my decision, I could use these answers as no rw model is available near me within 3 hours of driving, yesterday I drove over 2 hours to see the fw.

My first question is, is the width of the trifold sofa the same in the rw?
This could be possibly be answered if someone posted the inside width of the slide on the rw where the sofa lives
Do all new orders come with the "airline trays" on the sofas?
I was also wondering if there were available dimensions for the rw's bathroom?
Finally is there an actual cubic foot calculation between the fw and rw for storage size?
Thanks in advance
This matter is being discussed in another thread. See below under Isata 3. I can answer some of your questions since I have a 2019 FW.

1. The trifold sofa is wider in the FW because the slide out is wider. In fact, if I remember correctly, it is about 65" which is 5" wider than the RV queen in the rear. I am not sure of the width of the trifold in the FW, but it is definitely narrower as the slide out is narrower.

2. The "airline" trays do come with the trifold sofa, but you best ask your dealer to make sure. Some have reported them missing.

3. I do not have any information on the dimensions of the FW bathroom. Subjectively it seemed smaller to me.

4. The exterior storage on the RW is said to be 75 cu ft. vs 45 cu ft for the FW. I am not sure about the interior storage. I have not seen any figures, but from my research, I don't think there is a huge difference. Also, if you go with the trifold, you get a huge storage area under the sofa.

Other things to consider.

1. If you are going to haul bikes, or sailboards, etc on the back, it may be difficult to use your rear slide without removing the items.

2. The generator is located on the awning side of the RW and the service side of the FW. This was a big deal for me.

3. There is a slight weight savings with the FW. Probably not enough to matter.

Hope this helps with your decision.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:41 AM   #4
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If by chance you are going to have a toad, you can have the best of both worlds. The open interior space of the FW and some extra storage space in the toad.
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If by chance you are going to have a toad, you can have the best of both worlds. The open interior space of the FW and some extra storage space in the toad.
Exactly. Also, at 45 cu ft, the exterior storage on the Iata FW is not small. I have found it very adequate. It compares favorably with other Class C's such as the Tiffin (54 cu ft) and the Coachman Prism (43 cu ft.). It is just that the exterior storage on the RW is massive at 75 cu ft.
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How you use your RV might be a consideration.

Out Isata 3 FW requires the slide to be out to have a bed, so highway or non campground rest stops require careful selection to be sure the slide is not hit.

We installed reflective conspicuity tape to be more visible when parked.
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24FW sofa is 76" vs. 24RW sofa is 64"

RW bathroom is 54"w x 39" deep
Exterior storage. We show 66 for the RW and 34 for the FW. We're pretty conservative with our calculations.
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2. The generator is located on the awning side of the RW and the service side of the FW. This was a big deal for me.

Iíve seen similar statements about the side that the generator is on being important to other people too. Iím guessing like anything there are pros and cons and people on both sides of the debate but what is the reasoning behind wanting it on one side or the other? We have a CB on order and Iím not even sure what side the LP generator is on haha but just curious what the thinking behind it is, noise or exhaust or ease of access or what?
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2. The generator is located on the awning side of the RW and the service side of the FW. This was a big deal for me.
I extended and rotated the generator exhaust to the right rear corner of the RW coach so it does not exhaust under the awning and I can use a Camco Genturi exhaust stack extension to clear the windows and roof.

Added an additional hanger for support.

Cost me about $35.

Added a CO detector in the bedroom.

Not sure what the thinking was behind putting the generator exhaust under the awning and the opening window.
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Iíve seen similar statements about the side that the generator is on being important to other people too. Iím guessing like anything there are pros and cons and people on both sides of the debate but what is the reasoning behind wanting it on one side or the other? We have a CB on order and Iím not even sure what side the LP generator is on haha but just curious what the thinking behind it is, noise or exhaust or ease of access or what?
If you sit out under your awning when you need to use the generator, the fumes would be annoying if not even unsafe depending on how close you are.

I donít understand the reasoning of exhausting where users are most likely to congregate. We have an FW, so itís on the drivers side. I donít know where the CB exhausts.
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