I have mixed emotions about the dinette. On one hand I love the fact that it is a trip purpose space for us. We have under-bench storage, a table for 3-4, and a bed for 1 if we need it (and we do sometimes even though we try not to load up with that many people). On the other hand, it's tough in that since it does fill three functions it doesn't really do any one of them perfectly. As a bed it's no more comfortable than a bunk, storage space is limited and tough to get to, and while it's nice to have a table and benches, it's a wobbly table and not quite so comfortable benches. I guess the way I see it....if i could get over losing a bed, maybe it would be neat to have a breakfast nook type counter top with a few folding stools. Stools could be stowed, counter could swing down for more open space after meals. Other than that, I'd rather have the dinette since it offers more function over a standard table and chairs.