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Old 11-07-2013, 10:18 PM   #11
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We have the Columbus 340RK and it is absolutely tremendous. There is an amazing amount of room in the kitchen and tons of counter space along with cabinets. We have had 8 adults in the kitchen and living area and it really didn't feel crowded at all. With all of the seating we were very comfortable. We leave our Keurig coffee maker on the counter and never have a problem. We also have a printer that we leave on the counter by the sofa and it rides there just fine. Never broken a dish after owing two rear kitchens. One was a travel trailer and the other is our Columbus. Rear kitchens are great and that's all we will ever have.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:02 AM   #12
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No problems here. We love our 28RKBS. Our TT was also a rear kitchen, and we had a couple of drawers bounce out of their tracks, but we fixed it and moved on. No big deal.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:21 AM   #13
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I like the mid kitchen because the real living room is a straight ahead shot to the tv.
Some trailers I looked at were set up so that you needed to look sideways to watch tv, that will make your neck sore in short order.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:28 AM   #14
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I like the mid kitchen because the real living room is a straight ahead shot to the tv.
Some trailers I looked at were set up so that you needed to look sideways to watch tv, that will make your neck sore in short order.
Our 831RLSS was a center kitchen and we got tired of looking around the kitchen counter or trying to see the tv while someone is working in the kitchen. Like the rear kitchen much better. Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:41 AM   #15
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Our 831RLSS was a center kitchen and we got tired of looking around the kitchen counter or trying to see the tv while someone is working in the kitchen. Like the rear kitchen much better. Different strokes for different folks.

Agreed.
When all the kitchen work is done no one is in the way.
Cooking on the outdoor grill and plastic ware makes cleanup quick and easy.

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Old 11-08-2013, 09:52 AM   #16
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As said, to each his own, that's why they make so many different floorplans. We looked at rear kitchens and almost bought one but then fell in love with teh 8289 floor plan.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:08 AM   #17
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Only thing I can add is from father in law's fiver w/ rear kitchen. It has a slide on driver side that blocks access to frig on rear wall when closed. He and she must not be bothered by it since their last fiver was the same way. But it would not work for wife and I. One thing I like about it is the weight in kitchen, (food, pots and pans, dishes) etc., can counter the weight added to front storage. Suit yourself and enjoy.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:30 AM   #18
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Only thing I can add is from father in law's fiver w/ rear kitchen. It has a slide on driver side that blocks access to frig on rear wall when closed. He and she must not be bothered by it since their last fiver was the same way. But it would not work for wife and I. One thing I like about it is the weight in kitchen, (food, pots and pans, dishes) etc., can counter the weight added to front storage. Suit yourself and enjoy.
Agree with the frig, but we didn't ever get in the frigs on our other 8 trailers while traveling and haven't on this 8528RKWS either. We eat out while on the road except for supper and quite a few times if we travel later, we will eat supper out and then go park for the night. We usually tie up around 3 or 4 and never unhook. A lot of times, we pull out between 6am & 7am and will eat breakfast and lunch out.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:33 AM   #19
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Which rear kitchen are you looking at?
Here's ours:




However, it wasn't really the rear kitchen itself that sold us. We were looking for a bigger bathroom and truly walk around queen bed. The kitchen location turned out to be a real bonus, though. As you can see, nothing is blocked when the slide is in. The slide is only 18 inches deep, btw. Access was very important to us. Also, the television sits in a nook (it'll hold up to a 39" flat TV), with an arm that swings out. If I am sitting in the dinette, the TV is facing me, if I swing it out, I can sit on the sofa and the TV is facing me. No neck craning is involved.

The bathroom is huge for a 27 footer:


And it has it's own door to the outside! Makes much more sense to me than having in the bedroom, like our old one had.

We really, really like this particular floor plan. It gives us a huge amount of space in a small amount of room, and is amazingly practical.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:52 AM   #20
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Thanks ev1 for the great feedback !
Not 1 negative comments...we fell in love with the 8310SS Signature TT with the rear kitchen,
Some camping friends tried to convince us to stay clear of it...glad to see REAL users enjoying them.
We'll probably go for it when it's time to replace our 2604WS which we really like also.
Again thanks to all & great site !
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