We actually just bought the new model with the lounge area. It made us change our mind from an Open Range we thought we wanted. The lounge/couch area sold us with the panoramic windows. It is so bright and spacious. We have yet to take our first trip as we just picked it up a couple weeks ago and are still filling it with all the necessities and just bought a diesel last night to pull it as the tongue weight was tight with out Tundra.
Ours has the couch in the bunkroom which I would have preferred the table/bench area as past models have but we are going to install a small folding table for the girls to solve that problem. Even though this model has a ladder to the main bunk it needs some help. Neither my 3 or 4 year old can climb it themselves so that will need some modifications as well and the other bunk forget it, they will need a lift
For now though that will be bin storage of their toys/clothes and my youngest will sleep on the couch.
We never thought about the the table not being the greatest for family suppers...we were in shock over the large feel to the family/living area and were blinded I think
However it does come with the ottoman which is quite comfy and two stools as well. Our girls are only 3 and 4 so this would not have been a deal killer for us. We really wanted an outdoor door to the bathroom but again gave it up for that lounge area. Can you tell we love our lounge?
I don't mean to sound like I am rubbing it in that we have the lounge which your model changed to, rather to tell others it is wonderful. I wouldn't have thought they would make such a drastic change and I am sorry that happened to you. I hope that your design still works for you. I know we searched for over a year before deciding and then in the end we jumped with a heart decision instead of a head decision so I hope in reality it works as well for our family as we planned.
We haven't taken a trip yet but if you'd like to see some pictures or see the details of changes ets we make along the way as well as our upcoming trip with a young family feel free to follow along at our blog.
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Happy travels to you all and again, when you bought your original trailer you must have loved it so don't let this new model taint all the fun you will have!