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Old 05-26-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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What the RV should have

We have an RV with bunks.
It would have made sense to have a rig with bunks that also had a U dinette
And a tub in the shower.

Aren't folks who get units with bunks also people who have children? I'm using a rubermaid restaurant bus pan (Sam's Club) for a make shift bath. Children get grubby enough to need soaking!

There are 5 of us, but even if there were only 4 the U dinette would give more room.

There are just not enough seat belt options. Don't the fine folks at FR have children who claim a sibling is "stealing my air"?

Yes I get the idea that stupid people might fill all 8 seat belts with 300 pound linebackers but operating an RV means that you are responsible for figuring out how much (and how many)to safely carry. There are 8 sleeping spaces (yes 2 second graders are quite happy to share the fold out couch and another two are quite happy to share the. Converted dinette). We only have 6 seat belts, two at the dinette, two on the couch and driver/passenger.

I think a motor home is especially ideal for families with little children because avoid that hour long rest stop when one of them needs to go potty or a little voice announces they are hungry 10 minutes after pulling back onto the road. Children at the dinette, or with lap tables (Michaels craft store) on the couch can complete nifty craft projects, and play games which aren't possible in a TV.

That being said it doesn't seem like any motohome mfg is really designing with families in mind. The uber expensive rigs with bunks have two burner stoves, no ovens. We can't be the only family that actually cooks!
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:19 PM   #2
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We have 26tbss that has 3 bunks in the back. We have 3 small kids... We just took out the silly dining area and remodeled it. I rebuilt the benches into a corner sectional. We use a folding chair for me and folding table my wife moves around for cooking or eating. We can even take it outside if we need it. It really opens up the floor plan too. I need to get some pictures of it and post. But I do agree it wasnt thought out very well by FR or by me when I bought it. But it works great now! Ill have to figure out something else when they get bigger though...

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Old 05-26-2012, 11:27 PM   #3
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Daniel, I would really like to see the changes you have made - do you have the "before" floor plan too?

I thought of another addition- the washer dryer. No not needed for the long weekend trips, but a week or more would really come in handy. Yes at the campground I can feed $10- $20 into machines and waste 1/2 a day, but wouldn't it be nicer to be able to wash the clothes the aforementioned grubby children were wearing more easily?
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I didn't take a before pic so I found one online. But here is what we did. Works very well.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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Sunseeker 3170 has bunks, U-Shape Dinette and a tub. I know that some people dislike the U-shape and others love it. The U-shape is also 82" wide compared to 68" wide. So unfortunately its not as simple as "this should have this"...it also has to fit.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:11 PM   #6
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I think a motor home is especially ideal for families with little children because avoid that hour long rest stop when one of them needs to go potty or a little voice announces they are hungry 10 minutes after pulling back onto the road.
Please tell me you at least pull over for "potty breaks" or snack stops. All it would take is a hard brake for an emergency to send a 2nd grader into the wall or worse...
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Please tell me you at least pull over for "potty breaks" or snack stops. All it would take is a hard brake for an emergency to send a 2nd grader into the wall or worse...
I can't hear my kid from the bed of the truck at highway speeds.

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Old 06-28-2012, 12:49 AM   #8
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Great mod! What did you take out to get that space??

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I didn't take a before pic so I found one online. But here is what we did. Works very well.
Wow it does open up the space tremendously!
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:58 AM   #9
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Yes, and they are in carseats

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Please tell me you at least pull over for "potty breaks" or snack stops. All it would take is a hard brake for an emergency to send a 2nd grader into the wall or worse...
We are pretty careful- they ride in booster seats/car seats, but honestly they don't seem as safe as their seats in the minivan.

I guess you could also hand out food in the tow vehicle, but I've found eating in the car leaves a huge mess. On the road, sitting at the dinette, they can enjoy their snack / lunch without the huge mess.

We did almost buy a similar class c and now we think the over driver bunk would have been useful, but automatic levelers, more storage, arctic pack won over the bunk and tub.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:03 PM   #10
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BClemens:
Is the u-shaped dinette actually an option on the 3170? I thought it was not?!
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