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Old 05-25-2019, 09:07 PM   #1
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Hey guys! I was absolutely sure I wanted the 233S until I looked at a couple... and realized there is zero counter space for food prep/cooking. and now I am starting to think that it is worth it to give up the third bunk in order to gain the room for cooking. What have you found?

I am camping with 2 adults and 2 kids, aged 10 and 7, and the kids are getting to the point where we are taking their friends with us, so thats why I was thinking three pop outs. Just throwing out there to hear people's thoughts
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Old 05-25-2019, 09:50 PM   #2
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For counterspace, doesn't that rig have a cover over the sink? And you can put something like a cutting board over the stovetop. Sometimes there is room for a flip up counter at the end of the counter.
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Old 05-25-2019, 09:59 PM   #3
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Hey guys! I was absolutely sure I wanted the 233S until I looked at a couple... and realized there is zero counter space for food prep/cooking. and now I am starting to think that it is worth it to give up the third bunk in order to gain the room for cooking. What have you found?

I am camping with 2 adults and 2 kids, aged 10 and 7, and the kids are getting to the point where we are taking their friends with us, so thats why I was thinking three pop outs. Just throwing out there to hear people's thoughts
We have a Rockwood 2104s which has pretty much the same counter space, see photos, 1st is Shamrock, 2nd is 2104s, and we wanted more space too. We bought a rolling kitchen island table that we put directly in front of the stove, itís just about the same width and height. It has a foldout leaf for extra room. We donít use the stools. See link. We were not sure at first but itís working good for us.

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As many people say.....and it's quite obvious and probably true to some extent....RV's are not designed by people that camp. Who else could come up with some of the ridiculous layouts. Old Jayco, I took the electric coffee pot outside every morning, because there was no room to make breakfast if the coffee pot was on the counter.
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Old 05-26-2019, 12:00 AM   #5
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A 3 bunk hybrid has to sacrifice something and counterspace is usually the first to go.
For the DW, it was #1 so we bought the 23SS. But we didn't need a 3rd bunk end.
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Old 05-26-2019, 07:17 AM   #6
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You need 3 bunks, get the ad on island and maybe do a flip up shelf mod, 3 bunks are going to make or break your trip, counter space wonít be a problem if you adapt.
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Completely agree with the third bunk. I made the mistake of buying a 2 end hybrid first and traded 1 year later for the 233s. Learn from my mistake! We set up a table outside under the awning and use the shelf that sits on the outside rail for our coffee station. Enjoy!
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I'd not buy a 3-bed trailer just for the kids friends. Get a tent for the kids and their friends. They'll love being away from the adults. One pair can use the trailer bed, the older pair gets the privilege of using the tent, or they can draw straws for it. Heck, if it's big enough they can all sleep out there. It's called Camping.

Counter space was high on our priority list when we bought our 23SS.

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x2 what Chuck said. But ......
if you decide you absolutely need that 5th sleeping space you could make a few changes. We wanted more counter space in our TT, too. Since we wash dishes in tubs outside, we rarely - as in never - used the 2nd basin in the sink. I installed a new counter with a single basin (real) stainless steel sink and gained about 17" of counter. Cost was well under $300 and it isn't that difficult (pull the stove and existing sink/faucet). Adding a 12"-15" flip-up next to the range would be a quick fix, also. Add them together and you'd have over 2 feet of additional counter.
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With only 2 kids you could get by with a 2 bunk hybrid but you'd be constantly setting up and tearing down the dinette for extra sleeping space. We went with a 233S because we have 3 kids, plus friends so we had to have the extra bunk. The lack of counter space sucks, but you have that with some other models also. We seldomly cook inside the camper anyway so it doesnt affect us all that much. Most of our cooking and food prep is done outside. Either on a picnic table with cutting boards or on the plastic folding table we bring with us that we set up under the awning. We usually have a couple of quick and easy meals planned for rainy or busy days that only require a microwave when cooking outside isn't possible.
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