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Old 07-23-2015, 01:53 AM   #15
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??? Really? Forego the front dinette for the closet?

Speaking of that closet... I've been thinking. You mention that getting a water heater in was a very tight squeeze. I've been wondering about building up a cabinet in that closet area, and actually moving the fridge over there, placing it up higher than it is in its present location. I don't like standing on my head to get the milk! Maybe a cabinet below and another one with shelving above it.
Then, ideally, some drawers could go into the old fridge space, and/or there would be room for a water heater. What do you think? Would it be difficult to get hookups for the fridge routed to the other side?LP
Couple things for you, relocating a heavy item towards the front is going to change your TW. That's why most refers are over or close to the axle. The higher heavy items are installed or stored changes the center of gravity also. Neither of these would make any difference in large RVs but in our molded rigs....probably. Had to chuckle with your comment of standing on your head to get the milk. My refer is at floor level and I don't have a problem grabbing another beer. Now maybe if I drank milk I would have a different opinion . Bob has it right, storage is king. Can't tell you how many times I've had people with large RVs look in mine and say "it's so small". My standard answer is I have everything you do except space.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:43 AM   #16
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I may have been confusing. I would prefer the front dinette & the extra bedside seat/table and would be happy to give up the closet for that feature. In addition, without the closet wall against the bed, it's a lot easier to get in and out of the bed.


You can redesign almost any feature (within reason of course) but I would use the trailer for at least a season before making changes. In addition, while moving the refrigerator is "Possible", having it done by a shop would be prohibitively expensive.


I have had refrigerators in both the high and low locations, and the higher location is more convenient. But, in small FGRV's you can't move anything without having to change something else. It's all about trade offs. BTW: We put the water heater under the left dinette seat in three different 13' FGRV's, in what is otherwise difficult to use storage space.
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I may have been confusing. I would prefer the front dinette & the extra bedside seat/table and would be happy to give up the closet for that feature. In addition, without the closet wall against the bed, it's a lot easier to get in and out of the bed.
Yup, I was confused by that! I would consider the front dinette a real priority. As for rolling out of bed... that happens once or twice a day... but getting into the fridge happens a lot (especially if there's beer in there, Dave)!

I think camping in it for a year or so would be a good idea, but have to admit lying awake half the night mulling how something "almost" perfect could be perfected even more. I think I could draw up plans to have a cabinet shop build a VERY lightweight drawer system for the former fridge spot, another closet-type enclosure over the existing bench. I'm guessing storage in that bench is accessed from the top, so cabinet door would need adding to the front.

These are the biggies keeping me awake. The "smallies" are the ideas of adding a flip-up counter extension on either side of the galley. And making curtains. And creating an awning.

goodness. am never going to get any sleep!

keep your fingers crossed -- driving up to see it on Saturday!

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Couple things for you, relocating a heavy item towards the front is going to change your TW. That's why most refers are over or close to the axle. The higher heavy items are installed or stored changes the center of gravity also. Neither of these would make any difference in large RVs but in our molded rigs....probably. Had to chuckle with your comment of standing on your head to get the milk. My refer is at floor level and I don't have a problem grabbing another beer. Now maybe if I drank milk I would have a different opinion . Bob has it right, storage is king. Can't tell you how many times I've had people with large RVs look in mine and say "it's so small". My standard answer is I have everything you do except space.
Dave, I was thinking about moving the refer over to the left of the door as you enter, over that spot where there is sometimes a closet, but in this one there's a bench. I thought that was practically over the axle, isn't it?

Haha with getting the beer. My guess is you enjoy the beer, and someone else stands on her head getting items in and out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Nice work if you can get it!


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Not only will you need a cabinet for that refrigerator move, you will also need copper pipe for LP gas, 120 VAC for shore operation, 12DC if you want that working and the several vents that have to be cut in the outside shell for proper operation of the refrigerator. And then there are the existing vent's on the other side that you will have to block closed in some manner. Maybe a pull out shelf in the refrigerator will make the beer easier to get to....LOL
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Not only will you need a cabinet for that refrigerator move, you will also need copper pipe for LP gas, 120 VAC for shore operation, 12DC if you want that working and the several vents that have to be cut in the outside shell for proper operation of the refrigerator. And then there are the existing vent's on the other side that you will have to block closed in some manner. Maybe a pull out shelf in the refrigerator will make the beer easier to get to....LOL
Or maybe I could just get one of those hats that hold two beer cans and a big tube for a straw?

I kind of thought we'd need to do something with pipes, tubes, vents, etc! But where does all of this run? Under the trailer? Through the cabinetry under back dinette? Quite willing to make some adjustments, but need some images to make lying awake planning more fruitful...

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