View Poll Results: What kind of bathroom layout would you like?
Rear bath and shower 55 25.46%
Side bath and shower 86 39.81%
Rear wet bath 5 2.31%
Side wet bath 8 3.70%
Separate Shower area 55 25.46%
Separate Sink area 18 8.33%
No bath 6 2.78%
Other - please elaborate 10 4.63%
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Old 05-12-2004, 12:35 PM   #1
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Is there a perfect bathroom?

What works best and why? We have found that the shower in our Argosy is great for storing large items, chairs, guitar cases etc. but completely useless for it's intended purpose. Space around the toilet is in short supply as well. The toilet is squished in right next to the sink cabinet and there isn't enough room to move. Are there better arrangments?

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Old 05-12-2004, 06:15 PM   #2
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We've been out only once with ours so far, but I thought our center "hall" style bath worked well. I didn't recognize it in your listings above so if you can vote ours, from my description, please do. We have a roomy shower on one center side with shower door. On the opposite side is a vanity with storage above and below-small sink. Next to that at a slight angle toward the center is the toilet. Between these is the "hall" that leads from the galley to the back queen bedroom. Sliding doors are on both the galley and bedroom side-easy to open or close. The hall area gives plenty of room for drying off or walking through. I cannot imagine a nicer layout for the bath. It gives good separation from the front public areas of the AS to the privacy of the back bedroom. You asked. . .I've tried to describe. I just don't know how to vote!

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Old 05-12-2004, 08:17 PM   #3
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I like the side bathroom

I have 2 bathroom requirements... first that use of the bathroom doesn't cut the trailer in half, and second that the shower is available for the litter box. Glass shower doors are out for that reason.

The side bathroom in my 25 is tight, but it is about the only model that fills these requirements.
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Old 05-13-2004, 07:53 PM   #4
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Is there a perfect bathroom?

One of the reasons that I was constantly attracted to Airstreams was the large, comfortable rear bath common to the Vintage units. No other manufacturer that I investigated offered a coach with as generously proportioned bathrooms as the Vintage Airstreams. Even my 6.0 Metre Minuet has an amazingly large and comfortable bahtroom - - no tub, but the shower is quite workable. Even after touring nearly every new Airstream model displayed at various WBCCI functions, I wouldn't consider changing from my rear bath equipped units. Even having rear end separation repair issues on the Overlander hasn't dissuaded me from my preference for its wonderful floorplan.

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Old 05-14-2004, 12:27 AM   #5
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I have a 27 Ft with rear bath
I think that the rear bad takes up a lot of space for the short time you use the badtroom
Most campgrounds have verry clean showers when its to dirty I go to other campground
For us a toilet and a basin would have been enough
trailor is in to good shape to reconfigurate

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Old 05-14-2004, 09:46 AM   #6
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I love the rear bath found in the current 19' and 25' Safari and CCD line. I really like even more the larger bathroom in the 30' Safari. True it is a bit cramped using the head, but the shower is very roomy and we love having a dinette. Most cases on the current 25' line that we like, that have the side bath, there is no dinette. There is a side bath and dinette on the 28 foot Safari which is a nice setup, but that has a combined gray/black tank which we didn't like at all.

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Old 05-14-2004, 10:22 AM   #7
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25' side bath

The 25' side bath is definitely tight for clothes changing; I do that mostly in the bedroom which is a lot roomier. My only complaint is that I am a wide-body and I have to turn sideways and suck in my gut to get in and out of the shower. I could improve this a lot by taking out the door and putting in a shower curtain, but I do like the self-squeegeing shower door.

Storage space, towel bars, medicine cabinet space, and counter space in the 25' bathroom is very adequate. My big complaint on the 22' corner bath was that there was no counter or storage space and only a very small towel bar and a hand-towel ring.
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Old 05-15-2004, 10:08 AM   #8
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My preference would largely depend on the trailer size. In a 25ft or smaller trailer, a rear wet bath is ideal for us, as we prefer galley and front room space over a large bath.
In trailer over 25ft, I would prefer a rear bedroom and a side bath.
Side bath/rear bedroom models at or under 25ft. have too little galley/living space for us.
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Old 05-15-2004, 03:16 PM   #9
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Split Side Commode/Shower.

For a unit with enough room for a separate bedroom, I think the mid bath (shower on one side, commode on the other) works best.

Most units with a mid bath are configured weth a "double door" (door into the bedroom, additional door or means of isolating the the commode/shower area from the front area).

If the front sleeping area is occupied (either entertaining or sleeping), the "double door" arrangement affords additional privacy and noise isolation. Sort of like a dormitory suite that shares a common bath.

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Old 05-18-2004, 01:32 AM   #10
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The side bath is just right for us. With 3 little ones and 2 adults we would never be able to get to the bedroom. Besides on the 71 int we had at 6'3'' I had to hunch over to do anything in there and takeing a shower on your knees hurts
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Old 08-02-2004, 12:07 AM   #11
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i went on a diet

really like the big rear bath in the overlanders
like he said its worth frame separation and rats to have a big bathroom especially if you are going to be spending a lot of time in there
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Old 08-02-2004, 01:01 AM   #12
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The rear bath layout of the vintage trailers rules!!! And if anyone likes anything other than this layout, then they are just "wrong"!!!

The thing that I always find lacking in rear bedroom designs is storage space. Sticking a bed at the back of the trailer with an end table on either side is nice, but it takes away valuable space for dressers or wardrobe closets. If you are only using your trailer for weekend use or quick trips, this is fine, but if you are planning to fulltime then this storage space is a necessity. And I have yet to see more storage space than what is in a 31' rear bath, midship double bed arrangement. But then again, I am a bit of packrat.

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Old 08-02-2004, 01:35 AM   #13
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Actually at first I liked the idea of a rear bedroom, but in terms of storage it limits you. I don't really like the idea of storing everthing under the bed as this will stack up on the rear end weight thus reducing the tounge weight, plus adding stress to the frame.
Because of all of this I now think the rear bath is the best idea. However, I do feel that they could take the battub and toss it as it is really only good for a child. I think the creation of a nice roomy shower and a nice roomy toliet with the sink still centered as it is in my model would be best.
Since I have to do a floor repalcement back there and will be removing everything from the back I am considering loosing the bathtub and going with a nice roomy shower instead. These plans are still up in the air, but these are my thoughts as of this moment.
Just adding my 2 worth

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Old 08-02-2004, 05:43 AM   #14
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Being on our third A/S I'll have to vote on the rear bath. However, I like the sound of the middle bath as maxandgeorgia have described in their posting!

Also, I enjoyed touring maxandgeorgia's trailer at Moraine View, very nice unit!

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