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Old 03-29-2006, 09:50 AM   #15
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Just for fun draw your AS floor and redesign it. Put the stuff where you want it. You will find that every design decision you make is a compromise. If you want convenience for utilities you give up storage. Since for us its an alternative to a tent, not a house, remember it's camping, I put a premium on self contained comfort over storage in the layout of own 59. But when you go to a trailer show what you hear all the women staying in the trailers is..... Oh look how much storage it has.... It's the "there are never enough closets" thing on wheels. It's what sells trailers.
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Old 03-29-2006, 01:27 PM   #16
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Recently someone was visiting who had a friend with a new Winnebago. His remark when seeing the insdie of my Airstream was how much bettr built and more "solid" it appeared than the new 150K Winnie..
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Old 03-29-2006, 01:50 PM   #17
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Recently someone was visiting who had a friend with a new Winnebago. His remark when seeing the insdie of my Airstream was how much bettr built and more "solid" it appeared than the new 150K Winnie..
Heeere in Texxasss we refer to SOB construction techniques as "cardboard and staples".

Certain exceptions, of course.
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It's not just A/S trailers

You think A/S trailers are badly designed!! I worked 30+ years for a natural gas utility and you wouldn't believe some of the places where they designed for furnaces, water heaters, etc to be installed. Try working on an outside roof top heating unit at 2 in the morning with a wind chill that will make brass monkeys go inside and you'll see what I mean. All to save a few precious inside square feet. Engineers never have to repair items where they designed them to be placed, be it cars,trailers, etc. If they did, they would make some quick changes. For what we the want our A/S trailers for, I'm impressed with the designs. Functional and practital (sp).
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:21 PM   #19
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You think A/S trailers are badly designed!! I worked 30+ years for a natural gas utility and you wouldn't believe some of the places where they designed for furnaces, water heaters, etc to be installed... Engineers never have to repair items where they designed them to be placed,....
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Actually, it is the architect who takes the blame here. The engineer just works our a way to make the equipment function in the space which he is allotted. It is the architect who, for example, decides he wants live plants in boxes 30 feet up the walls of an atrium - with can ceiling lights above that, naturally.

On the one topic of the furnace under the stove, I find that quite a good use of space. I've had the unit in and out a couple of times and did not think it to be a problem at all - 10 minutes in or out, max. On the other hand, the water heater placement referenced above is, I think, a clever idea gone wrong. I mean, the space is there, and there is really nothing else that could make good use of it, but boy-oh-boy is it a pain to get at.

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