Originally Posted by tcwilliams
Last year, my wife and I looked at a new Airstream with center bath. To us, the toilet appeared to be in the middle of the floor with limited privacy.
I choose to deal with problems aft caused by a rear bath just have a bit of solitude in special moments
On the flip side, if you often have 4 people and are over a "certain age", the center bath has advantages. With a rear bath, all of the traffic from the front has to go through the middle sleeping area....at all hours of the night.
With the center bath the rear bedroom is more isolated, and occupants need not be disturbed when anyone in the forward area needs to use the facilities.
Most of the center baths have, at the least, a "privacy curtain", or some sort of door, that permits the bath area a certain amount of privacy - for both sleeping areas.
The layout in the 345 is a center bath, and it creates sort of a "dormitory suite" atmosphere - two separate sleeping areas with a shared bath.
It all depends on how (and by who) the unit will be used.
There was a thread and poll recently - do a search on "bath layout", or "prefered layout" - where people expressed their preferences, and, more importantly, why. What it boiled down to was is that each of the layouts had certain advantages unique to various uses of the Airstream (and the personalities of the owners).
I think the useage of the unit would be more important than any "potential" frame or separation problem. With the age of most of the used units, any problematic failure would probably have already manifested itself.