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Old 12-09-2008, 07:27 PM   #15
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What Shari says except change Globetrotter to Caravel.

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:35 PM   #16
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Roll-out dinette table works for us

Our 2007 23' Safari came with the L-Lounge and stow-away rolling dinette table which works fine for our style of camping in Southern California where the weather is generally very nice.

We keep the lounge extended all of the time and have only needed to pull out the dinette table 2 or 3 times in the past two years.

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Dinette used to make Dim Sum. L-Lounge fully extended.

The trailer is roomier and more comfortable with the dinette stowed away.

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:58 PM   #17
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OMG you don't know why???

Just ask Taz!!! WHY!!!!Attachment 72431

Totally agree - there is no need for Dinettes - we just eat off the floor......
Taz is showing you who the real owner of the trailer is...LOL! Love the photo.

For the record I like dinettes. The Caravel was a blank page for us and we liked the dinette in the Safari so much the Caravel got one too.

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Old 12-09-2008, 08:27 PM   #18
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Dinette was a must have item for us.
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:38 PM   #19
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We love our dinette and it was one of the requirements when searching for a vintage unit. Appears that a dinette was not something the Ohio plant made for the '59 and '60 TradeWind's though as my registry doesn't indicate one on any of the 32 listed. So glad ours is a California one just for that reason alone.

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Old 12-09-2008, 08:53 PM   #20
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We like our dinette...we use it most of the time...of course a Bambi is small so the convertible space of the dinette is important. We need to table top for food prep and also to work/play on the Mac. We can make the dinette into a bed or a comfy lounge, too, if we want, and we can leave it that way if we are somewhere where we can use an outside table for meals. (Besides, where would the fresh water tank, drawer and audio system's all under othe dinette seats.) Viva la dinette!
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:00 PM   #21
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Another minority opinion here. I am NOT a dinette lover. They're generally much to small for the "average" person of 6'5" height to sit at comfortably. They're too upright, and don't offer nearly enough leg room. I have a couch/removable table setup similar to the table setup in Kevin's Overlander, but a little different. (yes, I know this isn't in an Airstream, but it is another option.).

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Old 12-09-2008, 09:11 PM   #22
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...another vote for a dinette!
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:25 PM   #23
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We've spent over 300 nights in our 25FB in the past 2 years. We couldn't live without our dinette, but to each his own.

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Old 12-09-2008, 11:15 PM   #24
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Hi, we, I guess are with the minority. We purposely ordered our trailer without a dinette. With the fold out table we can vertually do anything you people have mentioned. Play cards, eat meals, use lap top, or anything else you do with your stationary dinette. We can double the size of our table at the flick of the wrist, or just put it away, completely out of the way. If needed our gaucho makes into another bed. I think the gaucho / credenza combination is the most universal set up.

But in your defense, we no longer have any pets and our children have their own children, so it's just the two of us. If we were a young family with little kids and pets, I think a dinette would be more practical. But we are old, not having any more kids, and still thinking about the possibilty of whether or not to have another pet or two.

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Old 12-10-2008, 06:10 AM   #25
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Guess we too are in the minority. Our 27FB has an L-shaped leather wrap around couch and the table has only been "up" once. We're fulltimer's and enjoy the extra lounging space. Of course, learning to balance a plate with peas took a few tries! : )
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:01 PM   #26
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I believe that it is all of what everybody has become accustomed to in their A/S. We have had drop down tables in both of our units and that is what we have become used to. I agree with Brian (Moosetags), TB Rich, Bob (Robertsunrus) . Dinetts can be extremely useful but again it's all in what you are used to. You however don't want to give up some of these perks because you never know when you will have to stay inside your A/S because of inclament weather.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:02 PM   #27
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I dislike the dinette in our 2006 28'er. Since we use our trailer a lot for tailgating at sports and other events I would very much prefer to have a sofa in its place so we'd have more seating for guests. It would also give us more floor area to move around b/c the dinette takes up a lot of space.

So ... I have a question. How difficult would it be for me to remove the dinette and replace it with a sofa? And what kind of sofa and where would I get one that would fit there?
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:24 PM   #28
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No to dinettes!

We had (totaled in an accident this summer) '75 22' Argosy with the front couch, side "L" shaped lounge with a removable table. We transformed the front couch into a permanent 54" wide bed and removed the table as it was very award to get around, sit in the L lounge, etc. We kept 2 small folding tables around for eating when inside, which worked really well for us.

Our '96 34' front kitchen was one of two built without a dinette - it has a fold down, extendable table with real chairs.

Yes, we have had several other trailers with dinettes, so have a reference point of experience.

Guess we both don't like sliding into our seats! Even at a restaurant, we always prefer a table over a booth.

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