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Old 01-31-2019, 02:20 PM   #21
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I like islands:

St Martin
St Thomas
St Lucia
Barbados
Bahamas
Etc.

I'll add Turks and Caicos
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Old 01-31-2019, 02:23 PM   #22
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Our kitchen slide is on the same side as the door. If we can put the steps down, there is enough room to put out that slide and access the fridge.


The front kitchen units are very nice, but they lack the basement storage space found in the other units. That would be a deal breaker for us.


Everyone has different priorities. This is why there are so many floor plans.
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Old 01-31-2019, 04:03 PM   #23
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Our 3440RL has an island which we like and also with the slid in we can open both freezer doors and one side of the refrigerator. Works for us.
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Old 02-06-2019, 01:48 PM   #24
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Kitchen Island

We are also anti-island. If you are on the road a lot and you stop for lunch or or stay at Walmarts or truck stops, access to fridge, sink, and stove are essential for us. I have had a number of different rigs. We shopped a number of years ago and and nearly gave up. We found a gently used 2010 3605RL. We have access to almost everything while going down the road. Just put out the bed slide and go to sleep. We now would consider replacing this one but cannot find one that works as well.
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:54 PM   #25
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Us too. 2008 3605rl. Our first 5er, got lucky on the floor plan.
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:29 PM   #26
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Two things I never really wanted in a camper were an island and outdoor kitchen. My HC 345rl has both. Bought it because it was a good deal on a leftover 17. Still not completely sold on the island but, I can get one door on the residential fridge open when slide is in. As for the outdoor kitchen, it’s great. I can keep food and snacks in it and I would imagine even do some cooking at a rest stop if needed.
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:48 PM   #27
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I don't think your dislike of kitchen islands is weird at all. They add a lot of storage and counter space and allow for those really big sinks, however they have their drawbacks.

We just purchased our first 5th wheel, and looked at several makes and models. I swear, they all have the same few floor plans, and almost every one features a kitchen island. To your point, they are almost impossible to avoid on a new rig. Give it a year or two and that may change.

I am happy with the floor plan we have. One of our requirements for the new RV was to have the utility of the rig available for quick use at a rest stop or road side. Coming from a Vintage Airstream (read compact, but highly functional floor plan with no slides), open the door, slide out one little step, and you had access to everything. We did not want to loose that, but realized we would have to compromise somewhat.

We ended up with a Montana 3120RL. It has massive (compared to what we are used to) living space when set up and fully puffed out, yet has full refrigerator access, some accessible cabinet space around the hutch and full bathroom access when closed up for travel. The bedroom is workable as well with slides closed.

Normally, we intend to get into a park, unhook, hit the level button, open everything up, plug in and enjoy! Even for an overnight. However, with a little bit of planning to stash key stuff in accessible places, we are comfortable we can easily do a quick overnight without opening up the slides if that were to be necessary.
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we have to open our slide about 20" to access the fridge, I'm aware of this so when i pull into the rest area, i take an end slot or hug the line on one side, we have never been unable to open a slide, its not a big deal to us
Agreed, we have 3750FL, and backdoor access to bathroom slides and full kitchen for quick cooking. We do as suggested above to put out dining or bedroom for sleeping or a nap. Works great! NO ISLAND or dishwasher for two for us.
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:23 PM   #29
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You can access the refrigerator and bathroom in the 3120/21RL and it has an island.
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One of the top reasons we also bought a 3582! Fridge and bathroom accessible with slides in.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:49 PM   #31
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That's why we haven't traded in our 05 3670 Big Sky - No Island and separate sizable toilet room all accessible with the Slides in.
No new Floorplans we've seen are like it. Some Islands are so long and now even some Fireplaces are 55" long to match the TVs... looks goofy to us.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:48 AM   #32
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Same with my DW...caveat is we have to open 2 slides to access the fridge/kitchen area(as you do too)! With that said we do LOVE our rear kitchen units!!!
I also have a rear kitchen and love it.
The time is approaching to replace it and I have not been excited about the options.
I currently have a Montana 3000RK
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:48 PM   #33
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This is a strange thread, why not just buy what you want, pretty simple.
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Old 02-07-2019, 05:22 PM   #34
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This is a strange thread, why not just buy what you want, pretty simple.



Exactly what I was thinking.
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:09 PM   #35
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We don't have an island, but a u shaped kitchen. We can get to the fridge/use the entire bathroom and sleep in the bed with all slides closed. We can also add water to the fresh tank via a water jug. They should have left well enough alone. Sometimes old school is better. Its all about the BLING now. Why on earth you would want to control anything from your smart phone while sitting around the camp fire is beyond me.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:27 AM   #36
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We don't have an island, but a u shaped kitchen. We can get to the fridge/use the entire bathroom and sleep in the bed with all slides closed. We can also add water to the fresh tank via a water jug. They should have left well enough alone. Sometimes old school is better. Its all about the BLING now. Why on earth you would want to control anything from your smart phone while sitting around the camp fire is beyond me.
You are missing out on the fun. just borrow their phone and turn on and off lights for them. Maybe run the awning out.
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