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Post Info TOPIC: Fifth wheel with a den or not


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Fifth wheel with a den or not


For those of you who have been ft for a while. If you do not have a den, if you were to buy a new trailer would you get one with a den. And I'll ask the opposite, if you have one would you opt for one without if you were to buy again. Just wondering if it would be an asset for separation for the spouse at times. Just so there is no misunderstanding, my wife telling me to go to my room for a while. ūüôā

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That's a thought in my research, though not a high priority.  I see two choices for a "den"; a "mid bunk" floor plan like a Keystone Montana 3950BR, or a toy hauler where the garage area was used as the den.

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Is not a large priority in ours either. It does make for a little smaller feel. Just getting a feel for the hindsight is 20/20 view.

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We don't have a "den" but my DW really wishes we had a place for my laptop (other than the dining room table). Other than that, no input.

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We have doors on either side of the walk-thru bathroom, so the bedroom is very separated from the kitchen/living room area. The door between the bathroom and the kitchen/living room was standard in our layout; we added the second door and put a TV in the bedroom to purposely create two living spaces. We do not regularly use these living spaces concurrently, other than when one of use goes to bed earlier or gets up later, but it does function well if one of us wants to read and the over watch TV or some other activity where we might disturb the other person. We personally would never choose to have a separate ‚Äúden‚ÄĚ, it would significantly reduce the size of the kitchen/living room area which we regularly both enjoy using. YMMV.

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The more compartments you divide 350 - 400 square feet into, the smaller (and more claustrophobic) the spaces are. We have a "traditional" rear living/front bedroom floorplan and feel it is perfect for us. The bedroom is separate from the bathroom (no split bathroom with shower in the bedroom) and there's a regular door on the bedroom. If my wife wants to read her Kindle by herself, she prefers to do that on the bed, anyway. Everyone's tastes and needs differ...

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Thanks for the input. We kind of felt the same about dividing up a small space but wanted to hear from folks who have been doing this for awhile.

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We considered the units with "dens" in them (which we kicked around for a hobby room) for a while. But we had the same feeling that it reduced other "spaces" too much, particularly the kitchen. Then we saw the Montana 3810MS (RV fridge) and 3811MS (residential fridge). Since we didn't really need the front lounge seating... our plan is to take it out and install a crafting center/hobby desk... Cindi has physically seen the units, I have not (only the floorplans) but she instantly loved it... happy wife, happy life?smile It has moved to the front of our ever shorter list.

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Lynn and Ed wrote:

We have doors on either side of the walk-thru bathroom, so the bedroom is very separated from the kitchen/living room area. The door between the bathroom and the kitchen/living room was standard in our layout; we added the second door and put a TV in the bedroom to purposely create two living spaces. We do not regularly use these living spaces concurrently, other than when one of use goes to bed earlier or gets up later, but it does function well if one of us wants to read and the over watch TV or some other activity where we might disturb the other person. We personally would never choose to have a separate ‚Äúden‚ÄĚ, it would significantly reduce the size of the kitchen/living room area which we regularly both enjoy using. YMMV.

Lynn


Agreeing fully with Lynn's comments as well as Rob's.  To have a functioning "den" that was not almost like a closet, one would have to build a much longer trailer which in our view can limit places one can go among other size / weight related issues.  Naturally, some might call this a Toy Hauler. But that unit has a different purpose in most cases and are likewise typically longer.  As was said, YMMV.

Bill



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Heartland makes a very popular trailer in the Landmark line, the Charleston, that is somewhat of a den. There are no doors to separate the "den" from the kitchen except some arches r beams. The trailer has a HUGE TV in the den and five slides. HERE is a link to the entire Landmark line. 

There is a new model called the Phoenix that is coming out soon. It does have a separate den with doors that close it off. 



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Thanks for the input. We kind of felt the same about dividing up a small space but wanted to hear from folks who have been doing this for awhile.

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I have seen the Charleston floor plan and pictures. They look very nice. Wouldn't mind going into one.

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We have looked at the Montana 3811MS liked the floorplan but thought the same about the front lounge. We said it would better serve as a closet or something else. Didn't think about a hobby table. That would be a good idea

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