Yes, obviously window offerings and placement play a significant role in this as well. We spend plenty of time inside our coach and want to be able to let lots of light into the coach and to be able to easily look out as much as possible.
Some rigs offer a window in the kitchen (over the sink, perhaps) in addition to a large window along the kitchen-side seating area... personally I like this very much - no matter which side of the coach the kitchen is on.
Alternatively, I've seen some rigs that have no window in the kitchen area and a relatively small window along the kitchen-side seating area... definitely not a preferrable set-up in my view, no matter which side of the coach the kitchen is on.
As we spend perhaps 9-10 months of the year traveling in our coach, these finer points of layout, window placement, and floorplan design can make a noteworthy difference in coach live-ability and enjoyment - in my view, anyway.
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We enjoy having the kitchen on the patio side, because we like to people watch, and can watch our neighbors while we eat on the dinette side. Watching our empty patio while eating inside would be boring;-)
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I like the kitchen on the street side - and a window over the kitchen sink. We don't put our awning down in some spots if we have a great view. Like to watch things outside at breakfast and dinner.
We don't eat outside much, I'm a bug magnet.
I like what I have now - too bad I can't find another one with this layout and storage.
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Here is what I don't get with curbside kitchens at least with travel trailers. Why would you want to sit under your awning and have exhaust fumes from the refrigerator, hot water heater, and cabin heater blowing in your face. I just don't get it. To me that is a deal breaker since we sit outside most of the time and do most cooking and eating outside. It seems odd and dangerous to have exhaust fumes under your awning.
Let me see...
The truck campers I have had, IIRC, all had the kitchen on the driver's side, and the dinette on the curb side.
The TT's were so long ago, I really don't remember.
The 1977 Pace Arrow 27 foot Class A, IIRC, had the kitchen on the curb side.
So did the 1988 Suncrest 32 foot Class A.
As did the 1995 Tioga Class C. (also, on this unit the water heater was on the driver's side, the furnace was in the rear, and the frig vent was at the top of the roof)
The 2002 Southwind Class A also has a curb-side kitchen.
My son's 1999 Monaco McKenzie 32 foot triple slide fifth wheel has the kitchen on the curb side.
So did his 25 foot Sero Scotty Class C.
Obviously, we never gave it a thought. It certainly never constituted a "deal breaker".
"Why would you want to sit under your awning and have exhaust fumes from the refrigerator, hot water heater, and cabin heater blowing in your face."
On my rig, the frig exhaust goes straight up through the roof.
If it is nice enough to sit outside, why would you want to have the "cabin heater" running?
The water heater has this nice little feature called an "on/off" switch. We set it to the OFF position, and there is no exhaust to worry about. The 10 gallons of hot water will last a LONG time, with a little conservation.
Again, definitely not a "deal breaker" for us.
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