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Posted: 03/21/21 05:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Used to have a RK...much preferred the layout and never any issues.


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Posted: 03/21/21 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Of course the rear bounces the most, it is simple geometry. I had the cheap plastic pantry shelves collapse, probably because of the bouncing. After adding shock absorbers I had no other issues.





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Posted: 03/21/21 07:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The only issue we had was a 1/8" thick drawer bottom broke from having a 12" cast iron skillet in it. I replaced it with 1/4" plywood.


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We've had a rear kitchen in our 02 Cougar had 17 years it till we bought out 2019 Eagle with a rear kitchen and never had a problem with either with stuff bouncing around or breaking. Wife loves the rear kitchen models due to more counter space and people not having to walk around or through the kitchen area while she's cooking.


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Your dealer full of BS. I'm on my second RK son has his first. That model maybe discontinued but they still make RK's. Highland Ridge is a Jayco product, here is a similar 2021 Jay Flight 29RK.

You will find some of the RK's have 3 tanks, 2 gray and 1 black so you end up with two discharge outlets. Mine did, for about $50 I was able to tie the two outlet drains to a single discharge.


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Two travel trailers and one fifth wheel with rear kitchens. One time the silverware drawer swapped a couple items, but no issues. That is after tens of thousands of miles. Buy the unit you like.
The sales person is just that---SALES!

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We too were warned of fridges in the rear, breaking eggs. 2 years no issues.

We have been down some baaaad roads. Smooth driving with hidden dips, breaks and worse. Last summer after 100 miles of that, a jar of spaghetti sauce leaped out of the upper cupboard and hit the sink edge. Looked like an axe murder scene.

Turns out the cheap bin on the shelf had broken releasing enough weight to open the cupboard. Took a while to clean up and get the smell out,

Our canned food now lives in drawer.


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RickLight wrote:

Looked like an axe murder scene.


We had the same thing happen when the fridge didn't get latched before leaving home. The poor spaghetti sauce leapt to its doom, and left quite the crime scene. I'm still not sure how it got on the ceiling!

This was in a mid-kitchen, apparently I take corners too hard. So, I think the rear kitchen is not the only one with mess making opportunities.

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Posted: 03/23/21 07:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You guys are all nuts.
Sane people know that the bouncing is not bad until you hang a bike rack off of the rear bumper.
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kellem wrote:

Your local dealer is a fruit cake as he/she wants you to buy what floorplan they have in stock.
Get the trailer you desire and suits your needs...



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