Okay, I'm new and I'm rarin' to go with questions:
I have looked at a lot of MHs and I notice a lot have the dining table with separate chairs. I prefer the booths. I'm assuming most people like the table w/chairs or they wouldn't be putting them in so many. Am I wierd for liking the booth? Or what do people like about the chairs and table? I like the idea of being lazy and stretching my legs out
BTW, it's only two of us and a dog and a cat and they aren't sitting up at the table with us! So, no worries about extra people for the majority of the time.
My needs are different than most in that I both live and work full time in my RV. My dinette was my office vs. a place to have a meal. So that would skew my advice. Also, I travel solo. After about 10 years full timing with a booth in 3 different RV's, am very pleased to now have a table in my 4th RV -- actually, a drop leaf table.
John's point is well taken in that I have given up some storage under one of the seats. The other one contained the furnace so no storage there. The one side had a drawer the length of the seat and was a great place to store all of my computer software. I'm a programmer, computer guy. The other plus of a dinette is that it makes into a bed - so if having extra guests, that is a nice feature.
Here are the things I began to hate about a booth.
o I spent a lot of time working there -- and they become very uncomfortable. You can't swivel or move much -- and sloughing down is even more uncomfortable.
o The seat cushions are usually pretty cheap and become worn to your shape. After that starts happening, you have to sit in the same hole or sit lop sided.
o No leg room. Was surprised you thought that was a plus for a dinette.
Anyway, have attached a couple of pics from my rig. If you go for a table -- try to get a drop leaf. The first shows the drop leaf down-- but not a full view. The second is with the drop leaf up and my office set up. I have taken the opposite chair out and stored it. I have two more folding chairs that match the permanent chairs that I have stowed under the queen bed. Note that now I can have a meal with guest in addition to the office usage. However, most meals are on the smaller table in the forward area of the rig. BTW, the permanent chairs were bolted down to the floor. Theydo swivel but can't be moved otherwise. I see chairs in other rigs that can be moved around, and then bungied
Again, my needs are different -- but I had decided if I couldn't find a rig with a table vs. a booth, I would go ahead and the take the booth and put a desk or table in instead. On the second pic, envision the area with the office stuff removed and nice chairs on both sides -- and to me, that sure beats a booth.