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Old 04-04-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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Full-height storage/galley/bathroom across back?

I've looked at the SMB standard plans and noticed that they all (w/ one exception - EB 22) provide an aisle to/from the rear doors. At first glance through the plans I thought none of the plans would allow the rear doors to pretty much be blocked due to some fire exit requirement, until I saw the EB 22 plan.

Is this to typically allow a semi-clear fire exit via rear doors? Or perhaps for longer item storage under the rear beds or in-aisle?

Most Class B's that have a side entrance door utilize the entire rear end for something. The rear area of a SMB could possibly be custom-designed to provide some nice features, accessed both from the interior and exterior.

Why doesn't SMB offer more plans w/ the rear wall fully loaded up w/ usable stuff (storage, galley, etc)? Or do they just let it up to the buyer to design it that way?

Has anyone seen a rig w/ the rear doors "blocked" w/ storage/galley/bathroom options?
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I inspected a SMB for possible purchase. It was modified for a rear galley by its owner

It was a EB 40 style design...
- It was modded with a long parcel shelf placed at the end. Under it was storage, top was stove, sink counter space.
- You could also 'escape' in the opening above the shelf.

There is a big advantage to this layout for party/tailgating. The faucet and stove are accessible from the rear...makes it kinda like a galley on a Teardrop trailer.


The disadvantage is
- The reinforcing rib from the PH cuts into the galley area. The shelf would have to be deep or set into the living area
- There is a fair amount of weight put in the rear with this layout
- You may have of gear and/or a bed to remove to cook inside. I have the stove behind the driver seat. The kids stay in the PH bed sleeping while I make coffee/breakfast.
- The best place for a starcool is in the middle, a rear kitchen might be tight quarters with startcool in the middle
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