Originally Posted by accrete
We are leaning toward the RB11 style floor plan at this point rather than the RB50 family. I have always gravitated toward the two long benches in the rear with dinette table. Seems like a nice place to chill out during incliment weather. And an easy fix to a queen sleep area at night (we will utilize the Froli sleep system for sofa benches and backs). We would have under-bench storage for the outing's activity (gold panning / kite flying / etc in the rear area) and dry food storage toward front (thinking of building in a inslutated cold-storage area on street side bench). lots to ponder yet.
We are also planning an RB build for 2 adults. I was very interested to see this layout as an alternative to the RB50 type. It would allow one person to sit in the swivelled passenger seat and a separate lounging area in the rear. We are also concerned about maximizing cargo space since we will be doing longer self-contained camping trips. Some of my other thoughts about this layout (based on our needs) --
- With the lengthwise beds, the "crack" in the bed will be between the sleepers, not under somebody's hips or shoulders. This might be a big advantage.
- We want our bed at least 54" wide. This layout gives a full width bed, which may sacrifice storage. One idea would be to eliminate the passenger side gaucho and replace it with floor to ceiling storage cabinets or shelves. The lounge area would be one-sided but still seat 3 (tight). All of the storage would be accessible from inside, but it might be a little shallow.
- With a one-sided lounge area, there would be more room to stretch out the legs, and two people could watch TV in luxury.
- The area between the seats near the back door would be a great spot to carry cargo, but the cargo would need to be low enough to allow the seats to be made out into a bed. Long items like skis and masts could be stored between the seats but may interfer with folding out the bed.
- If there is overhead storage at the rear of the van, the seat area under the storage shelf may be difficult to get into and outof.