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Old 05-12-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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Just got a new P-W Plateau two days ago. Spent one night in it. Had a couple of issues with the TV (how to turn the sound on ...and the latch to hold it in place was too short) which were quickly fixed by the dealer. It rides smoothly. A little cramped...not used to the small space...but overall I'm pleased.

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Old 05-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Congratulations!
I think we all adapt to the limited space in Class B's.
Once everything is in its place it will be great!
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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This is my third B. Previously I had a Sportsmobile and then an Airstream. But I had a B+ most recently, and now I have a little less storage room...and I'm going to miss that slide-out which made a stay-at-home evening watching TV very comfortable.

However, the eating area is better in the new Plateau, as is the kitchen counter- and kitchen drawer-space. It's always a trade-off, isn't it? I still miss that penthouse (canvas-sided) roof on the Sportsmobile.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:38 PM   #4
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Looks just like mine!
Mine is 2011 - it's new to me - I bought it used but it had been purchased last Oct and driven to FL and that was it - it had 2500 miles on it when I got it a month ago!

This is my 1st RV and I LOVE it. LOVE it.

Congrats on your purchase and welcome to the Pleasure-Way family!
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:54 AM   #5
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Ours is a 2011 as well, but it was new. We didn't see any difference in the 2011's and 2012's, except the price. We'll have to chat about what kind of bedding to use...and where to stow it. Also, do you carry chairs for use under the awning? If so, what kind, and where do you stow them?
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:35 PM   #6
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Right now I'm using stuff I already had in the RV.

For the bed...
I have an old knit sheet (like t-shirt) that was my mom's that I put on the bed - it's a king size but the elastic is shot so I just tuck it in, luckily the cushions fit tight to the walls and it doesn't come undone much. I like the sheet on the bed because it makes the ultra leather warmer when it's cold and it's more "bed like". When it's cold I just sleep in my 0 degree backpacking sleeping bag (I bought it for tent camping then decided I really didn't like tent camping!). When it's warmer I have a "sleep sack" that is basically a sheet folded and sewn up like a sleeping bag. It seems roomier than a regular sleeping bag. My bought it for me at Bed Bath and Beyond. Then I have an assortment of blankets to choose from...I'm working on deciding which I need and which and don't. Currently I carry a twin size down like comforter, a twin size cotton blanket and a fleece sleeping bag liner that zips up like a sleeping bag but can be used big. I don't need all that since if it's cold I'll just use the sleeping bag!

To store...
I put all the bedding in the large cabinet that goes along the back of the van. I put the down like comforter in a compression sack that I got at REI - it's about the size of a large loaf of bread. http://www.rei.com/product/766677/sea-t ... ssion-sack The sleeping bag lives in it's stuff stack - the sleeping bag was designed for backpacking so it's smaller than a traditional sleeping bag. I have the sheet, the sleep sack and the two blankets in a square Ziploc storage container - http://www.ziploc.com/Products/Pages/Fl ... izeName=XL I also keep an extra pillow in that cabinet. I then bring a pillow from my bed at home so I have 2 pillows. It all fits in the cabinet with room to spare but it doesn't really fit well - everything is a different shape so it results in wasted space. I currently have lots of extra space in the van so I don't worry too much.

I LOVE the Ziploc bags/cubes - they are lightweight and easy to store empty and you can load them up with lots of stuff when you want to use them!

I have one camp chair that I've had for years - it's one of those "chairs in a bag" and it's fairly large and bulky but it fits in the under the bed storage area - again not the ideal choice but it's what I've got and I don't currently have a lot of stuff competing for that space. I need to carry 2 chairs...I travel alone and I figure that setting up 2 camp chairs by the campfire gives the illusion of 2 people!

These chairs look perfect for a PW: http://www.rei.com/product/767164/gci-o ... ping-chair, but they are pricey!

I've only had my PW for about a month - lived in it for 6 days driving it home from FL and I've been on 3 weekend trips since then, I'm sure as I use it I'll come up with other tricks! Let me know what you find works for you...love to share great ideas!
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:40 PM   #7
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Thanks for your ideas.

We are probably older than you, and there are two of us, and we need to get up in the night. We would find it difficult to use the entire bed, having to crawl in from the foot on our hands and knees to reach the top (rear doors) to get under the covers.

We have a TS (is that what you have?), so we are planning to use it as twin beds, not using the shelves at the bottom with the ottoman bolsters. There isn't a lot of width for the legs that way, but plenty of room for the head and torso. And it's easy to get in and out of bed. Also, we've ruled out sleeping bags, as we find it difficult to turn over in them.

Next time we are trying a 1" thick piece of memory foam, covered by a sheet, with a light blanket. We'll see how that works. The foam can be stored between the back of the sofa and the back doors, I hope.

Our old camp chairs definitely won't fit. We're looking at the Pico chairs but still haven't figured out where to stow them. You're right about having two chairs. I'd suggest joining Loners On Wheels, but do NOT put their logo decal on your van window!

I'll let you know how this bedding attempt works out.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:35 PM   #8
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Hi! Congratulations; we also just bought our first RV, and it's a Plateau TS as well. Ours is an 07 so not new and lacking a few of the advantages of your newer ones, but it belonged to the mother of a friend who only put 20,000 miles on it driving herself, her chihuahua and her Miss Chrysler 1941 wardrobe back and forth from northern Washington to Yuma, Arizona every year. She slept in it about ten times and never cooked in it. We got a great deal on it.

We haven't slept in it yet or figured out how we're going to do that when the time comes, but we have the advantage of having friends with the exact same model who showed us how they've got theirs packed and for lack of better ideas, we'll probably just copy them! Two of those chairs in a bag, a folding table, a barbecue and a Coleman camp stove are all stored under the bed.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:22 AM   #9
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Loners on Wheels!!!!! I found them before I got the RV and didn't bookmark it and couldn't remember the name! I've been trying to remember that groups name for weeks! Thank you! I have found a Women's RV Forum and a Single's RV forum also...good stuff!

I hope the sleeping arrangements work for you. I can't imagine having another person in the van with me! The previous owner of my van had a big piece of foam she put on the bed but it filled up the whole cabinet and I quickly decided it wasn't pulling it's weight. I find the couch bed just fine as is! I usually make at least 1 bathroom trip in the middle of the night and I do find the "sleep sack" annoying for that because you have to throw the covers off then climb out of the sleep sack and then it all gets cold while you are up and then you have to put it all back together again and get the blanket back tucked in under your feet.

You are likely correct in your assumption that I'm younger than you, I'm prob the youngest PW owner around - I'm not even 40 yet! I do have a lot of friend my age who are very jealous!
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:24 PM   #10
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I hope you can get all that stuff under the sofa in your P-W. I'm just hoping to find room for two Pico chairs. We have a spare tire in that under-sofa space, and there is very little room for anything else, maybe a small toolbox and the water hose and electric cord. I don't think there is a LOT of change in models from year to year, so your 2007 is probably nicely equipped. My first B didn't have a TV or a microwave...early 90's.

We spent our second night in it, and I used the twin size foam pad, which has a polyester zipped-up cover. That cover is kind of slippery, so the pad kept falling off the bed every time I got up. I had put a regular twin size fitted sheet over it. I'm going to remove the slick cover and just use the sheet next time, hoping the exposed foam on the bottom will be less likely to fall off. I also used a top sheet and light blanket. Basically it worked pretty well.

I got my first Class B at age 53 and joined Loners On Wheels. They "expelled" me when I "committed matrimony," though. I enjoyed the monthly campouts with the same group, and I visited other groups when I was traveling alone around the country...planned my trips around their monthly campouts.
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