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Old 06-08-2016, 01:33 AM   #1
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Default Went to see 2016 PW Plateau FL - couldn't recline passenger seat

Speaking as an IT Tech person, was it 'user error' when I couldn't recline or push the passenger seat back in the 2016 Pleasure Way Plateau FL? We call these errors a 'picnic' (problem in chair not in computer). hahaha

FYI, we viewed the coach at Beach Cities RV in Midway City, near Huntington Beach, Calif. They had 1 and boy, was it gorgeous, but this will be a sticking point for me. I am accustomed to doing the necessary work of primary passenger....reading, napping, talking on the phone, browsing the net, eating. I like to set up my little spot for comfort and I like to push my seat back for my legs a bit since I'm 5'9. And I like to recline a bit too. I could do neither of these. There was a 'wall' behind the seat. On closer inspection, it was the frame of the door entry. Later, my husband mentioned that maybe if I turn the seat a little first, that I can then clear the edge of the wall.

Does anyone who has a PW recline or push their seat back? If so, how do you do it?
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:36 PM   #2
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I believe it was a pebkac error with the chair. There are demo videos of people reclining the chair.

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Old 06-09-2016, 05:49 AM   #3
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Default Passenger seat in Plateau FL doesn't recline or push back

Thanks Bruceper for your reply and the videos.
I think that I wasn't clear about the reclining or pushing back of the chair.
I meant that it wasn't possible while facing forward. Your included videos showed the recline and the push back adjustment when the chair was turned to the back.
I was wondering if anyone else has noticed this issue or had figured out a solution. DH and I love the design of the Plateau FL and TS but this is a serious design disadvantage. I investigated while trying to push the chair back. There is a wall there. It's the frame of the entry door where the handle is. If this is truly the only way that the seat can be used then it's a no-go for us, no matter how beautiful the rest of the coach is.

Since yours was the only reply Bruceper, I am thinking that it must not bother anyone else.
Thank you again for your response.
***if I misunderstood your reply, please correct me
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Sorry but I don't know about forward facing. But others should chime in, give em some time.
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You can't recline that passenger seat facing forward because of the built in jamb for the screen door if you have that. That is a trade off. Screen or recline. Same deal with our Advanced RV. Because of the curvature of the exterior wall the straight vertical screen sets inside to where a jamb as to be built to receive it.
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Do the seats on any Sprinter recline while facing forward?
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Wow didn't know that. That is an interesting trade off. Just like sailboats... Everything is a compromise. I need to get to Hershey this year to compare by actually sitting in them.
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Do the seats on any Sprinter recline while facing forward?
Yes - but you have to turn a knob to slowly change the angle of the seat back. It's a lot like the seat I had in my 1991 VW Passat. It seems to be a popular Greman design. I like seat backs that recline fully with the simple pull of a lever like my Toyota.
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Old 06-10-2016, 05:10 AM   #9
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Default The Roadtrek CS Adventurous passenger seat reclines...

We did go see the Roadtrek CS Adventurous after the Pleasureway Plateau and verified that the passenger seat DOES recline and push back...but the Roadtrek model we were in did not have a side-door screen (unlike the Pleasureway). As Davydd seemed to imply, perhaps having the screen or not was the determining factor, instead of the RV brand. I am thinking of calling those two manufacturer's 800 phone numbers and inquiring to confirm. I will post any information that I find out.

For me, I would trade the beautifully designed screen for a lessor flap-style one with magnets, and instead ride comfortably.

I find it quite surprising that I have not read much about this issue. I don't really think that I am that tall at 5'9", and yet I was seriously uncomfortable in the required straight-up position of the seats. My legs were also squished up very close to the dash as well. And that was just after 5 minutes. The I had to show my husband since he didn't believe me about not being able to push the chair back or to recline it.

I have read from Davydd's other posts that some drivers have cut out the closet behind the driver's seat to accommodate the necessary push back.

It seems you just can't have it all.
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Default Sliding side screen door in PW restrictions and trade-offs

Here's an update.

With the Phantom side door sliding screen installed, you can not push back or recline the passenger seat while facing forward due to the frame of the screen door. Also, you will lose part of the width and length of the Corian kitchen counter, as well as the drawer section, to the cut out for the screen door. The screen is a beautiful, high quality design. But I'm not sure that it is worth the trade-offs.

An as alternative, you can have the new for 2017, magnetic/zip style side door screen installed instead. It matches the roll-up one available for the back doors. You can see the screens in the 'What's new for 2017' video on Pleasure-Way Industries - Pleasure-Way Industries. I confirmed the availability for the Plateau models by calling their 800 number (since they didn't mention it in the video). Personally, I am thrilled for this alternative.
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