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Old 03-11-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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Good Day,

It was noted by JDSport in another thread that the 29ME community seems to be fairly small on the forum. So I thought I would create a quick post for those of us in the ME Club.

JD had asked how I liked mine.... We love camping in ours. We bought it as a transition from family camping to empty nester travelling. Our two teens are now 14 and 16. At this point they still come out with us on most trips but we know that is going to rapidly change. We find the ME is fantastic for two (+ Dog) and is good for four (+ Dog). Once we pass four I start to miss the old TT Bunkhouse but we have had eight in it over a weekend and survived. I am working on plans for a couple of "Boys" weekends this summer. We will see how it handles 6 grown men

We looked at three floor plans including the 29MV and the 31FK. In the end our decision came down to the kitchen/living space. We were coming from a TT with a huge kitchen, including an island, with double slides. Nothing out there in the C Class was going to match our old kitchen but the ME with it's double slides seemed to be the best option. On those trips where we surpass 4 people, that extra floor space is fantastic to have, particularily if the weather turns sour.

Storage is also fairly good on the ME. We liked that with the hallway closet design we could still access all of our clothing storage with all of the slides pulled in. Makes it much easier for packing up. The only thing you cannot access while travelling is the one cupboard under the kitchen sink.

There are a few things we would have liked to see. Finding a way to squeeze in a U-shaped banquet would have been nice, four adults at the kitchen table is cozy. A fold up extension for the kitchen counter, to the left of the sink, would create better space for food prep and dish washing. An actual door for the bedroom, although the the dual purpose bathroom door is a smart design idea. And a ladder solution would have been fantastic, I loose a lot of basement space carrying a folding ladder inside.

Look forward to hearing from other Members of the ME Club!
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That's an excellent summary of the ME. We are empty nesters, so its just the wife and I and a shi-poo. We moved from a Lance Truck camper that we loved but it was not suited for entertaining or bringing others along. Saw the ME in Jan at the Denver show and fell in love with the floor plan. The opposing slides in the living/kitchen area make for lots of space. Last Saturday evening, on our second outing, we had four couples and three dogs in our rig, during supper. Plenty of room. The wind was howling outside but she was steady. I love the huge storage area in the back but miss having a ladder. Don't get me started on the tankless water heater but overall we LOVE this rig.
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Just out of interest, what's the OCCC on your rigs? Given all the slides, I'm going to hazard a guess that these rigs don't have a very high capacity; which if you care about that means your target audience would be couples.
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Old 03-15-2016, 09:19 AM   #4
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Yeah the extra slide must make a difference. I will weigh her once I think its fully loaded, still buying stuff like said ladder Griswald mentioned above. Hopefully I'm not too far over when its all said and done.
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What's the yellow sticker in the driver door jamb telling you?
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:40 PM   #6
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No idea. Don't have access to it right now.
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No Access

I also have no access right now, as it is sitting at the dealers while they conclude an unfortunately lengthy list of warranty issues. But another post on the forum suggests it is around 1400lbs.

I found a post on other forums that the 29MV has a CCC of about 1600lbs... So looks like you do loose about 200lbs to the extra slide.
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My 29MV actually has 2050 or so. I don't recall the exact number. The 2016 I was considering had 1950 or so, the one I have now has an extra 100 pounds. The 29MV I looked at 2 years ago had around 1620 or something like that.

I always find it fascinating how the weight swings from unit to unit, year to year.
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Looking at the 29MV

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What's the yellow sticker in the driver door jamb telling you?
Presently we have a 2007 Pleasureway Plateau diesel. Getting about 24 to the gallon. Should i even worry about milage or concentrate on the upgrade? How is towing a car? Thanks
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Presently we have a 2007 Pleasureway Plateau diesel. Getting about 24 to the gallon. Should i even worry about milage or concentrate on the upgrade? How is towing a car? Thanks
I don't tow anything w/ my rig - sorry.
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