Gowestwardho, I can't say definitely that US dealers have the drop down bunk available. I think you are correct ... you would loose easy access to the storage areas above the cockpit. We use those storage areas many times a day.....get stuff out, put stuff back, get stuff out, put stuff........
But, having said that, the literature on the 31 UL on display at the KC RV show this month showed the drop down bunk as an option on 31 UL. The 31 UL on display at the show had an electric MCD windshield (night) shade and manual driver & passenger side curtains. The invoice had $442.00 for a price.
Most electric windshield (night) shades can be used as a sun block while driving, allowing the shade to drop only partially. Again, I am not sure of the usability of this application in the 31 UL for sun protection.
I will say, when dropped down the curtains did seem to provide the privacy one would want.
I spoke with my dealer about an after market install and he indicated we could do that. I am still considering the Carefree Shades of Colorado. The ones I am looking at are for driving and sun control, but not privacy.
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