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elwaller39
06-21-2013, 09:26 PM
The new Heartland coaches that are on display at the 2013 Rally have way too much dark wood and trim in them. I am an older person and these very dark wood and trim makes it hard for me to read or any other activity in the coach. Because my eyes need more light tham younger people need. Dark wood and trim in a RV makes one feel very closed in. If I owned a large home with 2500 square feet dark wood and trim may work very well. Give us a choice of lighter wood and trim with the dark wood and trim. I than might become interst in looking at a new coach.

kkamshop
06-21-2013, 09:32 PM
Amen!! I agree wholeheartedly - and have been saying that for at least 2 years now. Hopefully this trend will change and shift to lighter, beach-house colors/styles sometime soon.

jnbhobe
06-21-2013, 09:32 PM
I think a lot of us feel the same way Evans.

boatto5er
06-21-2013, 09:52 PM
Same here. We love the lighter cherry in our 2011. Don't think I could go with the dark Cherry in the new rigs.


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TGLBWH
06-21-2013, 09:55 PM
we also have the light cherry and love it, but the new darker is just toooooo dark

donr827
06-22-2013, 04:39 AM
I prefer the lighter wood also. Would not buy a trailer with dark wood.
Don

lduguay
06-22-2013, 06:08 AM
Ok, now the "other side"........we recently traded our 2011 Big Country 3250, with the cream colored antiqued/stressed look cabinets.....almost white. We loved the look! When we traded for the 2014 BC 3650RL with the Dark Finish, we weren't 100% sure we liked it, BUT loved the newly designed 3650 floor plan. Now that we've had it for several months, we LOVE the finish!!! As far as them making the interior feel "closed in", the BC has a LOAD of recessed, sconces and pendant lighting.....now we can "adjust" the ambience from "romantic" to "solar flare"!!!

Heartland has done their marketing research, and I don't believe their sales have dropped.

That being said, it ALL boils down to personal preference. Just wanted forum readers to hear from those of us on the "Dark Side".:rolleyes:

dewwood
06-22-2013, 08:33 AM
I also prefer the lighter colors. I think offering an option of lighter colors would be beneficial.

kowAlski631
06-22-2013, 09:56 AM
We prefer the darker finishes. We had seen lighter finishes, but the darker ones suit our sensibilities. With all the lighting fixtures, we've had no problem with "being in the dark".

bill40
06-22-2013, 11:02 AM
I would not buy one unless it had the darker woods. I think the new BC's and BH look great. Just another view.

kakampers
06-22-2013, 11:48 AM
Same here...love the Bordeaux finish in our Landmark....

kkamshop
06-22-2013, 02:02 PM
At lunch today, Coley Brady said there would be a lighter wood option by November 1st. Thanks Heartland!

ParkIt
06-22-2013, 03:43 PM
It took me awhile to adjust to the antique look Iduguay described, our entire kitchen is that way but I do like it....having the entire unit that way would be too bright.
With the darker stain being used they have made up for it with lots of lights of various brightness, "ambient" lighting won't draw a lot of power but still keep things lit up. It does make the cabinet designs stand out, I'm a bit jealous of that part on the new units.

Theresau
06-24-2013, 06:02 PM
We love it in our 2014 BC as well. And we love the up to date decor such as the soffit lights over the sofa area and over the bath cabinet and the pendant lights over the island and dinette table. Truly Heartland did a great job decorating these new BC's - they look very high end. And the accent wall behind the sofa around the picture window is great and we really love the wainscotting around the dinette table. Our BC is just beautiful inside and out. We had the 2010 BH and loved that as well at the time; however, there have been so many improvements made since.

We mixed light decor with the Bordeaux and then carried that forward with our own pics, rugs (and pillows much to my hub's chagrine). We really like it with the max vinyl especially with the BH pattern - just very rich looking.

We did not like the plank floor in the BC - felt it was too dull looking and didn't match the elegant Bordeaux cabinets. However, at the design center last Saturday they indicated that plank floors are "in" and that many greatly like it.

We are very thankful that Heartland allowed us to customize as much as they did...

Based on our visit to the design center, selecting decor options is a very serious event at Heartland....

Theresa


Same here...love the Bordeaux finish in our Landmark....

Ray LeTourneau
06-24-2013, 08:53 PM
I'm a fan of the lighter interior as well. Even with our Oak cabinets, I like to open the blinds to let in some natural light.
With the new LED lighting available, it may brighten up the interior of the darker cabinetry without adding any heat. Add the dark countertops and it really gets dark in there.

It would be interesting to see a natural Maple finish interior.

I like dark beer though.;)

MikeR
06-24-2013, 09:31 PM
We have a 2014 BC with the Bourdeaux finished cabinets. While we were waiting for our unit to be built and delivered, my wife was lamenting how she wasn't going to like the cabinets. The first time she stepped in, she felt that it gave the interior a very rich feeling. We both really like the finish. With all of the lighting (especially the leds) and the light colored counter tops we don't feel the inside is dark at all. Actually after traveling the last 15 years in coaches with oak cabinetry we were ready for a change.
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dieselsweetheart
06-25-2013, 12:50 PM
I didn't like the really dark cabinets but there was a medium type in the BH that was on display in Goshen. I'll be honest though, if I was able to get a unit with adequate counter space and cabinets I could probably overlook the color of the wood. It's all about priorities. I just wish they could put everything we want in one unit! Seems the wood is nice, and then no counter space...then the front living room is great, but losing underneath storage and has a small kitchen. I do like the BC model now more than the BHs. Might be considering going in that direction.

Theresau
06-25-2013, 03:43 PM
Check out the BC 3251TS. Great deal of counterspace and cabinets. Very comfortable kitchen work area. Island does not have a sink so it is all counter and there is a great deal of counter next to the range.

The cabinets over the sink are wonderful and very residential.

We got the large refrigerator so we didn't get the pull out pantry; however, there is plenty of space in the cabiinet next to the microwave and in the island itself. I even created a bread set of shelves in the middle cabinet in the island (always wanted something like this...may make it a veggie space as well). I found a stand-alone shelving unit that has pull-out shelves on Amazon.

Cabinet at the end of the island is great for either a large waste basket or for misc. large items (using for a large store of paper towels :-)). We have a separate waste basket that we place next to this area.

Theresa


I didn't like the really dark cabinets but there was a medium type in the BH that was on display in Goshen. I'll be honest though, if I was able to get a unit with adequate counter space and cabinets I could probably overlook the color of the wood. It's all about priorities. I just wish they could put everything we want in one unit! Seems the wood is nice, and then no counter space...then the front living room is great, but losing underneath storage and has a small kitchen. I do like the BC model now more than the BHs. Might be considering going in that direction.

brlr2000
06-25-2013, 06:30 PM
I must admit that I'm partial to the darker woods. It just seems to have a more sophisticated, richer feel to it. Also, I hope they don't ever go back to those 'floral ' prints. Just my opinion.

Rob_Fla
06-25-2013, 10:17 PM
We had Heartland on our finalist list but wound up with SOB, but we will be replacing our current 5er sometime in the future. After seeing the darker woods in many of the Heartland units at a recent show, it really turned us off.

wdk450
06-26-2013, 06:28 AM
I think that many of us older folks are afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is depression related to the darker, less daylight, months of the year. These dark interiors just intensify this problem. Good thing most of us have the cheery fireplace!

bill40
06-26-2013, 10:45 AM
Why not offer a choice, then we all could get what we like.

TravelTiger
06-26-2013, 03:34 PM
"Lighter" is a vague term. It would be more helpful to the designers to clarify what we are talking about. Whitewashed is lighter, but so is natural, and so is golden oak, but so is a typical cherry, compared to the Bourdeaux finish.


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JohnDar
06-26-2013, 04:14 PM
We are partial to the Golden Qak color. Never cared for the distressed/antique/beaten with a chain look. And the overly dark interiors of the show coaches isn't something we'd trade our BH for.

Birchwood
06-26-2013, 04:16 PM
We have cherry wood in our Landmark and that's as DARK as we would like.In all honesty the new Landmarks we have visited(ie: Tampa RV show)..... we would not purchase because the wood is stained to dark.We are not into a light maple finish either but please lighten up the new Landmarks.Inside and out for that matter!

ladyshoe12
09-16-2013, 07:47 PM
I agree the darker wood is more sophisticated. I feel very relaxed in my Key Largo with the darker wood.

TnTravler
02-18-2014, 03:42 PM
We just looked at a BC 3251TS and really love the amount of counter space. Both of us like to be in the kitchen at the same time, as we share the cooking all the time... I prefer a lighter color wood... but the dark is okay. We have the dark cabinetry at home... so it really wouldn't be much of a stretch for us on the dark colors..

We are looking forward to interacting with other RVers, and finally getting to do some traveling .. but first we need to make our purchase of a nice RV. We have an older 5er that my hubby lived in for 10 years but sadly it is very worn and sad looking.... although still usable.. It is parked permanently in Missouri and he uses it for his month long fishing trips each year..

Looking forward to meeting y'all..

Tn Traveler
Carolyn

wdk450
02-19-2014, 10:15 AM
Carolyn:
Even if you don't yet have your Heartland RV, you are welcome to attend any of the rallies listed on the right hand side of the "Portal" page. You DO need to be a HOG paid member (or pay a compensation fee to the rally), but can stay at a nearby hotel or other facility while attending the rally and meeting all the nice Heartlanders! Just click on the rally link you are interested in for more info, and to contact the rally leaders.


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We are looking forward to interacting with other RVers, and finally getting to do some traveling .. but first we need to make our purchase of a nice RV. We have an older 5er that my hubby lived in for 10 years but sadly it is very worn and sad looking.... although still usable.. It is parked permanently in Missouri and he uses it for his month long fishing trips each year..

Looking forward to meeting y'all..

Tn Traveler
Carolyn

pharmafrog
02-19-2014, 07:33 PM
My two cents is that the lighter woods are a bit dated. The planked flooring is also "in" and gorgeous.