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Old 03-16-2019, 10:43 AM   #1
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1997 National Dolphin 532 recliner removal issues

Hello all ..
We are new to the RV game with an old RV!
I want to remove the recliner that was in the RV. It is just too much for the small area. The front passenger seat cannot swivel because of the closeness of this chair.

I have the recliner off the base, I can get 2 of the 4 floor bolts from the storage unit below the floor.
I cannot find access to the other two bolts. They are turning, so I need to find the corresponding nuts.
They are buried inside the sub floor.
I have looked in all storage units and cannot see the other two nuts.
There is a front to rear aluminum bulkhead at the back of the storage under the chair. The other two nuts are just inside of that. I cannot see the two bolts from the other side of the RV.

Any thoughts on how to get to these two bolts? I just can't figure out how they were installed. I'm guessing during the build. I don't want to have to cut into the floor to get at them, but that might be my only choice. I will pull the engine cover today to see if I have access there.

I'm hoping someone might have some thoughts on this. Ask me if you have questions.

Thanks for listening.
Bob
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:08 AM   #2
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Bob.....What condition is your Recliner? I need one. Leather or cloth? Photos? Rook
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:21 AM   #3
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Sometimes when you wedge something in to force the nuts to be up tight against the floor board you can loosen the bolts. Good luck
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Hello all ..
We are new to the RV game with an old RV!
I want to remove the recliner that was in the RV. It is just too much for the small area. The front passenger seat cannot swivel because of the closeness of this chair.

I have the recliner off the base, I can get 2 of the 4 floor bolts from the storage unit below the floor.
I cannot find access to the other two bolts. They are turning, so I need to find the corresponding nuts.
They are buried inside the sub floor.
I have looked in all storage units and cannot see the other two nuts.
There is a front to rear aluminum bulkhead at the back of the storage under the chair. The other two nuts are just inside of that. I cannot see the two bolts from the other side of the RV.

Any thoughts on how to get to these two bolts? I just can't figure out how they were installed. I'm guessing during the build. I don't want to have to cut into the floor to get at them, but that might be my only choice. I will pull the engine cover today to see if I have access there.

I'm hoping someone might have some thoughts on this. Ask me if you have questions.

Thanks for listening.
Bob
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:30 AM   #4
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Hello. Thanks for checking in.

It is light tan leather and in very good shape except for a 2" tear on the top backside where it catches on the window dressing.
Don't know what it is worth and where you are.
We are in Gearhart, Oregon.
My wife had a place for it, but I would consider selling it?
Let me know if you want to pursue this further and I can take some pictures.
Your thoughts on this?
You say you are in the NW in the summer.

Maybe we can deal.
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:34 AM   #5
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Thought of that, but still need access to collect the nut underneath the floor as it falls off, assuming I can wedge it enough. I suppose I could just let it drop and leave it, but it will probably rattle. Maybe!

I can get a socket on the bolt at the recliner plate and turn it.

I will be trying that today.
Thanks for checking in ...
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:39 PM   #6
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Personally I would cut or grind the head of the bolts off. Might take a bit of time, but hey its too early to go camping much even on the coast.
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Old 03-16-2019, 01:08 PM   #7
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Already planning on that!

Just Can't the tools for the grinder to change the blade.
Never too soon to go camping on the coast!
I see that you are not too far away!
Thanks for checking in ...

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Truck Freight might not be too expensive to Cullman, AL, but crating/boxing would be the challenge. Send photos and price estimate for the chair. lebo@techie.com. Rook 205-361-4344

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Hello. Thanks for checking in.

It is light tan leather and in very good shape except for a 2" tear on the top backside where it catches on the window dressing.
Don't know what it is worth and where you are.
We are in Gearhart, Oregon.
My wife had a place for it, but I would consider selling it?
Let me know if you want to pursue this further and I can take some pictures.
Your thoughts on this?
You say you are in the NW in the summer.

Maybe we can deal.
Bob
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Old 03-17-2019, 12:25 PM   #9
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Just an update.
Got the seat bolts off and the seat base out.
Used a cutting blade on my little grinder.
Turns out the two nuts I couldn't find were up inside the frame. Did not see them before.
Anyway, all is done.
Now, plan for a little table.


Rook, my wife wants to keep the chair.
I'll build a little base for it and put it in the spare room.
Thanks for your interest.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:11 PM   #10
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This is where our recliner was a couple of weeks ago. The wifey still works remotely so the desk became an important upgrade after a few weeks boondocking around.Click image for larger version

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ID:	239224 The blue square in the floor is where the base for it was.
The big grey thing prevents mice!
I will have to fix the floor when we get home in a couple of months!
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:23 PM   #11
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I have a 1997 36' Dolphin my self and the chair your talking about is next to the entrance door in my R.V.
You might take a look under the right fender well you may see some bolts their.
You can always grind them off if it comes to that.
Just a thought .
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:44 PM   #12
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Thanks
I used a grinder to cut the bolts.
I then found out where the bolts were and could have just unbolted them.
Oh well ...
Chair is out and table is almost installed.
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The recliner on the Nationals is just to big for that space. I took mine out and replaced it with a small captains chair. Just wish I had used a taller pedestal.
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:10 AM   #14
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We really wanted a second small table.
Removing recliner and installing one was a good move for us.
Really like it better.
Recliner was too small anyway.
I also out a small flip up table at the end of the kitchen counter.
Used a bamboo cutting board for that.
Just a bunch of little things ...
Bob

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