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Old 02-21-2016, 04:43 PM   #1
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I have researched this site about removing the chair from our '99 TropiCal. We did get the chair removed but not the swivel. It turns all the way around so what could it be fastened to? I am attaching a picture of what is left. The edge with the square tubing is what seems stuck. The center nut is removed and the bolts through the floor are undone. What can we do next?
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I've never tackled a job like this, but if I did, I would check the underside of the coach to see it there was something I could see that could also be removed. Also, it could be that it's being held in by rust. Try tapping around the center section with a hammer, and perhaps applying some rust penetrant and letting it soak in well, then repeat the tapping. Seems so simple - remove a chair? Sometimes "simple" just isn't so. Best of luck to you!
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You might also try prying up around the base with a crow bar.
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:54 PM   #4
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Yeah, we have already tried the crowbar routine. Hubby went out last night and found two more bolts under the carpet pad. So that is our goal for today. If we get it out, I will be doing some carpet repair and maybe some carpet shampooing. I will keep you posted.
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Did you remove the four bolts that hold the base to the floor? Rotate the swivel to expose the other two bolt heads. Remove the nuts under the floor in the compartment underneath the chair. The center nut is only for the swivel. I replaced mine a year ago. Didn't have to cut the carpet to remove the base.
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I removed the recliner out of my 1997 Tropical last year in order to reposition it so it's facing forward when in the locked position. It was fairy easy but you really need 2 people to remove the 4 bolts that hold it to the floor. One inside with a wrench on the head of the bolt and one underneath the motorhome removing the nuts from the bolts.
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We found the other two bolts but here is the problem. They are behind the side compartment and that measure 24" from the bottom of that compartment to the nuts on the underside of the bolts. Neither of us have arms long enough or tools long enough. Also, one is behind a piece of channel.....Any ideas on removing that one?
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Harbor Freight sells long extensions. One can stack them. ;-) You might want a wobble type on top. That allows for a bit of misalignment without the sloppy fit if a u joint.
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Long socket extension, wobble or universal joint connector. Or maybe a crow's foot socket.
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We found the other two bolts but here is the problem. They are behind the side compartment and that measure 24" from the bottom of that compartment to the nuts on the underside of the bolts. Neither of us have arms long enough or tools long enough. Also, one is behind a piece of channel.....Any ideas on removing that one?
Mine were the same, had to get my big fat body part way into the compartment. You can put some duct tape strip inside a box wrench and work it on the nut. The tape will keep the nut from falling out of the wrench. Can put the nut back on the same way just be careful the nut does not get cross threaded.
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chboone, we got the two in the compartment without issue. The two remaining are BEHIND the compartment in the coach floor. (much farther away). We will stop by a mechanic friend's shop today and let him have a go at them.
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Sorry, mine were all accessible from the compartment. Two were near the expanded metal screen but reachable from the compartment door.
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Success! Hubby drove the MH to our mechanic friend who had the tools to remove the two elusive bolts and he didn't charge us!!! I repaired the carpet with "nearly the same color" carpet and we reassembled the new chair and got it installed. Happy camper here!! Well, I DID break a fingernail.....
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