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Old 03-23-2014, 09:48 PM   #1
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Replacing sofa bed with love seat

My wife and I decided to ditch our RV sofa bed in favor of a reclining love seat. My wife hated our couch and the sofa bed was basically unusable without putting an air mattress on top of it. The existing mattress was too thin, lumpy and had a bar across the middle of it.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:50 PM   #2
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The mattress
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I found that the sofa could be taken apart fairly easily by unscrewing the bed mechanism (frame). After removing the bed frame, I was able to get to the screws that held the sofa in place on the side. The sofa was held down to the slide out floor by three screws on each side. After getting the sofa loose, I discovered that the sofa back would slide up and off the bottom section.
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This is the bed frame removed
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Our old sofa was 68 inches wide and 38 inches deep. The new sofa can't be wider since it must fit in the slide out space.

This is the love seat that we chose to use. It is 34 inches wide and when not reclined it sticks out 40 inches, so we are going to lose some isle space.
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Here is the slide out space prepped for the new sofa
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The advantage to using a love seat is that most love seat backs come off making installation much easier...especially getting it through a 23 1/2 inch wide door. Here is ours in place and screwed down.
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The isle (with the slide outs in) are 2 inches narrower. I think it is worth it.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:31 AM   #9
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Looks great!
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Looks very comfortable too!
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I like it. What brand love seat it that?
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We pretty much did the same as you, but went with two LazBoy recliners since I'm 6'4" and my better half is 5'. We couldn't find a loveseat recliner that we were both happy with, so we went with separate ones.
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Great install. Hope you enjoy it.
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Recliner Operation Question

Question for either RonVBT, or Ramets: Does your recliner need to be moved away from the wall to recline it to the max? I have to sleep on a recliner (too many rods and screws in the ol' back) and was wondering how a couch changeout would work.....and you guys have actually done it........velly intellesting!

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