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Old 08-11-2019, 07:13 PM   #1
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Replacing couch in ORV 24KTS

Our couch is just not very comfortable for those rainy days when you have to stay inside all day. We are considering replacing it with theater seating and just wondered if there are any other ORV owners who may have done this in this specific model. We would love to benefit from your experience and knowledge.

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Old 08-11-2019, 08:03 PM   #2
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IMHO a pair or recliners might be more practical
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What does ORV use in the 24RLS? Call the factory.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:29 PM   #4
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The recliners in the 24RLS are heavy, uncomfortable and not very durable. We had one fail within the first three months. Not worth waiting six months for an appointment at the dealer to get it repaired under warranty.

Iíd recommend exploring third party solutions. We are looking at RecPro right now. I understand some folks have had good success with la-z-boy.
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We have a 2018 24KTS and the first mod completed when I returned home with ours was to rip out the Jack Knife sofa. We purchased two, his and her’s (smaller) recliners locally with a life time warranty on the frame and mechanism. The fabric was a faux leather material meant to stand up to the small dogs paws, knowing when we left them on the camper at times they would be up on the chairs. I installed two tie downs on either each end of the pair for transport. Strapped down the recliners and never had a moment with our travels. We also realized that with the slide in there wasn’t enough room to access the bathroom during those impromptu travel moments. The solution was to cut down the dinette booth. There are normally two of us traveling although we do take the Grandbabies on shorter trips. So I took 14 inches off everything, sewed the cushions by hand. I used a portion of the table cut off to make a counter extension with drop hardware I purchased off Amazon. It allows plenty of space for two adults and the occasional Grandchild. I also took a PVC trim board and cut it down in manageable pieces to slide under the leading edge of the slide floor while it is in. You don’t want to walk on that edge while the slide is in. The 14 inch cut down allows the Poppa Bear recliner to fully open with the slide open only two inches at rest stops or Walmart type stays. It really works for us, we’re both thrilled with this.

The space behind the recliners was used as more pantry space, fitting in some small totes with canned goods.
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I'd stay away from any RV type furniture. Most are cheaply made. I'd look at your local furniture store and do as mentioned, get recliners. We've always gone with Best recliners. They make quality furniture in several sizes.
In our 25RDS we removed the tri-fold sofa and put two recliners in. They're light enough that we can slide them around to watch TV if needed.
The backs come off most all recliners for shipping so they'll fit through your door easily.
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Thanks guys, I appreciate all the feedback. We have been looking at the RecPro brand as well, but I need to do some careful measuring. I do think that anchoring the recliners down is a good idea. When I rode motorcycles, I learned to dress for the crash and not for the ride, and that same thought process carries over to this and most other things in my life.

ModestMonk-curious about why you had to cut the dinette down. Was this caused when you installed the recliners? With the couch, we currently have plenty of room to walk to the bathroom with the slide retracted. I use a 12X24X1/4" piece of hardboard under my slide when retracted to support the floor and it has worked well so far.

For those of you that have removed the couch-were there any problems getting it through the door? Any guesstimate on the weight?

Thanks again everybody.

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My tri-fold sofa will break down into 4 pcs. Not sure what yours will do but guessing it's the same. Pretty much held together by pins and screws. I've taken it out and in twice. The wife and I can carry the pcs very easily. We store it in the house for when the 3 Gkids go along as it gives us another bed.
I've never anchored my recliners down in the 25RDS. The sofa wasn't anchored either.
However I did anchor the recliners down in our Fox 235 since they were in the rear and tended to move around.
I just screwed two clips to the floor and ran a strap around both recliners.
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I also took a PVC trim board and cut it down in manageable pieces to slide under the leading edge of the slide floor while it is in.
Iíd like to learn more about this. Iím not sure what pvc trim board is but agree that protecting the slide edge is critical when in.
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Iíd like to learn more about this. Iím not sure what pvc trim board is but agree that protecting the slide edge is critical when in.
You can find PVC trim board in most lumber yards like Lowes. I chose it only because itís soft, smooth and very light weight. Itís 3/4 of an inch which fits into the space nicely and leaves very little space for deflection.

Itís important to support the leading edge across the entire span, although that doesnít mean continuously. The most important areas are the junction with the side wall! If the floor pops off there youíll have a world of trouble, resulting in having to remove the slide to repair.
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ModestMonk-curious about why you had to cut the dinette down. Was this caused when you installed the recliners? With the couch, we currently have plenty of room to walk to the bathroom with the slide retracted. I use a 12X24X1/4" piece of hardboard under my slide when retracted to support the floor and it has worked well so far.

For those of you that have removed the couch-were there any problems getting it through the door? Any guesstimate on the weight?

Thanks again everybody.

Wally & Anita
Iím 6í4Ē and needed a recliner that fit me, the wife has a smaller version. Theyíre wallhuggers and when installed, it didnít allow for us to navigate the passage to the bath during impromptu travel stops. Even the wifeís chair was too tight to allow passage.

The couch came out, it naturally separates into several components very easy and we store it in our closet off the guest bedroom. Should we ever want to restore the unit to stock we will have it and the head.
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You can find PVC trim board in most lumber yards like Lowes. I chose it only because itís soft, smooth and very light weight. Itís 3/4 of an inch which fits into the space nicely and leaves very little space for deflection.

Itís important to support the leading edge across the entire span, although that doesnít mean continuously. The most important areas are the junction with the side wall! If the floor pops off there youíll have a world of trouble, resulting in having to remove the slide to repair.
So these spots are most important?

So I could get an 8 foot piece of trim, and cut it in half and put four feet at each end, in the places circled, when the slide is in, and that would help mitigate the risk.

Useful when the slide is half way out too?
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Interestingly I tried some 3/4” plywood there and it doesn’t fit. 1/2” is much better....snug at places, a little room at others.
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Interestingly I tried some 3/4Ē plywood there and it doesnít fit. 1/2Ē is much better....snug at places, a little room at others.
Each model or unit may have different needs. With mine 3/4Ē works with the slide out to about 1/3 of the way. Yes those circled areas are the most important to support. If the central area was to be left unsupported the screws that hold down the dinette seats would pop. Thatís how I discovered this on my trip back from picking up the unit in Washington and returning to New York. I was by myself so I didnít need the slide out, so in five days the screws on the corners of the seats had popped.
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