Originally Posted by nothermark
FWIW I get the problem of space. What occurs to me is that it would not be difficult for a cabinet shop to make a box type side table that went over the "hidden" facilities as long as there was room to put the chair in there too. That makes the chair even more comfortable as it adds a place to put things. ;-)
For my camper, there's no way to remove the sofa. Besides the wheel well, there's also the ductwork for the furnance. Instead, I removed half the dinette. This works well because behind that side of the dinette was empty space in front of the bed. The table is still functional, just not able to converted into a bed.
There are some smallish campers with recliners. The Arctic Fox 24J has the option for two recliners in place of the dinette. If you bought one with the dinette, odds are the space underneath would be clear so it could be removed.
If he's got a bad back, he's going to want a camper with a fixed bed, and probably replace the factory mattress with something of quality.