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Old 01-16-2016, 09:17 AM   #1
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Small trailer w/comfy chair?

A good friend who recently retired is considering getting a small (I've suggested 21-foot or less) travel trailer to hit the road for awhile. He's a bachelor and has back problems, so he wants a rig with a good, comfortable chair instead of a couch. I've suggested the Casita Freedom model, but he wants to consider other options. I had a Sunline Solaris several years ago that had a nice rocker but that company is out of business. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:06 AM   #2
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A good friend who recently retired is considering getting a small (I've suggested 21-foot or less) travel trailer to hit the road for awhile. He's a bachelor and has back problems, so he wants a rig with a good, comfortable chair instead of a couch. I've suggested the Casita Freedom model, but he wants to consider other options. I had a Sunline Solaris several years ago that had a nice rocker but that company is out of business. Any suggestions?
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I suggest your friend find a trailer he likes with a couch and a bed, remove the couch and replace it with a good, comfortable chair.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:41 PM   #3
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I suggest your friend find a trailer he likes with a couch and a bed, remove the couch and replace it with a good, comfortable chair.
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I'm sure that would work with lots of designs. I'll let my friend to the research on that. It wouldn't work in my case, however, as my Arctic Fox 22H has the converter and an external storage box built in under the couch.
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I ripped the crappy jack knife couch out of my motor home and replaced it with a reclining loveseat. It is so comfortable. Best money we spent. Do the same thing with a trailer just like described below. Might be tough to do in a 21" tt unless it's a hybrid.

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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. ;-)
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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.
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