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Old 12-04-2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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I bought a motor home earlier this year and it only came in 1 layout. This layout has your normal bench dinette system that turns into a bed.

It's only my wife and I and really we'd rather have something that is more suited for lounging around as this is the only real seating other than the front seats.

So my questions are
1) is taking the dinette out just as simple as unscrewing screws? It seems that way just looking at it. It's on the slide out, but no plumbing or electrical are under it nor pumps or anything else.

2) how do I get new furniture in it? I was thinking either a couch with reclining seats or just 2 recliners.

The door is only about 2' wide so I assume I have to find furniture that I can disassemble or maybe comes disassembled to me? Have no idea how I can get it through that door..

Any help is appreciated.
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Yea, the booth dinette is more than likely just screwed together. A close inspection should turn up most of the fasteners. If you want recliners, look at the slimmer versions of Lazy-Boy or online at the Euro recliners with ottomans. Both when taken apart should fit through the door easily enough.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
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Yea, the booth dinette is more than likely just screwed together. A close inspection should turn up most of the fasteners. If you want recliners, look at the slimmer versions of Lazy-Boy or online at the Euro recliners with ottomans. Both when taken apart should fit through the door easily enough.
Awesome, thank you.

If I go with something like the lazy boy is there a smart way to strap it down? I assume they don't come with hardware to screw into a base?
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Well, we have two of the Euro chairs in the rear and 4 table chairs in the slide out. None of which are strapped down in any way. But if you believe you need to, two simple U shaped clamps screwed to the floor and a large nylon strap for each chair will hold them securely. You could also turn them back to back and place a nylon strap around the backs to hold them in place.
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You're the man. Thanks a ton.
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I'm doing the same thing. I want to take out the couch and curved dinette and replace them with a recliner and a chair. The dinette would be replace with a small table and chairs. Just wondering how this would effect the weight balance of the MH. The couch doesn't seem to be very heavy folding it out, but the dinette is all wood and I guessing it is heavy.

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Jim,

I've done a lot of internet searching on the subject and many people do exactly what you are talking about. I don't think you have to worry about weight balance.. In fact I think overall you'd be better off with less weight in my opinion.

I've seen some people take out the dinette and put pretty bulky couches, and others take out a bulky u shape and put just a small table and chairs.

again just pictures on the internet.
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Jim,

I've done a lot of internet searching on the subject and many people do exactly what you are talking about. I don't think you have to worry about weight balance.. In fact I think overall you'd be better off with less weight in my opinion.

I've seen some people take out the dinette and put pretty bulky couches, and others take out a bulky u shape and put just a small table and chairs.

again just pictures on the internet.

Thanks for the information. We have had a ice storm here and no electricity for over 40 hours so I have been unable to do much RV wise. I have been looking since the power came back and have found several RV furniture sources. I found one that offers a double recliner that is a "wall hugger" and only requires 3 inches to recline. The weight is less than what I have removed so I may gain a little there.

Good luck with your project,
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...I found one that offers a double recliner that is a "wall hugger" and only requires 3 inches to recline. The weight is less than what I have removed so I may gain a little there.

Good luck with your project,
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Can you provide a link for that?
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Can you provide a link for that?
Now Internet is down, as soon as it comes up I will post the link.
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I am on my phone now.
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Can you provide a link for that?

Here is the link to the furniture.

Wall Hugger Recliners, Glastop RV Seating
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