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Old 03-31-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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Does all furniture need to be anchored down in your coach?

If you put a lounge chair or heavy entertainment center in your motorhome, do they both need to be tied down? I see people have put in their own chairs and couches, and was wondering if they simply set them in there or do something else to them so they cannot move.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:14 PM   #2
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I would definitely bolt it or tie it down. Anything loose inside the coach is a projectile during an emergency maneuver.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:20 PM   #3
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I learned too much in my physics courses in college NOT to bolt 'em down. Even the smallest thing will become a missile in an emergency stop.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:11 PM   #4
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I learned too much in my physics courses in college NOT to bolt 'em down. Even the smallest thing will become a missile in an emergency stop.
Not sure I follow you. Are you saying that because of your physics courses you've come to the conclusion that it's better not to bolt furniture down inside a motorhome? I'm sorry, I could be reading it wrong.
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I have 2 recliners and 2 dinette chairs that are not secured. Rig was ordered that way. They have never moved a bit while traveling, and are designed to be moved throughout the center of the livingroom.

They would all need to go forward through the table and fridge to get us.

If we had passengers (2) they would be on the couch and not in the way of any projectiles.
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Maybe if it was just me and DW. I'd hate to see a heavy couch or something crush one of the kids because some idiot pulled out in front of us. I guess it will also depend on the layout. On ours everything is bolted down and secured including the kids.
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It's easy to secure furniture with a couple of "L" brackets screwed to the plywood floor of the MH. I removed a flex steel couch that was installed that way and replaced it with a computer desk that I attached with a couple of brass "L" brackets and brass wood screws. It held for 10 years before selling the MH.
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Are the couches in MHs bolted down when they are sold at the dealer?

What about you bedding, loose pillows, etc?

I suppose everyday when you drive another couple hundred miles down the highway on a trip you put all your nick-nacks and decorative items away, and then take them out again when you settle down for the aftrernoon/evening.
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Are the couches in MHs bolted down when they are sold at the dealer?

What about you bedding, loose pillows, etc?

I suppose everyday when you drive another couple hundred miles down the highway on a trip you put all your nick-nacks and decorative items away, and then take them out again when you settle down for the aftrernoon/evening.
We have a sleeper sofa that is bolted down. The dining table is also bolted down. Actually, everything is bolted down in our coach including the euro recliner that came with it.

Not worried about bedding and pillows. Really?

And yes, we put everything up so that things don't fall off of countertops, etc. every time we get ready to go.

I must have a different type of coach because if you were to leave things unsecured, they would definitely fall off during normal driving. We've had some close calls with tuckers coming into our lane and I'm glad things were secured. Or maybe I'm a twitchy driver
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Are the couches in MHs bolted down when they are sold at the dealer?

What about you bedding, loose pillows, etc?

I suppose everyday when you drive another couple hundred miles down the highway on a trip you put all your nick-nacks and decorative items away, and then take them out again when you settle down for the aftrernoon/evening.
Yes, sofas are usually bolted down in a new RV. We replaced a FlexSteel sofa in our Bounder with a La-z-boy full reclining sofa and did not bolt it down. It sits between a wall and the dinette, so it's not going anyplace.

Bedding and pillows would not be dangerous projectiles, so I never give them a thought.

Knick-knacks are left stowed until we get to our final destination; they are not unpacked for typical overnight stops.
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We had the contents of a knife storage block go flying once. It gets put away now.
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I learned too much in my physics courses in college NOT to bolt 'em down. Even the smallest thing will become a missile in an emergency stop.

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Not sure I follow you. Are you saying that because of your physics courses you've come to the conclusion that it's better not to bolt furniture down inside a motorhome? I'm sorry, I could be reading it wrong.
I believe he is stating he is for securing furniture while traveling.

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Are the couches in MHs bolted down when they are sold at the dealer?

What about you bedding, loose pillows, etc?

I suppose everyday when you drive another couple hundred miles down the highway on a trip you put all your nick-nacks and decorative items away, and then take them out again when you settle down for the aftrernoon/evening.
My couch and chairs have factory installed securements and they are used.

Bedding and pillows are behind two doors in another room when traveling.

Coffee pot, toaster, etc, are secured in a cabinet while traveling and smaller knick knacks are stored in towel lined sinks as well as the a fore mentioned coffee pot for shorter trips.
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I believe he is stating he is for securing furniture while traveling.
Makes sense. It was the NOT that threw me off.

Our residential refrigerator door's also get bungeed strapped. Originally we thought that the seal was strong enough, but a jug of juice on the loose opened them right up.
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Are the couches in MHs bolted down when they are sold at the dealer? Every MH I have owned they have been bolted down.

What about you bedding, loose pillows, etc? They are in a separate room, so not much to worry about there.

I suppose everyday when you drive another couple hundred miles down the highway on a trip you put all your nick-nacks and decorative items away, and then take them out again when you settle down for the aftrernoon/evening.
Our nick nacks are secured in the cabinet with spring loaded curtain rods for the days trip. The counter top ones are secured with museum putty and the coffee maker sits in the sink for travel. All loose items are stored for travel. DW does that while I am unhooking, we are ready to go in a short period of time.
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