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    RV Update

    A friend of my asked if I could do some updates to his RV. It's a Chinook Concourse, which has a couch on one side, and two benches and table opposite, like this.
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    He and his wife are the only ones that use it and the bed makes out across the RV, the couch drops down, the table lowers, and the pads for the table seat lay over the table top. Both are in their mid 50's and finding that both need to get up in the middle of the night having to crawl over the other to head to the bathroom in the back.

    They don't do a lot of long overnights and never use the table. His wish is to pull out the Couch, table, and bench seats and replace them with a mattress down each side. A local company makes trucker mattresses and can custom build them to size. Below is what I"ve come up with. Each side has some mechanicals that are built in under the seating. I'm planning to have it where he can lift each side to access those and storage as needed. The inside of the cabinets will have more bracing, just sketched out their outlines to get things laid out.
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    They will have to move the front seats up for additional room. The drivers side is electric, so can at least wire in a remote switch for it to be able to move it up from the rear. Will have to see if I can find a replacement electric base for the passengers side if he wants to do the same there, but it is easier to access without a steering wheel in the way.
    Darren

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    Good idea, no need for the table, breakfast in bed will more than make up for it. Design looks great with the easy access storage!
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    Couple things, but I have to leave for church soon. What is affected here is the resale value. Especially the removal of the table.vvMight consider keeping and storing the removed items. You would be very surprised how chintzy these things are made and how little support there is under sleeping bodies, even in a very high end motorhome. I was amazed when I remodeled my motorhome. Think 1 1/2 x 3/4 frames covered with 1/8 'skin' ply. The support under the queen bed included extruded cardboard, like a corrugated box sandwiched between the skins. Seriously. Weight (gas mileage) is the issue. Likely all you will need here is a a mid-divider frame in the storage area. The gas struts are probably overkill under those conditions.

    Make one bed a flip down like a horizontal murphy bed. In the up position, it could have a flip up table. Two folding chairs could easily be bungeed when traveling. Tables are for much more than eating in an RV.

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    Carol makes some good points. I bet whatever you do, the quality will surpass what's there now, and if they intend to resell or trade up, the old table/bed set up would be important to some prospective buyers. I did some mods to our PU camper and found really flimsy construction. I was amazed it held together as long as it did.

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    Thanks all, I posted the same concerns to him about resale, he's one of those guys that really has little concern about it. He and his kids also use it for tailgating and things besides camping. I seem to remember the camper we had growing up had a flange in the floor that the post sat into and table sat on top of it. He's wanting me to replace the carpet with an engineered floor also, so thought I might research that a little and see if the post and top could store under the bench to keep a table a feature of the RV too.

    Something like the ones here, but using the flush mount and make a plug for the hole when stored.

    http://www.dyersonline.com/hardware/...egs-bases.html

    Actually someone makes a flushmount without a plug hole needed, though I think I'd still want something there to keep the dirt out when not in use.

    http://www.boatersplus.com/detmar-fl...ceptacles.html
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    ....I seem to remember the camper we had growing up had a flange in the floor that the post sat into and table sat on top of it. ...
    Good idea. That's how our camper worked and that will give them the table option if they need it.

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    Well, he liked the table idea, so have parts ordered for that. He's got the mattresses on order, said they have a 5 day turn around, so may have them by Saturday. He said he's stopping by this weekend, so planning to go get some flooring for it then.
    Darren

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    Maybe you can get some inspiration from some of these pics?

    I noticed how they have made the walls look like psudo airline walls.

    and gotten rid of the everything is fuzzy van look with smooth walls and seats.

    http://www.beckerautodesign.com
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    Pretty ambitious project Darren
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Smith View Post
    Maybe you can get some inspiration from some of these pics?

    I noticed how they have made the walls look like psudo airline walls.

    and gotten rid of the everything is fuzzy van look with smooth walls and seats.

    http://www.beckerautodesign.com
    Nice! Yeah, I'm not charging him that much and he's not paying that much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Pretty ambitious project Darren
    I think it will be simpler than I'm building it up to be, still have a few unknowns to figure out. The bench pedestals will stay in place, but will be cut down some to open up the isle with a new face added to close up the middle. The other side will be a long cabinet face and front panel, may have some partitions to add inside to keep things from banging around when stored.
    Darren

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