The standard gaucho/table in our Argosy 26 doesn't work for us. I have 2 small boys and eventually expect to have their friends travel with us. Not sure how anyone actually manages to eat at these tables as most of the space on one side is unusable.
After reviewing the various dinette ideas and threads on the forum (Pizzachop, Gang227, TGTwinkie), I'm looking to replace the standard Argosy gaugho/table config with a dinette/flexible fold out bed. By flexible foldout, I mean I'd like to have the option to have the dinette be converted to either 2 twins (one on each side), an almost queen (side & center) or almost king size (2 sides & center) sleeping area. Many of these configurations use up the entire space across the front door. But who is coming & going when the beds are up?
The basic idea is to use:
(1) 3 28x20 hinged panels as both side seats & seat backs and when turned 90 degrees and folded out, as the base of the side twins
(2) and a set of 30x30 panels as the table and center base for the queen/king bed configuration.
The sketch might be small but it gives you an idea of what I'm considering. The exact dimensions might also need to be adjusted slightly to deal with the various constraints (front curvarture, difference in streetside/curbside area from the front to cabinets).
Has anyone considered doing something like this? Did you attempt it or what made you change your mind?
What I haven't entirely worked out is the support structure for the bed configuration in the otherwise open area (when in the dinette configuration). I'm thinking I can use a combination of:
(a) the framing of the dinette & leg post of the table
(b) L shaped lips from the cabinet to the street/curb side walls
(c) 3 additional leg posts at/near the unsupported hinged joints of each panel set. I am planning to use FLOR carpet tiles, so I'm thinking I could use recessed/flush post mounts that will otherwise be hidden from view by the carpet tiles when not in the bed configuration.
One of my questions/concerns is what material to use for the panel sets. Since they will need to be lifted and rotated from the seat to the bed configuration they will need to be both lightweight and rigid enough to be used as a base for both bed and seat. I would think plywood might get rather heavy for this application at these sizes, but maybe not? Any suggested alternative materials I should consider?
I also found these gas adjustable table legs
RV Adjustable Table Legs,Gas Powered Pedestals
They're expensive, but wondering if anyone has any experience with these.
Feedback and further ideas appreciated!