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Old 04-17-2019, 03:20 PM   #1
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2013 Lounge Ext Customization

Some time ago, we decided we wanted to convert the Lounge couch to a twin arrangement. We also wanted to move the microwave so we wouldn’t need to get on our knees to see the controls......also wanted more storage (the curse of the “B”). The window shades were also replaced with MCD roller shades.

We opted to have it all done in a custom shop. I do some woodworking, but I’d better describe myself as a “wood-destroying human”. Didn’t want to botch the cabinets.

The attached photos are midway through the work. The “model” in one photo is the customizer’s wife. She wanted to give the photo scale. You can see we also upgraded the beds to a powered articulating bed. I guess overkill is my middle name.
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:54 PM   #2
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I'll definitely have to look into the MCD roller shades for my 2012 Interstate.
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:10 PM   #3
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Looks great! Love the new twin beds.
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Old 04-17-2019, 05:54 PM   #4
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Very awesome. Love the height of the Microwave.
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Do the MCD shades provide complete blackout? Did you do anything about the curtain covering the sliding door or the panels that cover the front and side windows? I would love to block as much light with as little effort as possible.
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:55 AM   #6
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Do the MCD shades provide complete blackout? Did you do anything about the curtain covering the sliding door or the panels that cover the front and side windows? I would love to block as much light with as little effort as possible.


We got the MCD Duo shades. They do an effective job blocking the light. We left the sliding door curtain as is due to clearance issues when operating the door. We have insulated window covers for the front, driver, and passenger windows. Our main reason for replacing the existing shades was I hated restringing them when the cords snapped.
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Where is your customizer located? I am in West Knoxville and may need to see them also?
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It’s Smoky Mountain Coach Works. Sevierville. I just sent you a pm with their information.
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:39 AM   #9
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A couple more progress photos. The beds are hinged at the wall and lift (with gas struts) to access new storage underneath. We removed both jumpseat bases and enclosed as much as we could without blocking the breaker panel.

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Old 04-20-2019, 09:40 AM   #10
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Sorry for the double posting
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:51 PM   #11
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It’s Smoky Mountain Coach Works. Sevierville. I just sent you a pm with their information.
We’re 4+ months into our current trip and have discussed taking our sofa out to add a real mattress. Could you PM me as well with the contact info for your up fitter?
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Love these customization threads!! Pretty awesome work on those adjustable twin beds!! And all the changes to the cabinetry. Can't wait to see the final results.

Several thread lately on owners making changes to their AIs. Sweet!
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Old 04-21-2019, 02:23 PM   #13
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Hope to have photos this week. Just waiting for the new countertop. We are replacing the countertop with same material, but extending to cover the new microwave cabinet....and new counter top for the cabinet on the passenger side. We’ve been paying attention to changes and it appears we will be close to a wash on weight changes. The two captains chairs, couch, couch frame, jump seats and bases weigh about the same (or more) than the new stuff. Plan to hit the Cat Scales to see....but it should be close.
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Shipping issue with Corian countertop, so we’ve selected an alternate solid surface. Everything nearing completion. The opening left of the microwave cabinet will have a pullout pantry added later.Click image for larger version

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