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Old 07-24-2009, 12:38 AM   #1
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Hello...But a Question, Too!

Well, here we go. I retired in September and the Boss is calling it quits 11/1. The 26' 2003 LY will be picked up this Saturday. We're calling her "Bud"...The name of my wife's (The Boss) father who passed away last year at the age of 95. It the fruits of all of our labors, including his that allow us the new-found freedom.

We have flat space out here. As we get more deeply involved with the AS world, we'll offer up some space if anyone is interested in their pass-through to Yosemite...Very near our home.

The question(s): Does anyone know if it is feasible to jettison the dinette and install a couch that may be suitable for sleeping. In the time we would both eat inside, I see us on a couch with trays rather than in the bench seats.

If anyone has done this conversion...I'd love to "go to school" on your experience.

Finally, I see that there is basic good humor and positive attitude, rather than one-upsmanship on this Forum. I appreciate that. I also see the tongue-in-cheek fiberglass/aluminum saber rattling.....As we used to say in my early days of motorcycling, when someone would demonstrate an elitist perspective about brand/horsepower, color, whatever: "The Only Real Disease, Is Not Having Your Knees In The Breeze".....

I don't ride anymore. But I have a new "breeze"....

Bill "Magwa" Keener (Irene's the Boss)
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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Magwa,

Welcome! We are approaching our fifth year with our LY and it certainly been interesting. I bought a used one and much of the ongoing maintenance was deferred. Unfortunately to me! Most things are now in working order, some side wall work needs to be done from window leaks, but that is longer term and with the leaks repaired, the walls can wait. Added Banks Power to the Cummins diesel and feel I "saved" the engine from catastrophic failure. All of you who have this engine and exhaust system may need to check the muffler as AS hid a catalytic converter internally inside the muffler. Mine was near 90% blocked and resulted in high engine temps and no power. Most everything else was small stuff, but annoying. May take you up on the stopover, as we want to see this area in the years ahead. Good luck and happy motoring!
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:18 PM   #3
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we'll offer up some space if anyone is interested in their pass-through to Yosemite...Very near our home.

is feasible to jettison the dinette and install a couch that may be suitable for sleeping.
If anyone has done this conversion...I'd love to "go to school" on your experience.

Finally, I see that there is basic good humor and positive attitude, rather than one-upsmanship on this Forum


Bill "Magwa" Keener (Irene's the Boss)
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Congrats on purchase.
Thanks on offer of parking.
Sorry last item hard to answer as we have a 30 which is actually 31 ft so they installed a dinette and couch in ours.
The dinette in ours converts to a bed but has been used as a couch with extra cushions. Also the seating back has electrical stuff in it so would be hard to remove, but in the archive I did see where someone removed built in dinette to change to a place for a recliner.
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:32 PM   #4
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:39 PM   #5
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Hi. . . My 2004 26ft LY has a couch, an option in place of a dinette. There are two "holes" in the floor in front of the couch to place some posts and a table top on the posts. It works but it's a hated thing! It leavs very little room to get around, is a pain to remove from storage under the couch. I wish I had a dinette. Think about it!
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:00 PM   #6
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Dinette

Chuck,

Thanks. I'm now learning to live with the dinette...$$$$$$, of course. And sage advice from folks like you.

I appreciate your input.
"Advice taken"!!!

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Old 09-01-2009, 08:18 PM   #7
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Hi Bill,

Can't help with the dinette question, when we recently bought our AS, one of the key factors was that it had to have a dinette!

For some reason we just enjoy our meals in a dinette (maybe its a nostalgia thing for diners!) and also use it for board games, computer work, writing postcards, etc etc.!

Sorry to hear that you no longer enjoy life on two wheels! I got back into it after a hiatus ot many years once I retired (10 years ago) and haven't looked back since.

I'll likely only give it up when I sense that I'm becoming a danger to myself - or more importantly to others, meanwhile "Ride it like ya stole it!" is the motto!

I'm off tomorrow morning for a few days riding with a couple of mates!


Cheers ........... Brian
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:00 PM   #8
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Riding HD's and then BMW's

Forty-five years of riding. I had a ton of fun. With only a few bruises and broken things along the way. Nothing that ever kept me off of two wheels.
But I slowed down and then stopped having fun. It happens.

That was when I knew it was time to "put the Boxer to bed"....When it's time, it's time.

Here's hoping fun and more fun for you, Brian. Not too much better way to spend time, I'd say.

And, "Dinette it is!" Thanks for the nudge in the correct direction.
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WE love our dinette. Great in the rain and to have 2 more in for dinner.
You can make the dinette convert to a sofa with big pilllows however that is why we bought our gal. We use it for computer, to eat, chill and I think it is not difficult to take out the dinette and put in a sofa bed, if you are handy.
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:42 AM   #10
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The dinette is a personal preference IMHO. I removed mine as i don't entertain all that much and have plenty of counter space. Though I had both a dinette and a couch, took them both out and built custom cabinets.

In the end you just have to think it's your living space and whatever works best for you. Unless of course you plan on selling it anytime soon. renovations/remodels can affect resale value but what the hey... There is no right or wrong just whatever you prefer.

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