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Old 12-20-2011, 10:42 PM   #1
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Interior Modification

...with apologies to Christopher Deam.... There are just 2 of us travelling in our 2010 23' International so I found the 12' "sofa" on the left side to be a waste of space and essentailly unused expect to throw stuff on. Added to that was the complete absence of any kind of food prep surface or dish surface available when the sink was uncovered led to to thinking.......

The results can be seen in the photos. The first is the old sofa as it was originally set up. The lastter two photos are what myy thinking has led to.
We think it will work well for us.... We are off on a 12,000 mile trip so I'll know if it was worth the time and money when we get back!

Cheers!
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:52 PM   #2
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Great idea! Love the pop of red. I'm a big fan of upgrades that make it a more livable space.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:13 AM   #3
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Excellent! If you figure out a way to make those sofa cushions more comfortable, please post it - we're thinking of having a mattress company custom make a small mattress the size of the seat cushion and then making a custom cover for it.
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Where did you get the foam to use as the end cushion (triangular shaped boulster)? Construction techniques for the actual drawer unit?
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:27 PM   #5
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construction details

The cabinet unit and the drawer were built from Norwegian Birch plywood: 1/8 for the drawer box, 3/4 for the cabinet unit and counter top. The mating edges were notched so they interlocked nicely. No glue, just screws for the cabinet box, the drawer was glued and a 1/2" face was screwed on. I was able to find some genuine wenge veneer but it still took a few coats of two different stains to get a match with the rest of the interior.
The drawer is mounted on roller bearing slides. The whole cabinet was then mounted on top of the existing sofa base using screws from underneath.
The small space between the front of the cabinet and the galley dictated a shorter drawer than the cabinet could accomodate - 16" in fact. That left a big space at the back of the cabinet so I used that space for a locker or storage bin with a removable top that you can see in the photo. Perfect for wine!The insides were all finished with a semi gloss varathane
The cabinet is the same height as the dinette table.
The red laminate counter top was picked to match the red (OEM) cushions and carefully scribed to match the (irregular) surface of the AS's side wall.
The magazine rack was bulit of solid wenge - 1/8 thick.

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Old 12-21-2011, 02:23 PM   #6
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That looks great!
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:20 AM   #7
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PS I cut the foam with a serrated bread knife from a cubed 12x12x12 ' block I bought at a foam shop..
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:09 PM   #8
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Very nice. How long does that lounge wind up being on the streetside after your modification?

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Old 12-23-2011, 12:22 AM   #9
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I still have over 6'...6'3" to be exact. Fine for sleeping :-)
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I take it you can sleep on the streetside lounge and dinette seat - and leave the curbside dinette seat still upright? Would love a pic of that.

Apologies for all the questions, but we're considering this floorplan, and your mods solve one of my biggest concerns - a lack of galley countertop space. Thanks.

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Old 12-24-2011, 02:41 AM   #11
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I leave the dinette up. All I do is pull the back cushions out on the street side lounger or settee as I call it, and I have a decent berth - 6'3 long and wide enough that I havent noticed if it was narrow! My head is at the fridge or modified end, my feet at the front of the trailer.Yes the sidewalk side of the dinette seats are untouched.

The counter space for my Chef is much appreciated; I, the humble washer find it useful too.

I'll send you a photo as soon as I can.And no apologies are needed!
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