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Old 11-02-2012, 01:37 AM   #1
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Remodeling Ideas - Avion "Whale" #3 5th wheel on site

Fellow RV'ers,

I am seeking input from the knowledgeable folks on this forum. Specifically, I am looking for ideas on how to configure my 1990 Avion "Whale" 38.5 in a manner that would accommodate a family of four.

The Whales seem to be designed for full timers without kids. I would like to incorporate either bunk beds or a slick dinnette that easier converts to a confortable bed.

The Whale requires for floor work and thinking once work begins that this would be a good opportunity to make changes.

Not looking to change the layout but open to good ideas.

Thanks for the input - pictures, illustrations ares are welcomed.


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Old 11-05-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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Remodel ideas.

I have, and am restoring/remodeling a 1989 airstream 35 foot fifth wheel. It has the traditional queen bed in the upper fifth wheel hitch area. The only other sleeping area is a fold out bed/couch in the slide. It's quality as a couch is not great, depending on your layout you might be able to substitute a bunk in pace of your couch?. Then use your dining area as more of a combination dining and living room area?

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Old 11-11-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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Hi AvaWhale!
So anything new regarding your Avion? Any plans or new ideas?
We were thinking about increasing the sleeping capacity on ours too. We don't need it at the moment but don't you have the sleeper sofa on the slide out? that should be 4 already unless every kid wants their own bed, then that is issue...LOL
Well we removed the folding table and the other little end table on that goes on the street side with no issues and that gives a lot more room and we are thinking on a dinnete that converts into another bed in order to increase the sleeping capacity.
That will make it 6, and that's a lot of people for a trailer specially with only 1 bathroom
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:50 AM   #4
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We recently upgraded the sofa in a "whale", adding a dinette convertible would give more, yes, however you will have issues about entry with out slide out run out. Careful measurements ...... I would custim build that dinnette to insure good heavy duty unit..
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