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Old 08-20-2010, 02:09 PM   #15
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what did you do with all of this shelf/cabinet/table set up?
Skip.

I still have the corner cabinet with tambour door but I turfed the gaucho. Not only was it dated but it had a curious smell about it.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:12 PM   #16
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Thank you everyone else for the nice comments. It's coming along nicely and there will be some minor changes to the dinette in the near future.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:55 PM   #17
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Nicki.

Here are a couple of photos of our before and after front end. We also have 2 kids and the setup we use works really well for them. And it allows all of us enough room to eat inside if the weather is not cooperating. There is also enough room for the whole family to sit at the front without getting in each others way. Good luck.

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Old 08-20-2010, 04:05 PM   #18
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The end dinette is more comfortable than the side dinette. It has more leg room. Side dinettes are normally placed over wheel wells, which means the outside seats are comfortable for those under 4 feet tall. In newer units the widebody also comes into play in lengths of 25 feet or more; again being more generous size.

I have the 25 FB SE, and wrestle the dinette up and down as the fancy hits - it isn't hard, but one does risk snapping a fingernail, crushing said finger or skinning one's shin against the edge of the table.

I do a lot of work on my computer and sew, and I find the dinette table a tad too high to be comfortable for either. I played with lowering the dinette by using a "side lift" hydraulic arm, but it wasn't sturdy enough to sew with a serger, so I took it out.

I saw a rare-ish 31' model Colonial was selling one time which stongly appealed to me. The table was attached to a groove along the side wall and there were four folding chairs. It could be moved back and forth several feet or taken down completely. I like that flexibility.

I've been playing with the idea of replacing the dinette with two high-end leather modern recliners and a sturdy round pedestal table, none of which would be attached to the floor. I'd put them on their sides and strap them down when traveling. Of course I found the perfect recliners.... for $1700 each (retch, gag, ptoooie)!

And then I might want to sell this one and get the 27 footer with twins.
Must go now. Got to buy some lotto tickets!

Seriously, if your unit is stripped down, consider a nice card table, four comfortable folding chairs and a couple of inflatable beds. Use whatever configuration suits a given trip and your fellow travelers!

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Old 08-20-2010, 07:00 PM   #19
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The end dinette is more comfortable than the side dinette. It has more leg room. Side dinettes are normally placed over wheel wells, which means the outside seats are comfortable for those under 4 feet tall. In newer units the widebody also comes into play in lengths of 25 feet or more; again being more generous size.

I have the 25 FB SE, and wrestle the dinette up and down as the fancy hits - it isn't hard, but one does risk snapping a fingernail, crushing said finger or skinning one's shin against the edge of the table.

I do a lot of work on my computer and sew, and I find the dinette table a tad too high to be comfortable for either. I played with lowering the dinette by using a "side lift" hydraulic arm, but it wasn't sturdy enough to sew with a serger, so I took it out.

I saw a rare-ish 31' model Colonial was selling one time which stongly appealed to me. The table was attached to a groove along the side wall and there were four folding chairs. It could be moved back and forth several feet or taken down completely. I like that flexibility.

I've been playing with the idea of replacing the dinette with two high-end leather modern recliners and a sturdy round pedestal table, none of which would be attached to the floor. I'd put them on their sides and strap them down when traveling. Of course I found the perfect recliners.... for $1700 each (retch, gag, ptoooie)!

And then I might want to sell this one and get the 27 footer with twins.
Must go now. Got to buy some lotto tickets!

Seriously, if your unit is stripped down, consider a nice card table, four comfortable folding chairs and a couple of inflatable beds. Use whatever configuration suits a given trip and your fellow travelers!

Happy Trails! Paula
Paula,
I have been toying around with about the same idea. What do you think of these from RVSurplus? Lot less than $1700 each. RV Surplus
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:49 PM   #20
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I have been toying around with about the same idea. What do you think of these from RVSurplus? Lot less than $1700 each. RV Surplus
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Yes, I saw several similar to that one.

Here's what I was considering (not in lime green however)

Kiri Recliner Chair, Lafer Recliners, Lafer Recliners, New York City

IMHO, a separate ottoman makes a big footprint. You could do ONE but not two in the place of the dinette. I've actually sat on one of the Kiri's and the flip out foot rest is quite comfortable. To have two recliners, even without ottomans, would require you to settle for a very small table. Perhaps a gateleg or a 20 inch round, or a big TV tray table. I might have to shorten the side couch a few inches too... though that would be limited by the position of the furnace.

Of course you have a 34 and I have a 25.... makes a big difference

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Old 08-21-2010, 12:07 AM   #21
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Hi, here are a few pictures of how I remodeled my living room. Pictures are: two original, one in process, and two after remodel.
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:39 PM   #22
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Robert.

That looks outstanding. Beautiful work all around and I love how you have tucked some items against the bulkhead.

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Old 08-22-2010, 12:47 PM   #23
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We just go home from a weekend trip so I now have some impressions on our current layout. While it will work for now, if we still have this particular A/S in about 2 or 3 years (and we plan to) we will have to adapt the floor plan, due to growing kids...

We found the dogs preferred to lay just under the A/C in the bedroom during the day and in the galley at night. When the cot is put up for the night, it has to be pushed directly against the gaucho in couch mode. This leaves just enough room for us to get in and out the door. Not ideal, but ok until we figure out how to save as much floor space will still giving us the sleeping area needed.
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From gaucho to dinette for us

We went from a gaucho in our 69 27' Overlander to a dinette in our 68 28' Ambassador.....we had more room in the Ambassador to make the dinette work.....it converts to a double bed if you drop the table but the bench is long enough and wide enough for kids (and short adults) to sleep as is.

5 can eat with the addition of a chair at the end. We don't have any dead space in the corners.......we love our dinette!!!!
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Hi, here are a few pictures of how I remodeled my living room. Pictures are: two original, one in process, and two after remodel.
Hi Bob, you did a nice job.....I like the way your table folds down out of the way......paula
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