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Old 09-03-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Wanted Dinette - moved Gaucho and built one!

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I did not like dining on the couch next to my partner. As well, we love to play games and cards and doing it side-by-side was a pain. Plus, I hated the view from the couch - a black hole into the back of the camper - now we have windows and the door to look out of - I just love this renovation!

After hours of sitting in the camper imagining and thinking, I came up with this:
1. remove curbside livingroom cabinets and swing-up table.
2. turn couch in-line with sink and stove.
3. box-in battery boxes and converter stuff that was under the couch.
4. create a window seat/dinette seat.
5. move the location of the second swing-up table closer to the window-seat/dinette seat.
6. Move the folding shelf on the stove to be flush with the front edge so I can still use it.

I have done these things and am just waiting for the foam (ordered) - I ordered High Quality 5" thick - enough to re-upholster the couch (gaucho) and the new window seat.

Here is what it looks like - the gaucho still makes a bed. I've got a little more to do on it - the little blue bench was purchased at the Goodwill for $10 - I'm going to put a shelf under the seat on the cross pieces to make a shoe rack and I'm trying to work out how to make a back for it that will swing up to make the back and swing down (point at the floor) when we want to use the bench to put on our shoes.

I put a removable top on it with a separate piece of luan to attach the upholstery to - I'll use velcro to make it stick down and attach under the lip in the front. I have to be able to access everything underneath.

I'm pretty proud of myself - the only thing I'm not happy with is the way the cupboard door (from the removed cabinets) opens - hard to get stuff out - I may change the hinges to the side.
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:01 AM   #2
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:57 AM   #3
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Looks like a nice improvement. I have also thought the side by seating at the fold up table could be better.

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Old 09-03-2011, 06:29 PM   #4
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GREAT work Liz,

You definitely have the skills needed to complete the other concerns and make that AS your own. Congrats.

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I love it. Can't wait to try it on my next project Airstream project.
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Liz...great job! It seems to make good use of the existing space and give you a good view as well. Keep up the good work!

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Hello Everyone,

I did not like dining on the couch next to my partner. As well, we love to play games and cards and doing it side-by-side was a pain. Plus, I hated the view from the couch - a black hole into the back of the camper - now we have windows and the door to look out of - I just love this renovation!

After hours of sitting in the camper imagining and thinking, I came up with this:
1. remove curbside livingroom cabinets and swing-up table.
2. turn couch in-line with sink and stove.
3. box-in battery boxes and converter stuff that was under the couch.
4. create a window seat/dinette seat.
5. move the location of the second swing-up table closer to the window-seat/dinette seat.
6. Move the folding shelf on the stove to be flush with the front edge so I can still use it.

I have done these things and am just waiting for the foam (ordered) - I ordered High Quality 5" thick - enough to re-upholster the couch (gaucho) and the new window seat.

Here is what it looks like - the gaucho still makes a bed. I've got a little more to do on it - the little blue bench was purchased at the Goodwill for $10 - I'm going to put a shelf under the seat on the cross pieces to make a shoe rack and I'm trying to work out how to make a back for it that will swing up to make the back and swing down (point at the floor) when we want to use the bench to put on our shoes.

I put a removable top on it with a separate piece of luan to attach the upholstery to - I'll use velcro to make it stick down and attach under the lip in the front. I have to be able to access everything underneath.

I'm pretty proud of myself - the only thing I'm not happy with is the way the cupboard door (from the removed cabinets) opens - hard to get stuff out - I may change the hinges to the side.
Great idea. Looks good.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:27 AM   #8
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Good news! The foam arrived yesterday (how did they get so much into such a small package!). I'm heading over to Brian's cousin's upholstery shop for the foam knife. I'll keep updating this post as I make progress. Got the upholstery fabric at JoAnn Fabric for $3.50/yd on sale! It is tropical tapestry with palm leaves and other leaves on a light background.
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You did a good job there. Where did you find the table?
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:06 AM   #10
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Update!

Hi all!

I just used one of the two tables that were already in the camper (1992 Excella) - I've got another I could sell/trade if you are interested.

Updating my progress - I took the gaucho and new window seat cushion to the upholstery shop on Tuesday - should have it back in about 1 1/2 - 2 weeks. That will be just in time for my last camping trip which will be the Anniversary and Chili Cook-off at the Findley State Park in Ohio.....can't wait to try it out!

I'll post pictures when I get it back into the camper.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:24 AM   #11
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I was reading my first post and found an error - I removed the STREET side cabinets, not the curb side (door side). That is where I have an extra table available from.......
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Very nice job.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:15 PM   #14
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Fabulous!!!! We are looking for a table, bug I think it is the one you kept.
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