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Old 06-22-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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New Table & Recliner Replacing Half of Dinette

I'm usually a solo Airstreamer and really missed having a comfortable sitting chair in my 23' International. Inspired by the work of Luckyducks (http://www.airforums.com/forums/f39/...ble-86598.html), I set out to convert my dinette into more usable space with a recliner and custom table from Roettger Hardwoods.

My AS is a narrow body at 8' in width rather than 8.5 feet. With 6" less in interior width to work with, I wasn't sure it could be done. It was easy to remove the factory supplied table and bench seat near the entrance door. With these items out of the way, I was able to get a better visualization of what the new space would look like and take some measurements.

I had a recliner chair upholstered with fabric that coordinates with the curtains. The chair is a Lazy Relaxer swivel wall-hugger from Master Tech RV (America's #1 RV Renovation, RV Paint & Full RV Service Center!). This chair is 27" wide but they also make a smaller model that is 24" wide. I am 5' 11" and about 180 lbs and the chair fits me comfortably. I had the supplier ship the wood accent pieces unfinished so they could be stained to match the table.

The table was made by Roettger Hardwoods in Kettlersville, Ohio. This is the same outfit that does the interior hardwoods (not the laminates) for the Airstream factory. I knew by selecting them, the finish of the table would match the Wenge of my 2012 AS.

I've had the chair for a while and the table arrived yesterday. Now that it is installed, I really like the way it has all come together. This will be a more comfortable sitting area for reading, watching TV, or working on the computer with the flip-up side table that came with the chair.

The custom table folds down when it doesn't need to be used and there is still plenty of surface space left for a lamp and a drink or two. When the table is extended, there are two leaves that can be attached to the sides to extend the table over your lap a little further at mealtime. These extensions give the table the same width as the original table. Two people can still enjoy a meal together by swiveling the recliner. If there's more than two, it's time to use the outdoor picnic table.

Dennis Roettger is an excellent craftsman and constructed the table exactly the way I wanted it from a pencil sketch, some pictures of Luckyduck's table, and a couple of phone conversations. The fit and finish is flawless. There is a small half-circle hole cut into the table top that allows a lamp cord and other charge cords to drop down the back to the electrical outlets that are behind the table. A service door still gives good access to these outlets.

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Old 06-22-2013, 03:50 PM   #2
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Recliner and Table

Your living area looks great. We are also hoping to incorporate a chair. Thanks for the inspiration I have saved your post in my tear sheets.
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:56 PM   #3
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Wow! very nice job.
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:07 PM   #4
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Very nice, we have been considering change to our trailer. The fold-away table is the detail we miss most in the new trailers.


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Old 06-22-2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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Your living area looks great. We are also hoping to incorporate a chair. Thanks for the inspiration I have saved your post in my tear sheets.
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Thanks Hittenstiehl, you should also take a look at the table Luckyducks had done by Roettger Hardwoods. It's similar but extends out further. Might be nice if you have more room. There is a link to his post in my message above.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:05 PM   #6
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Your modifications look absolutely great! I'm sure you'll be much more comfortable than with the dinette you had. And thanks for the compliments on my modifications. I know of about six trailers that have made this change. The factory should make this an option. Russ
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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Really, really nice job. My 28' Intl has the L seat "sofa" -- which is beyond uncomfortable. My winter project is going to be doing a demo on this and installation of something different (but it'll include the recliner option for sure). My major design challenge is the water heater, subwoofer, electrical panel, converter/charger that's underneath part of the "L". It surely would be nice if the factory had more options, but I don't think that's in the cards -- particularly for the smaller trailers. Heck, they charge to DELETE something!
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #8
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I have thought about putting a chair in the empty floor space between the dinette and the couch in our Classic. Would I miss the open floor space?
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That's a beautiful remodel. The pictures have me itching to make some changes in ours. Thanks for sharing?
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Very nice modification! Thanks for sharing it...
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:25 AM   #11
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Love the set up, just ordered the chair. Can you give me an idea of the table lead time & cost?
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Super nice. Great looking job.
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Many thanks for all of the compliments. I've been very happy with the new arrangement.
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The is a fantastic use of space and looks very comfortable along with practical. That is what I mentally pictured for a solo user.
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