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Old 07-11-2005, 01:17 PM   #1
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'Modernizing' Our 345 Interior

Well, time to admit that I've been moonlighting on my interior for the last few weeks. While it's still not done, most of the major fabrication and cabinetry is completed so I thought I would share what I've been up to lately. I have a few more weeks to complete everything before we head east in August so I'll keep this thread updated as we make progress.

A little background: when we purchased our 345 motorhome we knew the original interior would need to go. Nothing was really wrong with it beyond normal wear and tear, but it didn't suit our tastes and was setup more for a camping couple rather than a traveling family.

While we've experimented with different interior style changes (CCD, etc.) we’ve been basically using it "as is" for two years. I'm glad we did because it helped us develop this design. Using the 345 on road trips with the kids helped us "invent" some of the features in this design. Like, adding an open storage "trough" behind the couch for snacks, books, GameBoys and the like so Mom doesn't need to get out of her chair four gazillion times on a single trip. Since we’re also are closet modern architecture fans (who live in an old brick colonial) this project represented a chance to indulge our "Dwell/IKEA" tendencies.

We also realized we didn’t want to make major floor plan changes and for sanity and budgetary reasons, we needed to do this project in phases. This is phase one, which encompasses the main section of the RV (couch, entertainment, dinette, kitchen, overhead lockers, flooring and wall coverings). Phase two will be convert the rear queen to opposing jackknife sofas (doubling our traveling capacity and adding a "lounge" while retaining a large sleeping area), then the bathroom (still in development) followed by the cockpit area; captain's chairs, and dashboard.

In any case here are a few pictures of phase one:
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Tear Out Begins

Pretty much cleared everything out. I had already installed most of the floor, but removing everything allowed me to extend it underneath the cabinetry - a tip I learned from the Vintage Thunder blog
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New Couch and Dinette

We created a new couch frame and extended the sofa out about 6 inches from the wall. This allowed us to create the "toy trough" behind the couch. We also created a new dinette and put evreything on the same line going down the coach.

Each armrest is now opens on top and provides storage. There will also be a large pull out drawer under the sofa.
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Kitchen gets a Facelift

We kept the original framing in the kichen, but stained everything in ebony. We're refacing everything with flush birch doors which will be covered in white melamite (spelling?). New countertop, faucet. We cut the old double sink in half and will undermount it on the new counter. The counter will also be covered in melamite
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Old 07-11-2005, 01:28 PM   #5
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Entertainment Center

This is the new entertainment center. It will house a converter, a DVD player/surround sound system along with a Media PC center. We have a Dell 17" Widescreen LCD that will mount on top.

You can see the white decking material on the wall from the beltline down. This is also used in the dinette area and will eventually be used in the bathroom as well.
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Old 07-11-2005, 01:36 PM   #6
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Materials

We're going with a fairly bold interior so we are using a lot of stark complimentary materials. Here are a few:

Background woodwork is all stained in ebony
Wall covering below the beltline is white Marine Decking Material
Wall covering above the beltline is Orange (dark orange) synthetic suede
Aluminum trim work (backsplash, kickplates, under lockers, etc)
White Melamite for door facing, lockers ,etc
Still up in the air on the upholestry, but we're thinking black or brown "Faux" leather on the sofa and dinette cushions.

Here are a few samples:
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gonna look great when done! Clean and modern design. The preview of the Classic MH and high end MH units in AS Life this month show a similiar idea in modern, clean and tasteful, No flowery "grandma goes country" looking interior.
I sure like it.
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Wow!

Steven! Looks great! Can you post more pics of your woodwork (i.e - couch, doors, etc?) What kind of hinges did you use?

What source did you find for your synthetic suede? Is this decking material a brush on type of surface (i.e.- like boat non-slip, or is it a fabric)?

I didn't notice your new upper cabinets. Are they to be hung later?
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Thanks for the interest guys. I'll post some more detailed pictures soon. I'm taking tonight off to try and build up some more steam for the project.

The marine decking is a vinyl product. It comes in five colors and is attached with 3M adhesive. You can get it at YourAutoTrim.

The suede is from Distinctive Fabric. I did a lot of testing on the sample before purchasing this fabric. Mainly, pouring juices, applying sauces, markers, etc....anything kids can throw at it. It cleans up easily with water or a baby wipe and is stretchable so it can "fudge" corners, etc.

Since it's thin (not upholstry suede) I plan to mount it directly to hardboard backers which are cut to fit in a groove in the beltline rail and into the bottom of the cabinet on top. The window frames will hold it all together. This gets me around the rivets showing through and means I won't need foam. I also like the fact that if I get tired of the orange I can pull the panels and change the color without removing major components.

Both companies offer free/low cost samples so you can try out different options.

The upper lockers are out so I can sand and stain them. They'll go back in with new smooth doors which will open down rather than up (airline style)

More details later
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Wow Steve, you've been busy!

Looks really neat. Maybe some day I'll see it in person.
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Wow, great ideas! Please post pictures when your project is complete!
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More to come...

A few quick pics of the new full extension drawer under the sofa. Finally a place for all of the kids pillows and blankets that they can reach when underway
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Rounding Turn Four

Still soooooo much to do but we've made a lot of progress on the interior. Here are a few pics. I'll be finishing up a lot of loose ends tomorrow and Saturday morning and I'll post some new pics.

Tomorrow the frosted lexan doors go in the overhead lockers and I need to finish up the sink plumbing, stovetop and fasten everything down
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Lookin' Good!

The orange really brings the other colors together.

Odd combination - but it works.
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Thanks Dennis.

I should point out that it's not really the "safety orange" it appears to be in the pictures. I took these around midnight and the flash brightened up what is in reality a pretty dark "burnt orange".
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Wow!

what an inspiring project! That looks fantastic Steven! Very impressive. I love the upholstered walls! Keep up the good work!

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Hi just curious are the overhead bins original or did you build them? I would like to replace the bins in my 31' LY and really like the way yours look in you MH.

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sladew,
I just saw your post on this thread. I haven't updated anything in a while but to answer your question, they are the original overhead frames minus the doors. There will eventaully be new doors installed (frosted lexan) with aluminum frames.

Construction is pretty basic, certainly something you could replicate easily.
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softmetal

being on a strict budget for the interior with college approaching next week for one son, I ordered a few rolls of 'softmetal' made by a German company and sold by a few distributors here, I used ezfauxdecor.com
The stuff I got is aluminum, very thin but thicker than contact sheeting, yet similiar to apply.
We tried two 7 foot rolls today, and it looks so much better than the painted beige-yellow walls. I am hoping to complete the front lounge in this, but now need some more material. Here's my cohort and wife of 20+ yrs doing the install. There are a few small bumps over the rivets, but most all other defects were easily covered. A pinhole in the rivet area should get most of the bump out.
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Hey Steven, I missed this thread the first time around. It looks awesome!

Alan, definitly give more details on how that works out, it looks very interesting.
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