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Old 08-04-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a picture of the u shaped dinette?

Hello,

We put our deposit down on a 21' today! We haven't seen an Escape in person yet! But we are former fiberglass boat owners and want the durability of a fiberglass trailer. We want to make the dinette more of a lounge area. Has anyone else done this in a 21 or 5 er? Thanks for all the info in this forum. The enthusiasm here convinced us!

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:05 PM   #2
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Many have opted for the lounge set-up. If you go through the It's Friday thread under the Visual Escape forum, you will see many pics with and without:

http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f1...iday-3244.html

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:08 PM   #3
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Hi,

I'm not sure how the new u-shaped option works. We have the original 5.0 (single axle) that came with a u-shaped dinette, so I assume it is similar.

Ours came with a sliding table set on two posts. It slides back to allow access to the side benches, and forwards to allow seating along the back wall.

We found the posts limited our legroom. Also, the table did not slid far enough back to allow easy access. We removed the forward post and flange from the floor, and removed the rear flange from the table. Now the rear post sits in the forward flange on the table (if that makes any sense).

The result is that the table shifts back farther to allow easier access to our benches, and allows more legroom. The table is still study enough for us, but less so than before.

I'm not sure that the U arrangement is ideal. I find it uncomfortable to sit against the rear wall, unless I use an additional cushion.

Unfortunately, the dinette is designed to be converted to an extra bed, which we will never need. This means that, like all trailers I have seen, the dinette is less comfortable for just lounging around that it could be if it was designed specifically for this purpose. I would like to see an option for a comfortable dinette that does not convert to a bed.

Still, we LOVE our trailer!

Hope this helps...

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:48 PM   #4
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Here is a thread with pictures of the "U" dinette.5.0 TA Dinette Pictures Depending on your needs, some have deleted the table option and just installed little flip shelves, others have opted for both, your choice. I love my "U" dinette in BlackJack, I have a couple of these Arlee Micro Plush Bedrest Lounger, Rich Black
If you will not be using it as a bed, then order an extra piece with cushion to extend the back another 12". Again, ETI is a custom builder.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:55 PM   #5
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I love the lounge in Ten Forward. For me, it was the right decision. NO table and two stooge tables. I love, love, love it!
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:57 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for advice. I will check out the threads. Lots of choices but good ones. Cathy
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Hi Catmike, we just got our trailer with the U dinette and have been attempting to come up with a more comfortable arrangement. Like Sharon, even with the table slid back we find it a hassle to get in and out of, and find none of the backs shaped well for ones back. For 2 people the sliding table is really too big, been thinking about using tv tables, but they only have enough room for the dinner plates, not the serving dishes, so I may have to build something in the middle from scratch. Removing the table makes for a more comfortable area but it's a hassle to take apart, weighs a few lbs, and i ungainly to put up on the bed every day.

I'm going to check with ETI to see if they will make me an extra cushion, similar to what Donna had done to extend the rear seat area a bit. I'm also going to look into replacing the seat cushions with a firmer grade of foam, gets kind of uncomfortable after an hour or 2, I think I'm sinking through to the wood. So far the big 22" square throw pillows seem to be working well for our backs.

If you didn't see it, ETI will not replace the dinette with la-z-boys or similar, structural issues.
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Hi,

I'm not sure how the new u-shaped option works. We have the original 5.0 (single axle) that came with a u-shaped dinette, so I assume it is similar.

Ours came with a sliding table set on two posts. It slides back to allow access to the side benches, and forwards to allow seating along the back wall.

We found the posts limited our legroom. Also, the table did not slid far enough back to allow easy access. We removed the forward post and flange from the floor, and removed the rear flange from the table. Now the rear post sits in the forward flange on the table (if that makes any sense).

The result is that the table shifts back farther to allow easier access to our benches, and allows more legroom. The table is still study enough for us, but less so than before.

I'm not sure that the U arrangement is ideal. I find it uncomfortable to sit against the rear wall, unless I use an additional cushion.

Unfortunately, the dinette is designed to be converted to an extra bed, which we will never need. This means that, like all trailers I have seen, the dinette is less comfortable for just lounging around that it could be if it was designed specifically for this purpose. I would like to see an option for a comfortable dinette that does not convert to a bed.

Still, we LOVE our trailer!

Hope this helps...

Sharon
Very clever...we are going to experiment with this!!
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I would like to see an option for a comfortable dinette that does not convert to a bed.
I'd love to see a 2 recliner & full size bed model. I understand and accept the limitations; but it certainly looks like there is a demand for it.
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The 21' comes with a full size bed, but the dinette walls need to remain for structural reasons.
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