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Old 09-17-2015, 09:40 PM   #31
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Hey Donna, I even got the vendor that makes the Casita chairs to send me some info. My plan was to install one on the passenger side of my dinette but gave up because I thought I'd lose too much storage space. The eternal struggle with rv's: comfort vs useable space. This time, space won.

I was talking with Reace at Bandon last year and thought I came up with the poifect solution. Here goes, tell me what you think. Take the 21 and make the dinette the bed. Yeah, back to the climb over BUT then take the existing bed and turn it into a dinette with the table coming off the side wall and one Casita style swivel chair on either side of the table. Made sense to me but not enough structural wall support.

Jim, they're actually fairly compact, mount on a pedestal and are extraordinarily comfortable. Some Casita folks cut the pedestal down to just a couple inches long and attach the seat base to the top of the bench thus saving the storage underneath. That's what I was pondering. Still on the drawing board, sort of.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:28 PM   #32
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Wouldn't a couple Captain's Chairs take up a lot of room, maybe losing storage, or are they quite slim?

I imagine in the lounge area of a 21 or 5.0 it would be tough with all the mechanicals in the benches there.
Humm, I'm not thinking on poles like the Casita FD... but mounted to a hatch or a chunk of plywood... there's folks on the CasitaForum that have mounted the chairs right to the hatch. Which Escape builds as permanent.... versus a lift off. But still, hummmm.
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Hey Donna, I even got the vendor that makes the Casita chairs to send me some info. My plan was to install one on the passenger side of my dinette but gave up because I thought I'd lose too much storage space. The eternal struggle with rv's: comfort vs useable space. This time, space won.

I was talking with Reace at Bandon last year and thought I came up with the poifect solution. Here goes, tell me what you think. Take the 21 and make the dinette the bed. Yeah, back to the climb over BUT then take the existing bed and turn it into a dinette with the table coming off the side wall and one Casita style swivel chair on either side of the table. Made sense to me but not enough structural wall support.

Jim, they're actually fairly compact, mount on a pedestal and are extraordinarily comfortable. Some Casita folks cut the pedestal down to just a couple inches long and attach the seat base to the top of the bench thus saving the storage underneath. That's what I was pondering. Still on the drawing board, sort of.
I'm still pondering mounting those chairs to a piece of wood back in the corners of the rear dinette. It may take more upholstery, but "mounted" to the top of the current cabinetry may work....

I tried to convenice ETI to yard out one side of all those cabinets so I could put in a La-Z-Boy... got a big no...
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:53 PM   #34
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I was thinking the same thing but at $400 retail, it's kind of an expensive experiment. I had a couple freebies lined up but somebody else got them first. Ann and I are going to the Casita rally at Quartzsite in Feb and hoping I can find one or two. Keep you posted. I know it can be done...
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Humm, I'm not thinking on poles like the Casita FD... but mounted to a hatch or a chunk of plywood... there's folks on the CasitaForum that have mounted the chairs right to the hatch. Which Escape builds as permanent.... versus a lift off. But still, hummmm.
What are you referring to as a hatch?
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:45 AM   #36
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I really wish there was an alternative lounging in our Escapes. Casita has a very comfortable swivel chair option that did us well for the time we owned one. I told Reace I'd be the first one in line to buy an Escape version but understand there a structural considerations that preclude it. I do get tired of folding myself up like a pretzel to (try!) and get comfy when we can't be outside. Oh well.
Hi Gregg . Why Don't you get your cushions remade thicker about 6 in . I think Currinh did . I hope I have his name spelled right . A platform for your feet too . Some nice cushy cushions or pillows to lean on too . What ever it takes to get comfy . Pat
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Recent studies have found that sitting is as bad for your health as smoking.
There. Fixed it for you.
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Old 09-18-2015, 02:03 AM   #38
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Recent studies have found that sitting is as bad for your health as smoking.
There. Fixed it for you.
In that case, I have a 4 pack a day sitting habit!

Thanks Bags for a simple solution. Why don't we take out the seats entirely and install a treadmill.
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Thanks Bags for a simple solution. Why don't we take out the seats entirely and install a treadmill.
Good thinking, but this leads to another discussion, when boondocking do you power it with an inverter draining your batteries, or bring along a genset?

Wait, just bring a spin bike that works on resistance only.

Oh, oh, oh...... maybe just bring real bikes to ride and get exercise. That way you tire yourself enough that just about any seat is comfy.

Okay then, problem solved, now back to designing the U-shaped dinette.
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While it may not work for others, I replaced the front cushions in my 17B with West Marine High Back Chairs. They are quite comfortable, can be taken out of the trailer & set up on picnic tables, etc, can be back packed, even fold flat, making up a short, narrow bed that would work for a child.
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