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Old 08-21-2019, 07:26 PM   #1
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5.0 TA Dinette Omit for 2 Comfortable Chairs

Hello,
I have not contacted the factory yet, but has anyone ever seen or heard of ordering new, or modifying the dinette to have 2 comfortable recliner in the back? I envision 2 fold down, small tables for eating in these chairs.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:43 PM   #2
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Hello,
I have not contacted the factory yet, but has anyone ever seen or heard of ordering new, or modifying the dinette to have 2 comfortable recliner in the back? I envision 2 fold down, small tables for eating in these chairs.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Ron
The dinette is a structural part of the trailer and can't be omitted.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:46 PM   #3
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Where would you put the battery(ies) and water heater? Those are in the rear cabinets.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:47 PM   #4
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This would be near impossible, a the seats house the water heater and all the electrical components.

At least for us we would not want this for a few reasons, we love having the big table, having a place for guests to sleep is great, and we mostly hang out outside as long as the weather is not ugly.

But, we all prefer differing things when camping. What about a nice lounger for outside, like many do?
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The dinette is a structural part of the trailer and can't be omitted.

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It is not very structural, yet is very important for housing necessary components. Can't all be eliminated, for sure.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:55 PM   #6
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What everyone else said, but doubt that there would be near enough space for two recliners if the benches were able to be left out. It is a nice thought, however.
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:14 PM   #7
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I consider it structural

We had a 1977 Trillium 4500. This is the trailer Escape copied. All the 4500's had a door misalignment problem. You could see it at the belly band. The front corner of the trailer, right side of the door which is the hinged side had no real structure. The front corner after many years would start to sag which lead to a misaligned belly band and the door didn't fit right anymore.

All the cabinets inside the trailer are part of the structure.
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:47 PM   #8
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We had a 1977 Trillium 4500. This is the trailer Escape copied.

Nope. Escape leaned heavily on the Surfside ( pic ). Fellow that works at my RV shop worked with Escape in the early years and gave me some history.
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So what I'm hearing is that it is feasible, If the original seat structures are in placed or have been replaced with some sort of structure as strong as OEM? Seems like someone might have thought of this before me? Has anyone improved the comfort and support in an Escape 5th wheel? Bigfoot had a model that had one bench and 2 captains chairs, along with a protruding kitchen (L shaped).
The reason i'm so driven is that my back was broken 45 years ago and It isn't getting any better. Sitting at a typical RV dinette gets very painful very quickly.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:06 AM   #10
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You don't mention what you drive to accommodate your bad back. Seems to me the travel part is more painful than the sitting still part while camping with a bad back. Also the bed is another component that needs mentioning.
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