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Old 06-12-2016, 02:06 PM   #11
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Hi Catchlight,

Your floor and table support mods look great.

How is the raised floor attached to the original floor? Or is it attached thru the sidewalls of the seat walls?

Is it removable?
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:41 PM   #12
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Boy, that Chris fellow is easy to hate. I thought I was a pretty good craftsman, but he makes everybody look bad. I'll try the pool noodles, as they are a cheap fix before I spring for the wedge backs. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 06-12-2016, 06:27 PM   #13
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Removal of raised floor under dinette

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Hi Catchlight,

Your floor and table support mods look great.

How is the raised floor attached to the original floor? Or is it attached thru the sidewalls of the seat walls?

Is it removable?
Hi Sleepy and Rossue: the raised floor under the dinette table is held in place when in use by the two support legs for the table, as this photo shows. Once the support legs are lifted through the two holes, the raised floor just slides out. Since we'll probably never need the space as a second bed, we don't anticipate having to remove the raised floor section very often.
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:42 PM   #14
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could you please tell us abut the back cushions your are going to switch to...we have 21 on order might witch out before production begins Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:00 AM   #15
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Speaking of back cushions, one option that I haven't seen mentioned in a long, long while is the one of having the back cushions cut 2" shorter so that they fit snugly along the back wall without "bending" at the corner curve. Throw pillows fill in nicely and it makes little difference if the dinette is made into a bed. Of course, with the new squarer mold, this may no longer be an issue for some of us more OCD types.
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Speaking of back cushions, one option that I haven't seen mentioned in a long, long while is the one of having the back cushions cut 2" shorter so that they fit snugly along the back wall without "bending" at the corner curve. Throw pillows fill in nicely and it makes little difference if the dinette is made into a bed. Of course, with the new squarer mold, this may no longer be an issue for some of us more OCD types.
I think the corners are rounded just as much, Karen. It is just that the walls are more vertical.

What we definitely are going to do, even if we go with the U-shape, is to use a couple large throw pillows. We might even eliminate the back wall cushion entirely, as it sounds like nobody actually uses it to lean against. The throw pillows could be put against the back wall for lounging forward, and the galley/fridge wall for lounging looking out the windows.
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Very true Jim, we've had no use for the back bench backrest. Removing it is a good idea. We use the large throws exactly as you mention.
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Very true Jim, we've had no use for the back bench backrest. Removing it is a good idea. We use the large throws exactly as you mention.
I think that rear backrest might lend to a better look of the rear U-shaped dinette though, by giving it a more complete look, but effectively does not do much.

Other than a good place for batteries, converter and a few other electrical/electronic items, that back bench does not seem to serve as more than a footrest, something easily done in with a regular dinette and a filler board with cushion.

I would really be interested to see photos of a U-shaped dinette with the rear backrest in place, and one without it, just to get a better visual of how much the backrest adds appearance wise.

Really, in the end function will always trump looks for me, but it certainly is nice to meld the two into the same feature.
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Kind of looks like the standard dinette to me. Too sunny to open the blind so the images aren't all that great.
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Thanks for taking and posting those photos, Bob.

Thought that back cushion serves very little practical use, it does give the space a more finished look.
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