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Old 08-29-2014, 12:09 PM   #61
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I don't see a problem with the word "naysayers"! It's most certainly not a curse word. That said I'm not a moderator.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:14 PM   #62
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Not a reprimand, just an observation.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:42 PM   #63
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I finished raising our dinette seat. I added 5 1/2" in height. This is the height using 1x6 lumber. This may be too high but it's a lot easier to cut an inch or two off than add. So I'm starting with 5 1/2". The framework is pretty simple, just boxed in with 1x6. I cut new 1x2 side pieces to raise the center support.


I just used screws to hold the box together.


Then held it in place with pocket screws to the existing framing. The front outside corner isn't solid and Escape depended on the plywood seat to hold it together. In that corner I added two angle brackets to take some more load.


I used the original plywood seat base. It fit well although there is 3/4" or so gap at the front. I used the screws ETI did to hold the plywood to the new framing. It opens as before.




Finally I did the same to the street side.




As I mentioned the 5 1/2" is likely too high. We'll use this for some time and if needed cut some height off. This will be fairly easy and I planned for it during construction. It'll take a couple of longer trips to test it out. We won't put in a raised floor yet either. With 5 1/2" higher dinette a higher floor is likely worthwhile. But we'll try it without first.

When we decide on the height, I'll come back and put 1/8" oak plywood and oak trim on to finish up the look. Either just add from the existing panelling up or replace the dinette faces. This will probably depend on whether the floor is raised or not. If the power panel is raised it'll require new faces.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:44 PM   #64
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The table seemed relatively high. So, although I raised the dinette 5 1/2" I only raised the table 3". This seems about right. I first cut eight disks from 1x8 pine. Each is 3/4" thick, so two stacks 3" high.


I screwed these together with 1 1/2" screws the same size that ETI used for the table.


Finally put the table back on with the 3" stack in place.


If I lower the dinette I can take out disks and adjust the table by 3/4" increments.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:45 PM   #65
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So the dinette and table are raised.






To this point it's been fairly easy. If the floor needs to be raised that'll be another thing though. As I said, we need to try this for a few trips and fine tune the dinette height. Then finish off with oak trim and decided whether to raise the floor or not.

I want to thank all those who showed me what you've done. My thinking was corrected by several descriptions and pictures. It's a much better result after hearing from all of you. Thank you.

I'll report back after we've used it for some time.

Happy camping.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:08 PM   #66
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As you said - try it and see on the floor.

We raised our benches 2". I want to raise them 2" more AND raise the floor 4" (and raise the table at least 2".) I am not comfortable with the raised benchs and standard floor.
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Very nice !Pat
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:50 PM   #68
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Just get some 1970's platform shoes, and you won't have to raise the floor
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I hear these are popular ..

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Old 08-30-2014, 04:40 PM   #70
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It's a good look too !
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