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Old 08-30-2014, 04:52 PM   #71
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I like the discs. You could use some as trivets.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:12 AM   #72
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Doug and Karen: Yep. Now we need to live with it for some time.

Pat: Thanks.

Platform shoes. I don't think I could walk with those. I missed the Disco Decade, not by timing but by choice. So, don't have any of those duds in the closet. Oh darn.

Floating Cloud: Those disks are pretty cool. You had me running for the Internet though. Hadn't heard the term "trivets" before. Always called them "coasters" here. But ya, they are cool.

Thanks all.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:02 PM   #73
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Here is an update on the raised dinette in our 19'. I initially raised it 5 1/2", the width of a 1x6. I thought this was in the ball park but my wife thought it too high. So, I cut off 3/4" and it is now at 4 3/4". This is more comfortable and close to the right height.

I thought the table was initially high so I raised it only 3". This was a little low with the initial dinette lift. However, after dropping it to 4 3/4" the table seems about right.

The stock dinette cushions were a little thin. So, we decided to add 2" of temper foam all around. Temper foam (memory foam) over the stock open cell foam. We also wanted upholstery that wasn't a fabric but a vinyl. The fabric is move comfortable with shorts on, but vinyl is much easier to clean. With two dogs who have no compunction against bounding through mud puddles, the vinyl is preferable. We selected a brown which matches the atomic orange table. We may add a range (oven) later which would require re-surfacing the counter and table. Since atomic orange is no longer available it may have to change. The brown matches now and will match "any" color later.



Looking at the picture before the new cushions, you can see the difference in thickness.


After living with it for a few short trips, I believe a raised floor would make it a lot more comfortable. I'll probably put in a temporary platform 4 3/4" high just to try it. Likely wait for a long trip before making futher changes. After that we can fine tune the heights and/or do the finish work.

Hope this is of interest. Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:58 PM   #74
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Hi Currinh nice work . We ended up with 3 3/4 in high . I did add a piece 3/4 to bottom of table top made it just right . I like your cushions . Someday will do the same . When you stain wood it will match pretty good . I may add a little step that can be removed between table legs that way won't trip on full step up .I forgot to add the ledge piece for table top if I make a bed which I needed to for a Grandaughter . Will get to that . All and all much better sitting a little higher . It is fun to make it our own . Hope to run into you someday and we can compare our mods . Pat
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I like the idea of the extra thickness, the ole tail bone's gettin' more sensitive every day
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:01 PM   #76
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The seat height seems about right when raised 4 3/4". So it's time to put in a raised floor. The first step was to put in 1"x4 1/4" framing to match the amount the seat was raised. The framing is screwed to the side walls.


I decided, for this test, to not raise the electrical panel. I found the access door works fine with the raised floor. Also, the front panel can be removed to access the wiring as I've framed it. This will also come off to allow vacuuming. However, if the whole unit needs to come out the floor would have to come up. I'll see how this works and decided if the panel needs to be raised in the finished version, but for now I haven't.

I floored this framing with 1/2" plywood and cut a hole for a flush mount table leg base.


Laminate flooring was installed. I took out the plywood flooring and simply routed the flooring to size. This worked well. Not sure we'll keep this flooring but with routing it'd be very easy to replace with another pattern. The flush mount base and a step trim were added.


Finally, before dropping something important down the gap, I covered the front with a piece in the same style and mounting as Escape used. I had some finished 1/8" birch ply and used this. I also raised the railes for converting the dinette to a bed.


That's it for the test. If it all works I'll re-panel the side walls to cover the raised dinette walls and put in wood trim. I'd planned on oak but I do like the birch. Maybe a new laminate floor in cork as it has a lot of wood grain now.
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Then on to the table. I don't like the wobbly table with two posts. I thought about putting three posts in, one in the back and two in front. It would have taken up floor space and covered the switch and outlets just above floor level. I found discussions and descriptions of a shelf to stabilize the front table leg.

After considerable thought, and a couple of beers, I decided to combine the two ideas. I put a shelf across the front of the dinette at seat level. At the outside of this I put two flush mount table post bases.


I cut down two posts to give the right table height. Turns out the original table leg, mounted in the flush mount in the floor, gave a good height. That's about 1 1/2" lower than stock (relative to dinette seats).


I was careful to keep both shortened posts straight and the same length. But when I put it all together I found one post taper mounted 1/2" further into the bases than the others. So, one base was 1/2" low, I love modern quality control. I shimmed the table on that corner 1/2" to match the other two.

Here's what it looks like with the legs and no table.


I planned to make the shelf with leg bases removable to allow the bed to be made-up. But I found the table, with stock cut outs at the front, still fit. It sticks out 6" or so but should work fine. With the flush mount bases the cusions will fit fine for the bed. Nice option although we very seldom if ever set up the bed. So I installed the shelf with "premanent" wood screws. This shelf will be remade or covered when finish work is undertaken.

A new platform was made from 1/2" ply.


And the table with slides moved to the new platform.

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Finally, our dinette and floor are raised 4 3/4" for visibility. The three leg system for the table works very well. Very solid and leaves floor space for a dog or two. A shelf is now available for charging cell phones, Kindles, etc.


I'm happy with the mod. It even somehow separates the dining area from the kitchen, makes the trailer feel larger.

We'll try this for a couple of trips. If all is well I'll then do the finish work.

Thanks for following along.
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Finally, our dinette and floor are raised 4 3/4" for visibility. The three leg system for the table works very well. Very solid and leaves floor space for a dog or two. A shelf is now available for charging cell phones, Kindles, etc.


I'm happy with the mod. It even somehow separates the dining area from the kitchen, makes the trailer feel larger.

We'll try this for a couple of trips. If all is well I'll then do the finish work.

Thanks for following along.
Oh my Currinh I love what you did . I am getting ideas here . I still keep thinking how to make mine better . Pat
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Have one ? The electrical panel at the bottom has some venting . That is what I was concerned about . Do you think it will be a problem ? Pat
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