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Old 03-15-2016, 11:24 AM   #21
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More stuff can be stowed under the table and outa site.
Stowed stuff outta sight is definitely a goal for us.
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:29 PM   #22
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Stowed stuff outta sight is definitely a goal for us.
If you go to FollowToto.com, you can see, in great detail, with photos, how Doug and Sooz configured their u-shaped dinette with a smaller table for lounging. That is how we are going to do ours when we get home, along with the four way mechanism from Dicor offers. We think... Maybe a larger table stored under mattress. Unlike Jim, we don't entertain much inside, mainly outside, so it would be the rare times that we would use a big table. The smaller table perfect for noshes and great wine and great scotch...(Jim?). Having said that, however, it would be nice to have a bigger table for the rare times! I like the idea of folding sides, as Jim showed in the train photos, but with our experience with Europe train tables,maybe folding under instead of on top, and held there with strong super magnets?? Just my two-cents worth. We only have a couple months experience in our 21' and the u-shape.

Regarding the back cushion, I like Jim's idea with taking the cushion out and using pillows. However, it seems that it would be much easier to temporarily remove the cushion if their were made in two pieces. They could just be laid on the bed.
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Here's a post I made about trying out the u-shaped dinette with a filler board in place. There's a photo of the "stooge" table, which is some funky name for the flip-up counters that are in various areas of the trailers, such as the standard one at the end of the kitchen counter.

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Old 03-15-2016, 05:30 PM   #24
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One decision we had a hard time making was the u-shaped dinette. In the end we felt that it would give the back of the trailer a more finished look. The one major conversion to be done is the Springfield pedestal. Loren
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If you go to FollowToto.com, you can see, in great detail, with photos, how Doug and Sooz configured their u-shaped dinette with a smaller table for lounging. That is how we are going to do ours when we get home, along with the four way mechanism from Dicor offers. We think... Maybe a larger table stored under mattress. Unlike Jim, we don't entertain much inside, mainly outside, so it would be the rare times that we would use a big table. The smaller table perfect for noshes and great wine and great scotch...(Jim?). Having said that, however, it would be nice to have a bigger table for the rare times! I like the idea of folding sides, as Jim showed in the train photos, but with our experience with Europe train tables,maybe folding under instead of on top, and held there with strong super magnets?? Just my two-cents worth. We only have a couple months experience in our 21' and the u-shape.

Regarding the back cushion, I like Jim's idea with taking the cushion out and using pillows. However, it seems that it would be much easier to temporarily remove the cushion if their were made in two pieces. They could just be laid on the bed.
I have perused their site, when Ross sent me there. I do like the look of the smaller table, but also love the function of a full sized table. As it is, when you sit down on both sides of a full sized table, if folks wanted to lean back against the backrests, they would be hard pressed to reach the table.
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Here's a post I made about trying out the u-shaped dinette with a filler board in place. There's a photo of the "stooge" table, which is some funky name for the flip-up counters that are in various areas of the trailers, such as the standard one at the end of the kitchen counter.

Flopping on the u-shaped dinette
I see in that first photo, you are turned in to the center. Is there a reason for this. How would Dirk be able to sit? I must consider my dear wife in all decisions lounging. I see mostly sitting with my back to the fridge or dinette to get a better view outside, and just putting my legs along the bench, and that seat is plenty wide.

I have never before heard the flip up table being called a stooge table. Where does that name come from, 'cause like I said, I googled it and got nothing.
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One decision we had a hard time making was the u-shaped dinette. In the end we felt that it would give the back of the trailer a more finished look. The one major conversion to be done is the Springfield pedestal. Loren
As mentioned, I do like the look. While I appreciate good looks in regards to the trailer, function will always be No 1 for me.

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I am starting to like my idea of making that rear bench as narrow as possible, yet fit in batteries and the other electrical stuff. If I were to forgo the battery box by using AGM's, and with the slope of the rear shell, I could always lift the batteries to where it is wider, closer to the underside of the seat.
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I'm confused Bob,
Do you have the "U" set up, you mention the back seat sitting is unacceptable but then mention that you have the standard size table?
Not confusing to me... Yes, I have the U dinette, and it has the standard U dinette size table as opposed to the shrunk down versions some folks are coming up with.
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:49 PM   #27
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If you go to FollowToto.com, you can see, in great detail, with photos, how Doug and Sooz configured their u-shaped dinette with a smaller table for lounging. That is how we are going to do ours when we get home, along with the four way mechanism from Dicor offers. We think...
Carla, from what I've read here the Dicor seems to have a minimum depth greater than the Toto table which is 17".
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Old 03-15-2016, 09:07 PM   #28
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Carla, from what I've read here the Dicor seems to have a minimum depth greater than the Toto table which is 17".
Thanks. Guess we didn't realize this. Thanks to Jim for opening this up again as this is the big conundrum for most of us. We thought that with all the mods we did on our Casita, we wouldn't follow that route again, but here we are. It's so much making these beautiful Escapes even more beautiful inside, but mostly fuctional to fit our needs. Looking forward to following this thread.
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Old 03-15-2016, 09:26 PM   #29
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Join the club Carla....it never ends for many. We have two filler boards now and no table; the Toto table will add a benefit for us. Currently we keep the first filler board in place. but it will be nice to be able to raise it up as a table that will be 5" wider...then be able to add a 12" filler board for a full double bed. And all that very easily
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(snip) I see in that first photo, you are turned in to the center. Is there a reason for this. How would Dirk be able to sit? (snip)

I have never before heard the flip up table being called a stooge table. Where does that name come from, 'cause like I said, I googled it and got nothing.
Dirk's got much shorter legs than I do, so he can fit with his feet against the frig or stove end. I'm turned into the center as I know the cats will want to get right next to me and that way there's room for me and the kitties.

Jim, I thought you've read every single post on this forum, or at least a vast majority of 'em. Donna D is the first person I saw use that term (stooge table) and that was back when I first joined this forum. I had to ask what it meant and I've seen it used multiple times since then by her and some other folks.
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