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stephen99 07-06-2016 06:08 PM

A Little Different U-Shape
 
Not sure where I got this idea. Maybe something said in another thread. We had decided on a U-shaped dinette in our 21 due next spring because we liked the smaller table and the enhanced lounging aspect of the U-shape but we knew we would likely never sit in the rear part of the U. Also, I didn't like having the batteries all the way in the back part of the U for access reasons mainly. So I presented this idea to Sarah and she said it's doable. We will get the standard dinette with the large table. Escape will cut the rear end off the table to yield a U dinette table and the cut off end will function as a filler board resting on the bed rails at the rear of the trailer. Sarah said she would get a quote for a custom cushion to fit the board and we can just use some throw pillows for the back. Throw in a Springfield pedestal and all's right with the world.

Jim Bennett 07-06-2016 06:22 PM

This is an idea I have been tossing about too, but am now thinking to keep the bench but have it real narrow, but allow the electric/electronic stuff to be mounted in there. The cushion on it (as would be the one on your filler board) is nothing but a footrest anyway. :)

Rossue 07-06-2016 06:24 PM

Have thought about the same thing. You will need to pin the table end used as a filler board to the rails so it won't go flying but that is a good alternative and gives you flexibility.

KarenH 07-06-2016 06:28 PM

Although I have a standard dinette which I love and wouldn't change, I think that this different U-shape dinette is a better design and at least as functional as the standard U-shape dinette.

Congratulations!

stephen99 07-06-2016 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Bennett (Post 150468)
The cushion on it (as would be the one on your filler board) is nothing but a footrest anyway. :)

My thoughts exactly.

stephen99 07-06-2016 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by KarenH (Post 150473)
Although I have a standard dinette which I love and wouldn't change, I think that this different U-shape dinette is a better design and at least as functional as the standard U-shape dinette.

Congratulations!

Thanks, Karen. :)

stephen99 07-06-2016 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Rossue (Post 150469)
Have thought about the same thing. You will need to pin the table end used as a filler board to the rails so it won't go flying but that is a good alternative and gives you flexibility.

Yeah, there's really no reason not to permanently attach the board.

KarenH 07-06-2016 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by stephen99 (Post 150482)
Yeah, there's really no reason not to permanently attach the board.

Or you could just use a couple of Velcro strips to keep it secure during transit as you may have a reason to remove it at times.

escape artist 07-06-2016 07:12 PM

Hi: stephen99... I cut a 12" filler board for our U dinette. I remove the back table leg and the front one has to be lowered through a round hole I cut at the front of the board. I cut the hole before I cut the board so it fits around 3/4ths. of the leg under the table. The table top now swivels and is very stable and secure. The two 12" corner cushions fit snug over the board. Nice foot rest for $10.00 Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie;)

maurerl 07-06-2016 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Bennett (Post 150468)
. . . thinking to keep the bench but have it real narrow . . .

That's sort of what we ended up with by default. Our (purchased used) 17B had the gaucho bunk option, which we didn't need and so removed. We were left with a narrow bench across the front of the trailer, in the two-seater dinette, which makes a short-term serviceable, if too shallow for comfortable longer-term use (it's only around 30 cm deep) extra seat if the table is removed.

In our case, not too practical, but I can see the attraction of the idea if scaled up for the regular dinette.


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