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Elquin Daza, San Mateo, California
Dinette Bench to Comfortable Couch
2000 Ford F-350
2000 Lance 820
The Lance 820 is a small camper and the dinette took up a lot of the interior space (see picture above). There wasn’t a comfortable place to sit and relax, and there was a lot of unused or unusable space. After years of convincing my wife to let me cut into the camper and remove the dinette, she finally agreed.
Creating this modification was a two-stage process. First, I removed the dividing wall and removed the dinette.
I ended up with an L-shaped couch for about four years. There was much more interior space, but there wasn’t a comfortable space to sit. By removing the dinette I also lost the ability to have an extra bed inside the camper.
Finally, I was able to convince my wife to buy a Thomas Payne couch. It was a little pricey at $800 and we had to wait about six weeks for delivery.
Once it arrived it was pretty easy to install. I just set it and screwed it down. I now have an extremely comfortable place to sit in my camper.
I’ve had the couch about a year now. I should have done this years ago. I am not sure why this isn’t offered as an option in all campers.
It took me about 12 hours after the years of convincing my wife. This modification cost me about $1,000. It was $800 for the couch and $200 for the floor and wall paneling.
In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is hard. I did need to cut the dividing wall of the camper, and relay a new floor once the dinette was removed. It was worth every bit of effort.
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