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Jeff Patterson, Castle Rock, Washington
Dinette to Easy Chair Conversion
2012 Ford F-350
1998 Alpenlite Durango 10
I’m a single guy and most of my RV adventures are solo. The dinette wasn’t what I needed and I found it very uncomfortable. I usually left the table at home and used the remaining seating as a couch. The arrangement wasn’t working for me!
My goal was to duplicate the at-home feeling, so I added a nice swivel recliner with heat and massage. I wanted the conversion to be reversible back to the factory configuration and I didn’t want to cut or screw into my camper.
I used 3/4-inch plywood as a base for the conversion. I cut a pattern that would provide a cut out for my legs when getting in and out of the chair.
Then, I replaced the top removable step that surrounds the table leg with a full-length step and fabricated a second step.
I used a 4×6 to support the chair base which is locked into position by cutouts in the lower step.
I carpeted all of the floor areas.
I also repaired water damage from a previous leak in the corner. I covered it with RV wood grain paneling and trim for a living room feel.
It will work perfectly for my lifestyle. The design is solid and I don’t expect any problems.
The supplies I used were 8×4 3/4-inch plywood, a recliner, carpet remnants, and RV paneling and trim. I bought the chair on Amazon.
It took me 20 hours to complete this modification and cost me $500. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium to hard.
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