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Increased Dinette Space

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Increased Dinette Camper Space

David Fradkin, Effort, Pennsylvania
Increased Dinette Space
2017 GMC 3500
2017 Lance 975

We rarely use our dinette as a bed.  We mostly use it to watch TV on the entertainment center on the opposite wall and lay across on the dinette booths with our backs against the wall.  For meals, we didn’t need as much space as the original table provided.  The dinette table was bulky and got in the way when we were getting in and out of the dinette area and when lying to watch TV.

Dinette Space Original Dinette No Cushions

Above: Original dinette with no cushions

I decided to remove the bulky table and magic dinette mount and replace it with a simple pole-mounted table.

Dinette Space Table Leg Screwed Into Floor

Dinette Space Original Table Removed

Above: The original dream dinette table was removed

Dinette Space Dowels Installed Bench Stowed

Across the back wall, I added a bench with cushions.  I spaced the wood dowels away from the back wall.  That way there was a crack that allowed storing the plywood shelf out of the way in case I needed the full dinette space.

Dinette Space Bench In Place

I also wanted to be able to reinstall the original dinette table if I were to sell the camper.

Dinette Space Complete Minus Rear Cushions

We also purchased cushions that go across the back wall.

Dinette Space Finished

This new table arrangement is perfect.  It opened up the dinette area giving us much more space.  We can lay across the benches with cushions for our backs against the wall and have a place to put snacks and drinks.  It also added an additional storage area under the new bench. Our two toy poodles love their little nest under the table.

Materials used:

1×1 wood dowel (sometimes called furring strips).  I had them on hand, but they cost about $2.00 in 8-foot length at Home Depot.

One sheet of plywood that I had on hand.  You can get a 7/16-inch Square Edge OSB Sub-Floor Panel for $20 at Home Depot.

Detmar 12-1106C Removable Rectangular Marine/RV Table on Amazon.  These come in rectangular or round, wood or plastic.

26×18 pet bed pad; $12-$25 on Amazon.

Long Couch Pillows; $12-$20 on Amazon depending on style; fabric or leather, etc.

It took me two hours to complete this modification and cost me $200.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.

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