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myredracer

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Posted: 06/30/19 11:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As far as surface area goes, we couldn't do without a dinette table for the laptop, jigsaw puzzles, card games, and all the misc. assortment of "stuff" it seems to attract.

Seats are a different matter though. Pretty tough to fit 4 adults on the cushions. The ends of the seats closest to the outer wall are just another place that attracts "stuff"...

We used to use a custom sized TV table with folding legs that I made for in front of our jacknife sofa. Worked great and for eating too. Then we replaced the sofa with a power recliner and had to lose the TV table. Maybe a good compromise would be smaller seats/cushions with a table top end that folds up when needed??

We both have back issues and don't sit on the dinette cushions for extended periods. Sitting upright is the issue, not softness of the cushions. The power recliner has been one of the best upgrades we've done. Oh so comfortable to get comfortable on for long periods, like watching TV or reading. [emoticon] I made custom side tables with storage below for it so there's a surface to put drinks and food on.


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Posted: 06/30/19 11:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We need the storage afforded with the dinette. I will probably replace the foam with good stuff this year. However I've had no problem sitting through an entire movie or two at mine.


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JRscooby wrote:

fj12ryder wrote:

ajriding wrote:

I agree, they are terrible things. Some higher dollar RVs might have more comfortable ones, but over-all are just as waste of space as any.
Have Rvs changed much in the last 50 years? No, same floorplans basically. Same wasted spaces.
RVs are designed to appeal to the women (wife) who will usualy have the final say on what gets bought.
I sometimes watch that idiot show where idiots go to buy their first RV. All the show does is show idiots first reaction/knee jerk to what they think is good or bad about an RV. None ever have any idea of what it is like to stay in an RV. Half the buyers (the women making the decisions) will pass on one RV model and pay an extra $30,000 for a model that has an extra TV or any of a list of things they could simply hire (or do themselves) someone to add or change for a few hundred bucks to make it how they like.
These idiots are why RVs are still designed without thought. RV manufacturers want to sell. RV manufacturers are designing their RVs to appeal to the buyers quirks and what they think they will need, not what they will actually need.
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Wow, maybe you should pick a hobby where you're not the only person that isn't an idiot. Believe it or not, some people may not share your ideas, gasp, yes it's true. Some people think for themselves, and really don't give a hoot what you think. I assume you aren't getting a ton of letters and phone calls for advice at any rate.


Wow! How do we decide which opinion is most valuable? I must wonder about how smart RVers are myself, but not based on dinette. How many RVes are replaced because of roof leaks? Why is it just accepted that if you own one you will be screwing with the roof to stay dry?
From my reading on here, and sometimes other forums, roof leaks aren't really in the majority of issues. There are some for sure, but not really all that many considering how much abuse an RV roof receives. IME most issues are electrical, with refrigerator problems a close second.


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The rear dinette in out TT is the best feature. I used to hate booth dinettes and only liked free standing dinettes. Then we looked at Outdoors RV with their large table and dinette. The cushions are the best in the industry for the price range. Thick firm cushions.
Most RV's the dinette cushions are a joke, along with the table. Most tables are wobbly. ORV is mounted on thick posts with huge bases.
I can sit for hours in the dinette and never come close to hitting the bottom of the cushion.

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We have a dinette -- the key is quality foam that is 3" or more thick. Yes, some RV's do have comfortable seating. We are full-time, so this is our home. We eat inside most of the time unless we have guests and it's nice weather. We also have a sofa /full size and an upholstered chair. There is a whole lot of storage under our dinette seats also.

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I dislike the dinette. We eat on TV trays at home and in the RV. We had an RV with table and chairs and we liked it much better.

What we DO need is a pc workstation. I’ve seen a design that has a 24” deep buffet with storage and swing up small table for two people and two chairs usable as a computer wok place.

You can set electric teapot and things on it.

My next RV I’ll have the dinette removed and have that setup added.

I’m also going to have theater seating across from an electric fireplace and flat screen.


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fj12ryder wrote:



From my reading on here, and sometimes other forums, roof leaks aren't really in the majority of issues. There are some for sure, but not really all that many considering how much abuse an RV roof receives. IME most issues are electrical, with refrigerator problems a close second.


Well on any RV forum, somebody asks about buying a used trailer one of the first things to look for is water damage. If somebody posts they see water marks on the ceiling "You should of checked you should of sealed you got to inspect...." WHY?
IMHO, the roof of something meant to be used outside should need no attention. And where is this "abuse" you speak of? Moving down the road? Setting out in the weather? I, like most people, bought mine with expectation it would live out in the weather and move down the road. Why was it not designed and built to do it?

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Dinette? What dinette? Where mine used to be in my 30' long no slide Class A was replaced with a built-in 6'-0" long desk with drawers (underneath) on both sides. A very comfortable multi adjustable wheeled office chair now functions as my command center when parked.

It's perfect for me. The desk is about 22" wide so the center aisle is now wider than when the dinette was there giving more space in the kitchen area. Guests now sit on the jackknife sofa or the 360 degree captains chairs. (3 in front) I wouldn't have it any other way. The RV still sleeps 3, . . . . 4 in a pinch.

When I bought the RV used, the previous owner actually discounted the price because there was no dinette/drop down bed.

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Posted: 06/30/19 04:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last time I had a dinette it only lasted about a month and I took it out. No legroom and almost sitting on the floor doesn't work for me. If you need those puny hard to access benches for storage, you're dragging around too much junk.
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B.O. Plenty wrote:

Last time I had a dinette it only lasted about a month and I took it out. No legroom and almost sitting on the floor doesn't work for me. If you need those puny hard to access benches for storage, you're dragging around too much junk.
B.O.


The "junk" that we carry under our outstanding dinette underseat storage areas consists of such things as:

- rocks that we pickup when rockhounding
- extra drinking water
- rain gear
- down cold weather jackets
- all the RV manuals and info that Winnebago supplies with their units
- electric heater for when/if we're on hookups
- life jackets if we tow/bring our boat along
- deep fat fryer and beer for the batter if we catch fish for fish-and-chips

We didn't buy a self contained RV to get way out in the middle of nowhere and not have the right stuff along. I guess whether or not one needs under-dinette-seat storage depends upon how well they want to be prepared for anything, anytime regardless of any "destination planning" that they may have done beforehand for any particular trip. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best applies for RV'ing and backpacking.


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