HELP! Can I even make a front dinette? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-08-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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HELP! Can I even make a front dinette?

Today we measured where we'd need to cut for a front dinette. BUT, both cuts will go right across the access holes in the bench (rather than between the openings--see pic).

So is it possible to make a front dinette? What would we have to do?
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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Oh, you have a different kind of front than we did in the Burro. We had a space between two cupboards that we made into the seats and put the swivel captain's chairs tops on those two cupboards.

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:49 PM   #3
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Some have removed the bench completely if it wouldn't work for them and made new end parts from plywood. You could then make the seats to your needed height, or even replace with custom swivel seating.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
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Removing the bathroom in my 78' Trillium 4500 Anything is possible. My trailer is out getting a new axle right now. But mine had a bathroom in the front that I removed and put a dinette in. I still need to get the cushions and finish the wood. But I am happy with how it is turning out. I didn't want to have to make the bed back into a table everytime so I removed the bathroom which I didn't like the layout of and would never use. Randy
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Old 04-09-2011, 05:07 AM   #5
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I would consider removing the fiberglass in the center to create a place for your legs leaving a couple of inches against the wall and then build seats out of 1/4" AC plywood right over the fiberglass that is left. I found this post very useful when I had to cut the fiberglass on our trailer. I used a jigsaw with a grit blade similar to one shown in the post.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:06 AM   #6
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Frame the "boxes" with aluminum and build the shell with wood. No one says you have to use the original fiberglass cabinetry.... then you can make the dinnette to your specifications and height ( ). I like the idea of swivel seating too.
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:12 AM   #7
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I vote for what Donna said, ripping out that stuff and rebuilding your own frame.

Now that I've camped out ONE WHOLE NIGHT in my Burro I feel totally qualified to say that I'm really glad I set things up for the front dinette - I can already tell it will be super handy to be able to leave the rear area down as a bed almost all the time.
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:22 AM   #8
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Here's one entire trailer rebuilt with aluminum frames/wood: Rebuild Back on Track There's another somewhere, I'll see if I can find it.
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Build your own frame the cover with this
.090 FRP Wall Board 4FTx8FT White - MFTF12IXA480009600 at The Home Depot

LP 8 ft. x 1 in. x 1 in. Plastic Outside Corner Moulding - 62050800032 at The Home Depot
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Okay, don't know who this belongs to, but I found a picture on my PC
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Here are some pics of my dinette. A p.o. had put an a/c in the front at the ledge level. Doing that they had to cut up the bench. They cut the bench into smaller sections and faced them using press board, 4x4's, 2x4's and HUGE screws. The "junk" minus the fiberglass were 22lbs. each!!
I thought and thought about how to reuse what was left of the bench, but it seemed to me, not worth the trouble.
So I built these. It's 1/2 inch birch plywood a little bit of 2x2 and the trim. used piano hinge on top, and have lots of storage and easy access.
Sorry about any glare in the pics.
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Well, it's a moot point now---the dastardly deed has been done!

Working with the existing cut-outs, we removed what we needed too, without a problem. We will make the braces for underneath, and cut the existing boards that cover the storage areas, to fit the new holes.

The hardest darn part of today was removing the old flooring! Geesh!

Vicki----your benches are beautiful! Wow!
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Way to go VickieB! The first step/cut is often the hardest. Will look forward to your progress.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:18 PM   #14
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Vickie - thanks for the kudos on the seats!

I think you need a multi-tool to help get that floor up. They are really useful and a lot of fun to use. I think harbor freight has them on sale.
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