I've thought about changing mine that way too, Kevin (I love your sketches, btw). I like the table and bed together vs. dinette up front and bed in back (said as if they were miles apart
Since I travel solo, I had though that with a mod like this I could use the back-wall part as a crosswise bed, and then have two "jump" seats and the table take up the forwardmost bed portion (like in the photos of Jim U.'s Casita
when he had it for sale). I also like the idea of the big window over the kitchen counter, as I've never liked having upper cabinets when I'm working (have removed them in houses and subbed with a pantry to pleasant effect). Right now I'm suffering from "original-fever" though, as my Boler
is very unchanged, so not sure.
For just me, I had another idea I liked even better, but it wouldn't work without moving/removing the propane fridge
, and I'd like to keep it where it is. That idea consisted of one ample (32" wide) single bed running lengthwise from the back on the driver's side, with the table more-or-less where it is now (a bit narrower) and then the original seat on the passenger side. Then the kitchen in front with a closet by the door. Original closet remaining as-is. This would give me my "main settee with table alongside at my right hand side" that I really like. Also, for two, the original across bunk could be used (taking down dinette table). (Original above-kitchen cupboards could remain, and support could be devised.)
The trouble with that plan is that there is only about 68" before I run into the fridge
. Rats. It will stay just a plan for now, I guess.
I have been thinking of one other thing I might try - something that's easy to do without making anything more then very temporary changes. It would address the "where's my comfortable chair" question.
That would be to sleep on the front bench (with the bunk top removed, it's 28" wide at the hip area - I'm used to boats so that's actually generous. I already have a "sits in place with no screws" counter running across from the stove to the front wall, which could stay if I have my feet at that end.
Then instead of the dinette (which has two benches and a table, when I could use two tables....) have "counters/tables/desks" above where each of the benches now (I already have one mocked up at the foot of the double bed next to the kitchen), and a comfy office/swivel/lean-backy/with arms chair in the middle.
That's probably too radical, but I don't mind trying things that only involve cardboard or 1/8" scrap ply mockups and no permanent marks
Might be nice for a solo/project/writing sort of traveler. Multiple people could still sit inside if the front bed were made up as a couch (although it seems that more often multiple people sit around outside).
Now if only I had accompanied this with nifty Google Sketchups!