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Old 08-09-2009, 08:03 PM   #1
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After lots of procrastinating about adding a front dinette we just went ahead and did it.We love it.Having the bed permanent saves lots of time and energy and it is so nice to have a place to have coffee when its cool or rainy.It always seems to rain when we camp!!!!!!Thanks to all for the helpful suggestions. Pat.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:54 PM   #2
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Nice! Can you elaborate a bit on your installation of the nearly-flush socket mount? I like the access door on the compartment by the entranceway - looks like that may have been a factory option.

I have a question about the seat backs, but after typing it I decided it should really be a new thread, so I will start one.

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Old 08-09-2009, 10:27 PM   #3
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Very nice! You're really going to enjoy this mod.
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:56 PM   #4
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That bench appears to be molded fiberglass, did you create this, or find one to replace the flat bench?
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:06 PM   #5
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Hi April,

I'm not Pat, but I can answer your question:

Bolers came with at least three (that I know of) front bench styles:

1) has just the bench all the way across with no Porta-potti cutout on the "ankle" side (this one was in older Bolers that don't have the extra "box" in the frame to accommodate the Porta-potti niche).

2) is also a couch platform that runs all the way across on top. However, this one has a Porta-potti storage cutout on the "ankle" side (this one is like the Scamp, AFAIK).

3) is like Pat's. It has the Porta-potti niche on the "ankle" side, and also the bench top has a pre-formed cut-out. The cut-out has molded in "cleats" around in a U-shape and then a board is there to cover over the niche (which, if you lifted it up, would be like a table top in shape). Here is another photo of Type 3 (Cyndi's); in this one she has kept the bunk/back in place:


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its the best mod anyone will ever do in a 13!
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:43 PM   #7
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Finding a preformed bench with the center already cut out sure would make this mod easier to do... we have the bench that is one solid piece with a door in the center and two access points one either side under the cushion. I suspect we would have to butcher our bench or build new ones to make this mod happen. As of now, we still have several other projects ahead of this idea which take priority. I still like this mod, and will continue to think about ways to make it happen. Our main concern is being able to use the front bunk as a bed if needed, but it would be nice to have the table option. Thanks for sharing!!
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Nice! Can you elaborate a bit on your installation of the nearly-flush socket mount? I like the access door on the compartment by the entranceway - looks like that may have been a factory option.

I have a question about the seat backs, but after typing it I decided it should really be a new thread, so I will start one.

Thanks for the photo.

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Thanks Raya.We have kept the couch back and will use it along the back of the unit in the cooler weather when we spend more time in the trailer.For summer we wanted something that looked a little cooler so we just used the original bench cushions ( we had all new cushions and foam made last summer)and I bought two big cushions for backrests.The recessed socket mount was really easy to install.Just used the template that came with it for a cutout.The pedestal sits about two inches into the base.This lets me remove the pedestal and the table and gives an almost flat surface to store things in when travelling.Wish we had done this sooner.Sure makes it seem like a lot more room in a 13'...... Pat.
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Finding a preformed bench with the center already cut out sure would make this mod easier to do... we have the bench that is one solid piece with a door in the center and two access points one either side under the cushion. I suspect we would have to butcher our bench or build new ones to make this mod happen. As of now, we still have several other projects ahead of this idea which take priority. I still like this mod, and will continue to think about ways to make it happen. Our main concern is being able to use the front bunk as a bed if needed, but it would be nice to have the table option. Thanks for sharing!!
Hi April,
We were very lucky to have the bench cutout already there.I know it certainly made the conversion to a front dinette much easier.Maybe someone else on the fourm could help you with the conversion in your unit.It sure makes life in this small unit more pleasant especially when the weather is not co-operating.....Good luke with your projects.....Pat.
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I sure agree Gina.Its amazing how much more room there seems to be.Not to mention how nice it is to sit inside when it is raining on my parade....Pat.
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Thanks.We got to try it out over the weekend.Just wish we had done it sooner.....Pat.
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Nice work! I just finished my own front dinette--and like many have said here, you wonder how you did without it. Enjoy!

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Nice work! I just finished my own front dinette--and like many have said here, you wonder how you did without it. Enjoy!

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Hi Karen.Actually it was your post about the front dinette you added to your trailer that actually made us deciede to finally go ahead and add one to ours.We had procratinated for quite a while but yours looked so good we decieded to finally go ahead with it.I also like your closet shelves and the drawer you added under the bed.Going to work on both of those......Pat.
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Wow, Pat, thanks! Can't wait to see how yours turn out!

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