I'll try to keep this short. The interior of my '76 Trillium
is basically one piece of molded fiberglass (like a tub). My intention was to build a mini dinette in the front of camper, but there's a bench that spans the width of the space (I've heard it called a gaucho bench/couch). In order to build a space to eat for two, I will need to remove this gaucho bench (or at least cut into it).
My concern with the modification is that the gaucho probably provides a good bit of rigidity. I've seen other layouts where there's a bench in the front but it doesn't span the entire width of the vehicle, so I'm thinking it may not be that big of an issue? Perhaps I'd have to install some bracing to account for the removed rigidity support of the bench?
I have attached some pictures of what it currently looks like (ignore the water damage and lack of window seals). My idea was to cut the middle of the bench out and make seats out of what's remaining in the corners.
Any info on the feasibility of making such a drastic modification would be greatly appreciated.