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Posted: 01/13/11 07:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our 24' Kodiak has a small slideout with the sofa which is not relaxing for reading. Has anyone removed their sofa to make room for a "rocker'? I found the perfect chair. My wife and I get tired of lying on the bed. I have looked under the sofa and there are lots of wires and tubing. Considering my lack of skill, I would ask a dealer to do the work. I have yet to talk to my RV dealer. Wanted your opinions first.

By the way, our first six week trip this summer took use from the Tetons up to Banff. A great trip. Grand Canyon and southern Utah this fall. Thanks for the input.


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Well not exactly, but I did remove two dinette benches and a table in order to install a Lazyboy recliner. It was simple, but only wiring I needed to deal with was one wall socket.

Ease of doing what you want depends on what is UNDER the couch. In our Outback, half of the underneath has nothing, but the other half has the water pump, and water heater. Moving those would NOT be fun, I would not even consider trying it. But in our case I could remove the couch, put a nice swivel chair in the unused half, and cover the second half so it becomes an end table. Might yet do that, but so far we are ok with the couch.


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How about trying to use a small footstool first? We find that the stool makes us much more comfortable and we did not need to replace anything. Both are small, My parents used mine years ago so it is also very old.
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Thanks for the encouraging words. Next step I will talk with the RV dealer.

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Yes, we did that as the couch was SO uncomfortable for napping or reading. As said above, the key is dealing with whatever is installed under the couch. We were lucky in that there was nothing under ours. Maybe you will be as lucky. When you remove the couch, it usually has to be taken apart to get it out of the trailer. Then the recliner has to be brought into the trailer in two pieces, then re-assembled. Not difficult, just some awkward lifting/carrying.


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We were lucky, and found a "Reclining Love seat" that fit the slide out perfectly. Only took about 20 minutes to remove the old uncomfortable sofa/bed. If there is no fixtures, the wires can be bundled in black split tubing that can be found at Radio Shack, or Harbor Freight and tucked behind the "New" seat. Now looks like it was made that way, and very comfortable after a hard days RVing. Ron

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When we ordered our rig we opted for two recliners in stead of the sofa. Really good decision for us.


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We removed the sofa/sleeper and installed two recliners. We also removed the free standing table.


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We replaced our flexsteel sleeper couch with 2 rockers.

Put the couch in the stick house office. If we go to sell we still have it, or if we have the grandparents along.

Bought 2 steel frame rocker recliners which fit through the door if they are fully reclined.

Our sofa comes apart by pulling the back straight up. I tie strap teh sleeper part while removing it.


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Posted: 01/15/11 07:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We went with a storage ottoman it sits perfectly if front of sofa and we can use it at the end of the table for extra seat. We just set it in front of the fridge when we put the slide in.

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