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Posted By: mmckell on 03/09/10 08:11pm

Does anyone know where an RT armoire (to replace 3rd seat)can be purchased? Also, how complicated is the install? (Do you have to take the box that's under the seat out? How do you install the cabinet? Is it possible to keep switching them out?)

Thanks!

Mimi


Posted By: Book on 03/09/10 09:02pm

Box under chair remains and is still useful for some storage.....easy to install, though I watched dealer do so.....I got mine from ROADTREK, after I purchaced my unit.....Love having the armoire!

Dealer in Florida sells custom furniture for Roadtreks as well. I believe in Winter Haven but not sure about that

in Canada http://www.mobilife.on.ca/classbvans.html


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Posted By: booster on 03/09/10 09:04pm

You can get them through a Roadtrek dealer or get a very similar (actually Roadtrek copied them) one from Mobilelife RV in Kithchener. That is what we did, and yes they can be taken in and out, but it is a bit of work. The base stays in place.


Posted By: Atlee on 03/09/10 09:35pm

mmckell wrote:

Does anyone know where an RT armoire (to replace 3rd seat)can be purchased? Also, how complicated is the install? (Do you have to take the box that's under the seat out? How do you install the cabinet? Is it possible to keep switching them out?)

Thanks!

Mimi


What model year do you have? It's only in the past few years that RT made the passenger side armoire removable. Earlier, the armiore was an available option, but it was permanent. You couldn't take it out and put the chair back in.

Now, you can. If you have a later design, you remove and replace as much as you want.


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Posted By: dwhitmoyer on 03/10/10 04:39am

You can buy mine. Took it out as soon as we got home from the dealer. Very hard to take in and out and provides very little extra storage. Mostly for cans and things since there's no additional hanging sstorage.


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Posted By: retraite on 03/10/10 05:50am

Or, you can look here. http://www.leisuretimerv.com/Portals/54/documents/cabinetslatestjan2007.pdf

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Posted By: PSW on 03/10/10 04:12pm

Or you can do like a lot of us have done and have a custom one built by a cabinet maker (or if you like woodwork or have a friend that does) build what you want. I designed and made one to meet our needs that was removable and we love it so much that we never take it out. It is just the two of us and the Wonder Dog Sally, so we didn't need the third seat, but we did want more storage. We built our with three large drawers and a top counter which comes in handy when using the galley.

Works great!


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Posted By: booster on 03/10/10 05:05pm

Here is a thread where we posted some pics of what we did with ours, along with the install of the Mobilife RV armoire. Since that thread was done, we have found that our two Express Loungers and a 6X9 patio mat fit in the base easily from the outside. We also modified a card table to fit into the tall skinny area at the rear of the armoire. We now can easily setup our mat, table, and chairs in about 2 minutes, without having to even open the rear doors.

Armoire thread.


Posted By: mmckell on 03/10/10 07:55pm

Thanks, Booster. I knew I had read something before but my search didn't turn it up. Does your cabinet have shelves or drawers?

I have a 2007 RT 170P.


Posted By: booster on 03/10/10 08:07pm

Ours has shelves in it. It also had a hanging rod across the top inside that you could use for hanging things if you took the shelves out. We opted to remove the rod and brackets and stick with shelves only.


Posted By: Barman on 03/11/10 07:45am

I have been trying to get an Armoire for our's and Roadtrek told me that most will not fit ours. We have a 2006 190 Versatile, and they said only 2003-2006 will work. Also, they are perminate on our year. Supposidly on 2007 and later models they are removable. We did purchase ours with the removable wardrobe, which sits in the seat behind the driver, but the armoire, which is behind the passenger seat, is perminate on 2006 models when installed. If you have an 07, you should be able to do it no problem.

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Posted By: Gortrek on 03/11/10 03:34pm

We just put one in our 2006 210. The one that is available now fits over the box that the seat sits on. I didn't like the extra space it took up and ordered from Roadtrek the armoire that was available for 2007 and earlier which saves about 6" of space when coming into the unit....

Love ours.

Gortrek


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Posted By: RetiredArmy on 03/13/10 06:02am

We have a 2001 200. Bought it used. It already had the armoire installed on the passenger seat behind the driver. It is wonderful. Lots of space to hang stuff and plenty of room on the bottom. We do not plan on removing it. There is a Route 66 dealer in Winter Haven, FL where you can order road trek parts. The name escapes me at the moment. However, I did contact Road Trek and they DO NOT sell directly to the customer, however, they will tell you what dealer to order parts from.


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Posted By: Bob Karr on 03/18/10 04:22pm

Anyone know if a modern removable model is available, for the street side on '98 200 V?

I did check out the links here. Just thought someone here might have knowledge of one.



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Posted By: Atlee on 03/18/10 09:19pm

Bob Karr wrote:

Anyone know if a modern removable model is available, for the street side on '98 200 V?

I did check out the links here. Just thought someone here might have knowledge of one.


By "street side" you're talking about behind the drivers seat? If so, removable wardrobes were available were availble for a '98. Roadtrek calls the removable unit on the street side (drivers side) a wardrobe.

Roadtrek calls the unit on the curbside (passenger side) an armoire. Thru the 90's and midway thru the '00's the armoire on the curbside was a permanent install at the factory option. The later half of the '00's the armoire on the curbside was made removable also.


Posted By: Bob Karr on 03/18/10 09:55pm

Atlee wrote:

Bob Karr wrote:

Anyone know if a modern removable model is available, for the street side on '98 200 V?

I did check out the links here. Just thought someone here might have knowledge of one.


By "street side" you're talking about behind the drivers seat? If so, removable wardrobes were available were availble for a '98. Roadtrek calls the removable unit on the street side (drivers side) a wardrobe.

Roadtrek calls the unit on the curbside (passenger side) an armoire. Thru the 90's and midway thru the '00's the armoire on the curbside was a permanent install at the factory option. The later half of the '00's the armoire on the curbside was made removable also.


Thanks for clarifying . . .


Posted By: JoeRT04 on 03/19/10 12:21pm

For those that don't want to pay the big bucks and also want a dresser that's light (I'm not getting younger) and easy to place/remove, this might be an option. We bought this dresser at Home Depot (now available at Walmart) for $49: It was priceless on our cross country trip this past summer.
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It replaces the 2nd row driver's side seat (done in 10 minutes) in our Versatile and I imagine it would work nicely as well in the passenger's side in the Popular. My DW put a shoe organizer behind it below the window for all the shoes. This is not for everyone but my motto is to keep things simple and light in our B. Remember that added weight is a concern in all RV's including B's. It matches our interior leather/fabrics, It is incredibly light while being sturdy and, you can't beat the price. [emoticon]


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Posted By: Bob Karr on 03/19/10 03:39pm

JoeRT04 wrote:

For those that don't want to pay the big bucks and also want a dresser that's light (I'm not getting younger) and easy to place/remove, this might be an option. We bought this dresser at Home Depot (now available at Walmart) for $49: It was priceless on our cross country trip this past summer.

It replaces the 2nd row driver's side seat (done in 10 minutes) in our Versatile and I imagine it would work nicely as well in the passenger's side in the Popular. My DW put a shoe organizer behind it below the window for all the shoes. This is not for everyone but my motto is to keep things simple and light in our B. Remember that added weight is a concern in all RV's including B's. It matches our interior leather/fabrics, It is incredibly light while being sturdy and, you can't beat the price. [emoticon]


How did you secure it? Does it cover the window?


Posted By: JoeRT04 on 03/19/10 07:41pm

Bob Karr wrote:

How did you secure it? Does it cover the window?
The Sterilite 4 Drawer Storage cabinet does not cover the whole window. It covers a bit of the screened lower part. The cabinet is not right up against it so there is some air flow there. The upper part of the window is free & allows adequate light in. The measurements (rounded out) are:
26" W X 19" D X 35" H. Here's a link to one advertised at Target for $59. In my local Walmart it is $49.

We use a non-slip rubber sheet to put items on top of the dresser. It adds another source of storage - Kinda like a counter top. The RT dining table fits in its usual place too by turning it to a certain direction. That was important to me that we could still use the "kitchen" table.

To secure the dresser to the seat base:: (Believe me, if I can do this, anyone can.) [emoticon]
1. Pull the RT drawer out of the base so you can reach in and loosen the bolts/wingnuts so you can take out the seat. (The first time is a pain with some hard reaching and searching). Remove the RT seat.
2. I added 2 steel strappings (sturdy but somewhat bendable) about 1 inch by 5 inches that have holes all along the strapping. (See the next step)
3. Take the drawers out of the plastic dresser (Sterilite) and place the dresser on the base so that the drawers would be facing the aisle. This will allow adequate room to work on securing the dresser to the base.
4. I added another 2 bolts/wing nuts (so I have 4 in all) to use the strapping to secure the base of the cabinet to the factory seat base drawer. You can add more if needed in your case.
5. Also, I added a 2 inch Velcro strip on the side of the cabinet to secure it against the wood wall. It is not visible once you push the dresser against the Velcro.

The cabinet didn't budge throughout our 7 week 11,000 mile trip last summer. BTW, we did add 2-3 inch Velcro strips to each drawer on one side so that they would not pop out during travel as they tended to do so. Using the Velcro solved that problem.

I hope this helps. I tried to keep this simple and short. This is one of my weaknesses. I tend to go on and on... so... I'm going to stop now... [emoticon]

* This post was edited 03/19/10 08:07pm by JoeRT04 *


Posted By: Bob Karr on 03/20/10 06:20am

Quote:

I hope this helps. I tried to keep this simple and short. This is one of my weaknesses. I tend to go on and on... so... I'm going to stop now...


Very clear, not too long, just right! Thanks!

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Posted By: LVJJJ on 03/20/10 10:02am

we use a 3 drawer Sterilite on top of a piece of plywood that screws to the drawer base (passenger side, 05 RT 170), this left room above for the flat screen TV that I moved from the back and bolted to the bathroom wall. (We removed the TV cabinet long ago for more room in the bed area). The TV swings out and you can aim it to face any direction.


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Posted By: mmckell on 03/20/10 12:28pm

JoeRT04: What a great idea; and I already have the drawer unit! I have a 170P so it would replace the seat on the passenger side. The box it's sitting on does not have a drawer -- the seat bottom flips up and you access the space from the top. I would have to find someone to convert the access to a flip down side (as an earlier poster did). Could you post pics of the install, especially the position of the strapping? That would be so helpful!

LVJJJ: did your seat bottom flip up too? How do you access the storage area that was under the seat? How did you fasten the cabinet to the playwood and the wood to the seat base? Pictures?

Thanks!


Posted By: JoeRT04 on 03/20/10 06:27pm

Before I post the pics of my installation of the Sterilite 4 drawer dresser in my RT, I want to make it clear that the Sterilite dresser does not nearly compare with the fine work of the cabinet makers of Roadtrek or third parties that might make cabinets for Roadtrek. The Sterilite install works for us and may not work well for others.
I like this set up because the dresser is light and easy to work with while being economical.
mmckell wrote:

JoeRT04: What a great idea; and I already have the drawer unit! I have a 170P so it would replace the seat on the passenger side. The box it's sitting on does not have a drawer -- the seat bottom flips up and you access the space from the top. I would have to find someone to convert the access to a flip down side (as an earlier poster did). Could you post pics of the install, especially the position of the strapping? That would be so helpful!

Below is my description and pics at your request mmckell. I would think you can find a way to make this work for you and your "flipping up" seat design. The install shown below takes me about 20 minutes to remove the seat and then to install the cabinet. It takes less time doing the reverse. The first time I did this, it took a lot longer due to learning where the bolts were under the seat, etc. You need a pretty long arm to reach the wingnut deep in the back of the seat. I just made it and I'm 5' 8".

Here is the RT seat in place before I removed it.
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Notice the 2 wings nuts I removed. There is a 3rd one at left that is loosened so I can slide the seat off the base.
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Of course, I have to remove the seat back and head rest (not shown)
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Here is a pic of the seat removed. Now, I will begin to install the dresser.
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The white strip you see there is the Velcro strip that holds the dresser against the wall on the left. The black strips were for the headrests.
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Shown below is the dresser with the drawers removed before I secured it with the metal strappings and bolts/nuts.
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Shown are the two metals straps that secure the dresser to the base.
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Here's a closer view:
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I also added a bolt & nut at the left too that secures that side.
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Shown is the dresser installed with the drawers in place.
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A side view pic taken from the rear of my RT:
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Notice that the base drawer is out a bit to add stability to the dresser. There is room behind the dresser for shoes and the like. (We put our shoes on a hanging shoe organizer there).
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You'd be amazed at the amount of room for clothes this dresser provides. The top drawer ended up being our "junk" drawer for things like our vitamins & supplements, pens, receipts, etc. You get the picture. I got one drawer, my DW got the third and fourth. (Females need more room). [emoticon]


Posted By: mmckell on 03/20/10 08:38pm

JoeRT05, WOW, thanks for the detailed pics! It's much clearer now!

Mimi


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