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Thinking about changing out my dining booth to table and chairs. Will keep the bench against the back wall since it has a handy outside access but will remove the pedestal table and one booth. I plan to install a stand alone table and two chairs but have some questions from those that has done this.

Did you attach the table to the floor?

Do you tie down the chairs for transport?

Did you regret making this modification?

Where did you find a table to fit the space?


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chiefward wrote:

Thinking about changing out my dining booth to table and chairs. Will keep the bench against the back wall since it has a handy outside access but will remove the pedestal table and one booth. I plan to install a stand alone table and two chairs but have some questions from those that has done this.

Did you attach the table to the floor?

Do you tie down the chairs for transport?

Did you regret making this modification?

Where did you find a table to fit the space?


Looks like a viable plan.
https://www.granddesignrv.com/showroom/2........0/fifth-wheel/reflection/floorplans/29rs


Most tables are screwed to the floor.
Chairs may or may not be strapped down.
Any local cheaper furniture store will have different size small tables. Chairs as well.

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We didn't change things out like you are thinking about doing but our 5th wheel came with the dinette table and chairs. The table is bolted to the floor as well as the outside wall utilizing a cleat underneath the table where it butts against the wall and we secure the chairs during transport by turning one upside down and placing it on top of the other, cushion to cushion. Then we use bungee cords and attach them to the hooks the factory installed that are screwed to the floor. Because the chairs are tight up against the edge of the table, we use a blanket between the edge of the table and the chairs to prevent damage.


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Posted: 11/07/19 04:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We replaced a pair of theater seats with this table:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07886........_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It is not secured to the floor as we regularly move it to make more "hallway" room. We secure it to a railing beside of it with bungees.

We bought super cheap IKEA chairs because they stack together:
https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/teodores-chair-green-50350939/

We put the front legs of them over the center support of the table.

On the other side, we built a L-shaped bench (we needed to be able to seat 4 regularly and 6 occasionally).


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My current 5er and my previous TT, both had these anchored into the floor with straps to keep things from moving in transit (not the Command hooks in the photo below):

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It turns out, the ones installed by the manufacturer are almost identical to the same ones used for hanging picture frames. So, if you are looking for them, go to WalMart to the picture fame area and you'll find them there. I used a half-inch course dry-wall screw to anchor it to the floor, so it would not go too deep and perhaps come out the bottom of the slide.

I've added more of these in different locations to create hooks for different tie-down or bungie cord tie downs.

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As far as the table, we've had 2 RV's with stand-alone kitchen tables. Both were the pedestal rectangular tables with the claw foot style base. Holes were drilled through each arm of the claw feet and long screws attached each foot to the floor. Of course, you could leave the table free-standing and move it around then too. If ours was free standing and not screwed down, I'd probably keep a strap over it too, to keep it from falling over or sliding around.

This is not my photo, but we have the same chairs and table (Montana High Country 375FL - Fifth Wheel).

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The strap over the chairs is hooked into one of those hooks like pictured above. There is a screw hole drilled into each foot on that table with a long screw going into the floor, actually, only about 1/2 an inch.

Any table will work, as long as it fits your space and your comfort level. If you want, you could even use a camping folding table. Nothing says it has to be RV specific. Measure the size you have available and visit furniture stores.

Good luck!

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I removed my dinette as well recently and find the table and chairs I use don’t move much without any strapping down. The piece of carpet under them seems to keep them steady.

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We "tie" the chairs down like this.

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We removed the end tables from the walls, we just lay them down when we move. We are considering the same with the dinette table since it has worked out well. The chairs don’t move even when we forget to fasten them.


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Thanks a lot for all the advise and ideas....

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Posted: 11/09/19 11:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Took my dinette out on a TT I had. Left the table that had a post going to the floor. Used a couple nice wooden folding chairs I got a Wally World. Very happy the way it came out.
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