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[image]Has anyone removed the "L" shaped wood partition wall between the bed and the kitchen/living area? . This wall runs ceiling to floor approximately 2' wide (left side), then about 3' high and about 4' wide as you look to the right behind the sofa.


I want to https://northwoodmfg.com/wp-content/uploads/photo-gallery/Arctic%20Fox/25R/Arctic-Fox_25R_NF_Windswept-Serenity-4.jpg?bwg=1650552047 to a regular 80" length queen mattress and the partition prevents that.

Whats involved in removing that wall?

Did the job turn out to your satisfaction?

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David
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Posted: 04/23/22 07:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

David,
rvs are built from the inside out, reverse of landed structures.
So, the cieling , wall and floor finishes should be complete and matching since they were complete before the divider wall was placed.
Most likely, that wall was placed BEFORE the outside wall and roof.
Look into other spaces like the ceiling and floors of bath, under bed, inside cabinets to comfirm continuity of material. If its so then that wall should remove with little noticeable effect.
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I've done a lot of invasive projects like this in RV's. Frankly, that wall is suspicious and could hide plenty. I would remove the thermostat and see what I can see. Maybe even remove the wood panel on the bedroom side if possible without doing damage.
You would have to move the thermostat and you will lose the side of your cabinet. But again, first and foremost, I would verify what is inside the wall. It could be a chase for wiring like the 12v ceiling lights. And looking closer at the pic, it's plausible that all your tank level wiring, power for the stereo and 120VAC for the air conditioner is coming up through it.
No way would I just start tearing it up without knowing what I was getting into!

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One consideration with this is the overall integrity of the unit.

While you are likely to be able to remove it easily enough, with the exception of any wiring that may run through, every partition, wall etc is part of the strength deigned into the unit. They are all there to reduce flexing while going down the road. This is important, and I wouldn't remove it.

As sdcampowner suggested above, the walls are on top of the flooring and the ceiling sits on the wall. This again lends strength to the unit.

As Scott said, do check first to see what is inside the wall. Be sure a grey or black tank vent pipe isn't in there too.

Removing a partition needs careful consideration. I personally wouldn't do it.


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What do you plan to do with the sofa? Since the wall is against the back of the sofa,that will still be in the way. Also the wall is probably the support for the cabinet above the sofa end.

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I doubt it's for strength. It's more likely a beauty wall to hide the ugly back of the sofa. More aesthetic than anything else. Theres a lot of TT that long that just have a curtain there.
A quick email or phone call to NW would settle it.

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Walls that run perpendicular to the side walls are probably important shear walls that give stiffness to the structure. removing them could have serious consequences.


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