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BruceMc

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Posted: 01/12/23 10:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I swapped our dinette for theater seats. It's not a simple job, but very doable IF there's no services under the seats. Check for the water heater and/or furnace, or any other object that cannot be moved before undertaking the task.

Here's pics of my dinette/theater seat mods:

Original Dinette:

[image]

Current Theater seats:

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Full albums of the Dinette mods, then finally the removal and installation of the theater seats: 2016 Sunseeker Seating Projects
This album also includes the passenger swivel seat mod in a sub-album if you are interested. If not, just skip the first image in the set.


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* This post was edited 01/12/23 10:15am by BruceMc *


'16 Forest River Sunseeker 2250SLEC Chevrolet 6.0L
Previously:
'00 Four Winds 26Q Class C (Ford E350 V10)
'96 Kit Sportsmaster 212f Fifth Wheel/'93 GMC Sierra K2500
'91 SunLite poptop truck camper
and the first: a Wildernest flip-top canopy.


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way2roll wrote:

The next obstacle; The 2401B comes with a recliner option. Oddly, not a single unit for sale in the US has the recliner option, just the dinette. Anyone know how challenging it would be to swap out the dinette for the recliners? The local dealer won't do it. I think CW sells the electric recliners.


I have a Class C Thor Chateau, and on the shorter models like mine (22E) there's a TON of stuff inside the dining benches. I had dreams of making ours into more of a "lounge-type dinette" until I saw what was under the seats. Now I like my dinette just fine the way it is.....LOL!

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BruceMc wrote:

I swapped our dinette for theater seats. It's not a simple job, but very doable IF there's no services under the seats. Check for the water heater and/or furnace, or any other object that cannot be moved before undertaking the task.

Here's pics of my dinette/theater seat mods:

Original Dinette:

[image]

Current Theater seats:

[image]

Full albums of the Dinette mods, then finally the removal and installation of the theater seats: 2016 Sunseeker Seating Projects
This album also includes the passenger swivel seat mod in a sub-album if you are interested. If not, just skip the first image in the set.


--Bruce.



Very nice work! Thanks so much for the link to the detailed pics. Yes I think it's very do-able. Funny though, my continued research found me a unit with recliners for the lowest price yet. It's about 10 hrs away at RV wholesalers - which doesn't have the best rep for post sales support - but $11k lower than my local dealer's unit without the recliners is hard to pass up.


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My experience, FR warranty reps are pretty good. Many people get better results dealing directly with the same factory rep. throughout. In general, the less profit the dealer is making the less they are willing to help.
If you can find an rv repair shop that you will always frequent , they might be willing to accept what the FR rep offers them as an hourly repair rate for warranty work. I have gone that route as well, but that will depend on both parties coming to terms.

Big tnx to BruceMc, those makeover pics are awesome.

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You are most welcome, bobndot!

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I have a sunseeker and we swapped the couch for recliners, I actually bought the recliners on line at wayfair, we shopped a lot of places and wherever we shopped they had to be ordered, we sent for color swatches from wayfair and ordered from there, took about 3 weeks to receive, came in pieces, had to dissassemble couch to remove from coach and put together new furniture once inside. We really like our decision.


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The latest from the engineers at FR say; "Unfortunately we have two different slide floors for the U-dinette and the power theater seat option. The main things being the overall depth and backers for the power theater seat to mount to. Fwiw, the seatbelt holes/catches are in the same place… There just wont be much to screw the power theater seat to and both the seats and floor will be sticking out in an odd way…"


Hard to visualize what they are saying and it doesn't make a ton of sense. May be moot however, I was told that it would invalidate any warranty for that section of the slide if I were to swap them.

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Thanks for all the replies. Per FR reps and any dealer I spoke to the Sunseeker and Forester are the same provided they are appointed the same. I ended up buying a 2023 Sunseeker 2400B MBS but without recliners. The recliner models are difficult to find and either the dealer wouldn't offer enough on trade for my FW or they didn't have paint or they were too firm on price - or any combination of those. I want paint and thought it was more important than recliners. I can add recliners later - I can't add paint. Same dealer I bought my FW 2 years ago offered me a great deal on trade (close to what I paid 2 years ago) and still beat everyone's price on the new unit. And to boot a local auto dealer is giving me my full asking price for my truck (which is more than I paid 2 years ago). I would have never thought either of those was possible. But I guess timing is everything. We bought our FW and truck when demand was low and prices were reasonable right before everything went nuts and I guess values haven't declined yet to pre-covid numbers. But I am not complaining. Pick up the new unit Saturday.

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Pick up the new unit Saturday.


very nice, sounds great hope you have many healthy miles ahead ! [emoticon]

tnx for the comparison update .

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