this is how the RV looked when I purchased it
Today, I removed the dinette (on the left side of the picture)
No turning back now....... the smaller dinette is gone. Before I did this, I talked with the maintenance manager here at Mesa Verde to ask permission to put the parts in the dumpster, he said it was ok. One of the other RV'ers is going to take the cushions.
I saved all of the angle irons and screws that were used to attach the dinette to the walls and floor, so that I could reuse them during the remodeling.
This thin piece of wood is the only thing protecting the wires for the outside outlet.
I see some water staining on it and now I wonder if the outside outlet has leaked.
I will have to check the caulking and keep an eye on this.
I originally created a bed out of the other, larger dinette, it is wider than a twin size and narrower than a double size. I had purchased a twin size memory foam mattress and I do not like the extra space between the mattress and the wall. I do not like the tall sides of the dinette benches and the aisle between the dinettes was only about 20" wide.
I hope to have my son-in-law help me build a bed in this now empty space. I want a hinged platform that can be lifted for access to a large storage area. One of the dinette benches had the propane furnace underneath it. I had the furnace removed last week, so that gave me the incentive to get going on this remodel.
After my new bed is built, I will remove the larger dinette and create a desk area on the other side of the RV. This will give me a larger open area in the middle. I have been wanting to get back into doing yoga and currently do not have enough space in the middle aisle of the RV.
My fresh water tank is under one of the larger dinette benches, I am hoping that I can move the tank against the wall of the RV instead of the way it is positioned now.
Under the other larger dinette bench is an inverter, I think. And the water pump. I don't think it is a good idea to have these situated on the floor next to each other. I will have to figure out where to relocate these items.
I am hoping to have an "L" shaped desk and some type of lounge chair. I will have to find a small cushioned bench to use when sitting at the desk for sewing. I will probably sit in the lounge chair with my laptop and not use the desk for the computer. I have plans to sew some things for the RV and need a comfortable place to work. The dinettes that are built for RV's are not comfortable, I think they are intended for families that want to use the space as an extra bed.
My new bed will also function as a couch. I will sew pillows to go all around it. I tried to do this with the current bed I have set up, but the bed is too deep to be a couch and the pillows kept falling between the mattress and the wall.
The rest of the remodeling won't get finished until I get to Texas at the beginning of November. At least the demolition is done and I have a clean slate to work with.
Tomorrow I will take a ride to the Resale Shoppe in town to drop off some more "stuff". I have been full-timing for almost a year and there are things I have not used and do not need. I will also stop at Walmart to get some items to help keep my kitchen drawers organized, some small baskets or containers to corral all the little things in the drawers.