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Old 01-18-2010, 08:51 PM   #1
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Default Fourth seat out and a new cabinet in!

Been working on this one for a while: I took out the fourth seat (behind the driver) and replaced it with a custom cabinet.

I originally wanted to take out the slider/swivel, but that big castle nut proved too much for my biggest crescent wrench. So the seat came off the slider/swivel by removing 4 bolts from underneath. I then boxed in the slider and built up from there. Overall finished is 30 inches wide, 22 deep. There are two sliders inside the cabinet and a wide top drawer.

The gap at lower left maintains access to the HW cutoff valves.

Room for more dog food than ever!

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You are a fabulous carpenter / woodworker! It's gorgeous. Where do you live? This is a great idea, and a lovely result...can I swing a deal with you to come to Colorado and stay in our mountain house (for free, of course!) and do a similar job on our 2006 RSA? Love it!
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The idea wasn't totally mine: Many of the otherr models have that 'optional armoire,' but there's none for the Adventurous. When I talked to RT about taking the seat/slider out, they told me "its not advised" as a consumer mod. They didn't mention that the seat comes off the slider verrry easily, which would have been a nice bit of factory advice.

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Thanks! All I usually do is just make small pieces of wood out of bigger pieces, but I knew this had to look like it belonged in the van.

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We are planning to go out west this summer...

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Excellent work Dan! That really came out nice! I wish I could work wood that well, my talents are more in metal. I will be attempting some woodwork here quick, but nothing on that scale and if it comes out one quarter that nice, I will be thrilled!

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Thanks for your kind words. Looking at what you've done with that bathroom, I'd say you've got some skills!

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Thanks Dan! That means a lot coming from you!

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Looks great! But I was wondering if you have a front table and if the cabinet interferes with the table? Do you have room to still swivel the drivers chair? I have been thinking about adding a cabinet but have been focusing on the seat behind the passenger because of these potential problems.

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I did leave a gap between driver's seat and cabinet. But we've never used the front table and don't carry it any longer.

My first plan was to take out the passenger seat and make a pass through or two-sided access cabinet (so I could gain some storage space for 'outside' gear). But Mrs. Arrveedogz' wisdom prevailed.

I guess that's my main dissatisfaction with the Adventurous: it doesn't have any of those outside compartments. Hoses, wires, tools, etc all live indoors.

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