The 2021 motorhome we bought in 2020 was designed to sleep 6-8 people.
- Of course, that’s assuming some of them are kids and assuming some of them don’t expect to actually sleep.
- We ordered the overhead queen bunk and found it to be a giant waste of money. The mattress is thin and terribly uncomfortable.
- The dinette folds down to make a bed, but it’s pretty small and only for kids.
- The sofa also made a queen bed and it was comfortable, but the sofa itself was in our way on a daily basis. It had become a dumping ground for whatever was in our hands when we came in the door.
- The sofa also had its back to the TV, so we never used it for game day or movies.
- We took the sofa out before we moved, so, our giant motorhome now sleeps 2 normal people, which works out great since there are two of us.
Another thing is that RVs notoriously don’t have a place to put a trash can. We have tiny ones (the skinniest we could find), and they work for bathroom and kitchen trash, but that still left us no where to put recycling.
We also wanted either a desk or more counter space (or something that could be both), maybe more seating, and that sort of implies more storage. I had some cute (and cheap little cabinets picked out and a grand plan for a hinged counter that could make the area a desk/counter with storage and room for standing or barstools. But before we could get around to it, those cabinets were gone, and we couldn’t find any similar ones.
We ended up with Ikea cabinets and a counter top. They are heavy, but we think the total is about the same as the sofa was, 150#. The new weight doesn’t seem to be a problem for the slide.
Here are the progress pics:
It’s not perfect. The white Ikea carcasses are a lot brighter than our off-white cabinets and trim, but only on the sides and interiors. The base is painted navy instead of black because there was an oopsie quart for $2.50 but black would have been $20 and a whole gallon. Honestly, you can’t tell it’s navy and not a shade of black. The handles are a darn near perfect match. The dark wood in the rig is very very dark brown and not as rich as this black, but the tv, sound bar, fireplace, china cabinet glass, hardware, fixtures, etc. are all black so it looks just fine.
|Four trips to Lowes: wood/tools/paint, returns/hardware, foam strips, more returns|
|Three days to the storage lot to work: base design/build, carcasses/drawers/doors, and counter|
|Two hours running the generator under a heavy load (A/C), a monthly need.|
|One new setup that is sure to make future trips more enjoyable.|