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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2010, 11:19:39 am »
Tom,

That was my wife's comment too.  roflol  That is how it became my one and only Christmas present.  And then it was still a financial stretch.  But it didn't take much convincing for my wife to understand my point.  Also considering we have the dinette, there is no real comfortable seat without swiveling the passenger seat, which we do only when we have guests because it is a bit of work.

My 2007 2350 front seats do NOT have adjustable lumbar support.  I didn't expect this new seat to have it.  It was simply a pleasant surprise to see when I removed it from the shipping carton.
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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2011, 11:20:28 pm »
It's installed.  See it HERE, item #22.
Thanks Bob (gl1500), I wouldn't have done it without your influence in your old 2350.  Thanks for the pics and information to get me to doing this.  It's great!  I think this should be offered as an option in applicable models.

Given we have the dinette, this 3rd captain seat is really the only easy access comfort seat.  I think my wife and I will be drawing straws or make deals often.
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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #32 on: January 09, 2011, 08:25:45 am »
Really nice job.  2o2 Thank you for all the pictures.  I have the OK to order a new chair tomorrow.  :cool
How difficult was it getting the old chair out the door and the new chair in? Any tricks, like turning them on their side or on their back?  :help

Remember to explain to your DW that you get to use it sometimes also.

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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2011, 05:22:56 pm »
Thanks for the compliments Tom.  You are right in stating the seats go in and out through the entry door by holding them sideways and lead through with the back rests.  No trouble doing that at all.

I have no slide, no couch/bed, just the fixed dinette.  Bob M. has been asking me some interesting questions via direct email.  He is concerned the captain seat may stick out too far to interfere with his fully opened trifold couch/bed in his slide.  It's all about dimensions as follows.

33.25" - Front edge of new captain seat to back wall
17.25" - pedistal base plate to back wall   (concern of variation between motor homes)
6.00" - pedistal base plate to edge of entry step   (concern of variation between motor homes)

Bob M. stated he recalls having roughly 6" betwen his barrel chair and his open tri-fold couch/bed.  Air beds might be tighter.

Ron
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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #34 on: January 09, 2011, 08:20:14 pm »
Bob M. stated he recalls having roughly 6" betwen his barrel chair and his open tri-fold couch/bed.  Air beds might be tighter.

Hope this is helpful, when we bought our 2010 2551 we compared a 2009 tri-fold couch/bed with a 2010 air bed and found that the air bed was 8 inches shorter.  That is there was 8 inches more room between the end of the bed and the kitchen cabinets.

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Sorry, now that I think about it, the 8 inches was with the tri-fold and air bed in the sofa position.  I did not check the difference in the bed positions.
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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #35 on: January 11, 2011, 01:13:59 pm »
Ron:

Nice job on the chair.  Looks great.

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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #36 on: January 11, 2011, 03:31:40 pm »
Chair looks great Ron!  I especially like the "ottoman" foot rest!
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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2011, 03:39:26 pm »
I especially like the "ottoman" foot rest!
Yes, in small motor homes some things must serve multiple purposes.  That dinette bench is much more comfortable as an ottoman with the new seat, than it does serving it's main purpose.
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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #38 on: January 11, 2011, 09:43:34 pm »
Very nice job, billy
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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #39 on: January 13, 2011, 04:57:15 pm »
Yippee,  !:)! today i ordered my barrel chair replacment. After seeing Ron's pictures, doing some mesuring and looking at all the other chairs as options, I ordered one that matches my captains chairs. I ordered it with both arms but passed on the lumbar support for additional $60.
    The  distance from the air bed when out and the current barrel chair when all the way back against the wall is 7 inches. With the new chair being about 2 inches deeper, I should still have 5 inches to spare. Since we hardly ever use the air bed this should be fine. Currently when watching TV, I sit in the barrel chair and put my feet up on the driver's seats arm rest, which is one of the advantage of having long legs.
    Now I just have to wait about two weeks before the chair gets here.

Thank you Ron for all your write ups and pictures and Thank you Bob M. for starting all this. If you two want to sent any money to my wife to pay for this chair and keep me out of trouble, please feel free to do so.  roflol

    It is nice to have an understand and forgiving wife.  ((hug))

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Re: Made A Decision Replacing The Barrel Chair
« Reply #40 on: January 13, 2011, 05:13:24 pm »
Tom,

As you can imagine, you are going to love that new seat.  Being able to kick back like that after a long day outdoors, is going to feel so good.

I put my barrel chair up for sale on Craigslist, hoping to recoupe some cost.
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Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat
« Reply #41 on: January 14, 2011, 11:22:19 am »
After looking at the pictures again, I think you might have a problem getting equal time in that chair. She looks pretty comfortable! billy
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Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat
« Reply #42 on: January 15, 2011, 10:44:30 am »
Ron ... I love your new chair.  If you would tell me please, the width of your chair from the outside edge of the arm to the outside edge of the other arm.  Also what would the width be if there were no arms on your chair. I'm pondering over an idea if it fits.  Thanks

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Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat
« Reply #43 on: January 15, 2011, 10:58:49 am »
We were thinking of doing something similar.

We just traded in our 2350 Sprinter with the barrel chair for a 2011 2551. We hoped that we could put a captains chair behind the cab passenger seat. We just went over to our "Factory Direct" dealer and measured the space and it looks like it is not doable.

At the Tampa Show, yesterday, we saw the 2552 with the Euro chair and it really looks super. Unfortunately, there is not enough space in the 2551.

If you come up with an idea, let us know. We did see a narrow Captain's Chair made by Flexsteel--24" wide with the arms at the show but that will not fit.

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Re: Replaced Our Barrel Chair With A 3rd Captain Seat
« Reply #44 on: January 15, 2011, 11:15:23 am »
NLK,

Assuming you plan to get a matching seat to your front ones, and given seats are differently styled between model years, and then the variation of cloth versus leather....

Simply measure your own front seats.  Just add whatever is needed for the extra armrest.  If it's too difficult, try measuring from the center point to the outside edge of the armrest, x2.

Ron
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