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Old 02-24-2023, 10:51 PM   #1
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Replacing Dual Recliners

Im thinking about replacing the dual recliners in my 2017 Challenger with a RecPro powered dual recliner. My existing recliners are installed on the driver-side slide out platform which is only 30 deep (the front edge of existing recliners overhangs the slide-out platform by 8).

The new RecPro recliner requires 39 of depth on the slide-out platform. Ive seen where some owners have used 3/4 plywood overlay to extend the depth of their slide-out, with casters bolted onto the front edge of the extension to support the weight of the recliners.

Seems like this might be a solution, but wondering about possible negative impacts this might have on the operation of the slide out. Has anybody done anything similar?

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Old 02-25-2023, 12:07 AM   #2
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Im thinking about replacing the dual recliners in my 2017 Challenger with a RecPro powered dual recliner. My existing recliners are installed on the driver-side slide out platform which is only 30 deep (the front edge of existing recliners overhangs the slide-out platform by 8).

The new RecPro recliner requires 39 of depth on the slide-out platform. Ive seen where some owners have used 3/4 plywood overlay to extend the depth of their slide-out, with casters bolted onto the front edge of the extension to support the weight of the recliners.

Seems like this might be a solution, but wondering about possible negative impacts this might have on the operation of the slide out. Has anybody done anything similar?
The RecPro Charles has a 21 and 1/4 inch base width, so it will fit on a 30 inch slide. Add 3 inches for rear overhang and 4 inches depth for recline and the front of the base is back about 2 inches from the front edge of a 30 inch slide. Sitting upright the front of the loveseat sticks about 2 inche into the isle.
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Old 02-25-2023, 12:46 AM   #3
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The RecPro Charles has a 21 and 1/4 inch base width, so it will fit on a 30 inch slide. Add 3 inches for rear overhang and 4 inches depth for recline and the front of the base is back about 2 inches from the front edge of a 30 inch slide. Sitting upright the front of the loveseat sticks about 2 inche into the isle.

Wow, that is different from the info published by RecPro. Were looking at the 67 Charles Double Recliner. Based on your info, it should fit without modification on the slide-out. I think I will go ahead and order it. At worst, Ill have to install a piece of plywood to extend the depth of the slide out. But, Id be ecstatic if it didnt require any mods.

I just really need to get rid of the fake leather crap that came with my coach. Its peeling and looking like s***. Our plan is a new RecPro Charles double recliner (in cloth), and reupholstering the existing dinette and captains chairs with marine grade vinyl.

Im also going to install a new pull out drawer under the left side bench of the dinette (there is already a drawer under the right side bench). The space under the left bench is just a big empty void right now. Not sure why Thor decided to not utilize this perfect storage space.
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Old 02-26-2023, 03:26 PM   #4
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We did something similar a few years ago. Used plywood to extend base and installed RecPro recliners. Install was reasonably simple. However, RecPro recliners did not hold up. Two years after installing, they began to peel. RV is stored inside, out of sun. Might want to consider some other brand.
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Old 03-02-2023, 06:36 PM   #5
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We did something similar a few years ago. Used plywood to extend base and installed RecPro recliners. Install was reasonably simple. However, RecPro recliners did not hold up. Two years after installing, they began to peel. RV is stored inside, out of sun. Might want to consider some other brand.

We decided to go with RecPros cloth fabric rather than the fake leather for exactly this reason.
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Old 04-01-2023, 06:56 PM   #6
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Finally got our electric RecPro recliners installed. Went with cloth fabric because I didnt trust their fake leather. Had to extend the slide out base with 3/4 plywood by about 6. Used a local reupholstery shop to re-do the dinette and captains chairs in marine grade vinyl. Pretty happy with how it turned out. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-01-2023, 07:19 PM   #7
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Very nice. We had the front captain chairs redone in marine grade vinyl as well. Replaced the couch for electric recliners and removed the dinette and went with regular chairs.
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Old 04-20-2023, 04:34 PM   #8
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While re-installing the dinette, I decided to add a drawer under the left bench of the dinette. Originally, Thor only had a drawer under the right bench. Not sure why they decided to waste so much space. The new drawer give us a ton of new storage space. Ordered a custom made drawer from ShelvesThatSlide.com. Pretty easy install. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-20-2023, 05:00 PM   #9
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How did you bolt down the plywood in the slide floor? It almost felt like I was trying to drill into metal when I was looking into it.
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Old 04-21-2023, 01:18 PM   #10
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How did you bolt down the plywood in the slide floor? It almost felt like I was trying to drill into metal when I was looking into it.

The slide has metal plates in some parts, but not all parts, of the slide. Just need to screw the plywood in where the plates arent.
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Old 04-21-2023, 01:36 PM   #11
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Good deal thanks! Must have just gotten lucky and hit the metal pieces of course
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Old 04-22-2023, 11:09 PM   #12
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Im thinking about replacing the dual recliners in my 2017 Challenger with a RecPro powered dual recliner. My existing recliners are installed on the driver-side slide out platform which is only 30 deep (the front edge of existing recliners overhangs the slide-out platform by 8).

The new RecPro recliner requires 39 of depth on the slide-out platform. Ive seen where some owners have used 3/4 plywood overlay to extend the depth of their slide-out, with casters bolted onto the front edge of the extension to support the weight of the recliners.

Seems like this might be a solution, but wondering about possible negative impacts this might have on the operation of the slide out. Has anybody done anything similar?
thats what we did
other than the slide floor now being 3/4 higher than before ..it works GREAT
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