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RV Dinette Removal and Replacement Project

Ever since we acquired our Winnebago Micro Minnie 1706, christened Minitini, we’ve had two main sources of dissatisfaction. The first one you probably know about if you follow my videos at, which forwards to my YouTube channel TravelingRobert. Our Atwood OD50 on demand water heater has been less than stellar to put is mildly. Our other source of grief has been the uncomfortable dinette, which kind of barely converts into a twin bed, but is far from an optimal solution. I finally decided to try my hand at woodworking and come up with a more comfortable and flexible solution.
The first part of this metamorphosis involved a lot of unscrewing, but a couple of hours later the old dinette was completely removed.

The next part of the project involved making some kind of cabinet or enclosure to hide the unsightly wheel well, which besides being unattractive looking is made of the flimsiest metal, just a step up from aluminum foil. So I measured twice, went to Home Depot, and bought some wood to tackle the project.
My original idea involved a large folding two-pane table, which could be used in the folded position and then expanded if needed. Luckily we stumbled upon this table from IKEA which takes us 80% of the way there. It is a smaller folding wall table which is practically unusable un the folded position, but we came up with the idea of having two of them for even more flexibility.
One major challenge was fastening the tables to the wall. Our trailer, like many other RVs, has what they call laminate walls. They consist of two thin sheets of some hard material and no studs to be found. The thin ¼ inch material was unlikely to hold the weight of the tables plus whatever we put on them. After much research, I figured the best solution was to fasten a larger piece of wood to the wall first, In order to distribute the weight among more wall anchors.
To this nice setup we added two office chairs, also from IKEA and we are still on the fence about installing the armrests for fear that they might become too bulky. As you know inside a small travel trailer every inch counts.
Check out the following video in which I go into more detail.