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Old 07-26-2016, 07:23 AM   #1
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J-Steel Couch. I hate it

We have a '15 X213 that has a futon style j-steel couch. I think it's heavy, bumbling and I find it difficult to get underneath to the large storage area. I have a recurring back strain that makes it really unpleasant to get under there.

I'm curious if anyone has removed it and put another type of quick-fold-down options in the space, maintaining the storage, and also the fold-down(or out of the way) so the slide out can come in?

I do like it as a couch, but it is so heavy. It's not particularly attractive either, so I already put a custom cover on it...

Pics would be great, please give me your DIY mod ideas.

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Old 07-26-2016, 07:53 AM   #2
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I have two couches in my trailer and we've been thinking of removing one and adding two recliners. We really have no need for two sleeper sofas and it seems like a waste to me. The recliners will serve our purpose. Good luck on your search!
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:26 PM   #3
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We have a '15 X213 that has a futon style j-steel couch. I think it's heavy, bumbling and I find it difficult to get underneath to the large storage area. I have a recurring back strain that makes it really unpleasant to get under there.

I'm curious if anyone has removed it and put another type of quick-fold-down options in the space, maintaining the storage, and also the fold-down(or out of the way) so the slide out can come in?

I do like it as a couch, but it is so heavy. It's not particularly attractive either, so I already put a custom cover on it...

Pics would be great, please give me your DIY mod ideas.

Becky~
Just take it out. You can use the space to put some lightweight chairs, and have some room for company. Do you really "need" a sofa for sleeping?
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:35 PM   #4
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Just take it out. You can use the space to put some lightweight chairs, and have some room for company. Do you really "need" a sofa for sleeping?
HA no, but DH says yes. I cant imagine putting more people in there to sleep on that uncomfortable thing besides the 4 people already in there! my concern is the storage. I would like to maintain it as storage. I could do a couple of those lightweight IKEA chairs, and a storage ottoman. I just have to convince the hubs that it's a good idea...

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This suggestion doesn't replace it, but you might be able to make the storage more usable. I realized that the front panel on our sofa is really only held in place with a couple of L-brackets. The position is the same on our X19H, but the external storage is underneath, although we are sometimes accessing from the top. I am seriously considering adding a couple of hinges and latches to the front panel of the sofa so I can lift or drop it out of the way for interior access as well (stuff tends to get shoved to the back and is hard to reach). This mod might make it a bit more liveable.

If you are going to remove it and replace it I think it will be hard to find something that will fit on the X213. With the slide running over the top of the sofa whatever you replace it with can't have arms and must be fairly flat. Maybe a couple of chairs that you can tip over on their side to clear the slide?
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:51 PM   #6
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This suggestion doesn't replace it, but you might be able to make the storage more usable. I realized that the front panel on our sofa is really only held in place with a couple of L-brackets. The position is the same on our X19H, but the external storage is underneath, although we are sometimes accessing from the top. I am seriously considering adding a couple of hinges and latches to the front panel of the sofa so I can lift or drop it out of the way for interior access as well (stuff tends to get shoved to the back and is hard to reach). This mod might make it a bit more liveable.

See..... This is why I put my little rants online, because someone somewhere will come up with the perfect solution... Solution: the skirt, like yours is lightly attached. Ours is into the frame support under the couch (2x4's) with a whopping, TWO 3" wood screws. Take out the wood screws and the skirt is free to move. Hubs had several hard-drive magnets laying around, so one behind each end of the couch frame, and one screwed into the ends of the skirt, and viola, problem solved, and the magnets are super strong. I will probably add a couple of black drawer pulls to match the kitchen hardware. That will bring the total investment up to about $6.

I'll add pics as soon as hubs texts them to me...

I can deal with this solution, over the work of removing the furniture and purchasing expensive new stuff. Plus, we would've had to deal with decorative covers for the hvac and electrical wiring that's at the back of the storage area. Now we don't.

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Old 07-27-2016, 06:21 PM   #7
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Quit your complaining honey...it's all done:

Jayco X213 Under Couch Access Mod – Restricted Ayerspace
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:33 AM   #8
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Love the magnet idea. Our J-steel framing is different (more metal framing) which should make this even easier. Since I lent you my idea, I hope you don't mind if I borrow yours!
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Steel away (pun intended) - I might actually pick up some of the referenced magnets in my blog post. Alternatively if you get some "strong" magnetic cabinet catches those may work too. I would mount the steel plate to the skirt and the magnet to the frame.
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