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#1 Jzack605


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Posted 19 November 2023 - 04:21 AM

I’ve been brainstorming what type of interior table and seating I want to set up in my hawk shell and torn between rear, side or some other combo. I would like to retain the window view, foldable seating and a table that is stowable in some way. What variation do you all like? Images of your set up?
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#2 billharr


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Posted 19 November 2023 - 02:53 PM

Have you looked at Camper Builds?  Lots of great builds there. I bought a 2013 shell after having a 2001 Hawk for a few years that I changed from a pull-out couch to a side dinette. The 2013 shell did have a rare front table and seats.  After visiting FWC in Woodland and standing in both front and side dinettes the side dinette was how we wanted to go. But build what works for you. You will find lots of good information on WTW. Please post lots of pictures of your build.  My build.




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Posted 19 November 2023 - 11:24 PM

Our 2009 ATC Bobcat was built with the  "new idea" side dinette.

We really enjoy it. Allows  more work room then the roll over couch.

It has just the standard table that lays down to make a sleeping area,

small but OK for a child or small adult.


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Posted 20 November 2023 - 12:24 AM

The front dinette puts the seat backs against the window, blocking the view. However, the windows are below shoulder level anyway, so you have to move to see them. We got the side dinette so we could fit a bike inside, and be able to see out the windows. I'm not sure we'll use the bike inside all that often though. At first we did, but we aren't bringing bikes very often any more.

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Posted 20 November 2023 - 04:39 PM

Sitting at my side dinette drinking coffee and staring at the lake as I write this. 34*F outside 68* inside. Wife still in bed. I love the space of the side dinette configuration. With the bed pulled out to a king I can sit at the table with my feet up and a nice backrest. Couldn’t do that with a roll over. We often play cards at our set up with Four people comfortably. When one of our kids joins us they fold the table down and it’s a great bed. Plenty of room for one person to sit while other is making food.
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Posted 20 November 2023 - 04:54 PM

I prefer the side dinette, but be aware both dinettes take up a lot of floor space.  If you have big dogs, it gets crowded real fast.

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Posted 20 November 2023 - 09:50 PM

I built a right side bench seat into my Grandby and just use a well built, folding TV tray for a table.  I store it on bunk when not in use.  It is stable and easily moves out of the way.  I use it outdoors as much as indoors; as a side table to my lawn chair.


I travel with a beagle and he has no problem maneuvering around it.




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Posted 21 November 2023 - 12:59 AM

I got the side dinette. I love to flip over the seat and lounge with my back to the front side of the camper. And while the window is low, you can get a decent view...especially if you slouch a bit :) Room to store stuff underneath too.

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Posted 21 November 2023 - 01:15 AM

We went with the front dinette. But we seldom spend any time hanging out in the camper. So, during severe inclement weather, for occasional eating (we do all our cooking outside) and playing scrabble before bed, the front dinette works very well. Stows away quickly and easily. Good storage beneath the two seats and beneath our feet.

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Posted 23 November 2023 - 08:05 PM

Have you considered a more formal "temporary" dinette set up?

The reason I purchased a shell is because of the flexibility it offers. There have been times where I have easily had four or five persons inside at the same time and everyone was comfortable. A few of those times have included other FWC owners with dinettes who stated, "it would just be easier for us to eat in here," in my camper.

My ultimate goal is to discover a system where I have a series of small parts that take up very little room. These same parts can be quickly and easily transformed into a table or other useful area.

Yeah I do prefer this. Not sure yet how to do it. A foldable table that stands on floor? Chairs? Let me know what you come up with!
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