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November 9, 2011

Add to your lessons that we are learning for you:  measure the space and carry the measurements in you wallet.  That way, when you just happen to decide to stop at a furniture store, you’ll buy the right size furniture.  Duh!  Of course we had measured the space.  But the measurement was at home on the desk when we stopped at the La-Z-Boy store on Sunday afternoon.  I either wasn’t paying attention or it just didn’t register when the salesperson pointed at a recliner and said “We sell a lot of these to people with RVs.”  So, of course, we bought a different one.  It looked narrow enough in the store, but it isn’t going to fit.  So we had to cancel the order.

We had bought La-Z-Boy’s Conner recliner, when what we needed was the Pinnacle.  There’s a 5 inch difference in width.  And in a motorhome, 5 inches is a lot.

The existing fold-out sofa is going away.  As you can see, it fits very snugly between the kitchen cabinet and the back of the driver’s seat.  So…

The La-Z-Boy Pinnacle is pretty much the same chair, but it’s five inches narrower than the Conner.  (What you see here is a catalog photo.)  I remember sitting in one, but it was the rocker style rather than the wall style, and the rocker seemed a little wobbly to me.  The wall style just felt much more solid to me.  So, we’ve cancelled the order for the first two chairs.  We will drive out to take another look at Northlake Village RV Park Sunday afternoon, and we’ll stop by the same La-Z-Boy store and order two of these instead.  It’s a small glitch, but all is well so far.  A lot of people go for leather, but we’ve had leather furniture and find that we just don’t prefer it.

We will have to get the sofa and the extra chair out of the motorhome, and then we’ll drive the motorhome to the La-Z-Boy warehouse in Dallas.  They will load the chairs into the motorhome for us, and then we’ll have to anchor them to the floor later.  One feature of the La-Z-Boy chairs is that the backs slide up and off to separate them from the seat.  The next search will be for a very skinny table to put between the two chairs, something just big enough to put a couple of drinks on.

We’ve decided to hold off on the rest of the RV modifications for now.  There just isn’t enough time to get cost estimates and get the work done before we have to move into the RV, although there is one that we probably will try to do.

The existing TV is in the dash.  We really don’t want to sit with our heads turned to one side to watch TV, so this has to change.  We want to remove the TV and turn the empty space into map and guidebook storage.  Our intention is to mount a small flatscreen on an adjustable arm above the door.  Then we can watch TV from the recliners in comfort.

We had wanted to replace the flooring,  including the carpet over the “doghouse” (the motor hump between the driver and passenger seats), but that will have to wait.  The existing flooring is perfectly liveable.  We simply intend to change it out to update it and make the place our own.

In other preparations, I’ve got to start going through the art supplies and equipment.  There’s way too much stuff right now, and some of it has to go.  And we’ll need to make a couple of trips to Walmart, Target, and probably Camping World to pick up some things we’ll need when we park the motorhome at the RV Park.

The inspection of the house is scheduled for this afternoon.  It should be interesting to see what comes out of that.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. RVPAINTER permalink
    November 9, 2011 7:54 pm

    Sounds like you have it all figured out!! I can hear and feel your excitement!! WOO HOO

    • November 9, 2011 8:06 pm

      Well, Richard, I figure Murphy is looking over my shoulder every step of the way now, so we probably don’t have it ALL figured out. But for years, Nell and I have always told each other “It’ll all be okay.” So, even in times of frustration, we just chug along and do our best. Excitement? Oh yeah! I’m really looking forward to Spring!

  2. November 9, 2011 9:55 pm

    Exciting!! So glad for you and Nell!

  3. November 10, 2011 12:21 am

    I bet those new chairs will be comfortable, Ralph. I’d probably have to lose a few lbs. to fit nicely though. 5 inches more narrow scares me a little. 😉

    I was wondering about your art supplies. Have you thought about leaving caches of supplies around the country at friends homes? Or maybe ordering ahead and having items delivered to friends to be picked up as you come through? I could find a corner somewhere I’m sure.

    • November 10, 2011 2:21 pm

      Well, Bill, one of the things on my list is to drop a few pounds anyway.:o)

      There’s a tremendous compliment in your comment about stashing art supplies with friends, and it’s a nice feeling. We do hope to do a little criss-crossing in parts of the country to meet some of our longtime online friends. Thanks a lot.

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