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Old 10-30-2014, 10:42 PM   #1
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Wimpy bench seats

Noticing that the dinette seats are supported by the thinnest of thin paneling. Has anyone tried to beef them up a bit?

What is their rated capacity?

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Old 10-31-2014, 09:31 AM   #2
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We've been running those in rental fleets for years with no issues (unless you're jumping down from the bunk...which is why we put a ladder there).

The paneling is supported by cross members and the cushion itself distributes the weight. Unless you're climbing on it without the cushion, we have had 4 guys sitting there, all over 200lbs. I don't know that we have ever rated them...but you can easily add another layer if you're concerned.
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:13 PM   #3
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I just removed and deconstructed one of the dinette bench seats in my 2009 2900 and once you see how it is constructed on the inside (presuming yours is similar - which I expect it is) you understand how the weight is distributed. Those side panels aren't supporting weight, there are heavier wood supports underneath the thin plywood overlay.

While I wasn't impressed with the attention to detail on my particular bench's construction, (inferior wood, screws not straight, bent brackets) I think the design is solid to support a LOT of weight.

Hope this helps!
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:10 PM   #4
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I guess we will leave it alone and see how it does.

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