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Old 05-20-2016, 02:38 PM   #1
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Interior modifications

We have a Freedom Express TT and love it. Already been to the coast and are going back to the north GA mountains in June. Cannot wait.
We had the dealer make an interior change when we purchased the TT 2 years ago and we want to do more but want to make sure we won't be screwing things up. Our dealer did a marvelous job. Now we want to make the dinette shorter for a little more floor space from the bedroom to the fridge and bathroom. Since we have a 3-seater sofa, we don't need a 4-person dinette. We are planning to shorten the dinette seating bench and table by 11", to make it even with the opening of the bunkhouse bed opening. Under the floor is a little bit of a mystery and without dropping the underside covering we want to make sure that we won't be re-attaching the new ends into something we don't want to mess up. The dealer said it would be ok to do this modification but offered no specifics. The table supports will be in the same place just attached in different spots on the underside of the table top. Since the dinette seating is already screwed to the floor, it should not be a huge issue to attach the new framing to the floor. We are only talking about 3 screws. DYI do-able?
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Old 05-20-2016, 02:54 PM   #2
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DIY do-able?
Yes, but I'd want to know for sure what is under the floor where the 3 screws are going.
Three screws into a holding tank or something else would only create a BIGGER DIY project.
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Old 05-20-2016, 02:58 PM   #3
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The danger in doing mods like yours, is how it may affect resale value.
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The danger in doing mods like yours, is how it may affect resale value.
I had that same opinion for years and finally realized that when I make a mod, I don't care what it does to the resale value as we will have benefited by the mod and just signing the sale bill and walking out the door depreciates the trailer/car/truck. Why worry about whether it devalues a used trailer a couple of hundred dollars one way or the other? You've already taken a hit to the tune of several thousand dollars by just keeping the trailer. I decided a few years back, "To heck with it, it's mine to do what I want". Let whomever buys it change it back or whatever, I'll have had it the way I want it.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:41 PM   #5
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I totally agree on finding out what lies beneath. That would be a total nightmare to screw into something. As far as the re-sale value, it shouldn't hurt it too much, even if we do sell her. With the 3-seater sofa, we still have alot of seating options and the dinette will still be there. Plus we usually keep things for a long time and she has her own building to live in so she is being taken good care of.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:58 PM   #6
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If you don't put 6 inch screws in you should be ok. The floor is a good 3/4 to 1" thick. You already have screws going into floor in that area.

About resale value who cares. The person looking at camper is going to be looking at it as it is. Unless the pull out an old floor plan they are not going to know the difference. They may like it better the way you have it. Some of the floor plans the factory put out are stupid. I don't think they have ever been in a RV.

Go for it and enjoy yourself.

Resale value? "Forgetaboutit"!
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Old 05-20-2016, 06:04 PM   #7
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We were kind of thinking that because mainly we didn't want to drop the underside cover. If we do what we want to, this will add almost 1 foot of walking space which will seem like a football field inside a TT.
This started out trying to anchor the bench cushions because they crawl all over the place. We fight those things all the time. So when we looked at chaining these things down we started analyzing the length and it morphed from there.
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