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October 20, 2020 at 11:41 PM #5544T. RexModerator
We knew when we bought our 2003 Dutch Star that its sturdy but uncomfortable Flexsteel jackknife sofa needed to go. So before we took off for full-time RV life, we replaced the sofa with a reclining loveseat from RecPro.
Just a few months later, however, we regretted the decision to cheap out on the RecPro.
Its footrests were a tad too short. Our heels hung over the ends, which was uncomfortable if we sat very long. The “pleather” upholstery was sticky in warmer weather. And the seats and backs weren’t all that comfortable, either.
Question was, what the heck was comfortable – and would fit through the door of our rig and hopefully not cost a fortune? Some people said La-Z-Boy recliners (nope…wouldn’t fit). Some people said they liked their RecPro sofa (to each his own, but I think they must not have been full-timers).
I do give RecPro kudos for making a lightweight, easy-to-assemble unit that easily fit through our RV doorway. However, that doesn’t matter much if you wind up with a backache from sitting in it.
About 3-4 weeks before we were set to launch as full-timers, we were hunting high and low for a replacement loveseat or recliners. I stumbled on the idea of theater seating and thought it might work, since it tended to be modular.
I didn’t really realize until we started looking hard at theater seats that most of them were enormous. One manufacturer, though – Octane Seating – made seats in a variety of sizes and configurations.
We found a couple of Octane pieces we could put together to make a reclining loveseat, but the dimensions given were just barely too wide. I wasn’t sure whether those dimensions were shipping dimensions that included a carton, or the seats’ actual dimensions. Fortunately I found a dealer located about an hour away (Ozone Recreation in Kennesaw, GA) where we could check them out in person.
We brought a tape measure and all our questions, and the salesman helped us find what would be likely to work given our crazy limitations. He assured us that we could return the seats if the pieces wouldn’t fit through our RV door. We buy a lot of things online, but this was definitely an instance of it paying to shop local.
The only other problem we had was color choice. Of course our rig is full of the standard RV brown and multiple weird patterns. While we didn’t love it, brown would have matched. The RecPro loveseat was kind of a putty or tan color that sort of matched, and lightened up the place a bit. But if we wanted new Octane seating before we took off, our only choice was black.
I believe the pieces came in with about a week to spare. We hauled them back to the RV, unboxed them, then somehow managed to get them through the door, over and around the dash and cockpit seats, and into place.
We’ve both worked and relaxed in our Octane recliners for about two and a half years now, and don’t regret the purchase. Even though they were pricey. Even though we wasted money buying the RecPro loveseat first. Only thing we disliked was the garish blue underseat lights. But we quickly figured out how to disconnect those (it’s an easy modular plug – no rewiring necessary).
This page on the Octane Seating website shows the different pieces in the line we chose from. We bought left and right arm chairs, and a kind of removable arm rest that gets wedged in between (we had no room for a console, but I believe it’s available).
If you’re looking for comfier seating, try thinking outside the box. And probably buying local.
October 21, 2020 at 2:07 PM #5550Benton DebraKeymaster
Thanks, T-Rex, great info! I have wondered how people get the new furniture through the door!
October 26, 2020 at 9:05 AM #5567T. RexModerator
A lot of people have the front windshield removed so they can fit whatever they like into their rigs.
Even if that wasn’t an expensive pain in the rear I think it’s way too impractical.
November 5, 2020 at 8:12 AM #5627ShreggModerator
We just had our front windshield replaced. I can’t imagine having to remove it to put in new stuff. Great write up we have two recliners now but may start looking at options. I like the idea for the couch but the light weight of the recliners gives us a lot of flexibility.
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