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Old 06-24-2016, 05:43 PM   #1
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Not sure where to post this question. My wife just found out she has a bad back and ultimately may need surgery but we will postpone it as long as possible. So I suspect we are not alone with this medical issue. So just wondering if anyone has modified the seating in their AS to make it easier on their back.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:02 PM   #2
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It is an issue for both of us with the wife also coping with pelvis issues. I have replaced all the foam seating in our trailer with much firmer, higher quality foam. While I was re-upholstering, I also re-sculptured the seat backs to add more lumbar support. A thin layer of memory foam over the new closed cell foam made all our seating perfect for us.

In the TV, I added a thin, memory foam, lumbar support under the driver's seat covering to contour the lower seat back to my specific needs. The passenger side just got a special memory foam pad, typically used for wheelchair bound patients, placed on the horizontal section so my wife can enjoy drive time without discomfort.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:07 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear this and hope she gets better soon.

Many of us have modified our dining/lounge areas to include a recliner or two. Not sure where all the threads are for that but Google search "recliner Airforums" and you'll get plenty of results.

Ours is shown here. Good luck!


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Old 06-24-2016, 06:11 PM   #4
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We have a 2012 Rear Bed 25 and had Jackson Center put swivel recliners in it.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/398600...7637145551816/
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:29 PM   #5
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:42 PM   #6
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Not sure where to post this question. My wife just found out she has a bad back and ultimately may need surgery but we will postpone it as long as possible. So I suspect we are not alone with this medical issue. So just wondering if anyone has modified the seating in their AS to make it easier on their back.
Thanks in advance for any ideas
It's all personal, of course, so no one answer works for everyone.

We have a 25FB. This trailer has a dinette at the rear, where the seat by the door is a flat platform, with multiple cushions. My wife wanted a seat that gave her what she needed for eating and working at a computer. She jettisoned all the cushions and permanently mounted a plywood seat back at a carefully chosen angle (I think she settled on 10 degrees). The seat back is taller than the Airstream cushion back. She got new cushions made for the seat base and seat back (with a firmer, more supportive foam).

She finds this seat is good for sitting as intended. But not as good for lounging or watching TV. We kept the opposite side of the dinette stock, and she uses that side for lounging.

By the way, our tow vehicle has comfy 12 way power seats. Sometimes she just goes and sits in the car for a while.

Not long ago, someone posted about a different mod: They had a trailer with a side dinette, and replaced the entire dinette with a pair of power seats from a GM parts department.
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:54 PM   #7
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We have a 2012 Rear Bed 25 and had Jackson Center put swivel recliners in it.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/398600...7637145551816/
That's really a nice setup, I'd love to convert ours to something like that. It really looks comfortable.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:24 PM   #8
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We also put recliners in our trailer due to a bad back. These are smaller ones commonly used in home theaters. Our #1 improvement so far.

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Old 06-25-2016, 06:50 AM   #9
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My thanks to all for the great ideas. Regarding the recliner installed at the Mother ship, do they actually recline or do only the leg rests come up.
If I get the work done I am thinking I will have Colonial AS due the work. Other suggestions again appreciated
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The Villa recliner in ours does recline. I had it drop shipped from Villa to the mothership for the work.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:37 AM   #11
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We have the Villa recliners, they recline, swivel and the leg rest does come up. In a normal sitting position Cheryl's feet do not reach the floor, she uses a little folding footstool. They are decent recliners, we like them very much, but you ought to try a few recliners to see what is most comfortable to you.
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Old 06-25-2016, 04:19 PM   #12
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My thanks to all we will now begin the search for the best solution for Claire
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That sucks. urnmor, it won't fix anything, but the battery powered TENS units can do wonders for pain without having to swallow pills (or at least, fewer pills). Give them a google. I use them for the pain related to a severe joint condition and my husband uses them to relieve pain from a little tear in his shoulder that is not big enough to need surgery.

We're also going to be modifying our Airstream for me.

New foam in the cushions will be step #1. Thanks for your posts, SeeMore!

Then, a recliner.

When she shop for her recliner, be sure to test it. A recliner with the wrong length from hip to knee bend can sort of pull the legs forward and in my experience, that hurts in the hips and back.
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Sorry to hear of your wife's bad back. I have two broken vertebra in mid back from the service, long time ago and now another down very low and two severely herniated discs in the same area. I could not use the AS without lounge chairs, which we have in the front area, the same as Stevesuemac pictures, but we have two. Life saver.

Not sure what is wrong with your wife's back, however, my personal doctor (33 years with him) and a chiropractor both have told me that the success of lower back surgery is abysmal and many people come out worse than prior. So, despite surgeons telling me they can correct my issue, we have decided to not have it done. Best of luck, switch to the lounge chairs - does not have to be from AS, we used another brand in our other AS, wall hugger types.

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