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Old 03-19-2016, 07:36 PM   #1
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What's behind the front couch?

We're seriously considering getting a late 90's/early 2000's 34' Airstream. We have a curious cat. What's behind the front coach that she could get into that she shouldn't? Would it be feasible to put some sort of shelf behind the couch to keep her out of that area?
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:38 PM   #2
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I believe that you will find a low shelf there already.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:51 PM   #3
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The existing shelf behind the sofa will not keep a cat out. It is not the full width of the trailer and it is open at each end. The converter is beneath the shelf and it must have air flow around it, so you should not close it up. There are several low voltage wires, breakers, and/or fuses exposed in that space. On some models the battery boxes are there too. I don't think there is anything that would hurt your cat or anything that your cat would damage. If your cat decides to hide back there it could be difficult to get it out. And the hair that it would leave would be difficult to clean up.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:07 PM   #4
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I'm sure some screens could be made to fill the smallish gaps at the ends. Hair would be a high maintenance item though
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:34 PM   #5
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If it still has the original converter, your cat will definitely seek out that area. It puts out a fair bit of heat and would keep it toasty warm. Plus it's a nice hidden area. You would have to screen the two ends though, unless the cat is pretty big. You could rescue it from below by pulling out the underneath storage drawer. If you keep that drawer full, you would have to empty it. A hassle if you need to do it often.
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:52 AM   #6
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The shelf is over the top of the 2 battery boxes I do believe.
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:06 AM   #7
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In our 1989 Excella, we have a small forward shelf and side armrests that are removable for setting the gaucho up into a bed. This would appear pretty tight but with a cat involved, we don't know. On top of the shelf (set into) there is the battery disconnect switch and on the front inner wall there is a removable fabric cover that spans the width of the TT and hides the 12-volt fuse panel. The cat may play with/damage the fabric cover as it just hangs there and is easier to get at than the curtains. If you leave the gaucho drawer ajar, that might be an enticing access to the converter and its warmth. While we don't have cats, we removed the gaucho, armrests and fabric cover. In their place, we're building a bench/storage set-up that gives us more space (recliners) and weighs less (we hope) but with enough room for 2x Labs to use the padded bench-top as their "bed" and for guests to sit on with the fold-down table extended. My sister/husband travel semi-full time in a "fiver" and their cat has its own "den" that she stays in when in the TT. They do "walk" her daily and secure her when she's outside (harness) the TT. She travels fine in the truck and appears to enjoy the trips (as much as a cat does). Maybe if your cat has its own "place" it may not explore areas it shouldn't (but it is a cat). Hope this helps, good luck.
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Thanks. The only cat-proofing I had to do to this coach was to block access to the area behind the couch. I cut a piece of perf board and attached it to the wall with small angle brackets. Little, if any, airflow change, but Missie can't get back there. I'm thinking that maybe something similar might work for an Airstream.

Next question: This coach has real wood (walnut, no less) for walls, so putting screws in was easy. What will I run into on an Airstream?
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The shelf is wood and the side armrest too. Would be easy to attach screen in those corners on my rig.
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Thanks. I'll have to figure out something fairly quickly when we finally get ready to pull the trigger, as we're fulltimers, so we'll be moving into the Airstream immediately.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:23 PM   #11
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Our 2014 31' Classic has real Hickory cabinetry and the mouse fur (real name escapes me just now) on the walls and a ceiling covering. Under the front sofa is a single 600 amp-hour lithium battery and a Magnum S-2812 inverter/converter and the 12Vdc fuse panel. A cat get into the space from behind the sofa/hide-a-bed back. It would be a secure and warm space and a real challenge to extract said cat from that space.
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I cat-proofed mine. enough said.
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