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Old 08-30-2014, 06:41 PM   #15
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If you go that way, it would be great to see some pics of the pedestal and the install. Interesting idea.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:02 PM   #16
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I'm pulling out captains chairs tomorrow to seal the sub-floor. Mine has the rotating bases. I'll be sure to take a few pix and post here. From what I remember, rotating the front captain's chairs wasn't that easy.
I agree about the sofa (gaucho). It's uncomfortable to sit in, or even lay down in (never tried sleeping). I'm pulling it out tomorrow as well, will be checking for replacement while I'm working on sub-floor, FatMat, and new hardwood flooring.
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:58 AM   #17
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On my 310, there are two exterior storage doors on the drivers side that access the area under the couch for storage. One thing ive been concerned about if i were to remove the couch is also losing that storage space. It looks like on the 345 it only has one door to access that area.
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:08 AM   #18
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Im messing around right now building some removable arm rests for the couch, removable so you can still make it into a bed. Possibly with some cup holder inserts. I mocked one up real quick, and just adding the arm rest made sitting on the couch much more comfortable. Possibly with new high quality foam, good fabric, and arm rests that couch would be acceptable seating/lounging space. Maybe add a custom or prefab center console type thing in the center, to sit on top of the center cushion.
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:21 PM   #19
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Sorry it took awhile to get back to you. I have been busy putting Mistress back together. Got the shower gables back in today, along with the bathroom wall with lights and medicine cabinet.

Yeah it kinda bites that the stock Featherlite chairs don't swivel around to face the lounge. I think Keyair has replaced them with Range Rover thrones but I doubt they swivel around either.

As for your front couch....Yours doesn't fold over into a double bed??? Mine does.

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Old 08-31-2014, 07:01 PM   #20
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Yes Tony it does fold over into a bed. So right now im building some armrests for it. Making at least the one, nearest the kitchen cab removable so we will still have the option to fold it out inyo a bed. I messed around and made a quick mock up and it really made a difference in how comfortable sitting at the couch is. So im building some now out of oak and we'll see how it turns out. If i can find a good quality foam and modify the under springs to siffen it up i may just recover the couch and keep it. I thought i was certain about removing the couch all together and rplacing with some kind of recliner configuration but now im not so sure. I dont want to lose the storage underneath it that is accessible from the two outside doors.

Eh, just exploring all options. I thought it would be nice if both captains chairs rotated to face the lounge area for additional seating when necessary, but it doesnt sound like anybody has modified it to do so. If i can make the couch actually comfortable, i may just build two footstools for the oposite wall that have storage inside and an appropriate height for seating at the foldout table.

Highest priority is comfy seating for just the two of us.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:19 PM   #21
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Sorry, my bad for misreading your original post about your couch......Comes from being cooped up in a tin can all day sniffing silicone and Spray 9.
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If you have a couch that pulls out to a bed in the Argosy, I may want to buy the mattress and the pullout section. I have a 1981 Excella motorhome with a place for a fold out convertible sofa bed. The slide out frame has been removed and a single mattress sits in the space now. I'd like to get it back to original condition.
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Sorry Roddyy, the previous owner, to the previous owner (and maybe one before that) had taken out the pull-out.

By the time I got the Argosy all the cabinetry and original bath room was a pile of parts sitting in the middle of the new frame/floor. I just got the task of going through it all and throwing all the broken parts in a dumpster
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Looks like the Pushmi-Pullyu seat options is not going to be viable for us as we are having the Argosy rebuilt at an Airstream shop, and the guys aren't willing to install them as they are not DOT rated.

However, whilst stood in our Argosy cab discussing possible seating options with the RV techs, it struck me that it was easier to change the problem than solve the one I had.

We have tried all combinations of chair designs and bases that slide and swivel but all hit the steering wheel when turning. Then I realized the issue was not the seat, it was the steering wheel, and there are plenty of push button steering wheel disconnects for as little as $30. It's easy to fit one of those and simply remove the problem when we want to swivel the chairs.

So far, it looks like that will allow us to use standard slide/swivel bases and a range of Flexsteel type chairs.
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Old 10-04-2014, 06:37 AM   #25
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That thought crossed my mind but i never pursued the research. Please keep us informed if thats the way you go, and possibly some more info on your supplier and any mods needed to the existing configuration.
Ive been following your thread on your Argosy rehab, its amazing. You are obviously committed to excellence. The finished product is going to be Incredible.
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Thanks for the comments Mayco, reading the advice and contributions from the other MH owners on this forum is invaluable in trying to do the rebuild.

It's also interesting how infectious the rebuild is, as the Shop Manager commented yesterday his guys are really enjoying it and one of my challenges is giving them enough freedom to come up with their own ideas, whilst getting the Argosy we want.
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Okay back to the original poster comment on not being able to swivel the drivers captains chair to face the rear.......

It can be done...

First raise steering wheel to horizontal position.
Then lower left arm on chair and raise the back of the chair to the full upright position.
Pull adjuster to pull chair forward towards wheel.
Pull up on swivel lock and turn chair to face rear. Follow same for passenger chair to face rearward.

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