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Old 08-29-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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'82 310 drivers captains chair

So....IS there a way to rotate the drivers seat to face the lounge area? I have the original captains chair and base unit(all manual). If not, has anybody modified the original seat or base to be able to rotate 180? It seems that if the slide mechanism would move a couple inches further forward, or if the back of the chair were able to tilt forward a bit one could rotate it to face the lounge area. The steering wheel is what needs to be cleared. Does anyone know of a brand or type of new captains chair that would work. It would be nice to be able to use the chair as seating when camped.

Smartstream or Keyair, surely you fellas have worked this out already .
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:02 AM   #2
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Isuzusweet, Idroba?
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:19 AM   #3
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Maybe you can find something here, if not already equipped-

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Has the seat been remounted to be closer to the steering wheel? as for a short driver?
Could it be remounted further away from the wheel?
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:31 AM   #5
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I dont think its been modified but ill check for signs
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:34 AM   #6
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As I recall, on my '83 310 the drivers side seat could not be swiveled to face the rear, just like yours. Even if it could be done, you would be sitting up there like on a throne with your feet dangling out over the couch, not very comfortable in any event. I never found the leather seats in my 310 to be comfortable to begin with, they didn't breathe and were hot, or cold, depending on the season.

So, I guess I would say it is not worth the effort to try to change, but that is my opinion only, of course.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:35 AM   #7
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I also can not rotate the seat fully on my 350. Don't know if doing the back and forth while rotating would work..... I tried a few times and gave up thinking it wasn't designed to rotate. This was also before I to the seat out to redo the cab flooring.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:59 PM   #8
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Thanks fellas, im just glad i wasnt having another duh moment and missing something. They do sit awful high to be used for regular seating, im just trying to think of all options on the lounge area. Id really like to get two nice recliners in there somehow, even if i lose the couch. Not worried about losing sleeping area. No big changes are gonna happen with the interior until we spend more tine in it but just thinking ahead. Im just about done with stripping and refinishing all the wood in the kitchen and bath. Thats looking very nice, big improvement anyway.
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We took out the barrel chairs and Groucho and plan to put un two European recliners. 3 Dog Nite pulled his Groucho out and put home theater seats in. They are white leather and are super comfy! We may even go that way...... Still up in the air till we spend a few nights in it with lawn furniture and see what we really want. keep us posted on what you decide/do!
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What youre describing is definately along the same lines as we are thinking. Either that or maybe a serious upgrade/rebuild of the couch and possibly one recliner. I didnt see pictures of 3 Dog Nights, ill see if i can find some.
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If you can't find them I think I have some I took when I toured his Moho. Will pm him and ask if it is ok to post. it is a nice set up. need to get back home where pics are first.

Our thought was go with the most comfortable for the two of us and worry about others later. Goucho in our trailer was not comfortable as seat or bed. Lived in it for 6months and swore I would get real chairs that I could sit, read, watch tv in. It is all a trade off.... Comfort vs the ability to seat/sleep more people.
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I'm currently converting a 1975 20ft Argosy from a pull-out to two twin beds so also looking for the driver and passenger seat to be dual purpose. One solution I have been looking at is used on many commuter trains, and also high end boats where the seat back is reversible and 'flips' (e.g. Twin 46 Flip Up Seat). Those are available as single seats or doubles (I'm looking at the double to see if I can duplicate the 1976 Argosy roto-dinette layout). Same company also sells a Hi-Lo seat mount which could take out at least some of the height difference between cab and living area.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:23 PM   #13
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Those are some interesting products. I wonder if slide rails with greater travel would solve the rotation problem. Is 6" of travel on the slide rail some type of standard?
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I haven't found anything bigger than 6" travel with at least a 4" diameter pedestal (I weigh nearly 300lbs and had the 4" on a boat with no issues, but wouldn't want to go any smaller), actually most are only 3" travel.

I was considering not having a swivel at all on the drivers side but instead having the pedestal in two parts (inner and outer sleeve), with a location pin. Then simply pull the pin lift off the chair, rotate through 180 degrees and re-insert the pin (this way I could even have had 'high' and 'low' locations), but we do want some sort of arc of movement rather than simply being locked towards the front or back of the Argosy. So far the Pushmi-Pullyu approach seems to be the one we are going with.
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