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Old 02-14-2009, 10:20 AM   #1
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Reclining inside the Airstream

I'm considering purchasing an Airstream for extended trips, basically full-time, just me and my dog. One thing I know about myself - I'm a recliner - and that's not going to change. I'm reclining right now in fact.

I really like the reclining lawn chairs that are available these days. I'm sure I will spend many hours under the awning in one. Kindof my objective, really.

Sometimes the weather or other factors will be problematic - that's why they come with heaters, airconditioners, and window screens I suppose. I'm trying to picture myself reclining in an Airstream.

Here's the thing - I don't see recliners in Airstreams. The only solution I can see is to bring my reclining lawn chair inside at those times. I'm sure some Airstreams have enough open floor space to handle that, SO units for example. I suspect some don't.

How do others meet this need?

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Old 02-14-2009, 10:33 AM   #2
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Some have replaced the front gaucho (couch) with a pair of recliners. There are several posts here showing them, it's just a matter of doing a little digging and finding them. In fact there was a good one a day or two ago. let me go see if I can find it.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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I can't find the one I'm thinking of. One of the members replaced his gaucho with a pair of leather recliners. He posted pictures and it looked great.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:50 AM   #4
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That sounds like a great solution. It's hard for me to imagine what's involved in such a replacement.

What's there when the gaucho is removed? Is it bolted down? Does the flooring and wall covering extend behind it?

How do you get it out? Is the door big enough? How do you get recliners in?

I would love to see those photos.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:58 AM   #5
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cbgenrich:

I have a 2005 Classic 30. I also wanted a recliner but didn't want to give up the front couch. I removed the credenza and put in an Ekorne recliner. Very confortable although expensive. I love it. We like to rough it but only os much.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:09 AM   #6
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Here's what I have: http://www.airforums.com/photos/show...0&userid=17830. It's a Lane recliner.
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I have attached a picture of the recliner.
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Old 02-14-2009, 01:33 PM   #8
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my 1998 34' came with both couch and recliner - nice if you have a guest, you can both stretch out.

I call this pic How much can you fit in an airstream living room?
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The folks from Melbourne, Fla have two recliners. I'm a recliner too. I finally broke down and we bought two matching ones for our den so we don't have to share:>
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Those photos all look very wonderful. None are "reclined", but I guess you achieve that by pulling them away from the wall a bit, at which point they must take up all of the available space. I appreciate the trouble everyone has taken to share these.

From just looking at the floor plans, without being able to measure space and chair it's hard to picture the geometries.

For example, I've attached a snip with a 25' FB Classic Limited floorplan. Without modifications, do you suppose a folding lawn-style recliner of the newer very comfortable sort could be positioned with the back reclining over the sofa and still have room for the footrest without hitting the stove?

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Just make sure you get a non-front bed model with an 8' sofa. Toss on a couple of pillows, stretch out and Bob's you Uncle!
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:26 PM   #12
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Here is my idea of recliners - works well for us.
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We left the couch (gaucho) in the front as is and liked the idea of a couple of recliners but space is always an issue. I went to a local junkyard and bought two front leather wrapped seats out of a 7 year old BMW 3 series for 30 bucks a piece. Removed the seatbelt hardware and built an oak base to put them at a comfortable height. Oak matches our interior woodwork and also gives a little storage beneath. They are very comfortable, recline, don't take up too much space, and the price was right. In the upright position they work very well at the table for eating if you make them the correct height.
Just an idea for you to consider.
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We left the couch (gaucho) in the front as is and liked the idea of a couple of recliners but space is always an issue. I went to a local junkyard and bought two front leather wrapped seats out of a 7 year old BMW 3 series for 30 bucks a piece. Removed the seatbelt hardware and built an oak base to put them at a comfortable height. Oak matches our interior woodwork and also gives a little storage beneath. They are very comfortable, recline, don't take up too much space, and the price was right. In the upright position they work very well at the table for eating if you make them the correct height.
Just an idea for you to consider.
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You just might win the prize for the most creative reclining ideas posted yet.....how did you happen to think of using BMW seats?........pretty slick I would say, pj
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