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Old 06-05-2011, 11:20 AM   #57
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I thought about putting "MIDSTREAM' on the sides, but decided to not get carried away.
The originals were so worn that they were unreadable. My son made these for me and included 4 "AIRSTREAM" ones. Didn't take me long to decide which ones belonged on the trailer.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:32 AM   #58
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I thought about putting "MIDSTREAM' on the sides, but decided to not get carried away.
The originals were so worn that they were unreadable. My son made these for me and included 4 "AIRSTREAM" ones. Didn't take me long to decide which ones belonged on the trailer.
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Sam,

They are SO cool ....are they metal? "ya wann'a go in business? Would love to have one...."Cloudsplitter"

Our's are stick on plastic, don't know how long they going to last.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:41 AM   #59
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How did we customise ours? We put a little dent in her, first trip out! :~)
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:57 AM   #60
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We made ours into a bunkhouse model, the rear bedroom now sports triple bunks on each side and a floor cot in betweeen.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:06 PM   #61
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I moved the door to the back so I dont have to walk through the trailer to get to the bathroom when its done
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:51 AM   #62
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I have a 1983 34ft Limited. would like to ditch the coucho and replace with 2 recliners. I have 2 battery boxes under the coucho. What recliners will fit?

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Old 06-25-2013, 12:04 PM   #63
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We own a 2000 Excella 31', and love it except for the extremly uncomfortable sofa across the front of the living room. We have fought this thing for the past two years.
A few weeks ago, we were in nothern Indiana, visiting family and friends. We found a small Amish furniture manufacturer who produces a 27" wide "wall-hugger" recliner. His quality is excellent.
We bought two of them, and gave him that uncomfortable sofa. I am building a cabinet that will find between the recliners, the cabinet will be made of red oak to match the other woodwork.
We will actually gain more storeage than we lost (in the sofa drawer), and the Excella s a whole lot more comfortable....
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Hey y'all,

For those of you who asked for the pictures of the completed project, here they are....(if I can figure out how to do it)

These are the recliners that I bought in Indiana this summer, while on vacation. They are "wall huggers" and very comfortable. I removed the uncomfortable sofa, as you can see....and built modular storage units above the battery boxes.

Also storage units were built to replace the end storage, and a console between the chairs. The wood used is red oak, and the stain is clost to the rest of the original finish. the clearcoat over the stain is 3 coats of Minwax PolyCrylic.

All in all, we gained a considerable amount of storage, and for the first time since we've owned this AS, we have very comfortable seating for the two of us.

I have a very well equipped shop, and it took me about 30 work hours, including finishing to complete the project.

Last year, I installed the laminate flooring, including the bathroom, that took about the same amount of time...

Comments are welcome..

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I have a 1983 34ft Limited. would like to ditch the coucho and replace with 2 recliners. I have 2 battery boxes under the coucho. What recliners will fit?

Andy
Hi, Andy!

The above talks about adding recliners, using custom cabinetry (that the poster made) and "store bought" chairs. Perhaps if you contacted him directly, he could give you the name of where he got those chairs.

Failing that, I would suggest you start a new thread in the "General Interior Topics part of the Interior Repair Forum and ask your question there.

This link will take you there:

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Good luck!
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:36 PM   #64
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Our gaucho was so uncomfortable so the decision was made to buy two recliners. We measured the interior width then we went to Laziboy furniture store and bought two recliners. They are wall huggers and fit perfectly in the space. We selected the fabric we wanted so had to wait several weeks for them. A small table from our home fits perfectly in between. If we need extra seating our patio chairs can easily be brought inside. One of the best things we have done. We chose fabric over leather because of the temperature changes that can occur.

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Old 06-25-2013, 03:07 PM   #65
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I wondered that myself. Hey I like and did like the 70s. Very, very good to me.

Anyway putting in a different size window or a vista view over it is not desecrating the iconic style of an Airstream in my humble opinion. And I tend to agree with Gunny, these units belong to the owner and should be customized at will and not preserved for the future vintage owners market. Purists who feel that strongly should buy up as many vintage Airstreams as possible to preserve them from extinction to preserve integrity and relinguish control and opinions on the ones that don't belong to them.
I agree with Frank. I love the attitude on here about modifying the older airstreams because everyone that gets cut up makes my originals worth alot more money
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:12 PM   #66
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We took out the shag rug and the gaucho and replaced the floor we pergo and gaucho with an ultra leather U-shape.

Biggest change was the addition of a 30 gallon grey tank and system mid coach with its own dump valve.

The drapes were made by JPA drapes, I just needed to adjust the clips on the rails once we bolted the U-shape in. We also used a ultra leather on the walls to cover over the dents to match the dinette.

Out side rock guards lower panels and windows and new zip dee awnings. In the rear repainted the bathroom with deck paint. Most everything else is original. A few panels and all Vista windows replaced. Fun, and well worth the investment.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:25 AM   #67
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I have a 1983 34ft Limited. would like to ditch the coucho and replace with 2 recliners. I have 2 battery boxes under the coucho. What recliners will fit?

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Andy,
I did our second AS (2000 Excella, 30') as you describe, when the people whom we bought it from saw it, they asked me to do the same to their new AS. Other than the time involved, it's a pretty easy upgrade. I did build additional cabinets behide the chairs and installed a console between them.

We have since sold that unit and bought a 2001 30' Excella, and plan to do the same thing this winter with this one. Also we're going to install laminate flooring and a couple other things....

Having a fairly well equipped woodworking shop helps a lot...If you want to talk more about it, call me @ 251-923-6000
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:51 AM   #68
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Aage, awesome thread! I got the 22 CCD with the desk in the back. I love it, but...

I am so done with the whole dinette thing. I would like to remove the whole thing and add a built in sofa from the door to the desk. I have seen Bandit's remodel, reusing the dinette as bench seating against the wall.

That would give me a bit bigger floor space and a place to relax and not be in bed...

Did so much homework at that wretched dinette! Probably a good thing as it kept me awake; being so very uncomfortable.

would love to see any pictures of a dinette made into a customized sofa or something like that?

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Old 06-26-2013, 05:12 PM   #69
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Aage, thanks for re-re-introducing this old thread.

Since my original contribution in 2008, more shots of the “customization” of a 1976 ARGOSY:

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World’s only “diesel-powered” Airstream?

No propane. Tongue space used by the compressor for the LG “Art Cool” residential/commercial split air unit. Small aluminum box below houses the WEBASTO diesel furnace. Hydronic heating for water and space. Inside, warm, radiant heat moved by virtually soundless 12v fan blower units.

Brilliant Pepper White and Black two-tone paint scheme matches Mini Cooper traveling companion.

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Custom built control panel. 110 v LG fridge runs on shore power or 1500 w inverter. LG Art Cool AC cools space soundlessly. Pantry pulls out. Custom sliding door to rear bath. Dimmable pot lamps throughout coach.

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Pull out desk in mid ship office. WEBASTO diesel cook top in black ceramic. IKEA cabinetry through out, weight-reduced. Aluminum backsplash, Marmoleum counter top.


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Loaded for the road. Note the custom made canvas rock protectors.


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New Zip Dee awning. Note salvage window retrofitted in door.



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Old 06-27-2013, 12:26 PM   #70
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dreamy...

Your upgrades are exquisite Sergei, beyond just good. You broke so many molds with your appliances, manner of towing / "toad", and finishes, each time I look at your work, I am truly in awe.

Can you share with us why you are selling, or is it too personal?
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