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Old 12-07-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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So......are we nuts?

We've spent hundreds of days in our 2009 28' Ocean Breeze and have had it with the uncomfortable seating that turns into a bed/dinette whatever that we have never used. So we pulled out the dinette, front couch that turns into a bed, and the goofy storage behind the couch. We've replaced the couch with a double recliner, the dinette with ikea kid furniture cabinets topped with a fold down table that is 6' long and 24" wide unfolded and 34" wide folded down. Folded down the top acts as a bar facing the dual windows, very nice.

Our camper is now more spacious (no more turning sideways to pass each other between the sink and the dinette ) and has way more storage that is reachable without kneeling down.

Our only worry is that we don't have sleeping for six anymore. Hah, did anyone ever sleep on that dinette bed? So our resale value will be lower? Should we keep the parts or part them out?

Pictures soon.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:58 PM   #2
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Our camper is now more spacious (no more turning sideways to pass each other between the sink and the dinette ) …
but if you like each other, having to turn sideways to pass each other could be the start of a great romantic evening!

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Our only worry is that we don't have sleeping for six anymore.
Author and avid yachtsman Ernest K. Gann once said, "I want a boat that drinks six, eats four, and sleeps two." Change the word "boat" to "Airstream" and it sounds perfect to me! Especially since your Airstream is an Ocean Breeze!
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Can you post pictures? I'd love to see what you've done.

We sometimes made the dinette to a bed when our kids were younger and came camping. Once for a short friend of mine. Doesn't look comfortable for an adult to me. Now when people ask how many people our trailer sleeps he always says "2".

I'd keep what you took out. You never know if people will want it when it comes time to sell.
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I think I posted this in the wrong forum, oops
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #5
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So "Ocean Breeze" isn't the name you gave an Airstream (lots of Airstream owners name their trailers), but a non-Airstream brand of trailer? If so, you ARE in the wrong forum. Bummer.
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The Ocean Breeze IS an Airstream. It's a special trim package for newer Internationals.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:20 PM   #7
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The Ocean Breeze IS an Airstream. It's a special trim package for newer Internationals.
Don't mind me. Last time I hit my head on an overhead cabinet door in my Airstream, I think all the smart leaked out with the blood.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:23 PM   #8
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but if you like each other, having to turn sideways to pass each other could be the start of a great romantic evening!



Author and avid yachtsman Ernest K. Gann once said, "I want a boat that drinks six, eats four, and sleeps two." Change the word "boat" to "Airstream" and it sounds perfect to me! Especially since your Airstream is an Ocean Breeze!
That quote exactly summarizes the way we use our streamer.
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Can you post pictures? I'd love to see what you've done.

We sometimes made the dinette to a bed when our kids were younger and came camping. Once for a short friend of mine. Doesn't look comfortable for an adult to me. Now when people ask how many people our trailer sleeps he always says "2".

I'd keep what you took out. You never know if people will want it when it comes time to sell.
Pics are coming soon. It's hard to get the redo guy to take pictures before he's completely satisfied. So far it's better than I ever expected. Oh and a new tv wired to the playstation too!
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:30 PM   #10
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I think that if you have spent 100s of nights in your trailer in the course of 3-4 years that you have license to modify it to suit your tastes.
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Don't blame you for the recliner mod, we've been planning on it even as we bought the trailer new. We need a "trailer-for-two" as do many retirees, I don't know why Airstream doesn't recognize this niche in the market.

Airstream Service Center quoted $4200 to put their recliners and console table in our 25' rear bed, and to make things look factory. They do nice work, maybe next year.

I'd save the pieces you took out though, it'll be easier to sell in factory form should you ever decide to.

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You are certainly not nuts and yes, we have seen an Ocean Breeze and it is indeed an Airstream!!
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Our only worry is that we don't have sleeping for six anymore.
Pictures soon.
In 1976 I bought a nearly used up 42' rental houseboat to referb and use. It slept 10 as a rental. After the referb it slept 6, us in great comfort, and our four children. When we sold it 25 years later it slept 2 in great comfort. It was sold to a single man who loved the layout.

If you sell your Airstream, whomever buys it, will either like it the way it is, or change it to suit themselves as you have done.

Not to worry. Enjoy your Airstream as you wish.
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Ok, I'm going to try to post some pictures of the remodel, wish me luck



Where the dinette used to be with the TV power plug in it's original location.



Relocated TV power and Playstation HDMI cable, also wood bar for cabinet attachment.



Cabinets, center cabinet with access holes for power outlet and antenna/cable switch.



Top with breakfast bar flipped down.



Top with breakfast bar flipped up for easy access to drawers.
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