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Originally Posted by awhitner
I have a 19' bambi. I like the size and don't want to go to a longer unit but would like something more compfortable to set at than the current dinnette and would like to put in a rounded couch and small free standing table, or chairs or??? without changing any of the utilities under the dinette seats. How do I find postings if anyone else has done this, or remodeling companies that might help? Since I don't know how to use the forum could you send that to me at email@example.com
or do I have to log back into the forum?
The change that you are proposing would return you to the very typical Airstream/Argosy floorplan for a coach of your size in the 1960s/1970s. The usual name for the floorplan was front lounge. I am not familiar with the particulars of your coach, but you should be able to determine basic feasibility by looking into the compartments below your dinette seating:
- Potential hazards that might be encountered include:
- Electric Power Converter
- Battery Compartment
- Fresh Water Tank
- External Storage Compartments.
If you find that you don't have serious issues with hazards, substituting a lounge for your dinette should pose few issues. As far as shops that might be able to handle the conversion for you, the one that I know of may be a little too far distant for you . . . but they have done absolutely beautiful restoration on both of my coaches . . . Fowler RV Interiors of Symsonia, Kentucky (near Paducah, KY)
. The Airstream Service Center in Jackson Center, Ohio could also handle such a change for you.
Good luck with your investigation!
The floorplans below are for a 1979 Minuets (the 6.0 Metre would be comparable to your coach), and as you can see they have front lounges with a "Credenza Table" that folds out of the wall for dining . . . . earlier 1960s coaches of this size had small drop-leaf dining tables with a pair of folding chairs that stored in one of the closets.
A typical drop-leaf dining table as utilized in 1960s Airstreams is shown below:
When open, the table is quite generous as seen below:
The image below if of the floorplans for the 6.0 Metre Minuet illustrating the differences between a coach with the then standard lounge arrangement with a coach having the optional dinette floorplan arrangement.