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Old 09-08-2009, 10:20 PM   #15
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We got rid of the gaucho cushions completely, and replaced with a custom made mattress to fit in existing frame. Then bought foam wedge bolsters for the back. Essentially making it into a daybed setup.

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Looks good, funkill. I like your idea of separating the seat from the back.
We just took our first trip with 3 occupants, so our gaucho was used as a bed. The report was that is was less than comfortable. We already had determined it is not comfortable as a couch. We can't seem to keep the seat in place when it's set up as a couch....gives you that slouching feeling as the seat slides forward and the back becomes an incline rather than a vertical seat back. Tried several things to keep back in place, but it prefered to disappear under the shelf and slope. Anyone else who's had this problem and found a solution?
I don't actually have this problem... maybe because I roll and store the 1.5" memory foam mattress pad behind the back cushion (positioned under the shelf). I use the memory foam on the gaucho when used as a bed and it improves the comfort level! Last weekend two of my girlfriends slept on the front gaucho in their sleeping bags. That was *unique*. No complaints though and I didn't have to make the bed. Score.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:25 AM   #17
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Sounds like I really lucked out - my gaucho is very comfortable as a sofa - I don't have the problems mentioned in this thread - hasn't been used as a sleeping surface yet, but I was planning on buying a foam topper anyway for that...
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I have a "gaucho extension". It is basically a 20" wide 1/4" luan board with 3/4" wood bracing that slides on top of the existing gaucho base for storage. Three 16"X16"X 10" high nesting "leg boxes" constructed of 3/4" MDF hold the panel up. Three old couch cushion make up the padding. These are stowed in the truck during the day.

This turns the gaucho into a much more usable "king size". My wife likes me so much better now that I don't sleep on top of her (insert joke).

Pain in the butt to set up (5 minutes) but worth it for a happy wife. Happy wife, happy life.
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I have a "gaucho extension". It is basically a 20" wide 1/4" luan board with 3/4" wood bracing that slides on top of the existing gaucho base for storage. Three 16"X16"X 10" high nesting "leg boxes" constructed of 3/4" MDF hold the panel up. Three old couch cushion make up the padding. These are stowed in the truck during the day.

This turns the gaucho into a much more usable "king size". My wife likes me so much better now that I don't sleep on top of her (insert joke).

Pain in the butt to set up (5 minutes) but worth it for a happy wife. Happy wife, happy life.
Hi DanB,

Any chance of a couple of pics? I have the same wife issue you used to have (and no, she doesn't smile much about it ). I've been talking about building some kind of extension for the bed but hadn't figured out what it should look like yet (was thinking about something that folded down and left access to the bins under the couch).

Would love to see your setup and have a little more real estate at nights.

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I'll try to get some shots.

It's really still in the "prototype stage". Construction is somewhat rough and unupolhstered.

I originally was trying for a foldup assembly, but that didn't work out so well.
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I'll try to get some shots.

It's really still in the "prototype stage". Construction is somewhat rough and unupolhstered.

I originally was trying for a foldup assembly, but that didn't work out so well.
Thanks Dan. Don't worry about no quite done as any ideas will help. Once the "how" is figured out, the "pretty" is easy.

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Looks good, funkill. I like your idea of separating the seat from the back.
We just took our first trip with 3 occupants, so our gaucho was used as a bed. The report was that is was less than comfortable. We already had determined it is not comfortable as a couch. We can't seem to keep the seat in place when it's set up as a couch....gives you that slouching feeling as the seat slides forward and the back becomes an incline rather than a vertical seat back. Tried several things to keep back in place, but it prefered to disappear under the shelf and slope. Anyone else who's had this problem and found a solution?
Hi zigzag, This was our solution..got rid of it..put in a new dinett with lots of storage..and I don't have to turn sideways to look out the windows...allways had a problem with the fold up table...we did go back and forth for several years about changing over to a dinett since everything was original in our 73' Safari, comfort and practicality won out...
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Here's some photos of my newest project. It's a 74 Tradewind. The back is supported by a smaller cushion. This is the yellow cushion that goes against the wall in bed mode. It has the plywood backing for supporting the gaucho back.

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Old 09-10-2009, 04:19 PM   #24
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Hi zigzag, This was our solution..got rid of it..put in a new dinett with lots of storage..and I don't have to turn sideways to look out the windows...allways had a problem with the fold up table...we did go back and forth for several years about changing over to a dinett since everything was original in our 73' Safari, comfort and practicality won out...
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WOW!! That dinette looks amazing - I would love to do something like that - did you build it yourself?
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Gaucho Cushion

I have the old one in Houston if anybody wants it. Was made of "Hurculon" fabric, I think the same stuff Superman's suit was made of, pretty indestructable. I used it as a template to have a new one made of naugahide.
My gaucho wad in great shape so saw no reason to remove and go for the much desired dinette
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WOW!! That dinette looks amazing - I would love to do something like that - did you build it yourself?
Man, I agree. It's beautiful! Nice work. What is the base made of - those nice rounded corners!! Me's in luv...

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Hi JohnE, thank's we really enjoy the new dinette...credit goes to Timeless Travel Trailers in Wheatridge Co.
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This was our solution..got rid of it..put in a new dinett with lots of storage
Very nicely done. The curved table reminds me of my first canned ham.
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A few quick questions. There is a vent on the streetside bench. Is it functional? How well does it work? Simple galvanized curved extension?
I hadn’t even given this detail any thought. Thanks for jogging my synapses.

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