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Old 03-19-2017, 09:01 PM   #1
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Gaucho and dinette solution

Ok. I have been a member of the Airstream Forums since 2009 and have gotten many great ideas but I haven’t posted anything. So, this is my first post. When we first got our Airstream from my parents, who had been Airstreams for over 25 years, I replaced the gaucho with a trifold queen size futon that folded out lengthwise front to back. It worked ok, but it was too heavy and cumbersome. Here is my next solution. Our Airstream is a 1990 Excella 1000 rear twins – gaucho front –bi-fold table that folds down on driver’s side – and a small table that also folds down on the curb side. The futon, which replaced the gaucho and the tables, were replaced with a modular multifunctional/multiconfigurable couch/bed/table solution.
The futon is the couch and the other two parts of the futon became two bench seats on either side of the couch to form a U-shaped couch. The two bench seats are not attached to the floor and have a “slide out” expansion ability, so, they can be moved to make a big chaise lounge, an extra twin bed by themselves, or, with the couch, a queen size bed.
I built a double drop leaf table which, when down, is positioned to the side of the cabinet next to the refrigerator and when the beds are up, the table fits in front of the cabinet. We can use the table with only one leaf up for three people, and with both leaves up we can seat up to 8 people. We have only had six at the table so far and it worked nicely.
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:51 PM   #2
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Dude! That is smooooth!
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:00 AM   #3
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slicker than a greased eel in a barrel full of snot!
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best conversion I have seen!! Love the slide out extender. Solves the I want single, I want double, I want dinette
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:31 AM   #5
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CMC, that is one​ great post and a fantastic solution for many variations. When thinking about our dinette/sleeping/lounging area all those "what ifs" come up and I think you answered them all.

VERY well done, will be saving those pictures for sure.

Also big kudos to being a forum member for SO long and not feeling the need to post.

Clearly a person of great patience.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:40 AM   #6
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:52 PM   #7
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I really like what you have done. Great job.
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Looks awesome. What are the tables called that the cushions are sitting on.
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Benches, 😚, sorry Dennis, aren't they cool.
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So does this AS ever go on the road, and how do you stabilize the furniture so it can't slide around and destroy itself and the floor?

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Well thought out!!
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Wow!! Very Impressive!! But like OTRA15, I want to know how you stabilize it on the road. Chris and I have a couple of teak deck chairs and we have to bungie them to something when we are driving.
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