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Old 03-18-2010, 12:18 PM   #15
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Thumbs up gaucho

I found most useful the information on the different Gaucho meanings, thanks!
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:22 PM   #16
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I found our gaucho was sagging in our 1994 Excella. I put a piece of plywood under the cushion (resting it on the metal supports) and jammed some 2 inch foam between the sofa (opps-gaucho) and the plywood. I think this will be temporary until I can get to a reupholsterer.

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Old 04-24-2010, 09:17 PM   #17
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I have removed my front travel lounge as well as the rear twin beds, rear center table, two overhead binds, and the side table and cabinet from the living area. I am going to sell it all. Does anybody have any idea what I can get for it?
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:39 PM   #18
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Replacement luan under cusion

Any one have a good replacement for #14 in the diagram below, mine is cracked and not supporting well. is 1/4 plywood a good idea?


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It occurred to me that maybe something is missing from your sofa, that is, the piece of luan plywood that sits under the seat cushion?

I could be wrong of course, it 's happened before.

But just for fun, here's the technical drawing of it from the service manual for 1974. I suppose the construction of the sofa has changed somewhat in that time, but I would think that there is still something that supports the foam...

Have a look at item #14, is the one in your sofa there, and in good shape?

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Old 06-17-2010, 05:57 PM   #19
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I would say that 1/4" ply is a fine sub for luan. Luan is just plywood in my books.

I'd even go 3/8", if your crew is large & hefty.
If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:15 AM   #20
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Brian, I am so glad you ask the gaucho question first. I was about to ask the same question. Michael's dissertation on the subject of gaucho seemed a bit insulting. That said, we are looking for answers to the same question!
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:35 AM   #21
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Well there you have it, it's a "Travel Lounge"!

Home again in Tyler, Texas

Please visit any time!
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:44 AM   #22
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Goucho - Have the fabric done right the first time...

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Do you really have a Gaucho in your Airstream?

Gaucho can refer to:
  • Gaucho (Gaścho in Portuguese, Cowboy in English), a word for a South American cattle herder.
Now depending on your gender and marital status this might be a welcome find, of course I would prefer a Goucha or Cowgirl, but neither was found in my Airstream.
I do keep looking though!

  • Gauchos are a style of very flowing and loose fitting, flared pants with an elastic waitband, commonly worm by young dancers, but also worn casually.
Again, a young female dancer would have been a nice find. I bought a used rig and old loose fitting cloths were found during the cleanup of my, but what I found fell more into the category of bloomers.

There was an Ammonia aroma one night, but that turned out to be the Dometic refrigerator failing. I did find some cleaners under the sink like
Ajax and bleach, but thankfully no Gaucho.
  • Gaucho, an album by Steely Dan.
While I like Steely Dan, I'm not familiar with this particular album. It has not turned up in the rig.
Clearly this would be pushing the GVW of my 28 foot Excella.
Just the mention of finding a sports team squatting in your Airstream, would undoubtedly, start the Airstream community on a heated and passionate debate on axel replacement, loading and pre-loading, drum brakes vs disk, beefed up frames, tire pressure, and the 70's.
Of course an astute owner, just by looking at the angle of the torsion suspension, would know that a sports team was lurking in the coach.
Therefore, even if the University of California, Santa Barbara, Gauchos sports team were living in my 28 foot Excella, I'd PM someone first.

GMC Gaucho a mid 70's full-sized van model produced by General Motors
Nope, no 70's full size van was found in or around my rig.
No Portuguese speaking natives of Rio Grande do Sul, popped out of the under bed bins.

No football players fumbled with the wheel chocks.

Renato or Ronaldinho were not found, but a VCR tape of "Nothing but trouble" staring Chevy Chase was discovered wedged between the empty space next to the water heater.
Now, despite my best efforts, a Gaucho has not shown up in my Airstream? What I have found is a sofa that folds out into a bed, but after sleeping on it for one night I did wake up a little Gracho?


Definitions courtesy of Wikipedia

Michael is a fulltime "Artist at Large" living, working and traveling in his 1995 28 ft. Excella.
Welcome to Camp Stream

Nice job on the Goucho research! Good hearing from you, brother. How was your trip down to Mexico after the 4CU Quartzite Rally last November?

I've got your prints up just below the speakers on either side of my Goucho... Pix attached... Anyhow, this is a Goucho discussion; I've attached some before/after snaps of it. I pulled it out and over to a local upholster shop - bought FAA aircraft-approved fire retardant fabric and the dude hooked me up!

Headed to Burning Man this year? - - I'll be missing it until I get back from the sand box; send pictures if you make it there!

Take care,

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Old 06-29-2010, 05:13 PM   #23
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As events have turned out

Hello, As Events have turned out we still do not have the gaucho repaired. Reason is 1) I am lazily confused.
2) We saw a model with the gaucho out and two comfortable lean back chairs in its place. Wow!
The latter really looked good but what was more important was the comfort which they were.
I appreciate the photos of the excellent looking gaucho above but what is bothersome to us is the age of our Airstream and the costs for the chairs; a new blukhead over the batteries etc. ----to be continued.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:53 PM   #24
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Love this do you have a side sofa diagram?
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:29 AM   #25
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Davenport; Chesterfield; Couch; Gaucho

Where I come from they called it a "Davenport". I removed all of the above from the Argosy and installed a dinette;
Or is it a breakfast nook?

Davenport; Chesterfield; Couch; Gaucho: I forgot "Sofa"
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:23 AM   #26
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The cushion on our front lounge was a one-piece item that we simply replaced with a much thicker, hinged "futon type" cushion. The tricky part was getting the arms out so the fabric could be replaced with matching fabric. Your's is probably too new to have the damage mine had to the wood frame supporting the arms. This worked just fine for camping but, when we went full-time, we wanted more comfort. I removed the whole thing and replaced it with a dual-reclining love seat. Not only is this sooooo comfortable but, also, it makes getting to the fuse box, battery cover, and converter really easy.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:21 AM   #27
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ps. & BTW, getting rid of the old lounge was easier than I expected. The almost-new futon mattress went immediately to someone suffering from collapsing cushions. People stood in line to get the front panel with the roll-up doors. The arm support frames went to the kindling pile. The plywood disappeared? The metal frame was the hardest to get rid of but, after a couple of weeks behind the barn, it was totally parted out. Amazing !! Like it never existed.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:45 PM   #28
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Love this do you have a side sofa diagram?
I think this is what you are looking for. Good luck!


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