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Old 01-19-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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Gaucho or Sofa bulk up?

Hello,
is there a page or a web site that would tell me how to repair the cushions on our sofa or gaucho? Is it better to simply take it to a furniture repair? Of course with a person who is challenged like me I would need to read info. on a second website that tells me how to unconnect the sofa from the trailer. I am a visual kind of person. Once I've been shown then I am OK.
We own a 94 Excella. Sitting on the passenger side of the sofa is very uncomfortable unless one sits on cushions.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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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?

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Old 01-20-2010, 10:31 AM   #3
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:38 AM   #4
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Oops. I pressed the wrong key on the keyboard again as seen above. Well, thank you Michael for your creativity. A prior time that I spoke on line I used the word Chesterfield which few understood I was told, was reprimanded and told to use the proper name of "gaucho". Well rather than using names, I better start making reference only to an unnamed "piece of padded furniture"---- and inserting a picture lest someone think that we have a padded or a velour biffy top. 8-)
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:23 PM   #5
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So.... how much help has this been so far?
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:12 PM   #6
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Some people are just long winded - could of just showed the proper spelling. I am interested in the informaton also. I need to replace the cushions also, not only on the gaucho but also on the twin beds.
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:32 PM   #7
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Brian,

It's not hard to buy new foam and that's what it sounds like that's gone in your sofa ("Chesterfield" is a Canadianism). I dunno where the term "gaucho" came from, but it it is the term most commonly used on here.

Artstream just doesn't seem to like the word for some reason.

But I would take it (your cushion) to a good upholsterer for two reasons:
  1. I am not good with a sewing needle, the new stitching would look like crap.
  2. He will have the right foam, or know what and where to buy it, so you aren't out doing this again in a couple of years.
Good luck, and good news.
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:00 PM   #8
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Do you really have a Gaucho in your Airstream?


  • 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.

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Michael, I LIKE your long-winded replies, for the record ;-)

and dude, you MUST get hip to "Gaucho" the album!! one of SD's absolute best! "Hey Nineteen...no we can't dance together...." etc etc
Not a bad song on the entire disc! Get it!

and now, if someone can post a really good link to high density foam with good service/delivery, this thread will be that much better!
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:42 PM   #9
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Hello again,
1) has anyone attempted to replace the cushions in that wide piece of trailer furniture that I call a sofa or that others call a gaucho.
2) if needed then, I will take the sofa out of the trailer in May to have it redone. We are planning a trip to the Florida panhandle and then to Alabama in March/April. I will just have to continue to sit swayback on the sofa with my blood cut off between my legs and my butt and my knees under my chin--- not really.
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Anyone who does Auto or mostly Upholstery of any kind can take care of your needs. Look in your local yellow pages. Good day. Still raining here
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Anyone who does Auto or mostly Upholstery of any kind can take care of your needs. Look in your local yellow pages. Good day. Still raining here
Right. A local upholstery shop should be able to do this. It helped us to give them the salvaged pieces for an idea of how to do it, pattern making, etc.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:25 PM   #12
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uncle!

Common sense prevails. I have checked our phone book and on Monday will call to get some quotes. My frugal nature was showing through too much. thanks for the impetus.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:02 PM   #13
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Hi Brian,

I think you will be happy with the result, and it will be done. Mine had already been been redone when I got it, so I have no idea where. It is very comfortable both for sitting and sleeping. I slept there a few times before I got the leak around the vent in the bedroom completely repaired.

As far as the gaucho vs sofa, I have a suggestion. Next Halloween, dress yourself as a gaucho and take pictures in the Excella. Then reply to Michael with pride, "Heck yes I have a gaucho in my Airstream!"

Yes, I got a smile from Michael's post. Rick's reply also sent me to iTunes for a copy of SD's Gaucho, too. It is a good one.
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I will just have to continue to sit swayback on the sofa with my blood cut off between my legs and my butt and my knees under my chin--- not really.
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Brian,

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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