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Old 11-12-2006, 10:57 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if Airstream ever intended the twin gaucho/dinette to convert into a bed? The table in my '66 TW is hinged and apparently never intended to 'bridge' between the gauchos to convert to a bed. What do some of you early Sreamers do?

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Old 11-12-2006, 11:46 PM   #2
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I am not sure... but I can't recall seeing any in any vintage trailers... but then lots of the vintage Airstreams didn't have that kind of design. I would look at the vintage trailer website and check through the pics and the layout sketches that are visible on some models/years.

http://vintageairstream.com/archives/index.html

We have a 1963 Bambi and have a table that is "portable" (original). The table folds similar to an ironing table, but just a bit different in dimensions. Two can sit and eat reasonably well, the table stores in the closet.

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Does anyone know if Airstream ever intended the twin gaucho/dinette to convert into a bed? The table in my '66 TW is hinged and apparently never intended to 'bridge' between the gauchos to convert to a bed. What do some of you early Sreamers do?

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Hi Neil,

In our '64 22' Safari, we have an attached dinette table (has 1 extra leaf) that sits over a cabinet and between 2 sofa/twin beds on the side walls...they sit on a platform that pull out to form a bed..part of the bed is under the table.I don't think the table was meant to be a platform to bridge the twin beds, though.
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...they sit on a platform that pull out to form a bed..part of the bed is under the table.I don't think the table was meant to be a platform to bridge the twin beds, though.
I do not quite understand......is the platform to make the bed stored 'behind' the dropped table against the wall under the front window?
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I do not quite understand......is the platform to make the bed stored 'behind' the dropped table against the wall under the front window?
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Neil, the platform is just the twin bed(s) bottom plank of wood that extends out from the side walls to make the beds wider..there is no platform behind the front window in our Safari..sorry for the confusion
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Neil, the platform is just the twin bed(s) bottom plank of wood that extends out from the side walls to make the beds wider..there is no platform behind the front window in our Safari..sorry for the confusion
Oh; No I thought I must have been missing the 'proper' planks for the gaucho/bed conversion. The PO called my attention to 2 planks stored under the twin mattresses (in addition to the sliding plywood mattress supports) to be used to create the bridge between the gauchos for a bed. We have not tried it out ourselves yet but it should work although to me it is a clumsy solution. I am curious to what Airstream 'planned' to create that bed. Surely it must be better than the planks under the mattresses.
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Oh; No I thought I must have been missing the 'proper' planks for the gaucho/bed conversion. The PO called my attention to 2 planks stored under the twin mattresses (in addition to the sliding plywood mattress supports) to be used to create the bridge between the gauchos for a bed. We have not tried it out ourselves yet but it should work although to me it is a clumsy solution. I am curious to what Airstream 'planned' to create that bed. Surely it must be better than the planks under the mattresses.
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My Bambi has those planks stored under the gaucho for use in converting it to a bed. Works nicely but the planks are made out of very thin plywood and bend easily. I'm thinking of replacing them soon.
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My Bambi has those planks stored under the gaucho for use in converting it to a bed. Works nicely but the planks are made out of very thin plywood and bend easily. I'm thinking of replacing them soon.
The planks in ours are a 7 ply paper covered plywood that is 5/8" thick. Plenty strong and a little heavy. I work(ed) [retired] with MDF (MEDIUM DENSITY FIBER) a lot. It is primarily a cabinet making material. It is very heavy but a 'feather' weight version is available. A 5/8" thick piece(s) will work for you. The surfaces are smooth so the 'raw' MDF will be ok. My plywood is fine other than clumsy pulling it out and carrying them up front. I think I will cut a hand hold in the center of each boards edge so they can be carried like a suitcase. The ply is smooth but MDF is much smoother. I guess this thread has answered my question. I am disappointed that the Airstream designers mussed this one up. Hopefully the new units have a more professional design answer to a simple application. Like many SOBs utilize the dinet table for that conversion.

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