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Old 02-16-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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Jacknife (?) sofa

I have restored my 1963 Bambi. The sofa (I think what you call a jacknife - pull up the bottom and it lifts, pulls out and the back flattens) is from a later model Airstream wreck. I dont know the year or model. When open, it has a 4" to 5" flat spot between the back and seat. It's uncomfortable to sleep on. Anyone have ideas about toppers, pads, etc?

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Old 02-16-2012, 01:49 PM   #2
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I've wondered the same thing. I've seen those fillers that go between two single mattresses to make a double with house beds. Would they work?
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ps: it's usually called a "gaucho".
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
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Try a futon mattress over top of the couch cushions when it's a bed and you can also then sit on it during the day when you turn the unit back into a couch. I used one like that for years with my old trailer and slept well.
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ps: it's usually called a "gaucho".
I thought gauchos were the older wood framed, built in jobs. I thought the bolt in metal framed ones were jack knife sofas. No?
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springs will help

I added a extra Z spring between the ones their now. on the bottom one size bigger diameter than the back. Now it is a great couch with no sags.
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I always slept diagonally across mine and it's reasonably comfortable that way. But I wouldn't go back to it after buying a Sleep Number type bed.
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I have restored my 1963 Bambi. The sofa (I think what you call a jacknife - pull up the bottom and it lifts, pulls out and the back flattens) is from a later model Airstream wreck. I dont know the year or model. When open, it has a 4" to 5" flat spot between the back and seat. It's uncomfortable to sleep on. Anyone have ideas about toppers, pads, etc?

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John,

I always had to sleep on the inside and that "low" spot, where the bottom cushion folded, bothered me a lot.
The two filler sections under the window went between the bed and wall.
A down comforter over a "pool noodle" helped.
POI..we also pulled out the drawer underneath and rested the slide-out section on that for extra support.


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This foam "connector" might help you:

Twin-size Bed Connector | Overstock.com
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