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Old 02-21-2009, 11:42 PM   #1
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Recliner from a Captain's Chair

Iíd like to thank Bill Cantrell for his February 14 idea about using BMW seats to make recliners for his Airstream. He inspired me to try finding a useable seat since Iíd had no luck in finding a small Lazy Boy type recliner. Looking on Craigís List I found a captainís chair out of a 2004 Dodge Caravan. It is in good shape and wonít miss my preferred gray by too much. If I donít have a problem posting Iíll include some photos.

I cut two pieces of scrap 3/4inch plywood 19"X22" (this enabled me to fasten the two "J" bolts that hold the seat snugly to the top mounting board). I cut two blocks and fastened them beneath the rear support wheels in order to elevate the rear of the seat to a more comfortable position. Once everything was fastened to my satisfaction and was checked for stability, I fastened the bottom board to the top piece. It passed my wife's test for comfort (that's Bert in the photo), so we're good to go. We'll need a small foot-stool or hassock to complete it.

I have to figure what I'm going to trim it out with, probably some carpet. I haven't put it in the trailer yet so I don't know how it is going to look. However, it is much smaller than any commercial furniture that I could find so I thing it will do fine.

Oh, yes, $50.00 for the seat and about $5.00 for materials.

Gene
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:48 AM   #2
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I'm just curious how you're going to set up the airbag!

Really though, it is a great idea.... I'm putting it in the back of my mind just in case...
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What about the annoying bell and the seat belt light flashing?
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:45 AM   #4
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Thanks for the pictures - makes a lot of sense - very creative.
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