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Old 06-18-2014, 12:11 AM   #15
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Very clever!
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:13 PM   #16
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Sandman - This is exactly what I would like for our 1980 International. We had to pull out the original gaucho as it was a mess, replaced sub floor and installed the finish flooring. Right now we just have two vintage lawn chairs for something to use.

This would be great also in that it would hide our battery and inverter at the front of our 'living room' AND gives us more space for storage than just the gaucho. Thank you so much for the many photos and the drawing - it helps tremendously!

We have the original fold out table directly across from our entrance door, but if we cut that section of the 'entertainment center' out, we could easily make the majority of your plans work.

Do you use the table to support the middle section when dropped to a bed? What thickness of foam did you use for the cushions?

Thanks again!!
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Sandman - if you have a chance, could you also post pics of your bunkbeds? We had to trash our original double bed due to leaks/water damage. Replaced subfloor, installed finish flooring, but now have no furniture at all...sounding like a broken record.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:12 PM   #18
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The table does support the middle section when we have the dinette in bed mode. It's hard to see but there are two 3/4 x 3/4 aluminium angles along the sides that the table sits on so it is flush with the benches. The table itself is 3/4" plywood with some re-reinforcing pieces underneath. See below for a picture of it. My best advice is use a single piece of plywood for the table, I may have saved a few $$ joining two pieces but it was not worth the hassles. Also get it sanded on one side to make sure the laminate sticks well. I steamed and bent some 1/4 x 3/4 Oak to wrap the edge of the table but that is strictly optional. I will probably add another angle on the front bench so the table is supported on 3 sides.

I used 4" foam which is fine for sitting but a little thin for sleeping. I would go with 6" next time and maybe lower the bench by a couple of inches to accommodate. The foam was actually the most expensive part of the whole thing. The plywood for the frame and cushions was maybe $75 and the foam was over $400. I got the fabric on sale for around $50. Table cost about $100 with the legs and laminate for the top. I wanted something that is practical, comfortable, easy to build and inexpensive. My trailer will never be a show-piece but the family will have a lot of fun in it.

I can take pictures or measurements of anything else you need too.



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The bunkbeds are a little hard to get a picture of but I tried. I used the Gaucho that was already installed for the lower bunk and supported the upper bunk so it doesn't hang off the walls. The supports along the outside wall are 5/16" plywood laminated in 2 pieces to make it 5/8" thick. The 5/16" ply will bend to conform to the curved walls so I cut the pieces and dry fitted them and then spread glue between the two pieces and screwed them to the wall to take shape. If you unscrew them you get a nice curved support piece, there are 4 of them and they land on the Aluminium frame of the gaucho below. The front is supported by two pieces of 5/8" plywood that go all the way to the floor. I got a great deal on some sheets of 5/8" ply so you will see it in most of my projects :-)

Had to notch the bed frame a little so we can still open the window. The frame is made with, you guessed it, 5/8" plywood and is sheeted with some 3/16" wall panelling. The frame is glued and screwed together and then installed onto the support strips. It's also screwed to the wall to keep everything stable. There are some pictures below, I can put measurements up when I get home tonight if anyone wants them. It's a bit of a tight squeeze on the top bunk, I would lower it a bit next time but my daughter doesn't seem to mind sleeping up there.

Oh yeah, I took the oven out to make space and used the old piece as a template to make a solid wall between the kitchen and the beds. The wall is just a thin piece of wall panelling in the original frame. One of the things I love about the AS is that everything is modular and can be taken apart without destroying it. I managed to sell the oven and front gaucho so some other Airstreamer can enjoy them!







Bed frame before installation or staining.


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