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Old 08-11-2008, 09:50 PM   #1
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Just completed chocolate bar sofa!

When we got our airstream (1975 31' Land Yacht Soverign International), we found out (after getting it home) that the 1980's (non-airstream) couch that was installed did not fold down flat, and rubbed on the coachwork inside. Bad deal

So, after looking at many options, I decided to build/upholster a simple fold down gaucho couch/bed like the one we had in our 1973 Prowler (just sold a month ago). Called the local foam shop and got a quote for about $300+ just for foam . So, scoured ebay, and got 2 slabs of 5" thick foam (24" x 80") for $106. delivered. Wheeew. That's better. We were looking for something that was budget concious, and fit in with the "1975 era motif". That lead to some basket weave brown vinyl. Kind of reminds me of a Little Debbie "Nutty Bar" (hence the post title). So I proceeded to cut some plywood bases, sew up the vinyl covers (gotta love industrial sewing machines) and staple the vinyl covers to the plywood bases. It's all together, and works REALLY SLICK. Takes about 5 seconds to fold the bed up/down, doesn't have cracks, and is perfectly flat! With 2 kids and a yellow lab, it's nice to be able to wipe it down with a wet rag as well! All for the grand total of $150 +- a few bucks. Now I need to go camping to try it out.

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The new couch:

Folded down into bed:

Sewing up the covers:

With accents:

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Old 08-12-2008, 05:07 AM   #2
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It certainly looks very nice! You are lucky that you have the skills and equipment to do the work.

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Old 08-12-2008, 08:25 AM   #3
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Nice job! How does it sit? Are you happy with the feel? The nutty bar cover analogy is hilarious and dead on. LOL
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:27 AM   #4
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Hello and welcome to the Airforums,

Nice work...much better than the old sofa.

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Old 08-12-2008, 09:06 AM   #5
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You did a fantastic job! We just had an estimate to re-do the couch in our Classic Excella - 1991 yesterday, they wanted from $1300 to $1500. We are going to have to look for other options, wish I had an industrial sewing machine and knew how to use it!!
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:51 AM   #6
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Nice job! How does it sit? Are you happy with the feel? The nutty bar cover analogy is hilarious and dead on. LOL
I'm real happy with the way it feels when you sit or lay on it. Should work out well. The simple design makes it really easy to deploy as well. I'm glad I went with the 5" foam, I think that will make the bed more comfortable...
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:31 AM   #7
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It looks good. How is it to sit on? Looks like it may be a bit warm and sticky in Summer, but a cover would fix that if it happens.
I have to tell you, when I saw the thread title, I was expecting to see a couch made out of chocolate, slowly turning into melted goo...
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:23 PM   #8
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What a great job you did. Here I am taking all kinds of grief about my PINK Sovereign. Too bad Washington is all the way up there. I would pull the old boy over to you and pay big bucks to get rid of my PINK. Yours looks wonderful.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:59 PM   #9
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Fantastic job! I really like the trim lines and it does not clutter the area at all!
Pat yourself on the back for that one.

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