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Old 03-06-2009, 10:55 AM   #29
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Hi Eric,
The futon matresses tend to be too high when in the sitting position, but a few have used them & don't mind as a temporary solution. I've found that just the regular gaucho works fine with a tight fitted futon cover tho, if you want to buy the foam & not upholster it. Walmart has a lycra (or something similar) based taupe fabric that is the perfect length, nice & taught. The width is too long, but just fold it over the back & no one has to know. It has stayed put for us through many trips out. Keep in mind, there are limited color options on this & it needs to be the stretchy kind. I also bought a cotton one from Target & put it in the back "room" because I don't like the loose fit as much, looks sloppy & it's obvious it's not custom. It still works though. This is a great (& QUICK) $30 fix.

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Old 03-06-2009, 02:24 PM   #30
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We've been looking for foam also for the '67 Safari and '71 Sovereign...My wife found some great prices on ebay... TheFoamGuys have a store, prices seem quite reasonable...

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Old 03-07-2009, 06:52 PM   #31
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Thanks Brooke!

I got foam though and my wife and i picked out our upholstery fabric today. It's coming together quite nicely! I also got Shaw pergo flooring today, going in next weekend.

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Old 03-27-2009, 07:22 AM   #32
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Tim, How thick would you recommend for the side mattress of an Argosy? Lux or HD 36?. Is 73X34 the size I would need. Our camper is on a site 4 1/2 hours away so I can't measure it. Thanks
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Old 03-27-2009, 11:16 PM   #33
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The Oats, I can't tell you what the size would be for the side bed in your Argosy because I have a Tradewind and don't know if they would be the same size. Also, I re-fabricated my side bed and so I don't think it is comparable any more. But the length I ended up with is 76". The width was 54" when extended and we cut the foam lengthwise into two pieces. As for the thickness we used the 5" HD 36 and are real happy with it. It is our bed and we are incredibly comfortable. In fact we were both a little amazed it is so comfortable to sleep on. For the dinette up front we used the 3" Lux cause we don't plan to sleep on it and it works fine for sitting and we need as much room as we could get to fit our legs under the dinette table.

Hope that some how helps you out. Mouth012006 may have a better idea of the size since he also has an Argosy.
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Old 03-28-2009, 05:33 AM   #34
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Oats, i went with 6" standard foam on the gaucho and the bunks and really like it. They say it will break down a bit sooner than the HD36 or more expensive stuff, but it's probably what Airstream used to begin with, and that opinion was for sleeping and sitting on daily, not the occasional use a camper will get. Still, it was about 250 for the bunks and all gaucho pieces. With reupholstery on top of that, i can't see paying for memory foam or more expensive foam unless you have a specific need for it.
Hope that helps.

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Old 03-28-2009, 06:39 AM   #35
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Thanks Tim KIm and Scotty, I think I will go with the 5" HD because our side beds get used every weekend in the summer. I think someone said somewhere, that the side mattresses were 73x34. I wish there was a place close by in Pa, but around here it seems expensive. I think I'll use the foam factory. It's a shame we can't find the original mattress type since ours is really thick and comfortable. Mouth 012006 if you read this could you tell me the size of your twin side beds?
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:20 AM   #36
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Does anyone have a lead on foam mattress material. I have a corner bed and will require a custom cut in order to make the foam fit properly. I have attempted to contact Knox Foam but have been advised by a local furniture dealer in Knoxville, TN. that Knox Foam has closed their doors.
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:29 PM   #37
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Go look at the WalMart queen size foam mattress, 7" with 3" of memory foam on top. About $240. Its native size is 60x80. I cut it down to 48x76.


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