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Old 10-13-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
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Replacement OEM Sofas

Occasionally I run into an coach for sale where the original sofa has been replaced with a futon or an actual residential sofa.... (I have no idea how they get them into the unit.)
I was wondering if there's a source for new OEM safes theft restorers can use?
Any help?
What about Inland RV?
Thanks Dave
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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I think your auto spell correction had a brain fart.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:07 AM   #3
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I meant sofas not safes thanks Michael
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:32 AM   #4
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I have been shopping for a sofa or a seating/bedding solution. I am not sure about brands that Airstream has used through the ages but I can say that flex steel is what they used in mine; however, now in the Classics they are using something much more costly. I am now investigating platform options like in the Internationals, etc. Frankly I am not happy about the prospect of a $5000 sofa for the stream so options are a plenty. I sat in an inexpensive camper at Campingworld a few weeks back with a very comfortable sofa. There is no reason that such a piece of furniture be so costly.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:59 AM   #5
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I have been shopping for a sofa or a seating/bedding solution. I am not sure about brands that Airstream has used through the ages but I can say that flex steel is what they used in mine; however, now in the Classics they are using something much more costly. I am now investigating platform options like in the Internationals, etc. Frankly I am not happy about the prospect of a $5000 sofa for the stream so options are a plenty. I sat in an inexpensive camper at Campingworld a few weeks back with a very comfortable sofa. There is no reason that such a piece of furniture be so costly.
Would you happen to have the link of the one you saw? We are currently looking for a sofa bed for our Argosy.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:49 AM   #6
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I was at a rally this weekend. I know that camping world sells them.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:53 AM   #7
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There's always Flexsteel. High-end stuff, but folks seem to like them...

Flexsteel Furniture: Products
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@ Aage, my flex steel jackknife is not comfortable. It is really hard and like sitting on springs (to me) without much cushion. @davcarv, I checked out CampingWorld. Our store has a furniture room to sit on various ones. There is one that was comfortable but the bottom was a large SOB box that would interfere with the electrical workings for me.

I will tell you that my flex steel sofa goes in an out of the door. We took mine out when we worked on the inverter. Apparently so does the Villa International Jackknife that Airstream uses now in the Classic. The problem is that it is around $2800 shipped in ultra leather, minus $900 for fabric- those are the "made to order options" it seems. If one sacrifices the bolsters more options are available but that is kinda "wrong" to me as a style point.
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Rodster,

Do you have one of the Flexsteel units that have an inflatable mattress? They look comfortable.

The only comments I've ever seen about the factory bed are that they have no support.

Could anyone else comment on that? I'm willing to bet that Jackson Center has some options...
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@Rodsteinfl, I'm confused... Have you bought a FlexSteel?
I called the manufacturer and they're useless...and the only distributor in the Atl. Area is useless too. I need to be able to sit and feel if they're comfortable. Many of the trailer sofa furniture I sit on is way too stiff.
And I need to understand about measuring for an Airstream.... Given the taper brought on because of the curve of the end cap I'm worried that a sofa has to be custom... Something absurd like 3k for fabric covered not well made . What I want is residential comfort and price....
I guess it's because the market won't bear what I want
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Aage, no, mine is a simple Jackknife that has a pop down front for underneath storage and it also pivots in the middle to let down into a bed. I have an inflatable mattress that we use for a third guest. My mattress is comfortable. The problem is sitting on the couch.

@davcarv, no, the Flexsteel came with the Airstream. Yes, they are awful to get a hold of- Flexsteel that is. They did tell me that the Jacknife was their least comfortable sofa- figures. Their dealer they referred me to said the same thing. They told me that with their products, I had two options, an easy bed (I believe it is called) or another jackknife. She said those were the only two with open space underneath. The Sofa you have, if in the front like mine in a wide body AS is 74" plus 10" or so for each bolster. The problem I have is that in my rig, the sofa 1) has to be a bed too, 2) has to have an open floor area (electrical, inverter, storage), and 3)has to be armless to work with the bolsters and tie in to the decor of an Airstream without making changes. That REALLY limits the search. Villa International makes Airstream's Classic model sofa and theirs, in cloth is $1595 plus shipping or $2500 for ultra leather plus shipping. The Flexsteel is about $1400 or so for the easy bed/magic bed whatever it is called. I too wanted to sit on these. I went to look at motorhomes. Newmars have flex steel sofas almost exclusively - looked at twelve. The Tiffin units had Villa International. The covering on the Villa sofas was a nicer fit and feel. The flex steel looked like it was a bad fit and felt cheap- in the rubbery material. My Flexsteel's fabric is nice but hey...an observation and opinion. I sat in several Flexsteel models and they varied in comfort from crummy to passible. Unfortunately every villa I sat in was a sofa sleeper so there was a firmness in the seat BUT it sat nicely, like a residential couch. I am just having trouble coughing up that money and keep hoping for something as an alternative.
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Listen to this.............

My friend replaced his sofa with the flex steel. He got the fake leather because he didn't want to worry about coffee and beer staining fabric. If you even think about any kind of movement while you are sitting in the sofa it makes a noise that sounds like someone ......passed wind....with extreme conviction.
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It has to get through the door and fit the space. Take time on how to measure.
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Aage, no, mine is a simple Jackknife that has a pop down front for underneath storage and it also pivots in the middle to let down into a bed. I have an inflatable mattress that we use for a third guest. My mattress is comfortable. The problem is sitting on the couch.
Yes, sadly I have never heard anyone say "Wow, that jackknife couch is great!"

But the Flexsteel quick-inflate air mattress ones look good, and seem to hold out a promise of good comfort.

I agree, their website sucks. Or blows. I'm never too sure of the difference.
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