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Old 03-04-2004, 01:30 PM   #29
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Been there and DONE that

Tin Can,
Our 02 Bambi has that same coach (btw, it is a Flexsteel). As part of our interior makeover, we recovered it in leather. (we did the work, so this is NOT 2nd hand info).

Part of the problem with the sofa is the material covering it. The fabric A/S used is two layers in most places due to the weave and very stiff. The sofa has arc springs covered with a thick layer of foam. We added another 1" layer of denser foam and then a dacron batting layer over that before putting on the leather. The result is a VERY comfortable sofa and a pretty nice bed. Reupholstering that sofa is NOT for the timid. The pattern pieces are complicated and there is LOTs of them. I also called Airstream and asked what it would cost me to just order a new sofa already in leather (I had seen the exact sofa in the anniversary edition in leather) and they told me $5000 (NO KIDDING!). Obviously, reupholstering it made a lot more sense.

Now everyone comments on how comfortable the sofa is and yes we have slept on it. For some reason, the gaps that used to be so noticable when in "bed" mode, are vastly reduced. Will this design ever be as comfortable as a real mattress, NO, but it is not bad, at least after our improvements. If this was going to be our main bed, I would invest in a layer of memory foam that could be rolled and stowed behind the sofa back as I think that would be all that would be needed. But our use is for naps and occasional visitors, so we just throw a blanket over it and then do the bottom sheet.

check out our pics to see what it looks like now


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Old 03-04-2004, 02:07 PM   #30
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The style of sofa used in the current Airstream's has been around for a long time. I had one in my '82 Hi-Lo. The dealer used to call them "click sofas" in the fact that you raised the base until it clicked, then upon release the back dropped and the seat moved forward. To restore as a sofa it was a lift again until a click was heard and it became a sofa again.

My wife thought that our '01 Safari sofa was uncomfortable for seating purposes. I had my dealer check with Airstream on the cost of a cloth covered sofa like those being used in the Classics today. Cost was in the $2,400 range with shipping being an additional expense. We passed and bought a new Classic with the leather sofa. An extremely comfortable sofa but that $2,400 looks mighty cheap at this point!


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