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Old 03-28-2007, 11:46 PM   #29
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Nice job Ron. Keep us posted.

I'm still running all this through my noodle... I've put the word out looking to borrow a portable table saw.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:30 PM   #30
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Foam is In

Just a quick update for the wrap-aroundphiles. I picked up all my foam today (17 pieces including 6 bunks) and put them in place. Now it's time for Mrs. Pizzachop to get busy sewing cushion covers. (The new axles and wheels are installed, it's her turn now.)

Here's a pic. (White would be an interesting color with 7 children.)
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:51 PM   #31
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Looks great Ron.

I was just out mocking up my wrap around with some 1x2 pine when the project manager came out and veto'd it!

We're back in the market for a gaucho, a nice one as the PM requested.

So we'll go back to the standalone table that was used in the 50's and 60's.

I have to keep an eye out for that. If anyone sees one let me know.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:58 PM   #32
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Tim,

Too bad you can't fire your project manager. (just kidding, really)

Seriously, my project "advisor" would never go back to a gaucho after the wraparound. We hardly slept at all (her words, but I can't argue with her) on the gaucho, as it was too narrow and uncomfortable.

The dinette, on the other hand, has been wonderful. We had much more room and the cushions were more comfortable as well. (A mattress topper added to the experience.) Can't wait to try out this really big one.

Good luck finding or building a gaucho.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:37 PM   #33
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Ron, Thanks for the progress reports, I have been watching with great interest. I am just trying to design something for my '74 TW. I love what you have done! Okay, here come the questions... where did you purchase your foam? did they cut it for you? and are the curved back pieces just pushed into that shape? Also, where do you store your table? Thanks, Pam
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Old 04-06-2007, 07:34 AM   #34
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Pam,

The foam was purchased from a local seat company just up the road. I called in the measurements and picked it up 2 days later. I had to cut the curve in the end seat cushions. I used 4" foam for both the seat cushions and seat backs (#1835 foam). I paid $260 for all the dinette plus 6 bunk mattresses (3" foam). The curved seat backs are just pushed into shape. The cushion covers are going to have to be sewed in a curved fashion to maintain the curve. (Right now, the foam is pushed into the corners from the two side pieces and without covers, it has more "grip".

The table is in two pieces (24" x 40") because of its size and weight (overall 48" x 40"). At this point, I'm not sure where it will be stowed. Most of the time, at least half of it will remain in place. It will almost fit under the bench at the very front, but I will have to work with it a bit. Down the road, I will probably make another table as this one is a bit too heavy.
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interesting. I wouldn't have thought that the foam would hold the curved shape so well.
wondering about your seat/cabinet bases in the dinette. doesn't look like there's any way to access the space within.
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Chuck,

Access to storage beneath benches is with hinged lids. (I debated between front access or top access but with top access, you have much larger openings.

Curved shaped cushions will require some coaxing from the fabric, I'm sure.
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Tim,

Here is a U-Style dinette that was done by Texas Vintage Travel Trailers. Looks pretty nice, and I bet it would work in yours.
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Here is another u-shaped dinette courtesy of thepolishingguru.com.
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Yes, those look very nice.

I'm looking toward something like this now.

Any idea what these cost? I called today but they were closed.
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Tim, I'am looking at useing this couch in my ambassador. It's from Sears, with two recliners and a drop down table in the centre. size is 81 x 36d x 39h
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That looks sharp Doug.

I assume you're putting it across the front. So it will have to be away from the front about 16" or so. That would actually work out nicely for the recliner. I also like the drop down table in the center.

I'd like to see some inside shots of your Ambassador! (Do you have a fold away bunk? I'm looking for detailed photos and measurements so I can build one)

We're still going to need a bed. This Magic bed turns into a 76" x 51" bed when folded out.
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I'm looking toward something like this now.Any idea what these cost?

tim you got some great diys in this thread now but the flexsteels are nice too.

priced between $800-$1900 depending on surface and style.

there was an a/s sofa/bed
from a new classic limited in ultraleather

in j/c for sale at about 1/2 the usual price and less than the f/s.

the one i saw was brand new and would fit and is very similar to the flexsteels...

these ARE very comfortable as a sofa and bed. i've posted pics as have others.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...2&d=1140679615

it seems to me'buttometer these ultraleather models have more stuffing than the standard goucho sofabeds on new models.

other b'meters agree?

why not call the a/s store monday, they do have these from time2time...

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