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Old 04-27-2015, 12:29 PM   #15
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What we do in our 25 fb international is put the table down each evening and make the sofa and dining area into a big sectional sofa...very comfortable for two people to watch tv or read. Each of us has our own place to stretch out. Very easy to take down and put back.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:30 PM   #16
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Does the fold-out table that is provided in the recliner models get much use?

I noticed that they don't provide it in the new Classic (with the electric semi-recliner sofa feature) and we're thinking we should NOT have this fold-out table installed in our 2016 30' Serenity/Recliner model. We don't think we would use it - especially since the dinette is there as well.

Any thoughts on that?
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:05 PM   #17
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Nice!

How about installing another recliner on the other side of the dinette... what would that require?

now you are dealing with the furnace and ducting. i suspect that might be a larger problem that is probably not worth the effort.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:19 PM   #18
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now you are dealing with the furnace and ducting. i suspect that might be a larger problem that is probably not worth the effort.
Yes, some relocation of utilities would probably be required. That's unfortunate.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:20 PM   #19
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No "Recliner" models will be offered for 2016

Just received word from Airstream today that no "recliner" models will be offered for 2016.

No doubt, this is because relatively few "recliner models" were ordered by dealers/customers.

Judging from the number of folks who have remodeled/removed sofas or dinettes to install recliners, it appears that there is, indeed, a noteworthy demand for recliners in Airstreams! (People who have discovered from direct experience that the bench sofa seating is quite uncomfortable after 15-30 minutes.)

But it would seem that most customers don't KNOW that they want recliners until they have lived with a bench sofa for a time, and then realize that the bench sofas are quite uncomfortable for sitting beyond about 15 to 20 minutes. Same goes with the dinette benches. They're fine for short term sitting, eating a meal, having a cocktail. Much beyond that, the body is crying out for much more comfortable long-term sitting.

The desire for retaining extra sleeping accommodations no doubt keeps some Airstream owners from replacing a sofa or a dinette with recliners. But for a lot of Airstreamers, there is little-to-no need for having the additional sleeping accommodations made possible by the sofa or dinette.

I'm disappointed that Airstream has decided to discontinue trailers with the recliner option, but am hoping that JC will at least be open to providing custom-ordered trailers without a sofa (or a dinette) for those new buyers who know right-up-front that they will be installing their own recliners in newly-ordered coaches. (That's me!)
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:07 PM   #20
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If you're buying new, find a good dealer who also does custom furniture for Airstreams. I met a couple at Alumapalooza last year with a new FC25 - but the floorplan was nothing available from the factory. Their seating area was all custom, and it was a great match with the rest of the interior. The dealer they bought from was Woodland RV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I don't have "first hand" experience to share, but I thought the "second hand" info. may be of use to you.
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:16 PM   #21
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If you're buying new, find a good dealer who also does custom furniture for Airstreams. I met a couple at Alumapalooza last year with a new FC25 - but the floorplan was nothing available from the factory. Their seating area was all custom, and it was a great match with the rest of the interior. The dealer they bought from was Woodland RV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I don't have "first hand" experience to share, but I thought the "second hand" info. may be of use to you.
Thanks, RAH. The dealer that I'm working with is trying to convince Airstream to build a 30' Serenity, RB for me and simply:

1) leave out the sofa
2) house the inverter (which would have been under the street side of the sofa) in a central cabinet, at the head of the trailer.

If JC will do this, then all I need to do is bring in my own recliners, put one on each side of the cabinet, and I'm set!

I'm hopeful that the folks at JC will do this for me.
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:23 PM   #22
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This is what we did in our 07, 25' International FB CCD. We altered a used flip up table to fit and we loved it. I hope the new owners appreciate it like we did.

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Old 04-28-2015, 02:27 AM   #23
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I don't mind the jackknife sofa in my XC diesel, but I spend more time myself sitting in the recliner. I'm thinking about replacing the sofa as its truly not the most comfortable. The sofas in AS travel trailers look good but I can't stay they're that comfortable. I say go with recliners for sure.
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