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Old 04-22-2015, 11:25 PM   #1
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Living with a bench-style sofa and dinette for extended sitting ?

I know that Airstream offers a couple of 30' models with a recliner option.

But, all other Airstreams, particularly those under 30', come with seating either on a bench-style sofa (which is not nearly like a residential living room sofa) or bench-style seating at the dinette.

Considering this, it seems to us that "hanging out" in an Airstream for hours on end, as one would regularly do when using the RV for weeks (or more) at a time, with just those two seating options, could become uncomfortable quickly.

Granted, many folks will sit out side on camp chairs much of the time and that offers some sitting relief. But for those who might spend a good bit of time sitting in the Airstream, whether it be during very hot, cold, or rainy weather, or for an evening relaxing, watching TV, surfing the web, or reading... do you truly find the basic, bench-like sofas to be perfectly comfortable for several hours at a time?

We're just interested in hearing how you folks honestly feel about the sitting comfort in Airstreams that cannot accommodate recliners, where you have the choice of the upright bench style sofa, a similar sitting style in the dinette, or sitting outside in some form of camp chair. Are you perfectly content with this?

I should mention that we are older, retired, and do spend a fair amount of time sitting these days.

Your thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:15 AM   #2
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One word: "Recliners"
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:11 AM   #3
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We are on our third AS, in the first two a 25' and a 30' I converted both to recliners and then when sold put back to factory. In the 25' a dinette up front and in the 30' a couch set up. Both very uncomfortable for long periods of time. The recliners for us are the way to do as we do spend a lot of time inside the AS when on extended trips either reading or watching TV.

The take out and install is really easy, even to the extent of re-routing the ductwork as I had to do in the 25'. The heating duct is a pliable hose so I simply collapsed it a bit and remounted it into a new side I made for the window seat I left in on the 25' model. We used Stressless chairs in the 25' and some type of 2" wall hunger recliners in the 30'. I've often thought about a recliner sofa in a 30' but we ordered a new 2015 with factory recliners in it. They are nice, a bit firm right now but will probably break in with time. If not I may go the recliner love seat route, if my wife lets me. She is a bit tired of renovations. I bought a new 38' motorhome and re-did the living area in that from couch to recliners and then back when we sold it, that involved taking windows out etc. Bit of a project.

A shortened version of this - we intensely dislike the lack of comfort in any factory supplied seating arrangement supplied by AS except for the recliner option.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:00 AM   #4
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For these retired folks the bench seats quickly became unbearable discomfort. We put in recliners.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:06 AM   #5
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Doug, those chairs look very comfortable.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:48 AM   #6
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I am thinking that this might make a good trailer chair if it is strong enough to handle the motion and vibration of travel.

Amazon.com - Coaster Swivel Recliner in Beige Leatherette - Small Recliner
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:45 AM   #7
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Michael... it seems from the reviews on that chair that the quality is probably poor. Of course, the price is very low, which sort of coincides with that.

When it comes to Euro chairs, I think getting great quality comes with a pretty steep price... Ekornes.

We have decided to go with Best Furniture "Picot" swivel, rocker, recliners. They're compact (about 32.5" wide), made in America (great quality), and while not inexpensive, they're not terribly expensive either. Most importantly, they are exceptionally comfortable! Available in cloth, pleather, or real leather. We paid about $640 per chair with real leather. We've used them extensively in our motorhome for 3 1/2 years and with the switch to Airstream are going to use them on our patio at home. We just ordered a second pair of them in black leather to go in the Airstream (a 30FC Recliner model, ordered without the recliners/floor hardware.)

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My experience with my 2012 28' Intl CCD in terms of seating was that the L seat sofa was intolerably uncomfortable. I am not a big guy, but after sitting on it for about 30 minutes you needed to relocate. The foam is thin and provides little support -- you are soon sitting on the plywood. The dinette was pretty much the same. Also, the L seat was either a bit too wide or a bit too high (it pulls out and makes into a bed). I ended up ripping it out and putting in recliners. Wonderful! I have a new Classic. Airstream doesn't make the furniture, Villa does. Villa makes fairly high-end upholstered stuff for RV's, and it is VERY comfortable. The Classic has a sofa with electric recliners on either end. The center section has a pull down that makes into a convenient table. The dinette is also Villa, and it too is very comfortable. My impression is that the the stock Airstream furniture looks better than it sits. Of course, most of the time you're not "living" inside. But if it's rainy or you want to hang out inside, then more comfortable seating works. Some owners have changed out the foam...with better quality stuff and are very pleased with the change.
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My wife Carrie and I just replaced our bench sofa and installed a U-shaped dinette which can seat 6 people (8 with additional chairs). The table is two sections creating a 30" x 50" table that lowers independently for sleeping. Seating pads utilize 4 inch dense foam for comfort. We have just completed this installation and have yet to go camping with. We will within the next 3 weeks. Sleeping area has been greatly upgraded and much more comfortable.

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Old 04-23-2015, 04:35 PM   #10
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a comfortable place to sit was a major shopping objective. it seemed as though the various trailer we examined had made the seating areas out of way too hard of a foam material making them extremely uncomfortable. that is one reason we leaned toward the, supposed, 25' Arctic Fox. it had two recliners and basically the same floor plan as the 25' AS. unfortunately, the AF was actually 30' long.

but, when we sat on the ultra leather couch and the dinette, we realized that the AS has a much kinder foam material in their sitting areas. we simply added a foot stool which we both use in the evening time, reading or playing cards, and we are both happy campers. neither one of us is large in circumference or height so maybe that is the difference here. i realize i could change out the dinette as pictured above, but to date i have found no reason to do so.

if you have a mind to make this change, i would suggest you sit in an IKEA lounge chair, $179, before you spend thousands on a stressless. we have both here at home and i am always sitting in the IKEA chair, way more comfortable.
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For these retired folks the bench seats quickly became unbearable discomfort. We put in recliners.
Do you have the FB or RB? Very interested in this mod. What did you have to relocate?

Thanks in advance;

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Old 04-26-2015, 07:16 AM   #12
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Do you have the FB or RB? Very interested in this mod. What did you have to relocate?

Thanks in advance;

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Our recliner mod will only fit in the 25 RB because the furnace is under/behind the sink, rather than on the street side where we have now have a recliner, folding table, and storage cabinet.

Nothing had to be relocated, we removed the factory bench seating and had Airstream Service Center in Ohio install the table, center console, and fabricate the storage cabinet to match the Flying Cloud interior. The recliners are Villa, the same ones used by Airstream.

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Old 04-27-2015, 10:54 AM   #13
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you can easily install a single recliner in a 25FB by simply removing the curb side seat and storage drawer. this assembly is held in place by 4 screws.
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you can easily install a single recliner in a 25FB by simply removing the curb side seat and storage drawer. this assembly is held in place by 4 screws.
Nice!

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