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Old 09-11-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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side gaucho - deployed or stowed?

Not certain how to ask that question Just got my '73 Overlander with center bed. I am planning to replace the upholstry (probably foam too) and focusing on the side gaucho first - where I will be sleeping! How many of you use the gaucho as seating? I was thinking to just side it open and leave it configured as the double bed. Functional? Not? The walkway to the rear bath will obviously be a bit limited, but is that really a problem? And, is there a problem towing with it in the extended/deployed position? I wanted to decide this before doing the re-upholstry. If I leave it configured as a bed, heck, I'll just get a mattress topper and comforter -forget about the upholstry!

I'm sure this is a personal preference, but I don't *yet* see how the side gaucho makes efficient seating ....
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:41 PM   #2
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I had a center Gaucho that I installed in my (former) Trade Wind, I left it as a Gaucho and actually used it to watch TV. Then at night fold it down, Was it a pain, yes a bit. (now have rear bed)

However, I Did see a '66 30'er that has it as you described. He modified the opposite side to gain some room to walk by, looked great and they love it that way.
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:58 PM   #3
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We keep ours as a bed all the time. Gracie our yellow lab can not turn around when next to the bed. She has to make a u-turn in the bathroom.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:39 PM   #4
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We removed the entire unit and built a proper frame with lift top. I now have comfy bed AND have a storage area large enough for a folding table and all of those camping goodies. A huge improvement over the saddleback gaucho that was there.
All of the changes can be unscrewed and the original gaucho can be reinstalled if the next owner sees fit.
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When we had the Ovelander with the mid gaucho/bed, we always left it down. We put a futon mattress on it and only used it to sleep. There wasnt a lot of room as you mentioned but it was wide enough to walk through and get to the closet and drawers. We also used laundry baskets and totes underneath for extra storage. It seemed to be more trouble to put it up and down than to just leave it down.
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Ours is always used as a bed. A high quality mattress has replaced the cushions and it makes for very comfortable use. The hallway is a bit narrow, but it hasn't proven to be a problem for us. This is how it arrived from the PO.

I do like the idea of removing the goucho hardware and building a new frame with better storage options as it can be difficult to get into the under cabinets as is, but have not gotten around to that yet.

One slight modification the PO made was to add some simple 'legs' out of 1X4 for the front edge of the goucho rails, it seems like a good idea on his part to add some strength to the whole set up.
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