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Old 09-27-2013, 08:01 PM   #15
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We dont have any similar experience but will be really glad to learn how it turns out for you.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:14 AM   #16
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Ever since I purchased my '87 Excella 2 years ago, I have had all my service work done at JC twice yearly (once on my way south from Ottawa, Canada to Arizona, and again on my return). Each time I have my brakes checked and wheel bearings repacked, plus whatever else has cropped up - our annual mileage runs around 16,000 miles per year towing.

The last time I was there, Bob, the tech assigned to my AS, noticed that the right front tire tread on my AS was separating. I use a TMPS, and there was no indication of any change in tire pressure or temperature that could have warned me of an impending disaster. When the tire was removed, I was able to pull the rubber tread away from the casing with my fingernail and see all the steel belting.

The bonus is that, unlike servicing with dealers, you don't have to leave your AS there and return weeks later to pick it up. The have all the parts and they schedule service to start first thing in the morning. You need to be there at 7:00 am the day of your service appointment. If it takes more than one day, your AS will be placed on the terraport for you to sleep in overnight, but beware that for the next day's service, they tow it into the shop at 7:00 am.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:42 AM   #17
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I'll update after our visit to Airstream in October.

Here is a photo of the unfinished install, ready for Airstream Service Center to finish. The recliners fit nicely and are very comfortable. This is something of a leap of faith, hoping they do nice work. If not I'll have a winter project.
Those recliners really look nice! We have been considering adding recliners in our trailer too, in place of our sofa.

Our trailer has the sofa in the front, with three storage bins beneath. Our dinette is on the side, with two storage bins beneath. I am curious to see your finished product. Will you be adding some storage to replace what was lost?
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:32 AM   #18
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Those recliners really look nice! We have been considering adding recliners in our trailer too, in place of our sofa.

Our trailer has the sofa in the front, with three storage bins beneath. Our dinette is on the side, with two storage bins beneath. I am curious to see your finished product. Will you be adding some storage to replace what was lost?
Storage vs comfort, that is part of the question. No problem, six months every year in the trailer needs comfortable seating, would rather "make do" with storage instead.

Most of what I took out was volumes of upholstered foam, much of that spacers too make the dinette/lounge fit the wide trailer. The volume of storage is relatively small. Going through all the stored stuff, deciding what is really needed, left plenty of room for it.

I wonder if the dinette could remain in the 25' SS you have, or reduced to a two person dinette. Every model is different and those who have done this have been pretty clever making it work. One 28' took out the side dinette entirely and put in cabinets, gaining storage.

When considering storage needs I think it is good to look critically at what you really need to bring along, the space the tow vehicle provides, and realize there are stores along the way.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:50 PM   #19
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At Jackson Center

We are here at Jackson Center for our recliner conversion, as well as other maintenance. Our goal was a more comfortable "Airstream-for-Two", and to keep a factory production appearance.

They installed the same stock center console and folding table used in the FC 30' Recliner model, as are the recliners. The cabinet under the tv is custom built of identical material. Some electrical equipment behind the recliner is nicely enclosed.

The only loss of storage is the outside compartment door, which now has a narrow but handy space for my trailer exterior maintenance spray cans, lubes, sealants behind the folding table.

Here's a couple photos, the project will be complete tomorrow morning when they install a door on the custom cabinet. The sense of space inside is larger than the original dinette/lounge setup. It is very comfortable. We'll put up a more complete start-to- finish set on Flicker when done.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:42 PM   #20
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Your recliner conversion looks very nice

Dkottum

Your recliner set up looks very nice and matches the color scheme of your interior very well. It looks like it will provide comfortable seating and nice views. Also enjoyed your JC visit photos.

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Old 10-17-2013, 10:40 PM   #21
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Here's a link to the conversion showing the original dinette/lounge still installed, some in-process photos, and the almost finished (will get a cabinet door on the tall cabinet tomorrow) installation. Note the excellent cabinet technician at the Service Center, he worked with us to get it right, very good at what he does.

2012 Airstream 25ft recliner conversion - a set on Flickr

Note this is for a front dinette version of the FC 25, the front bed installation would vary to build around the furnace.
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:00 AM   #22
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Wow!

very, very nice! What was the price tag?

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Old 10-18-2013, 06:37 AM   #23
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Very, very nice Doug. Someone from Airstream's design department should take a wander though the shop - I bet they could handily sell that set-up as a factory option.

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Old 10-18-2013, 06:45 AM   #24
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Last year when we considered this conversion they estimated $4200 total, including recliners. The current labor rate is $115/hr. This fall I ordered the recliners myself from Villa International at $748 each and put them in beforehand.

So I guessing their original estimate will be pretty close to our total cost. I could have done it myself perhaps at a fraction of the cost, but could not have gotten the original production appearance. This may help keep the value of the trailer and well as providing the comfort we wanted.

We did try Ekornes recliners from home in our Airstream, but they looked too small in scale for the large space. And they sat to low for good viewing out the window. These Airstream-specific recliners are big, styled well to the curving lines of the Airstream, have leather upholstery, and are very comfortable; maybe even an edge above the Ekornes. They also have a built-in extendable leg rest so there are no ottomans needed.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:37 AM   #25
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If this set up could be ordered on a new 25 FC rear twin, I would be sorely tempted to order one. It looks great.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:04 PM   #26
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The recliner conversion is done, Airstream Service Center did a great job. We love this arrangement and the comfort it gives. They should offer a 25/27 recliner option, it might look like this.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:16 PM   #27
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