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Old 08-01-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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Recliner conversion at Jackson Center

We have a new FC 25 front dinette version. We considered a front recliner FC 30 model but it's simply more trailer than we want to deal with, thinking of a conversion in the future. This fall we have a trip planned through Ohio and have thought of asking Airstream Service Center to do this conversion for us (I'm not even sure they do this sort of thing).

Has anyone had Jackson Center do something like this, will they do it, and is their labor cost reasonable and of good workmanship?

I could most probably do the work myself but not fond of cutting into a new trailer, and I've got a few thousand other projects going.

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Old 08-01-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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Not sure this data point will help you Doug - I know of an owner (Rawn77 on the forums) of a 30' Flying Cloud who wanted a L-lounge in front rather than the sofa. He had his dealer (CanAm) work to get parts from Jackson Center and CanAm did the rest. Work looked absolutely factory. Made me want a 30'...

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Old 08-01-2012, 04:47 PM   #3
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Please post any pictures and contact numbers if you have the conversion done. We have be wondering if you could special order a unit with front recliners. I bet it would be a popular seller 25FR.
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Regarding a recliner option, I have often wondered why they don't build a 25' with an L-lounge option (and the storable table) also. Would seem that lots of folks would like some kind of "living room" instead of a "dining room".
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:18 PM   #5
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Regarding a recliner option, I have often wondered why they don't build a 25' with an L-lounge option (and the storable table) also. Would seem that lots of folks would like some kind of "living room" instead of a "dining room".
LOL! We had exactly the same thought - but then again, looks like we have the same trailer you do. Love our 23' Safari SE with that arrangement.

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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Doug, just got in today from a trip to JC. They did some service work for me. Spent 2 days watching/observing the shop and the techs. I must say they are very dedicated to their work, and from all I could tell, do excellent work, albeit pricey at $109/hr. That figure is probably in line with any shop, anywhere, working on anything, plus I like to think these guys are the best of the best.

On a custom job, with the clock ticking, the $$$ could mount up quickly, but in the end, worth it in the long run.

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Old 08-02-2012, 08:42 AM   #7
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Doug,

I assume you did a "search" on recliners. Here's what we did to our 25FB:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f39/...ble-86598.html

If you want two recliners in the back, that's another story. Maybe get your own recliners (AS is expensive) and have AS install a folding table (like in the 30 Flying Cloud) and build something else (cabinets or shelves or short sofa?) that goes where the long sofa is now.

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Old 08-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #8
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Doug, I didn't realize when I posted that you had a front dinette. In that case see the link below to see the excellent modifications that Bandits (Jerry) did to his trailer. He put in 2 recliners in place of the sofa with wood cabinetry between/behind the chairs. Maybe this is what you have in mind. See post #14 to see his photos:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...ers-53373.html

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Old 08-03-2012, 01:22 PM   #9
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My suggestion is to go to the website of the service center and email Chris Burch and ask him if they will do it and to provide an estimate. Have been there for other work. Sounds like something they could easily do. Might be more a question of the expense.
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I sent a request to AS asking if they could remove our L-shaped dinette and replace with two recliners and a table between. The estimated quote was $7,000. We decided it was too high so we are taking out the dinette table and the seating by the door and putting in only one recliner. We think that will be a good compromise for our 27 FB. My husband will do the tear out and the carpenter will install the cabinet.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:35 PM   #11
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$7000.00 must be a magic number. I asked for a quote on converting my 2010 25 fb queen to twin. Before that I had a 98 30ft that I wanted some body work done, in both cases the quote was $7000.00 And now Linda Kay wants a quote and it is $7000.00 ??????
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$7,000 ! I wonder if that includes some sheet exterior metal changes such as removing a storage hatch? Agree, that's too high a price. I have some time on my hands this winter so take another look.

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We have a new FC 25 front dinette version. We considered a front recliner FC 30 model but it's simply more trailer than we want to deal with, thinking of a conversion in the future. This fall we have a trip planned through Ohio and have thought of asking Airstream Service Center to do this conversion for us (I'm not even sure they do this sort of thing).

Has anyone had Jackson Center do something like this, will they do it, and is their labor cost reasonable and of good workmanship?

I could most probably do the work myself but not fond of cutting into a new trailer, and I've got a few thousand other projects going.

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Well, a year has gone by and I finally decided to get recliners in our 25' front dinette Flying Cloud. I ordered the recliners myself, same ones as the newer 30' option. Going to Jackson Center next month and they will install two other 30' pieces, the center console between the recliners and the street side folding table.

I have asked them to also clean up the wiring and electrical equipment exposed when I removed the dinette and side lounge seating. This makes it a "trailer-for-two" which is what we really need for our extended retirement travels.

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.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #14
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Inspections at Airstream Service Question

Along with our recliner conversion, we have asked the Service Center to do a 27 Point Inspection and Seal Tech leak test.

The inspection sounds like something we do routinely, but might be good to have their experience take at look. And after finding some minor leaks, we've decided the Seal Tech is worthwhile being we are already there. There are few who can do any needed repairs better.

Has anyone had either of these inspections done at the Service Center? How did it turn out for you?
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