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Old 07-22-2003, 01:27 AM   #1
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1971 Safari, maiden trip & remarks

After a week in my Safari I came to the conclusion that the front area sofa & folding table make me feel I'm punished & must eat and sit facing a wall or the interior while my back enjoys the scenery & can see what goes on
The sink & shower make it near impossible to shave or wash without bumping into the rear window frame and making a mess
Has anyone transformed the front to a U shaped lounge?
Any suggestions?

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Old 07-22-2003, 06:29 AM   #2
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Nice thing ...

about Airstreams is that the furniture is independent of the structure. Rip out the couch and replace it with the lounge of your choice. I morphed my trailer from dinette to couch. You just take a deep breath and start.

A while back, there was a great series of photos on this site showing the construction of a sliding dinette. Not what you are looking for, but the construction methods should give you some ideas.
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I replace the couch in our 71 Safari with a dinette that I built. You can see photos on my member page.
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Photos are down right now.

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I replace the couch in our 71 Safari with a dinette that I built. You can see photos on my member page.
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Dan,

Can you post a picture since the photo site is down? I'd love to see it.

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The sink & shower make it near impossible to shave or wash without bumping into the rear window frame and making a mess Hart
Hart,

What I really hate is having to squegee the bathroom dry after the showers. Otherwise the dirty shoes create mud.

The next rig I get will have a seperate shower/bath.
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Attached is a photo of the dinette that I built for our Safari. Under the seats is storage. The table drops down to make a platform for a bed, using the cushions that my wife covered. I hope the photo loads.
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That looks great Dan! I really like it.

I am curious what size dimensions the bed is. The couch makes a double and I still would need that size since I have a family of 4.

It looks like yours may be a single now?

Looks good though...
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Cool Curved Lounge

Hello Hart,

Sorry you weren't able to enjoy your maiden voyage. I hope you will be able to find ways to adapt to meet your needs and comfort. If you go to the Vintage Airstream Photos and click on the 1963 Tradewind box you will see it's "Route 66" interior with a curved front lounge. Double click on the picture to enlarge. Has that "living room" look, it's cool and looks really comfy besides. Perhaps this will give you an idea for the Safari and you may even be able to contact the owner through the VAC for more info.

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Looks great indeed, but the space under the front window seems lost, & my taste is to be able to spread out (couch patato style) Thats why I think a U shaped couch would be perfect.
Appart the throne ,the bathroom is unusable , I'm seriously considering a complete remodel, but will have to get the work done by a professional as I'm no good at DIY.

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Old 07-22-2003, 11:25 PM   #11
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Suz,

Great link and congrats for finding that pic ! Its exactly what I had in mind, EXACTLY

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ps: I enjoyed my maiden trip all the same
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Suz indicated a good pics source,
At vintage Airstream photos , click on 69 Safari & you can see a nice dinette where the space under the window is not lost.

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Hart,

Look at the picture again. I don't see the space under the window as lost. There is a seat there. Can you see Rt 66 fabric on the seat base under the table? (The table is on a pole and independent of a wall rail.) Did I interpret your comment correctly? Also, what might a remodel compare to upsizing to, say, a Tradewind? We found one that was ready to go. There were others costing far less but to get what we now have would have cost way, and I mean WAY, more in the long run. And that little bit of extra space might get you where you want to go. Not much for DIY here either, besides, we wanted to use it now and didn't want a money pit! Yes, there are some things, mostly decor, I would have done differently but the trade offs are fair and I can live with them.

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Hello Tim,
Yes, our dinette does make a single bed. It is for grandkids. One at a time.
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