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Old 05-13-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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1989 gaucho questions

On our last trip our gaucho had an issue. The drawer in the bottom was open when we got home and I found a few ball bearings from the metal slides.
I have a few gaucho related questions.

  1. How is this gaucho drawer removed?
  2. Are the slides anything special? Do these have a "tilt" that automatically keeps the drawer shut?
  3. Is there supposed to be a latch to hold this drawer shut?
As you can see from the photo the previous owner recovered the gaucho (please disregard the ugly colors - this is on my future list to change out to lighter colors).
I believe they reupholstered directly over the handle.

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Old 05-13-2011, 11:09 PM   #2
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Hi Steve,
The drawer under the couch:
To get ours open, you must lift up the seat of the couch and look down in the center. There is a catch there that latches it into the bottom of the seat. Lock is attached to the front center of the drawer.
The drawer is removed by unlatching it and then slide the drawer completely out, then lift the front and pull some more. A little heavy, maybe have a helper on one side.
The guides are seemingly heavy duty drawer slides. Ours does not have the tilting down automatic holding position. It has to be re-locked to make it stay in during travel.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:42 AM   #3
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I have a few gaucho related questions.
  1. How is this gaucho drawer removed?
  2. Are the slides anything special? Do these have a "tilt" that automatically keeps the drawer shut?
  3. Is there supposed to be a latch to hold this drawer shut?
Crispyboy, I had a similar problem last year, ball bearings on the floor. I tried to put the ball bearings back in but they kept falling out, so I replaced them.
  1. When you pull the drawer toward you till it stops the side rails are exposed. On each of them if you look closely you will see that there is a small clip inside of the glide rail that you can push with your finger or a screw driver. Push the clip on one side and hold it while you pull the drawer toward you. Then do the same on the other side. After you do this to both rails, the drawer will slide out, seperating the rail glides. There are only a few screws and bolts holding the rails.
  2. I replaced these glide rails on my 30' Excella last year. I got both from Out of Doors Mart. Measure the length in the closed position and the width, then give them a call. You may be able to get this same rail from a woodworker suppy if you have one locally.
  3. The handle that you said is "upholstered over" should also be a latch. Look on the inside of the drawer. If you do not see it, someone has removed the latch.
Hope this helps!
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One more thing. It will be helpful to mark the perimeter of the old rails with a pencil on the wood drawer box, before you remove it. The screw holes may be in a different location on the new rails. Also save the old rails to use as a template if you might need to drill new holes in the new rails where the bolts attach to the goucho frame. These marks will help you get the drawer positioned correctly.
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Thanks Lou and Alan, This will be one of my weekend projects.
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