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Old 06-07-2015, 11:06 AM   #15
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:39 AM   #16
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Revisiting. We are still planning on taking out old sofa and would love to do the front dinette and sofa on the street side of our 87 sovereign. We love the one in the new Flying Cloud and that is exactly the look we are going for. I guess we could have someone build the frame for us, but getting the cushions to fit ready made might be an issue. We measure 88" side to side, 82" window to fridge wall, and 52" window to door opening..... Click image for larger version

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Old 09-21-2015, 10:10 AM   #17
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Funny, many of us who own a newer Airstream with the dinette/side couch arrangement don't find it comfortable for relaxing at night or watching TV.

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Old 09-21-2015, 10:22 AM   #18
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Well poo. We really like the idea of extra seating and the dinette for eating and games...... We humans are a fickle bunch aren't we!!??
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:58 PM   #19
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I do think for our purposes, That the dinette and the longer sofa would be to our advantage. Just finding one that will fit, or having it made and then finding cushions that will fit, no one who could do that kind of upholstery in our tiny town.
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Old 09-24-2015, 03:21 PM   #20
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HoobieDoobie - a skilled re-upholstery/furniture repair shop can easily fabricate what you want. You are only 10 minutes from Cleghorn Upholstery at 554 Cleghorn Valley Road in Marion. Stop by and talk to Shirley Stamper (276- 646-3863) about what you want, check out her work, and whether it can do done affordably.
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The hel* you say!! I had no clue!! I am going to call Out Of Doors Mart in NC and see if they would allow me to take some pictures and measurements. Then I can order the brackets from them. I pass by them on my job route from Virginia.
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The hel* you say!! I had no clue!! I am going to call Out Of Doors Mart in NC and see if they would allow me to take some pictures and measurements. Then I can order the brackets from them. I pass by them on my job route from Virginia.

I built a long seat and short one like you describe using simple 2x2 framing to keep it light weight. Hinges on the tops allow for great storage. My plan is to have cushions made by an upholster, but haven't done so yet. I've been wanting to check newer Airstreams to compare my bench measurements, although what I've got seems to work well and be at a pretty comfortable height WITHOUT cushions. That said, it would be nice to know the dimensions of Airstream benches.

Once you get the measurements, I'd really appreciate hearing about the following if you don't mind...

Bench seat height without cushion
Bench seat depth
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Table length and width

I've used some table legs that fold down for creating the dinette. These are OK, but are somewhat wobbly and a bit of a pain to use. Anyone have a recommendation for a stable center base that raises and lowers easily? Perhaps gas charged.
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Funny, many of us who own a newer Airstream with the dinette/side couch arrangement don't find it comfortable for relaxing at night or watching TV.

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I'm curious what you disliked about the dinette/side couch? Was it that the table seemed sort of in the way? That's the one thing that has bothered me from time to time is that the table makes things a bit closed in when not being used as a table (eg, watching a movie with the kids). I've considered coming up with a table that breaks down more easily so I could put it away somewhere, but then that's somewhat of a hassle along with the storage, etc.

Otherwise the dinette has been great for us and our two kids. Perfect for playing cards on rainy days.
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Could just be the angle, but does only the right side of the dinette have a wedge pillow behind the back cushion?

The right shorter bench also appears to have some sort of hinge or something at the base. Does the table drop down to make the bed, or does the right seat fold open to make a bed platform?
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dinette

Here is pic of one I have
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I'm curious what you disliked about the dinette/side couch? Was it that the table seemed sort of in the way? That's the one thing that has bothered me from time to time is that the table makes things a bit closed in when not being used as a table (eg, watching a movie with the kids). I've considered coming up with a table that breaks down more easily so I could put it away somewhere, but then that's somewhat of a hassle along with the storage, etc.

Otherwise the dinette has been great for us and our two kids. Perfect for playing cards on rainy days.
The dinette/side couch is a love/hate relationship for me. For meals the dinette is great, although the table seems a little too wide sometimes and I'm not an obese person. My table when it's put down fits on top of the dinette seats vs resting on supports between the dinette seats so I suppose that what makes it wider. The Classic table is also very heavy trying to swing it back up. The TV is 90 to the table. Not too bad watching from the curb side dinette seat but from the street side you have to turn your head 90 deg. If we turn around with our backs to the rear wall/window and spread our legs out straight then finding a cushion that fits between the dinette and table that provides enough support and distance from the window is a challenge. Putting the table down to make a large lounge has been tried but even putting the back rest from the side couch your legs still hang off the end of the cushions unless you sit on the street side and extend your legs on the side couch. I sit in the curb corner angled so my legs are fully on the cushions. With the table gone then there is no place to place drinks or snacks. We've tried a tray and it kinda works. When each person is watching from the dinette corners their head is next to one of the speakers so that is not ideal audio. Too bad AS couldn't put speakers in the ceiling. I'd prefer a small soundbar by the TV to listen to movies but can't find anything that can fit. Would love to find something that was the width of the TV and someway to attach it to the top of the TV.

There are posts on these forums showing members converting the dinette with reclining chairs and foldup tables. The rear dinette area of my 25fb is too small of an area to convert it to a U dinette due to the location of the door.

We will just live with it. Can't afford to switch over to the 28 model with the L lounge and separate dinette and we don't like the 6 sleeper rear bed arrangement. I've read a lot of posts from members saying the L lounge isn't that comfortable.

I though about remodeling the rear dinette with a couch and a foldup table from the street side wall but the furnace is located there.

We are planning to have the bedroom remodeled from a queen to twin beds with a night stand. I may install a TV into that room so we can watch movies together rather than watching movies in the living area. The nightstand can support our cups and snacks.

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I hear what you're saying about the positioning of the TV. We opted to go with a freestanding TV that sits on a console just in front and slightly below the front window (but about level with the table). This way it can be viewed by everyone sitting at the table, which works but isn't exactly super comfy. The other benefit of the TV being freestanding is that it can be moved and rotated so the kids can watch a movie when the dinette is turned into a bed. Broken down I believe the bed area is 55" x 80". A wall mounted TV in the rear bedroom for movies is a plus for us as well, and much more comfy.
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Steve,
Thanks for the photo, we are looking for something a bit different. I am hoping to follow the curve of the front and add a long sofa.
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