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Old 04-04-2009, 10:21 PM   #1
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?? Best place to buy an Airstream couch/sleeper ???

I gang, I am trying to buy a 30 ft 1968 Airstream and it has the older style couch up front. I want something very conforable for either this room or the twin room, which I may see if one nice size sleeper will fit into, if I get this rig.

I dont even know what I can get to fit into an older rig through the front door???? But I see newer airstreams with contoured couches that fit right into the concaved forward area of the rig. Do they make a couch after marker for us older airstream people???? If not, do most just buy a regular sleeper, of is there certain brands that work better or are made for this use???

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Old 04-04-2009, 10:33 PM   #2
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I put a gaucho from a 1987 Excella in our '63 Overlander. It looked pretty good, worked well, and fit through the door with no trouble. In fact, the person that now owns our Overlander is giving the gaucho away in the forums classifieds, his wife wants a dinette.
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:25 AM   #3
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I dont even know what I can get to fit into an older rig through the front door???? But I see newer airstreams with contoured couches that fit right into the concaved forward area of the rig. Do they make a couch after marker for us older airstream people????
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If you were wanting to go back with something in a newer style from Airstream you would have to use something that comes in a 23 ft or less. The reason being, 23 and less are NOT wide body. The 68's were NOT wide body.

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Terry is right, the gaucho he put in the front of the Overlander fit the contour just fine and worked well. If you lived a couple thousand miles closer, I'd be happy to have you come pick it up. Since you don't, you can keep your eyes open on local Craigslist and even nearby ebay auctions to see if anyone might have one available.

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Old 04-05-2009, 10:28 AM   #5
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Terry is right, the gaucho he put in the front of the Overlander fit the contour just fine and worked well. If you lived a couple thousand miles closer, I'd be happy to have you come pick it up. Since you don't, you can keep your eyes open on local Craigslist and even nearby ebay auctions to see if anyone might have one available.

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It would cost roughly $275-325 to get that to Nevada, if my memory of how much it weighs, how big it is, and how far away it is, is correct.
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Thanks guys, the wife wants something new, so I was wondering if anyone made anythign new that fit the countour or if I had to just buy a normal one?

Thanks again

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I have one for sale I just took out of my '95 Excella 25' today. It's in new condition, no rips, tears or stains anywhere. Has pull out drawers underneath and the contoured arm rests and side panels. I live in SF bay area, CA. Looking to get $300. contact me at detchord@gmail.com if interested
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Oooo, that's a beauty, and in such good shape for 14 years old, too.

Funny though, each photo shows it as a different colour. Which phot is the closest to the real colour?

(Really interested, but sorry for the two of us, you are waaay to far away from me)
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Has anyone tried to use a home style or non trailer sofa sleeper for this or will they not fit into the trailer?????

The one above looks nice, but we are shooting for a particular decor with this entire trailer?

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It is said (truthfully) that everything Airstream installs has to go through the door. Nothing large was set on the floor before they applied the shell.

Many of us have taken an Airstream apart and put it back together. More digital photos than you thought you needed are a great aid to such a project. Airstream frames have a limit to how much weight they can bear; axles have a GAWR just like a car or a truck. You'd want to add back not much more weight in furnishings than what were removed. Towing with water aboard can help stability, so you don't wan't to up the furnishings weight by justifying, "I can camp with only 200 pounds of stuff." The curb weight (empty weight as it comes from the dealer) reflects something about those furnishings in place and GCWR is the maximum loaded weight in the following chart. See Airstream, Inc :: FAQ for curb weights and GCWR; scroll down a few sections for more discussion on weight ratings.

More to the point -- it is amazing how the gaucho structure is tied into the shell to maintain strength and rigidity at the lowest possible weight. A stand-alone couch would weigh several multiples of what a gaucho originally would. A furniture store sofa sleeper would be impossibly heavy in my opinion.
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It is said (truthfully) that everything Airstream installs has to go through the door. Nothing large was set on the floor before they applied the shell.

Many of us have taken an Airstream apart and put it back together. More digital photos than you thought you needed are a great aid to such a project. Airstream frames have a limit to how much weight they can bear; axles have a GAWR just like a car or a truck. You'd want to add back not much more weight in furnishings than what were removed. Towing with water aboard can help stability, so you don't wan't to up the furnishings weight by justifying, "I can camp with only 200 pounds of stuff." The curb weight (empty weight as it comes from the dealer) reflects something about those furnishings in place and GCWR is the maximum loaded weight in the following chart. See Airstream, Inc :: FAQ for curb weights and GCWR; scroll down a few sections for more discussion on weight ratings.

More to the point -- it is amazing how the gaucho structure is tied into the shell to maintain strength and rigidity at the lowest possible weight. A stand-alone couch would weigh several multiples of what a gaucho originally would. A furniture store sofa sleeper would be impossibly heavy in my opinion.
Thanks, let me ask this, is the gaucho couch a bed also and if so, I guess I can simply restore it and add a better mattress or foam to it to make it a little more comfortable? I dont think I have even seen a pic of one made into a bed yet, or is it even a bed?

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Thanks, let me ask this, is the gaucho couch a bed also and if so, I guess I can simply restore it and add a better mattress or foam to it to make it a little more comfortable? I dont think I have even seen a pic of one made into a bed yet, or is it even a bed?

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Yep. Here's one similar to that one for sale: closed



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So, have you finalized the deal yet on the one you've shown in a bunch of threads?
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Yep. Here's one similar to that one for sale: closed



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So, have you finalized the deal yet on the one you've shown in a bunch of threads?
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Well, I know the guy well but hes out of town on vacation. I made him an offer and he said he would be back soon and we could work something out. So I am thinking that we have a deal and the difference between what he wanted and my offer was not much, so I am sure I an get my hands on it.

I just want to make sure its comfy as far as the sleeper.

WOW, thats a goucho? Looks a lot different than the thing sitting in the trailer I want.

a lot nicer. The one in this trailer is in pieces? literally.

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