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Old 01-17-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
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Can I replace the couch?

Does anybody make a replacement couch for a 86 Sovereign? Our couch is in good shape but when it comes to using it as a bed, my wife and I think it is the worst. We take the couch and let the kids have the rear twin. So, we never get a good night's sleep on that couch. Seems that I always end up in the crease of the couch. Has anybody else had this problem?


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Old 01-17-2007, 06:13 PM   #2
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search the forums, as there have been discussions on gaucho or couch replacements.

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Old 01-17-2007, 06:26 PM   #3
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Old 01-17-2007, 07:39 PM   #4
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Cheaper solution

Put the kids on the couch.
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Old 01-17-2007, 07:45 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. We don't like to put the kids near the front door (call us overprotective). But, I may have to if I can't find a better couch for sleeping.

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Old 01-17-2007, 09:53 PM   #6
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Your problem has to do with the couch that came in the Sovereign. The seat of that couch just pulls up, pulls out, the back falls down and it makes down into a bed. Airstream installed a better couch in the Excella and Limited models. On that unit, you grab the back of the couch and pull it up and over the seat which remains stationary. The back pivots all the way over and ends up in an upside down position toward the rear of the trailer. Sleeping on that couch is generally great. As you've found, sleeping on the one you have can painful.

I occaisionally see couches for sale here on the forum's classified section. There was one listed not long ago by itself and it is possible that it might still be listed as "for sale". There was also a gentleman who was wanting to sell a complete interior. It seems to me that his couch was one of the better kind. If you can find a couch out of a Limited or an Excella, you will likely solve your problem.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:20 PM   #7
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The couch you have described in the Excella is what I have in my Sovereign. To make the couch into a bed I pull the back rest forward and towards the rear of the trailer. It then rotates to face upwards. The seat remains stationary. I wonder how that happened? Anyway, we still don't find it comfortable to sleep on.

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Old 01-18-2007, 08:03 PM   #8
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Yup got rid of it. 86 32' Excella flip over thing. The problem you will encounter has to do with the location of your batteries. Mine are directly below the gauco and I'm suspecting yours are located there also. These trailers are all a compromise, not much fits ergonomically nicely in my opinion. If you want a nice comfortable couch you probably will need to have it custom built or do it yourself. If you are wanting something that turns into a nice bed at night - well lotsa luck. for what its worth, I'm building my own. Good luck,

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Old 01-18-2007, 09:22 PM   #9
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Ahh but a never ending story, we put a comfortor down then the sheets and the kids don't complain and having tried it myself its not the bed however not that bad for short term. My wife now says 6 for coctails 4 fro dinner and two for bed. We are removing the couch bed from our 87 Excella and replaceing it with two chairs. maybe your interested?

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