I have a dinette in our trailer and we like it very much. It folds down into a bed when we need more sleeping space. I think it's a very flexible way to use that front space. I don't see any reason what you are planning wouldn't work. Have you looked into what is located under the gaucho that may need to be relocated?
That is exactly what I am planning to do to my 1965 Safari.
With the gaucho you have your back to the biggest window in the trailer.
How does that make any sense.
The whole idea of having an Airstream is go out and see the world.
Stephanie! That's exactly what I have in mind. BWH, you said it. I don't know why they did it this way.
There is nothing under the gaucho (I know later models house the battery there but mine is at the very back under the bathroom - which is another mistake in my view. I would much prefer the bathroom in the middle and a nice bedroom/office at the very back).
Thank you for the pictures and encouragement to you both.
We did the same as you suggest in our 25 Safari. The table and couch were monumentally uncomfortable and the interior of our 2004 was looking worn and tired.
A replacement dinette was purchased at discountrvfurnature.com. A local carpenter was hired to install a composite floor and build in the dinette. Total cost was less than $5000 and the result exceeds our expectation.
A selection of dinettes are available and a dinette where the table compresses down to make a bed is also available.
If you send me a private message with your email address, I will send pictures.
Good choice. A bunch of people here have made the change over. I did mine last winter and couldn’t be happier.
There are a number of threads to search through for ideas on the different ways to do essentially the same thing.
As far as cost, ours ran about $1000 doing most of the work myself. This included new vinyl flooring back to the bedroom. Surprisingly the bulk of the cost is in the upholstery.
We have a 72 International 31'.... Our bathroom is in the rear, so we are looking for a sofa that pulls out into a Queen Island bed in the front room. Has anyone out there in Airstream land found a Queen pull-out that is nice to sleep on? Trex
I had a 72 Tradewind and I cut the stock folding table down about 8 inches in the width. It was too big for the space and pretty heavy. Was a mess to cut down and rebuild. The gaucho I recovered and put in new back braces and foam. A dinette would have been better but since the gaucho frame was good I stuck to the original.
Yes, I have been considering not doing this modification as well. Everything is in top condition (for a 1975 trailer). However, I think I will do it just for the benefit of looking out of the front window instead of having my back to it. Plus, I really dislike the shorter table and having to use extra chairs to have people sit on both sides.
I use to own a Westfalia and I really miss its community of helpful-joyous members. By the response to my dinette query on this forum, I feel like I have found another home in this Airstream community. Thank you for having me and for your help in this.
I'll report back when I start doing the work. My plan is to :
1. Strip the floor carpet and replace it by either vinyl or bamboo.
2. Get rid of the curtains. Almost all my windows have shades or venitians anyways. I will try to find something for the front window.
3. Do the Dinette work.
4. Wake up in the Spring and go camping...