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Old 04-01-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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full to queen size gaucho conversion

We are looking to convert our living room gaucho from full size to queen -- from the kind where you lay with your head at one arm rest and feet at the other, to one where your head is at the other to one where your head is at the wall and your feet go out into the room. Has anyone done this? I have talked to a couple of folks who say that the way to go is to build a bigger base for the bottom, then simply get sort of a second "spare" back to the gaucho that would live the space between the back and the wall during the day, and come out at night to somehow attach to an extension at the foot of the bed. Any thoughts on this? If someone has done this or has another idea, I would LOVE to hear about it! Oh, and I am attaching a picture of our current gaucho, so you can see what we are working with. Thanks all!
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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Not a bad idea. Don't know anything to help you with, but sure am interested in seeing how it turns out.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:01 AM   #3
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One thing to remember is that a home style hide-a-bed has a mechanism that folds the mattress into the area beneath the cushions and takes up all that space clear to the floor.

This would mean that you wild lose the drawers beneath the gaucho. Also, in my 1983, the batteries and the Univolt are in that same area at the very front of the trailer. See:



Not saying that it won't work, just that you need to take clearing the batteries into consideration when you evaluate where the new sofa will be placed.

I'll be interested to see what you come up with.
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We did this for a while using a large ottoman as the fill-in piece. Later, though, We ended up deciding to replace it with an l-shaped couch from ikea (with storage under the short leg of the L, which ends up ender the front window and which we cut for batteries and converter) and with a trundle type pullout under the long side of the L which pulls out and pops up to make a queen with our heads at the front of the trailer. Then we added a chaise to make the L into a U. The chaise pulls out into an additional single bed. Katie
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Oh, I just noticed you have the same airstream we do! Ours is also an 89 excella. We have made many changes to ours to fit our large family. The bedroom is now a bunk room for our seven kids and we have the u-shaped seating and sleeping in the front (with a table in the center when we need it)-- we also added round sinks in the bath and the kitchen and most recently added a dishwasher.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:20 AM   #6
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good lord -- seven kids in an Airstream??? two cats is plenty for me!
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