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Old 05-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #15
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DZ, good idea. Any shopping suggestions? Some are thermal as well.

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:43 PM   #16
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AS has them as standard fare on the Classics, so they may have your size?

Custom-Made Day/Night Shades - Blinds & Shades - Camping World

I am sure there are many others out it under "rv window shades".


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Old 05-04-2012, 06:58 PM   #17
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Mini blinds

We have a motor home too with the accordion style blinds and we don't care for them. They can be troublesome and difficult to use. I would use the roller blinds by MCD either manual or electric.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:20 PM   #18
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I've heard several people observe that the side couch can become a dumping ground and that it isn't a comfortable place to watch TV.

Well some marketing genius (b***tard) decided I'm old enough to need a catalog from Gold Violin - and while I hope most of the stuff is 20 years in my future I spotted two things that inspire me to modify the side couch instead of spending a fortune for a recliner and losing the dinette.

Gold Violin - Search Results for five way adjustable back rest

This first one is very like something you see in all of the Avion Twins, done with plywood. It goes under the mattress and props up the head for reading in bed (or watching TV? eh?)

This is a bit frustrating - the catalog shows 4 pictures of a grand total of four different sized and angled wedges that allow you to raise your knees and brace your feet, or raise your knees and feet. The one cushion you can see in the link can be turned either way to let you fully sit up or partly recline, and the foot wedge can brace the bottom of your feet or be laid on top of the knee wedge which goes from hip to ankle - to raise your lower legs. It's pretty cool but only 18 inches wide, the foam is expensive and where would you stow it if you wanted to use the sofa as a bed or flat sofa? So back to the adjustable backrest... why not one for your back, one for your hips to knees and a third wedge/platform for the knees to feet. Just plop the existing cushion on top hop on and zZZZ (or even find inflatable wedges for that matter?)

Suddenly the side couch is a TV recliner! So why didn't Airstream at least steal the backrest idea from Avion's twins? And dammit if this comes out as a feature on the 2013's I want a gratuity from the factory!

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Old 05-17-2012, 06:44 PM   #19
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Our '08 Ocean Breeze 27 is our third Airstream. We started 'streaming in the mid '90's with a 1983 Sovereign (Which Airstream never officially produced), and in '08 we bought used '08 Safari Sport. That proved to be a little small so in August '09 we sold the Safari and bought the Ocean Breeze.

We have made mods to each one to accommodate our needs. On the Sovereign, some of the mods were irreversible, such as the parquet floor. We installed cabinets in place of the gaucho bed on the Safari that could be removed. Our feeling is that the new owner might prefer the original configuration.

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We took the same approach on the Ocean Breeze when we made our mods. These mods included:

1. Blackout Backing for the curtains. The original curtains are a little thin and let a lot of light in, especially the security lights at some campgrounds. My wife sewed in a "blackout" backing that not only cuts down on external lighting, but also doesn't allow as much heat to enter in the summer. A double benefit.

2. Cushions - While we liked the original Ocean Breeze cushion design, we wanted something a little more substantial to provide protection, especially since we have a 96 pound dog who is allowed on all furniture. My wife chose a heavy material, similar to the Sunbrella material, but designed for upholstery. My wife covered the original upholstery so that the cushions can be returned to their original look.

3. Charger cabinet - We quickly realized that we did not have a place to throw keys, wallet, phones etc. when we came inside. The only place was the kitchen counter, and that was just not acceptable. I replaced the large sofa cushion with a custom cabinet I built in my workshop. It has a power strip inside and a recessed lid to keep things from falling off the edge. It's covered in Formica to match the rest of the interior. We use the cabinet for those items we want to take with us, including dog supplies.

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4. Table to Sofa conversion. This one proved to be very simple. We didn't feel we had a place to "crash" after dinner when we just wanted to watch a little TV in the evening. We decided on a design that would allow us to remove the table and insert a couple of cushions to give us a U shaped seating area. I made a hinged board with a recessed area for another power strip. To convert from table to sofa, we simply remove the table, fold out the board and add the custom cushions my wife made. Very simple.

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5. Storage Cabinet. Has anyone ever had an Airstream with enough storage? I built a cabinet with an opening top. This provides more storage space and gives my wife a 28" x 32" countertop for meal preparation. Again, covered in white Formica to match the Ocean Breeze theme.

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All of the mods can be returned to their original conditions, so that if or when we decide to sell, the new owner a lot of options.
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:54 AM   #20
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Love it all.......what great improvements! Very talented and professional cabinet work.
I agree that it's nice to have a wrap around sofa to "crash".
Bright colors make it feel like you're on vacation when you walk in the door!

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