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Old 08-05-2014, 09:34 PM   #1
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Is the "Center Double" Always a Foldout?

Am hunting for my first Airstream and I need a double bed. I've read a number of posts in various threads where people talk about the bother of every day having to fold up the double on their rear-bath model. I know in the Avions the rear bath/center double (very rare) was fixed--not a fold out couch.

Did Airstream make any fixed center doubles? If not, how difficult is it to walk around the foldout all the time? I'd be soloing with very few visitors so I'm wondering how much trouble it would cause to just leave the bed out.

Thx, Michelle

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Old 05-12-2015, 09:10 AM   #2
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To my knowledge, no fixed center doubles (actually the width is a three-quarter *3/4*) were made. The slide out does indeed get old, but fully reclined the best one can do is shimmy past it.

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Old 05-12-2015, 09:21 AM   #3
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Our 63 Overlander has the 3/4 slide. We leave it out when landed and wiggle past it. The closet doors can not be fully opened when the bed is deployed. You still need to climb over each other to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:53 AM   #4
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I had a '73... always left the bed out while camped... I didn't slide it out all the way... just enough to slip the bolster between the mattress and wall.... was fine for one person... and not in the way, getting around.... hope that helps, gail
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:42 AM   #5
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On our 77 Argosy with center double, I had a custom mattress made. I used the original bed frame and screwed it in the open position. It is out just far enough that I have enough room to open my closet doors. Plenty of room for me and the wife to easily get to the rear bathroom. And with the real mattress it sleeps as good as any bed I have ever had. The mattress came from The Original Mattress Factory.
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:19 PM   #6
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Ventport, how wide is your mattress? I am wanting to do the same thing...I am looking at 45 inches wide...will usually be a single but want it wide enough for two...
At 45" wide that leaves me 9" inches in the walkway and plent of room for the cabinets to open..
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62 Tradewind, the mattress is 48" wide and gives us 17" between the mattress and the closet. So we have a 17" walkway to get to the bathroom, and plenty of room for the closet doors to open. The only down side is that to access the storage under the bed we have to crawl under the bed to open the tambour doors to get the bins out. The Argosy is a wide body, and yours is not, so you will not have the width we have to work with.

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