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Old 06-06-2012, 03:30 PM   #29
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Nice!!!! Looks wonderful!!
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:07 PM   #30
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That was a fabulous idea! I'm running out to measure. One right now and see if this would work for us!
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:12 PM   #31
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I'm closed to completing this project - have attached some pictures.

I decided to go with a U shaped seating area to replace the ugly convertible sofa in my 1999 Safari. I also removed the useless side table and spice cabinet - so my U starts from the pantry cabinet on the street side, runs for about seven feet to the front of the trailer, wraps around the front, and then runs five feet to the door on the curb side.

The benches are all 14 inches high, and they are 24 inches deep at the top. The tops are hinged so they can all be used for storage. I'm planning for 5 or 6 inch thick cushions all around - both as seatbacks and to sit on.

I used stick construction to keep things light weight. The exposed wood is cherry, the rest of the wood is alder. As you can see, I used 24 gauge stainless steel sheeting for highlights. All of the joints are either screwed or biscuited for strength. I couldn't resist adding a curve on the streetside bench - it took a ton of work, but adds some extra bling.

I also decided to use rubberized upholstery webbing to support the cushions - it's both lightweight and should be more comfortable than just using plywood. My next steps are to install the webbing and then go get the cushions made.

Probably tomorrow I will start building a drop down table that will convert the whole arrangement to a bed. I'm on the fence whether to make the surface of the table cherry with brushed aluminum edge banding, or to make the table surface stainless steel with cherry edge banding. I'm waiting for a quote from my local sheet metal place about cutting the stainless for me - if it's not horribly expensive I'll go that direction.

The table will drop down onto the cleats you can see running across the top of the two side benches - I will install the cleat on the back bench once I get everything laid out in the trailer.

I think it's coming along pretty well. Lots of work... Total cost so far is about $350 in materials - $250 in wood and $100 in stainless sheet, hinges and fasteners. I expect the cushions to be expensive - planning on high end fake leather.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:31 PM   #32
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Spent the last two hours installing upholstery webbing. This serves as the top of the bench and the base for the cushions.

I used 3" Elasbelt, which is a brand of synthetic elastic upholstery webbing specifically made for couch bottoms. A full 160 foot roll was about $40, and I used maybe half of it.

To install, an air powered staple gun is a must. I probably put in about 1000 half inch staples. You can find videos showing how to install elastic webbing on you tube.

It was hard work - you have to stretch every piece by pulling with a lot of pressure, and then hold steady with one hand while you staple with the other. Of course there are tools for this too, but I don't have one.

I did pass the first big test - Maddy and Sport both give it a big thumbs up for comfort.

Now I'm ready to install in the trailer, re-measure, order cushions and start on the table top.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:32 PM   #33
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I have had the same thought when redoing my 62 GT, will post pic if I can, it will be an old one though. My solution was to have gatelegs made of cherry and fir (the rest of the interior is cherry, fir, walnut and birch ply) that swing out to support the plywood that unfolds to make a queen sized bed and provides two sofas (with storage for bed linens etc) when not in use. A word of warning - the 6 " high density foam is hard sleeping so you may want to consider 4" with a memory foam as an alternative. My dinette is two quarter pie seats (also storage underneath) with a copper topped table that drops down to make a single bed. I love your design and think the curve was well worth it, though I know what it takes! Taking mine out for the first time Labor Day, which seems appropriate. I hope you will post the finished project!
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Made a ton of progress today.

It was a bit of pain to get everything square and level - Airstream just doesn't seem to believe in straight or plumb lines anywhere.

Next steps:

Fabricate gap fillers and trim - I need to make some small pieces to fill in where there are still visible gaps between the benches and walls.

Finish the drop down table - it's going to end up being 48" x 30" with 3" radiused corners. At least initially I'm going to build a stand for it, perhaps later I'll buy a permanent mount that fits flush with the floor. The quote from the sheet metal shop came back kind of high, so I'm going to build it out of cherry leftovers to start, and use aluminum bar for edge banding. This may be too much wood; if so I'll go back to my original plan of making the table top out of stainless.

Get quotes for cushions. Planning on six inch cushions, probably four inches of high density foam topped by two inches of memory foam.



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First Stanford Football Game is tomorrow,the Airstream is parked at the stadium all ready for the tailgater. I bought some cheap 2" foam at home depot and laid blankets across it so there is seating for tomorrow and I should be done with the drop down table in time for happy hour... I went the easy route and made the table out of cherry hardwood instead of trying for a stainless steel top. The table be edged in aluminum molding when done so I keep within the wood and metallic theme.

I'm pleased to report even with cheapo $20 home depot foam the benches are quite comfortable - going with rubberized upholstery webbing instead of plywood for the seating surface seems to have been a good choice.

Next week I will order the real cushions - the end is in sight.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:45 PM   #36
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U-shaped Dinette

Just completed a U-shaped Dinette to our 25 ft safari. It turned out very well.
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Another nice job. Like the substantial supports under the table.
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Great looking dinette Rcberger!

I'm looking to do the same in my 72 tradewind. Do you have any dimensioned drawings of your dinette?

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Great looking dinette Rcberger!

I'm looking to do the same in my 72 tradewind. Do you have any dimensioned drawings of your dinette?

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Your 72 tradewind may be narrower than my 2006 Safari. I just started making patters out of cardboard for the structural support. If you are interested give me an e-mail address and I can send you a power point presentation with photos and explanations of what had to be accomplished. The height of the solid bench is 15" and the seating surface is 18". Rounding the bench to the contour of the inner corner takes time. Cardboard is inexpensive for patterning and once you get the pattern right you can start working with the wood.

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Thank you Roger,

I just sent you a PM.

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