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Old 04-20-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Recliner Project

After encouragement from reading all the posts here, I decided to replace our couch with two recliners and replace the converter at the same time. I thought it would also be a learning experience to figure out how to post some pictures on airforums. I previously replaced the carpets in the living area with laminate so when I pulled out the couch the laminate stopped at the end of the couch and there was bare wood under the couch.

Took out of old converter and purchased a new 3 stage Progressive Dynamics 9265 converter. I couldn't find the same laminate I used previously so I decided to cover the couch area with carpet.

My wife and I began to look for recliners and ended up at Ikea and bought two recliners that were only $150 each. They are very comfortable and we plan to put wicker baskets under each chair for additional storage. I need to move the battery to the left a little so I cut off the old plastic battery box and will end up building a wood box around the converter and a new battery box. We have a 25' so space is a premium and each recliner is only 26" wide.

Hopefully the pictures I have taken will upload.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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Very nice. We did a similar project and ended up putting the batterys out front in the storage box. (actually they were already there from a previous mod by the po) but we decided to leave them there for the space. Put the 9260 inside on the floor between the recliners. Covered it with a wooden basket from World Market. Enjoy and keep us posted!
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I finished the remodeling. Thought I would put in some updated pictures.
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Nice job!
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Very nice...what do you have hidden beneath the box? Love the brown leather!
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Brown Box

The wooden box covers the battery which is in a plastic battery box and the new converter. The back of the box vents out of the trailer using the same opening as the old battery. The wooden box is covered in 12" vinyl floor titles from Lowes. I also made a cover of the same material for the storage to the left of the picture. We also purchased four wicker storage boxes from Ikea which fit under the chairs. Two wicker boxes under each chair. They are exactly the width of the chair frame. Due to the size of the two chairs we are still able to open both the dining room table and the small table on the right side of the picture.
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Tiles on the Box

Very clever covering the box with the tiles. They look great. We also hid our converter under a box. Box has plenty of ventilation for the converter. Batteries are out front in a storage box. We had ripped out the old carpet, got rid of a sofa (not original) and put in flooring and recliners. Here are a few pics. Not the best pics, light washed out a few. But we seem to have had similar ideas! Skye was having a ball with fabrics and the walls...

Worst thing I did was stick that little blinking LED for the converter directly in the line of sight from the bedroom. Dang that thing can be bright at night.
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Beautiful job on the wood floor. Your chairs look great. I still work so we only use our Airstream for a month in the summer. The Ikea chairs we chose were very comfortable for the cost. Yours look great, we'll have to save our pennies. I put the blinking light inside the box. The lid just lifts off so I can get to the battery. I can just tilt it up to check the converter.

I must say, the couch was extremely uncomfortable and the chairs are a great improvement. The couch was ok for me since I would take 2/3's of it, but felt bad for my spouse who only got 1/3.

Your Airstream looks great.

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Nice work on both these Airstreams. The one thing I wish we had in ours is a set of recliners. Thanks for showing us and others ways it can be done.

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Very clever covering the box with the tiles. They look great. We also hid our converter under a box. Box has plenty of ventilation for the converter. Batteries are out front in a storage box. We had ripped out the old carpet, got rid of a sofa (not original) and put in flooring and recliners. Here are a few pics. Not the best pics, light washed out a few. But we seem to have had similar ideas! Skye was having a ball with fabrics and the walls...
Very nice! Beautiful interior.

Where did you get the recliners? I will be in the market for a new one. The Lane recliner I have in my Excella is junk. The vinyl trim on the arms is peeling off to the backing cloth, and the leather surface on one of the arms has a hole in it. It's about five years old, but has been looking bad for about a year now.
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Worst thing I did was stick that little blinking LED for the converter directly in the line of sight from the bedroom. Dang that thing can be bright at night.
I put mine just above the lower curtain track for just that reason. That way the curtain covers it when they are closed. My sympathies.
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Beautiful job on the wood floor. Your chairs look great. I still work so we only use our Airstream for a month in the summer. The Ikea chairs we chose were very comfortable for the cost. Yours look great, we'll have to save our pennies. I put the blinking light inside the box. The lid just lifts off so I can get to the battery. I can just tilt it up to check the converter.
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Thanks, I still like the brown in yours I think. And ours were not as pricey as you might think. We only leave one of the ottomans in there and we share it. Yeah, I definitely blew it with the indicator light.

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Nice work on both these Airstreams. The one thing I wish we had in ours is a set of recliners. Thanks for showing us and others ways it can be done.

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Cant wait to see pics of your when you get it done!

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Very nice! Beautiful interior.
Where did you get the recliners? I will be in the market for a new one.

I put mine just above the lower curtain track for just that reason. That way the curtain covers it when they are closed. My sympathies.
Skye got the recliners from Overstock.com. They each have an ottoman and they each also have a small round table (big enough for a paperback and a cup of coffee) that mounts on the sides. But those tend to move with you in the chair and we generally leave them home..
And quit laughing, I will figure out something to do with that light that will be way cool!
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