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Old 02-28-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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Recliners can be added in which models?

My wife and I have been looking at Airstreams for a while and plan to buy one when life slows down a bit. We like the idea of recliners in our future Airstream. I have read as many posts as I can find about recliners and here is what I think I know:

From the factory you can get recliners on:
  • Flying Cloud 30'
  • International 30'
Or you can do a modification afterward on:
  • 25' Flying Cloud or International Rear Bedroom (possible on front bedroom but the furnace might impact the fold out table)
  • 28' Flying Cloud or International (is there enough room for the fold out table?)
  • 30' Flying Cloud, International or Classic
Is the above correct?

PS - Thanks to Doug Kottam for his many posts on this subject.


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Old 02-28-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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I have often wondered what hoops one would have to jump through to put recliners in a Classic 30.
Seems the subwoofer for the stereo could be incorporated into a small cabinet in the middle.
The converter would have to be relocated to the center cabinet as well. As is, the converter is closer to the street side.
I don't plan on getting recliners as I enjoy sleeping on the couch, but I am curious.
I wish they would bring back the 34 footers and have a couch + recliner(s).

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Old 03-01-2014, 12:03 PM   #3
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Completed the conversion of my stock "L Seat" sofa in my 2012 28' Intl CCD to recliners about a week ago. So, you can add the 28 to the mix.
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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The Eddie Bauer 25/27 looks like the easiest conversion. Take the benches out and put the recliners in, make a narrower pedestal table top.

The furnace sits farther forward in the Eddie Bauer's than the other 25/27's but it looks like they could be converted as well, with a narrow folding table between the recliners.

It is unfortunate Airstream does not simply offer this option in the mid-sized models. Probably because most want a trailer that has extra sleeping options, even though they may seldom be used. But there are many of us needing a comfortable "trailer-for-two", especially for extended travel.

And that's why we took our Airstream to Jackson Center for a factory appearing conversion. They did a great job, we couldn't be more pleased with the comfort. We regret the expense of scrapping the factory seating and buying replacements, but we have no choices in a mid-sized Airstream.
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:31 AM   #5
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BAB, thanks for sharing the picture of your 28'. Looks great! Did you do the work yourself? Also, if you happen to have a picture that shows a better view of the side table and remaining seat, I would be interested to see that.

Doug, thanks for the info on the Eddie Bauer. I hadn't thought about that option.

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Old 03-02-2014, 05:47 AM   #6
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:23 PM   #7
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I agree. I wish they would offer that extended-use trailer for two: two comfortable recliners, with end tables, facing a big flat screen TV, a nice shower/bathroom area, ample storage space, and an option of a queen bed or two twin beds. Add a robust solar panel option and 4 AGM batteries, and off we'd go. (I won't bother to request the fireplace offered in many serious RVs!) No flaming is necessary. I'm just dreaming!

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It always seems when someone says it cannot be done, there is someone doing it that did not get the message.

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