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Old 02-27-2014, 07:24 AM   #29
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Though I'm not to the get-rid-of-gaucho phase of my rebuild, I've been giving it a lot of thought. DDrucker and Albert are doing some great work! Some of the thoughts that I've had:

Store the HDTV behind the seat back, have it go up and down.

Make slide out drawers that just accommodate an airline max-overhead-bin suitcases.

Install a yacht-style 3 height table with folding wings (see attachments). The table will mostly be at "cocktail" height of 17", with the ability to go to 30" (standard table), of down to 12" (bed height). With the wings folded in, it's easy to slide around and lounge about. Folded out, they will be great for those formal dinners when heads of state come knocking at my door

Make seating at sofa height, not chair height, to make the back as tall as possible. Sacrifice some leg room to make sure that the backs stay away from the walls. I think that Airstream designed the gaucho to be used by some general bipedal creature, not necessarily a person. When I sit on mine, I find myself leaning back at an odd angle with my head pressed against the funky old curtains. When I install my cellular blinds, I don't want greasy head marks on them!

Fabric will probably be Sunbrella, wrapped around 4" foam (cut with an electric turkey carving knife), and stapled to 1/4" Eurolite plywood. Instant cushions! I about spit my coffee across the room when I read that $4K quote above!

I'm still trying to come up with an elegant design to support the table. It'll probably be a multi-part affair, where you swap out posts depending on the desired height. Maybe an accordion-style MDF box, about 8" - 10" on a side?

I was at AlumaFlamingo over the weekend, and at the West Palm RV show the weekend before, and wasn't blown away by any of the OEM table supports. Amazing how little $750K buys you in a new RV! Our custom interiors will have those snobs gnashing their teeth in raw envy when they see our work!

I'm chronicling my reno adventures, if any are interested in follow-ups. Some 3D renderings are there that illustrate some of the above.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:09 AM   #30
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Albert thank you for sharing this.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:23 PM   #31
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Albert - nice work. Would you mind sharing your seat depth and height measurements, angle of seat back, table measurements, etc. When you have a chance?
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:24 PM   #32
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I wanted a view of the great outdoors and not my hallway leading to the bath.

Also it now is a much larger sleeper, and holds 8 ppl for poker, dinner or drinks!
Win, win win!
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:25 PM   #33
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Lightweight MDF, to be covered with laminate.
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:27 PM   #34
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Sure thing,
seat back height is 15", seat is 23', angle on backrest is 90. No need to add an angle on backrest since I will be leaning forward most of the time, and the cushions allow you to slouch a bit, so therefore creating your angle.
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:29 PM   #35
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Forgot,,, table is 26" wide to fit the two 13" backrest cushions, depth of table is whatever the length of couch is, cant remember mine, but it depends on your trailer for how deep you want to go, I went all the way to the door which created a king size bed! I still have plenty of room at entry, which you will see in my other posts of other reno's I'm doing throughout.
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Thanks for the measurements. BTW, is the lightweight MDF noticeably lighter?
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Absolutely gorgeous work Albert, thanks for sharing all of it with us!
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Thanks! Yes the lightweight mdf is much lighter than regular. By 66%.
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