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.