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Old 08-07-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Front gaucho conversion to dinette or L lounge

My wife and I are thinking of getting an additional Airstream in the Overlander to Ambassador size range. Most likely in the mid 70's to 1983 range. Can anyone point me to any threads where someone has successfully taken out the front gaucho/lounge out and installed a dinette or L shaped lounge like on the current Airstreams?

I looked at what brochures I could find from those years but couldn't find where the factory produced a model like that in this size class. We prefer the looks of the 27 footers but would go to the 29' if we need the room for the dinette or L shaped lounge.

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Old 08-22-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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I am almost done with a U-shaped lounge in the front of my 1999 safari 27. It's looking great - when I finish I will post a bunch of pictures. I made it out of cherry hardwood with stainless steel accents. It's going to be far more usable than the old convertible couch and side table that it is replacing.

Basically I built three 24 inch deep, 14 inch high lightweight benches laid out a U shape that wrap around the front of the trailer - one across the front wall of the trailer, a shorter one from the door on the curb side to the front bench, and a third from the front bench to the pantry on the street side.

Each bench has a hinged top that lifts to provide storage access. To keep the weight down, I used stick construction with glued and screwed joints, and I used rubber upholstery webbing instead of plywood for the top surface.

I'm having five inch thick cushions made both as backrests and as seat cushions to bring the seating height to 19 inches.

A table in the middle of the U drops down to form a queen sized bed.

If you search the forum there are many threads on replacing the sofa with a lounge - not too many plans as each one is pretty custom.

The basic strategy is to go real slow and measure often - the interior of the trailer is quite irregular. There is also a lot of thought to put in if you want to make the lounge transform into a bed - you need to get the cushion sizes just right so the backrests are the right height and length to cover the tabletop.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:30 PM   #3
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Ddrucker, any photos to post yet?

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Old 08-28-2012, 11:48 PM   #4
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Here you go...

Working on the drop down table right now, and getting bids for cushions. While it's not obvious in this picture, the bench tops all open up on hinges for storage access.

Approximate sizes - facing the front of the trailer - leftmost bench is about five feet long, back bench is about 8 feet long, and right bench is about 3 feet long. All of the benches are 14 inches tall and 24 inches deep at the top of the bench. I'm planning on 5 or 6 inch thick cushions, to bring the seating height to 19 or 20 inches. The table is going to be 48 inches wide and 32 inches deep, and 30 inches high.

When the table is lowered, it rests on cleats you can see on the sides of the benches. Two of the backrests will then drop down onto the table to form a queen sized bed.





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Old 08-29-2012, 11:47 PM   #5
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Absolutely beautiful work! Please post photos when it is completed.

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Old 08-30-2012, 06:59 AM   #6
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Very nice! I second the request for more photos when the work is complete.

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:44 AM   #7
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WOW!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:08 AM   #8
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Our 1977 has a factory dinette. Browse the images in our profile for details.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:23 AM   #9
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I LOVE this! You have done a great job and have inspired my next renovation on my Tradewind. I chuckled when you said measure often, I have found no straight line, nothing plumb, square or otherwise bearing any relation to any other line in my Globetrotter. I refer to it as freeform carpentry.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:55 PM   #10
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My family of four just got back from our first time out in our 66 Ambassador. The first thing we decided was to get the goucho out of there. I drew a diagram of what I wanted exactly the shape you have done. What is the table going to stand on while in the upright position? I thought about the floor mount pockets and pipes but, I don't really want those floor brackets there all the time. Thanks for the info and pics.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:18 AM   #11
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After getting a quote for more than $4,000 for upholstery at two local shops, I decided to go the DIY route.

I just finished cutting cushions out of six inch thick upholstery foam, and I found remnants of Naugahyde Nauga-Soft fake leather in the exact color I want on eBay for about $7 per yard. Total material cost about $500 vs. more than $2,000 in the bids from the upholstery shops.

I'm having a local seamstress sew the cushions - so my total cost will be about $1000 when all done.

Here's a picture with the cushions mostly done.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:26 PM   #12
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Dan, I can't wait to see the finished product. Thanks so much for posting photos of you progress.

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This is one of the trailers where many of us can't wait to see the final pics!
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:02 AM   #14
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I did it this way:

Wow! I love that design.
I had a '92 Excella and did not like the gaucho looking toward the bedroom - here is what I did to mine (before I sold it) to make a dinette:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...one-82027.html

Hope you get it the way you want!
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