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Old 08-06-2012, 06:01 PM   #21
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Thanks for the suggestions - they were helpful and the pics were as well. Kevin I agree that your overlays look pretty excellent and think this is a good solution (also a little less polishing )
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:11 PM   #22
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In my '63 I'm planning on a complete wrap dinette, with seats that start at the door and go all the way around. My plan is to drop the back cushions down to the height of the windows, full height everywhere else.

Perhaps y'all can do the side sofa with a similar cushion height?

I have a pencil sketch somewhere around here...
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #23
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More pics are always good

In the 64, the current windows are at the level of the seat - they are very low. Initially we were contemplating a u-shaped dinette as well, boxing around the windows, but when I started actually putting down tape lines, etc to lay this out and then trying the seating arrangement, it quickly became clear that it would feel cramped. we would also lose the effect of the double jalousie windows by the door and this airiness is one of the things that drew us to this trailer initially.

This newer layout would allow us to add extra seating by bringing in some folding chairs (if needed). We also might make a second lower pedestal and small top for a small coffee table. It could use the same mounting flange.

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This would mean traveling with two bases and storing the unused second table top underneath the one of the couches - but there is ample room for this.

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Old 08-06-2012, 07:15 PM   #24
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This is the '66 that Airstream has in the classifieds...I'm planning similar except the cushons will dive to meet the bottom of the windows.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:28 PM   #25
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If the seat comes to the base of the existing window, could you have a cushion/backrest that covers the window only when needed and is stowed when not in use? That way preserving the window?
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:46 PM   #26
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The way I've thinkin'...
When sittin' in front of the windows, my 3 'guests' will be enjoying the dining experence while LEANING FORWARD...in front of the short cushions;0)
Afterwards, they are very happily envited to depart the saloon and have after dinner cocktails outside...
Once the guests have said 'goodbye'...we can re-arrange the cushions and lean back, legs propped up by the windows, and enjoy some time reading or watching TV...
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:19 PM   #27
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I totally agree, a front dinette is an attractive design... but for what it's worth...my '62 Overlander came with your proposed modification (albeit very roughly constructed). Knowing nothing about the original layout at the time, I was perplexed at the awkwardness of having the lower jalousie window at my butt/hip level, the upper jalousie window at my back level. Felt like I was going to fall out/break the window. It was uncomfortable - same for streetside. I did a total gut so the 'dinette' went out and I am probably going back to the original floorplan...but that's months away, so if you come up with something...

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Old 08-12-2012, 08:38 PM   #28
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I put in the L shape just like you plan and loved it. I had the small window like yours and just keep the cushion right at the bottom of it. It worked out fine. Now I put in a permanent bed where the pull out couch was. Got tiered of pulling it out at night.. I will take a picture tomorrow for you.
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You could always put a couple of nicely finished wood slats across the windows to offer back support, while leaving the window still functional.
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Here is the pic of my L part. I think the back is about 13" high.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:50 PM   #31
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Cool! Thanks for the pics and reports about usage experience. This is very helpful.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:22 AM   #32
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A stupid question

Janet... I, too, have a 64 Overlander. What the heck is that piece of wood over the one bed for? I have the brackets but not the wood. Surely it isn't an extra bed!! You'd have to be flat as a pancake to sleep there!
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Not a stupid question - it's a bunk bed. And yes, you need to be on the lean side to use it, but it's sleepable. We'll most likely use it to store guitar cases
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How funny. The pic of the 58 Overlander plate with the vin number in this thread is actually for the one we bought last month in Arizona. (its currently sitting in our driveway)
I guess these photos can float around on the internet and sometimes get borrowed by folks making online ads.
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Mirrored glass - totally tasteless?

After much obsessing we've decided that all the glass on our 64 Overlander should be replaced. We are getting close (close meaning closer to the end than to the beginning) to the end of a long resto and almost ready to begin polishing. The old windows are regular glass and badly pitted - sand blasted really..

The replacement glass will be tempered and since the windows have to be rebuilt anyway we have some options. We're leaning towards glass that has some solar protection (low-e) and the local glass guy has suggested that we might want to use a mirrored glass on the back. It would provide some privacy for the bathroom and match the soon to be shiny trailer.

Has anyone ever used mirrored glass in windows or is this just a bad idea hatched by 2 guys who never really left the 80s? (Yes, DH, that means you and the glass guy....)

I've also wondered about distracting drivers who might be following...
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Great if you want to blind the drivers behind you.

May i suggest a mirrored disco ball inside to bring back the 80s!
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I've always thought the mirror-like reflective film that I've seen on some motor homes would look cool on an Airstream.

I wouldn't worry about distracting other drives... it won't distract them any more than a shiny trailer!
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Double check the privacy angle - i think you can still see through it if the light is behind it, like at night looking in from outside. The mirror finish only reflects light from outside. A dark tint may do as well.
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I'd think mirrored glass would be very interesting in an area like yours without a lot of tree cover. Your drummer may not be able to find the door though...
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