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Old 02-22-2016, 05:26 PM   #1
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Swap gaucho and twin bed.

Anyone do this? I would prefer to sleep in the larger bed in the sleeping area and keep the front a twin/couch.

I have the rear bath model.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:30 AM   #2
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Nobody has done this?
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:33 AM   #3
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Whats the plan

Where do you think you can fit a double bed if you have the rear bath and still want the sitting areas in the front...?
I did it opposite than your plan....I removed the double bed and replaced it in the far rear with a fold out couch/bed from an eighties model. A bed is wasted space, as far as I am concerned, for usable, daily space. So, I set up the rear sitting and living room as such. Then it is convertible to a bed only when I need it. The living area there has fold down table/desks, a wall mounted TV, speakers, appropriate lighting an ventilation.
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:25 PM   #4
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I was thinking about taking a twin and moving it to the front, and taking the pull-out gaucho and moving it to where the twin was.

I'll be camping alone mostly and I would rather sleep on the bigger bed near the back rather than in the front.
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Does your trailer have an outside hatch under your present twin? If so, it may interfere with the gaucho's frame.
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:27 PM   #6
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I hear you CaCraig. I'd prefer the bigger bed in the middle area as well. We actually were thinking that a dinette would be more suitable at the front because one could sit and look out the window when eating. At night it could fold down into a very nice 3/4 bed. As for the two twin mattresses, we would incorporate them somehow into the dinette. And set up the tv either in the middle or near the dinette. There are some amazing photos on Pinterest for Airstream interior remodels. Don't know how to insert an image but I have an Airstream Board on Pinterest.
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I have '72 Tradewind 25' rear bath and replaced twin beds in the middle with a futon on either side. They fold out and meet in the middle. Put nice foam/gel pad over it. Now a King bed! Works great!
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:30 PM   #8
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McMahon.tom: Oh a king mattress would be fantastic.

I like the dinette idea too but I was trying to keep the inside intact as much as possible.
I know other models about the same year had a gaucho on one side and cupboards and closets on the other. I'm pretty sure the swap will work, but I might need to but some of the aluminum rails from the gaucho.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:31 PM   #9
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The was supposed to be 'cut' some of the aluminum from the gaucho rails.

The twin and the gaucho measure the same so I think the swap will work, but the gaucho front looks different from the twin.

I emailed 2 people in the classified section who probably had gauchos for sale and neither emailed me back. That seems to be a trend on here.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:36 PM   #10
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Relocating the battery

Who has done it and where did you put it?

I was thInking about changing to two 6V batteries. The problem is location. I was going to put them under the curbside twin bed but the furnace ducting is in the way. That would have been a good location because of the hatch access panel and hooking up a solar suitcase.

My next choice is to but them under the street side twin and run the cables under the floor over to the converter. Through conduit or a Pex pipe. Not ideal because of charging, but I'm opening up the belly pan anyway to install a gray water tank.

Ideas?
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