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Old 06-23-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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Gaucho Zone Pix? Need Ideas

Thanks so much for any ideas or especially pictures of how you are using this space! Or share your ideas for us.

The PO removed the gaucho and so ours is an open slate. Our primary desire is to have a third place sleep in our 1970 Overlander.

Here's a few more details:

The AS does not travel*; it has happily stayed in our backyard for two plus years.
We aren't talented enough to custom build something ourselves;
If necessary we could hire someone to custom build it, but quick and cheap would serve our needs for now;
Is there even an ikea sofa bed frame or something we could put up front in the "gaucho zone" given that we are in a fixed location?
I assume finding something light weight is the key if we were to attempt store-bought;
Second goal is to have a little seating area with table, thus the desire for a sofa at times in this space instead of just a bed;
Do DIYers ever share their plans/dimensions, or is it something you just have to measure and figure out on one's own?

*Why haven't we hit the road in it yet? (We never bought a tow vehicle, in part because we love camping in our wilderness backyard, but also we aren't ready to spend $$ on TV and the reno costs just yet.)

Love the forums. I'm amazed at what others have done with their vintage overlanders - very inspiring!

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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Ikea has several options that might work for you. We put a little L shaped sofa sleeper in our 67 Globe Trotter and it fits really well. There is a large storage area under the chaise, too. The model we got was a Friheten, bit there are others. Take a look at my gallery pictures. We assembled it in the camper and it worked out fine.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:34 PM   #3
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DDDDavies used a klikklak in hers:
Gaucho Removal - So here is all that was left of the front gaucho and the convertable sofa I got to replace it (posted a reply in the "Small Living" thread. I'll likely remove the... Photo Gallery

I'm looking at a trifold futon for ours.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:27 PM   #4
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I bought a new jackknife sofa and mounted it on a pedestal.
Click on the link to see a picture of the Sioux River falls near my home.
Eastern South Dakota is very pretty with hills, rivers, and trees.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:33 PM   #5
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We put in a used/new sofa that was taken out of a motorhome.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:51 AM   #6
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We built a dinette/double bed that stays as a bed when we're on the road. There are pictures in our blog (link in my sig line). When we're not traveling, we set it up as a dinette for overflow hangout space when we have larger gatherings.
Our travel and renovation blog:
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