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Old 04-18-2022, 05:20 PM   #1
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1965 Tradewind front couch gaucho bed slides with taper attachment?

long title, but, I have a 65 Tradewind, and the front bed was messed up. I took it apart and i am not sure if this is homemade or correct to Airtstream?

The wood sliders are mounted at the rear on a hinge, and the front outer sliders have a taper to the bottom. When the bed is up into a couch, then the bottom cushion is somewhat reclined, pull it out to a bed and it's flat.

Did Airstream build them like this in 65?
Should there be a taper on all 3 sliders, or just the outer ones?
What was the hinge mechanism? (mike look like hardware store hinges)

Looks like the slides are just table slides after reading all the forums. Walter Wabash on the side. The front sliders are not attached to the lower frame at all other than the hinge at the rear.
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Old 04-18-2022, 06:07 PM   #2
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Not a 100% sure but that sounds like what came in my '68 tradewind.
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Old 04-18-2022, 06:16 PM   #3
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Correct on the Walter of Wabash. From what Ive read, he was the basic inventor of table slides in the early 1900s. We have a 66 Safari and some of the slides were missing. We made a few, not hard to make. Yours may be hinged on the rear, and not attached on the front, to be able to lift the bed up and access the foot lockers. At any rate, I attached mine on both ends for rigidity. I can slide the bed out, remove the cushion and access the compartments Id absolutely necessary. Or, open the foot locker doors and go that way. The vertical back cushion should be sewn like a hinge to the flat cushion. When I built the bed frame, I have a 1-1/2 front board that hides the front of the slides and the slides are attached to the front board so everything works at once. Maybe Im clear as mud. Let me know if you need pictures.
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Old 04-18-2022, 07:22 PM   #4
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Not a 100% sure but that sounds like what came in my '68 tradewind.
So, the tapered slides and the hinge should be there?

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Correct on the Walter of Wabash. From what Ive read, he was the basic inventor of table slides in the early 1900s. We have a 66 Safari and some of the slides were missing. We made a few, not hard to make. Yours may be hinged on the rear, and not attached on the front, to be able to lift the bed up and access the foot lockers. At any rate, I attached mine on both ends for rigidity. I can slide the bed out, remove the cushion and access the compartments Id absolutely necessary. Or, open the foot locker doors and go that way. The vertical back cushion should be sewn like a hinge to the flat cushion. When I built the bed frame, I have a 1-1/2 front board that hides the front of the slides and the slides are attached to the front board so everything works at once. Maybe Im clear as mud. Let me know if you need pictures.
The hinge isn't to open the couch up, there are doors at the front to get to the storage. The hinge is for the taper/recline the slides go into when pushed in.
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Old 04-18-2022, 07:42 PM   #5
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Pictures would sure help.
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Old 04-19-2022, 06:51 PM   #6
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It sounds very much like the gaucho on my '60 Overlander.
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Pictures would sure help.
Agreed!
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