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Old 07-20-2017, 01:59 PM   #1
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Recliners for 25' FC

Talked to Chris at Jackson Center about getting rid of the dinette and getting 2 recliners as well as the custom cabinet. He said a lot of people that have that done buy their own recliners rather than buy theirs. Does anyone have recommendations on recliners?

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Old 07-20-2017, 02:05 PM   #2
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Some have used these.

http://www.lambrightcomfortchairs.com

I am looking to do the same.
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:29 PM   #3
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We used Villa International model recliners, about $750 each, the same ones Airstream used. Took the Airstream to Jackson Center where they installed a center console and side table from their 30' Recliner model production line, and built a custom cabinet over the converter/charger. This only works in the 25 Rear Bed models because of the furnace location in 25/27 FB models.

Recliners, materials, cabinets, labor, and all came to about $4000 total. Money well spent, very comfortable and functional for our 1400 days/nights traveling in our 25' all over the country many times.

Here's some in-process photos.

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I also flipped the bath door over and hinged on the opposite side for privacy from living space and better bedroom access. Then moved the bath towel ring and added a larger mirror.
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Old 07-20-2017, 03:22 PM   #4
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Some have used these.

http://www.lambrightcomfortchairs.com

I am looking to do the same.
This is what we did in our 25FB and we used a Lambright Wall Hugger Recliner. If you would like the contact info for Lambright please advise. I would be glad to provide the same!

The picture was taken with a wide angle lens which distorts things a bit.
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Old 07-21-2017, 05:44 AM   #5
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I wonder if the wall hugger Lambright has advantage over the ones Jackson Ctr uses?
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Old 07-21-2017, 08:03 AM   #6
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Two basic requirements we noted when selecting recliners. The must have built-in retractable leg rests (not ottomans), and the seat must be high enough to use the table comfortably, and for each particular user to see out the windows without peeking over the sill. Comfort is up to each individual, like a pair of shoes. We like ours, they like theirs.

We have comfortable Ekornes recliners at home, tried them in the Airstream and they didn't meet either requirement. They looked tiny in there. There's a lot of width in the front of the Airstream, the scale of the chairs was simply too small for good appearance (note that Airstream uses upholstered foam bolsters behind the dinette seating that do nothing but fill the space).

If you were to put a dining table between the recliners and up against the front wall, narrow recliners would be fine. We eventually added a narrow, longer drop-down table top to our Airstream center console. Very, very useful for meals and general use. We raised and left that nice little table top up (tapered, 24" at the wall to 18" at the end, long enough to just clear the floor when dropped down on its hinges) whenever in a campsite.

The Villa Int'l chairs are not wall huggers. We were able to recline them for normal use, relaxing, reading etc without pulling them forward, but all recliners with a leg rest will block the entrance door of a 25 if you put them in full recline (which we never needed). Recliners may look close to the entrance door but it presents absolutely no issue in actual day-to-day use.
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Old 07-21-2017, 02:38 PM   #7
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Lazy Boy recliners

We went to Lazy Boy and got 2 wall huggers. They work great!
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Old 07-21-2017, 04:58 PM   #8
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dkottum: Yay! I have wanted to see these photos ever since I saw your recliners in your profile picture! Would LOVE to do the same thing to our FC 25'. Really well-done!
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Old 07-21-2017, 05:20 PM   #9
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Talked to Chris at Jackson Center about getting rid of the dinette and getting 2 recliners as well as the custom cabinet. He said a lot of people that have that done buy their own recliners rather than buy theirs. Does anyone have recommendations on recliners?

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The recliners DKOTTUM used are the same as offered for a few years in the 30 FC and international. The side folding table is also. I think you will add value to your 25 if you make the transition. We have a 2012 30FC with the recliner option from the factory. The comfort from those chairs plus the floor room for our pups, is so much better than the couch across the front. Recliners are no longer an option for anything but the Classic now (as far as I know). Maybe because of that we have been contacted with offers to buy if we ever want to sell--just because of the recliners. The chairs stay in position via lock down hand turn knobs. In that position, they will recline about 1/2 way. It's very easy to unlock the round chair bases and move them away from the front window to allow a complete lay out if you want.
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Old 07-21-2017, 05:40 PM   #10
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The original owner ofur Safari 25 had recliners installed at JC when new. We liked them except....

1. With our trailer, which had no dinette, the recliners were the only seating. We had to use folding chairs for guests. With the newer trailers, some of the side sofa can remain, I think.
2. Hard to eat out of them. There was a small table on a boat pedestal between them, but there was not enough room to turn to completely face it. Sounds like you have that problem solved.
3. They would lean back when you sat far enough back in them to provide some back support. I was going to make a locking device, but traded trailers before implementing it. Make sure you can sit comfortably while eating.

We loved them when we were sitting and reading or watching TV.

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We shopped a lot for ours. In the Eddie Bauer 25' we had to find recliners that would not hit the hatch door frame when fully reclined but didn't block the entry door, either. I found just the right size, color and price chair at Wayfair. Other options are Amazon and Overstock, in addition to recliner makers. I cut and finished a 1/2" plywood panel which includes two steel pins, each of which fits into a recliner where a foot used to be. The chairs don't slide around or tip over even on rough back roads or highways in Louisiana. Total cost under $1,000 and they are removable and replaceable by the original interior (which we still use for grandkid-accompanied travel) in under 2 hours.

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Old 07-25-2017, 01:16 PM   #12
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I really like the looks of the Lambright Lam 100 wall huggers with the accessory table. There not cheap especially after adding $160 shipping. Does anyone have any comments about these recliners? Another question is do the recliners need to be attached in some way to the floor? The base of the chairs look pretty stable.
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Some have used these.

http://www.lambrightcomfortchairs.com

I am looking to do the same.
We have a Lambright, 4 years old and the Ultra Leather is splitting and flaking where the sun hits it. I would look at others or get cloth.



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