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Old 04-01-2018, 07:53 AM   #1
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This is the beginning of our conversion from the power incline front couch to two lounge recliners. My back is fractured in three places from my time in the service - 1968-1972 and as Iíve ďmaturedĒ when sitting for a while I am more comfortable with neck and head support. This is what the front looks like without the couch, removal is, in short a nightmare. I did it alone with my wifeís supervision and she helped carry the frame out, after removal of all cushions, heavy. So, itís not going back in, we have cushions and frame for sale if someone has ruined a cushion itís the dark brown color. I order recliners tomorrow and start on making covers for the Alde piping today until family comes over for Easter. This will be a slow process, but Iíll post pictures as we move along.Click image for larger version

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Old 04-01-2018, 07:55 AM   #2
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Sweet! Keep us updated. Would love to see the finished product
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Old 04-01-2018, 01:43 PM   #3
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Here is start to Alde covets. Issue is curve in body and thus Alde pipes. Not top piece will curve without angle cutting. Next issue is I could only find thin sheets of Aluminum, may switch to heavier zinc metal to give some more rigid application. My piece is high as I pop rivited it to the aluminum on the factory installed cover at bottom right, which raised up the part I did. Iíll drill out and redo to bring it down. Found more designs and one close to AS install top and bottom at HD. The bottom support although the same as the top is an inch narrower so I took the part that holds the aluminum sheet in off the bottom and reinstalled it without and used that piece on my install. Angles get so severe from this point on my not cover the pipes around the curves, just sides and front area. As I said this is not the finished product, but close Click image for larger version

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Wow, already a big change. I know it’s going to be wonderful. Can’t wait to see the finished product.
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Please keep us all updated. I also have considered removing the couch in our 31ft. Classic and installing two recliners. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks...Steve
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We looked an looked for recliners that would fit in the limited space and provide some degree of comfort in local furniture shops. No luck. I've figured with the Alde system and piping and the center area with wiring from the batteries, solar and sub-woofer our unit can accommodate about 30" width maximum, but we are also looking for back support height of at least 26.5". Simply does not seem to be available in "home furniture".

Therefore, today we are going to order RV Recliners from a company in Elkhart, IN that makes all kinds of RV furniture, including recliners. We found ones that are used in high end motorhomes that are only 27" wide, only 34" deep and seat back height of 29". The name of the company is BraddandHall and the person I've communicated with and will call today is Stephanie Casey. She sent actual color samples, we have the dark dinette and sofa and she matched the material exactly - (544-3197 - Brisa Fresco Ultraleather) 800-445-1830. Chairs come in a box and need some, what appears to be, minor assembly.
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To anyone planning on removing the couch and side arms. The arms are attached with four bolts each to brackets on the couch. Very hard to get the things off or the couch out if you do it the wrong way, which I did and one other member has done.

But, at 2:00am this morning, woke up and realized that when they factory puts these things in they do it as a unit. BUT, they do not have the Alde covers on, either the 40" one on the road side OR the small one on the curb side. Thus, without the covers, six bolts removed and the couch slides out far enough to simply remove the four bolts on each side and remove the arms and the couch can be taken out as is or cushions removed and taken out that way.

This should make what was a nightmare to a pretty simple process for anyone trying to remove this couch. By the way the Alde covers come off very easy and go back on the same. two screws on the curb side and three on the road side and they are off.

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our 2015 doesn't have the Alde system, but here is what ours looks like. We had Airstream build the center console, to cover the electrics, and give us a small table that does have a fold down table extension. The chairs are Villa, the same used in other Airstream in the past. A lot more comfortable than the sofa
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our 2015 doesn't have the Alde system, but here is what ours looks like. We had Airstream build the center console, to cover the electrics, and give us a small table that does have a fold down table extension. The chairs are Villa, the same used in other Airstream in the past. A lot more comfortable than the sofa


Very nice. Iím building Alde covers and the center table to cover electronics and sub. No rush as our chairs are not scheduled to deliver until mid May.
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Old 04-03-2018, 03:12 PM   #10
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Changed out first one I did so both sides have same size. Used bottom of arms I had removed as template to make angles. My wife likes it so far, I donít, but if she does we are good to go and moving forward
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Nice progress!
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Old 04-04-2018, 02:34 PM   #12
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Thanks, I had to put a bend in the Aluminum flat panels to get it off the Alde fins, which I do not like at all, but as I stated my wife is happy so I am good. It's only 36F here now and snowing with bad weather for the rest of the week, so I am going to start on the center table build for now.
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Looks good Bud. I know you’ll like the end results but it’s a lot of work in the meantime. Sorry the weather sucks.
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Laurie, actually don't remember an April, so far, this cold or snowy. Lite snow all day yesterday, now well below freezing.
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Laurie, actually don't remember an April, so far, this cold or snowy. Lite snow all day yesterday, now well below freezing.
Back in PA already? Still snowing in Kalispell MT.
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Yes and for reasons out of my control we had to return when we did. Seven inches expected Sat. I told my wife I can be ready to roll in four hours, sheís actually considering it.
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Your place is calling you, stopped by yesterday, All is good and clean and looking very lonely in the warm Florida sunshine.
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Kendrick, I donít like you, but thanks for checking on our place. 31f here
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All Alde piping now covered. Iím still not thrilled , but the pipes and fins, many of which were bent at the JC build, are protected. Center cabinet is done, waiting on handles fro the hardware company to match the hardware in our unit and also on our he chairs. All should be ready by Alumapoza the end of May. Not sure Iíd do this again with the Alde, but then this is our last AS so wonít happen anyway. I know JC would do a much neater job, but my wife is satisfied so Iím good to go. One more update, hopefully mid May when chairs are due in.
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