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Old 03-27-2006, 04:30 AM   #15
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Many years ago I took the 2 benches out and installed 2 very nice office chairs A big job took a couple of days but was worth it very confortable for everning relaxing Of corse no more spare bed.
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Old 03-27-2006, 07:30 AM   #16
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I've found there are two requirements: an angled seat cushion, and some lumbar support. Here's the system I've used elsewhere:

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A block running along the front edge rasies the angle of the seat cushion, transfering some weight off your tailbone onto your thighs. It can either be fixed in pace temporarily (velcro?) or fixed to the underside of the 1/4" ply seat base that is also needed - thicker ply is not required as the flex in 1/4" adds to the comfort.

Stopping the whole thing sliding off the front of the base is kinda useful though - you don't want the little fidget at the exciting denouement of your novel to be accompanied by a sickening 2" drop and sudden stop!

The trapezoidal backrest cushion can be a nightmare to make (though it's the only use I've got for an electric carving knife!) and the foam isn't cheap. You can experiment with a backrest cushion that's a constant 4" deep, providing it's just the right height to suit you.

One problem with tilting the seat base cushion up is that the distance to the floor can become too great for comfort - often the seats are too high without tilting the cushion. This can be vital for a relaxing seating position, so don't ignore it. A couple of 2x2 blocks and a bit of ply can solve this.

Beware that increasing the comfort of a seat often increases the 'length' of the seating position, so that you can end up with your feet pressed into the base of a dinette seat opposite.


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Old 10-23-2006, 11:34 PM   #17
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I finally did something about this problem by finding a couple of office chairs and cannibalizing them. There were some compromises necessary to make them fit, but the results are most comfortable.
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:35 PM   #18
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This is a great thread. Per, this looks great! Well done! It appears you removed the outer facing arm? Do these swivel? How do you remove, or perhaps you don't, the table?

Personally, I like the idea of an airplane first class seat. They are so comfortable and levels out to function as a bed.

I wonder where someone could get a used one?

Any thoughts on this idea?
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Old 11-21-2006, 06:10 PM   #19
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Thanks, Gigi!

Yes, the outer arms just screw on with two screws, so I removed them. There is room to leave them on, but that makes getting into the chairs a bit tight.

The chairs did swivel, but I removed the whole underpinning setup, so these are fastened with 4 bolts, easily removable from underneath.

Andrew reminded me of the dimensions needed, and the pedestal is 15" + from the floor, so I did everything to mount the chairs as low as possible and I still had to make a couple of footrests, one for me and a taller one for my shorter wife. Additionally, she is OK with the chair set flat on the fiberglass whereas I like it a bit more reclining. Shimming took care of that.

The table originally was just mounted on two of those pedestals, but it was very unstable, so I made a couple mounts on each end near the wall. Two knobs go into threaded inserts under the table edge so the table comes out in about 15 seconds. The BIG difference is that it is now very stable (the old triangulation strategy again).

Since our trailer serves several purposes having comfortable seating makes a big difference.
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Old 11-21-2006, 08:23 PM   #20
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I think it's better to face frontward so you have room to stretch out your legs. See my solution at Jims Page
It's really hard to get comfortable inside the dinky trailers without going to bed. I abandoned the gaucho and dinette seating as being uncomfortable after about 15 minutes. Too vertical in the back and too flat in the seat.
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Old 11-21-2006, 08:25 PM   #21
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Fixed the link.. no more password needed!

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Old 11-22-2006, 12:34 AM   #22
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You're right, seat too flat, should be angled up somewhat, but no back support for me because the cushions were too far back. Actually I have plenty of room to stretch my legs since I'm an oh-so-average 5' 10" and the Burro is considerably wider than most. The idea was also to have permanent seating with nothing needing to be shifted around. Same with the bed in rear.

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