How to remove the lower Gaucho couch from its bracket on a Trillium - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-23-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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How to remove the lower Gaucho couch from its bracket on a Trillium

Hello everyone,
We have a 1977 Trillium 1300. We wish to reupholster all the cushions and replace the foam. But we do not know how to remove the bottom hinged cushion from the gaucho bed. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Mine is two sections hinged in the middle- yours looks like a single section. Only real difference is that there are either one or two separate cushions, both of which have zippers. The hinges obviously have to be removed first since they're on the outside of the fabric. I found it easiest to remove the unit from the wall first, hinge(s) and all. Then remove hinge(s) from bed sections, unzip, and remove cover(s).
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:58 PM   #3
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I did this.

I own a '77 Trillium 1300. Your gaucho looks identical to mine before I renovated it. Under the top cushion is a piano hinge screwed into a plywood bed board on top of the fabric. Place the gaucho in the bunk bed position and have someone hold the upper bunk while you unscrew the hinge on the upper cushion. Do not unscrew the hinge that attaches to the wall under the window.

Remove the upper bed and unzip the slip cover. I replaced the foam with half of this futon couch from Ikea.
BEDDINGE LÖVÅS Mattress - IKEA (The other half works for the lower cushion. $90 for foam for the whole gaucho.)

I put the old foam on top of the new and drew around it with a sharpie. Then I cut the new foam with a cheap electric knife (under $10 at the supermarket). I used the new foam to make the new cover in the same way. I placed it on top of the fabric and drew an outline on the fabric with a sharpie.

After you've re-covered the top part of the gaucho. Replace it the same way. Someone has to hold it in place while another person screws the hinge back over the fabric and through the plywood base. It is a good idea to replace any old screws with stainless steel ones if they aren't already.

My covers are a little baggy on the bottom, but good enough for me. Live and learn with each experience. A professional would make them fit better. Here are my before and after pictures.
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Old 03-26-2014, 03:15 PM   #4
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Just an idea....

I removed the "Goucho" back from the bed because is sticks so far out from the wall that it really wasn't that comfy. What was left was a great place to lounge after a few pillows were put in the corner. If you don't need the second bunk, it really makes the front much more comfortable. BTW, I covered the mounting block with thin foam and material from the new recover. Looks like it was designed that way.
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We also use the front couch as a bed after removing the top bunk/backrest. We could share the main bed but got disenchanted with climbing over each other in the night and split up!
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We also use the front couch as a bed after removing the top bunk/backrest. We could share the main bed but got disenchanted with climbing over each other in the night and split up!
Who gets the big bed?
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Hazel, we do the same thing - I actually prefer the narrow bunk!
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Just an idea....

I removed the "Goucho" back from the bed because is sticks so far out from the wall that it really wasn't that comfy.
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We also use the front couch as a bed after removing the top bunk/backrest. !
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Hazel, we do the same thing - I actually prefer the narrow bunk!
Rat own!

Where the gaucho once reposed in front of my Trillium, there's now a bed commonly referred to as "The Throne".

I not only removed the gaucho, I installed a sprung bed simple loaded with pillows, and beneath which there's enough storage for all the scanties, panties, and rigamarole that I could ever hope to haul. Reclining thereon, I take my first coffee in the morning, door open and enjoying whatever view results from my strategic location of the trailer. No one sleeps there but me, unless my husband is out on one of his solo trips with the trailer. Then, and only then, he's permitted to use it

At all other times, only I can occupy The Throne, Hubby being relegated to the folddown dinette.
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Removing gaucho

Hello there, thanks for your reply. We're working on getting the cushions removed.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:50 AM   #10
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Do ya'll need to have that vinyl backing and hardback material when recovering the gaucho cushions? I am trying to calculate how much fabric I need and whether or not to replace the vinyl backing. Thanks for your help.
Kate on Whidbey Island with a Trillium 1300.
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You are awesome, Elizabeth! How much fabric did you use? We're going to get new foam this weekend. And did you keep the vinyl backing on the cushions?
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The vinyl should be fine. Just use it again, unless you don't like the colour.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:11 AM   #13
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I got rid of the vinyl backing. It was old and nasty. I used the same cloth all the way around. I wish I could say how much I used on the beds/gaucho. I had a 10 yard bolt of unbleached denim. I bought it for a dollar a yard on a sale table at Hancock Fabrics. I used the same fabric (doubled to block-out the light) for roman shades for the every window, and for the gaucho. The fabric was 60 inches wide. I dyed all of it in the washer with RIT dye. The piping you see in the photo is Wrights Maxi Piping. It's sold in packages at Jo Ann's and Hancocks. I felt like piping made the seams stronger. It definitely made the seams in the denim easier to get straight.

My advice on yardage would be to cut your new foam and measure it all the way around the width and length, like you were wrapping a package, and then add a few yards. I bought zippers at Jo Ann's Fabric, but the cover that comes on the IKEA mattress has 2 zippers that could be reused. (Can you tell how really cheap I am? I reuse everything.)

A word about the IKEA foam. The particular mattress I linked to earlier is thicker than the original foam in the Trillium. It works great for bunks, but may be thick for the back of the gaucho. We only use the gaucho in the bunk position. That's where my girls sleep. I wanted them to have good beds. It's possible you could slice the top foam mattress thinner or wrap the fabric tighter than I did.

Post photos when you get this done. I'd like to see!
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I forgot to say. The back of the gaucho is plywood. I reused it.
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