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Author Topic: Where would one go to find decent used captains chairs?  (Read 3321 times)
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« on: October 10, 2007, 03:28:45 PM »

Thinking well ahead so I can keep an eye out, where would I look for old captains chairs? What boneyards can anyone recommend, especially around the western states of the country?
Is that where I could find some decent leather chairs?
What is the market price for them? I don't think I can afford brand new Flexsteels right now.


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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007, 03:43:22 PM »

Dave;

get ahold of songman he had a new one he wanted to get rid of.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 04:09:02 PM »

 Dave, take a look at www.discountrvfurniture.com
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 05:17:47 PM »

Auto wrecking yards, 1990 +- a few years, Chrysler New Yorker seats.  Usually around $60 per pair, fully self contained electric, leather in 5-6 colors, and by far the most comfortable seats I've ever ridden in.  I have two in my Crown and two in my Bluebird, recommended originally by Fred Hobe.  Best deal going for amazing seats and you won't regret it.  Far more comfy than any captains chair I've driven in...
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007, 05:20:00 PM »

Dave, I got a pair from a conversion van. But I did not want leather. The set I found was a good color for me, 40.00 each. Just another idea.  Tom Y  
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2007, 05:31:20 PM »

Like Tom, I got mine from a junk yard.  I found that if I called them 'captains chairs', nobody knew what I was talking about.  If I called them 'those nice seats from a custom van', they knew exactly what I wanted.  I got a decent pair, with the pedestals, removed from the van and loaded into my truck for $100.  I got the rear-most pair, as they were the least worn. 

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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2007, 06:20:23 PM »

Hey Dave,

Here are the ones I have that Don mentioned. They have never been installed, even though they are about 4-5 years old. Unfortunately I only have the one seat and the J-lounge. I just can't put white leather in my bus. I'll have kids and cats on the road with me.

Not sure if it is something you'd be interested in, but there they are.

Dale
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2007, 07:30:55 PM »

Some great ideas here. I remembered seeing something about the New Yorker seats but forgot all about it.
I've seen some of those Discount RV furniture seats. I seem to recall someone on Ebay having some of the Knight chairs available but I was wondering if the quality was any good. Does anyone have any of the stuff they sell?


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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2007, 08:59:26 PM »

You can find some great deals on seats at salvage yards, if you choose to get a set from a conversion van, get them from the center part of the van, the ones in the front only slide back and forth, the ones in the center get less use and swivel, most of them recline also.
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2007, 02:17:28 AM »

I bought a pair of Chrysler MPV seats off eBay; as well as all the usual movements that such seats do you can also fold the backs down onto the squab to make a table - while I don't want to use them as tables, I realised that using this feature enabled me to swivel the driver's seat around without it hitting the steering wheel - so when I am parked up the drivers seat can face backwards and be used as part of the motorhome seating - I don't think I have seen this done before, although I know that many coaches have the drivers seat on a lower level than the rest of the floor so it wouldn't be practical anyway

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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2007, 08:54:51 AM »

Oops! I did forget the link, didn't I? Good thing you guys are smarter than I am.

http://rts-bus.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=17

I'll respond to your messages in a bit.

Thanks.
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2007, 02:55:40 PM »

Used luxury automotive electric seats ARE the way to go.  Yeah, go to your local friendly wrecking yard and tell them you brought $money$ and you want some fancy seats.

Another way to go would be to go to your local, friendly, heavy truck wrecking yard, state the same statement and ask to see all the take out excellent or new condition....

....heavy over-the-road truckers seats that also adjust all sorts of ways, plus also usually but not always need air pressure to hook them up properly, but may be $CHEAP$ also.

I myself am looking at used sofas at the used furniture store as I am on a budget and the sofas can be slept upon as well as sat upon doing thus double duty. 

Only problem is, that like a lot of others, I find it uncomfortable to try to sit sideways inside a bus or coach while running down the road.  I get car sick.  Oh well.
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2007, 04:07:23 PM »

The problem with luxury automotive seats, at least for me, is the lack of armrests. Some people may not care about that but I plan to spend a lot of time in that driver's seat one of these days so I want a place to rest my arms.
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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2007, 04:43:42 PM »

I found that driving our Eagle with "Armstrong steering" I have to keep both hands on the wheel. Also the fact I have a four speed crash box makes the armrest on the right a problem.

Now if I had power steering and and Allison I might think differently! Grin Grin

Paul
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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2007, 05:02:55 PM »

Good observation, Paul. I had never thought about how it would be with a manual transmission.
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