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Old 12-30-2016, 09:19 PM   #1
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Gaucho Option on 17B

I have a 17B on order. I want to make certain I understand the Gaucho option. My understanding is that it adds a double bed above the rear dinette so it's possible to have two double beds in a bunk arrangement plus the single bed in front.
Can someone verify that for me? And where do the components for the upper bunk store when not in use?

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I have a 17B on order. I want to make certain I understand the Gaucho option. My understanding is that it adds a double bed above the rear dinette so it's possible to have two double beds in a bunk arrangement plus the single bed in front.
Can someone verify that for me? And where do the components for the upper bunk store when not in use?

Walt
Walt, watch this video starting at 23:13. This should be helpful. I think the gaucho is at the front over top of the single bed.

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Old 12-30-2016, 11:28 PM   #3
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When this question comes up (which it does, regularly) I usually link to an illustrated description which I did a decade ago and posted in FiberglassRV... in case you prefer not to go through a video.

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I have a 17B on order. I want to make certain I understand the Gaucho option. My understanding is that it adds a double bed above the rear dinette so it's possible to have two double beds in a bunk arrangement plus the single bed in front.
No, it's the front. "Gaucho" just means a seat (sofa, couch, whatever) which can be used for sleeping. In the front of an Escape 17', the gaucho bunk option provides an upper bunk above the seat/bed as well. The front dinette is only wide enough for single-width (lower and upper) beds.

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And where do the components for the upper bunk store when not in use?
The upper bunk folds down to become the backrest of the couch. There are also a couple of supports and a filler panel - put those where ever works for you.
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We had one in our 17B - Brian is right it adds a single bunk not overly wide- another thing to think about if you may or may not use it- it does take away some of the width of the seat when using the table. I'd I didn't think I would use it much - I would have preferred the little bit of extra width on the bench.
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I believe ETI told be the bunks are 30" wide. Had wondered if would only be useful with kids, but sleeping on my side with knees comfortably flexed I only use just under 25". I'd check out the size you and whomever might find sleepable. The clearance between bottom and upper isn't much, however. Have gotten the impression it is definitely only a berth to slide in and out of...but also planning on getting the gaucho bunks in my Escape.
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