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Old 07-03-2007, 09:58 AM   #1
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Has anyone used the Route 66 tapestry upholstery? I'm wondering if it's "too busy" to use. I saw it in a 50's style diner and have been looking all over town for it. I was told by a warehouse fabric store that the company that made it went out of business.
I found it online from a place in New Jersey. Does anyone have a picture of it in their Airstream? It's hard to imagine it from a little square on my computer screen.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:31 AM   #2
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Hi Diana,

We used it on both the L-couch and the side gaucho on our '71 Sovereign, so there's quite a bit in our trailer. I don't have an interior photo at hand but can get one when I get home. I think we used a total of almost 25 yards when we had both areas re-upholstered.

We thought we were doing something really different and neat when we had it done before our first Rocky Mountain rally back in 2001; when we got to the rally, we were one of four trailers with it - and that's back when the Rocky Mountain rally only had about 20 or so trailers!

We don't think it's too busy; we actually used the larger pattern on the base cushions and the smaller repeat pattern on the back cushions. However, everything else in the trailer - carpet, curtains, countertops, pillows, bedding - is really subtle. It's too busy to be used with any other kind of pattern anywhere. It's held up well in terms of durability; we keep the L-couch covered because of our two Labs. However, I have noticed in other places I've seen it used - mainly purses and seats in retro diners - that the white in the Route 66 shield in the pattern gets really dingy and nasty looking.

We've been fairly happy with it but to be honest, if we had it to do all over again, I doubt we'd use it. We'd probably spring for the extra expense of Ultraleather (at $48 a yard) because of the comfort, durability, and timeless look. It would also do a lot better job of shedding the dog hair.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:43 AM   #3
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I found this picture someone kindly posted on the 2006 RM VAC Rally thread...
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Great picture! Thanks for sharing.

Hmmmmm.....now you got me thinking. I have two Australian Shepherds and hair is an issue.
I like the fabric, so I'll look at having ultraleather for the seats and the fabric for the back cushions.

Right now, it looks like $2,178.00 to have them done with the fabric:
$480 for the fabric (20 yards)
$858 for HR50 foam pads
$840 for labor

I can probably price out the labor at different places, but the materials seem to be about the same anywhere I go.
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Old 07-03-2007, 05:08 PM   #5
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Upholstery

Before you start in you might talk to SilverThreads who is a member on here who is making curtains and doing upholstery.
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What type of Airstream do you have? Do you have Gaucho's?
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It's a '72 Tradewind with a gaucho. Here's a picture of the interior. The beds and gaucho will all be replaced.
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Has anyone used the Route 66 tapestry upholstery? I'm wondering if it's "too busy" to use. I saw it in a 50's style diner and have been looking all over town for it. I was told by a warehouse fabric store that the company that made it went out of business.
I found it online from a place in New Jersey. Does anyone have a picture of it in their Airstream? It's hard to imagine it from a little square on my computer screen.
I've seen it at Wal-Mart in the past. I had considered it when we redid our cushions, but decided on something else. If the company that made it went out of business, then it may not be there anymore, but it's worth checking. Especially at the prices you're calculating of $24/yd! Wal-Mart was much cheaper.
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We picked ours up at a local Jo-Ann Fabric store during one of their upholstery fabric sales. I think we paid around $13-$14/yard.

Doing the bottoms in ultraleather and the backs in the tapestry fabric is a good idea. It's a popular look in upscale living quarters in horse trailers and looks good.
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Heres one at this years 'Can Opener'

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Thanks for sharing!
Is she wearing an armadillo on her head????
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