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Old 04-24-2008, 11:29 AM   #1
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Question updating interior cushions - sources?

Bought a 2000 19' Bambi, and want to make the interior more up to date. I'd like to buy new dinette cushions and a matching bedspread in current colors - is this something I'd have to order through a dealer, or can I buy these from Airstream? Thought about slip covers, but the cushions have a seam and separate bolster on the edge of each cushion, and there's a raised seam around the edge of each piece, so it would not look right. I'd like the clean, square edge look of the new cushions. Don't need the curved filler pieces behind the back rest cushions, as mine has fixed wooden backs.
Thought about buying foam squares and having covers made, but the seat cushions have a curved end that goes against the trailer nose wall. Maybe I should check with boat cushion shops?
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I have a 2005 22' International, and would like to find dinnette cushion covers. An idea where I can buy? I travel with my 4 year old, and so the yellow gets dirty quickly.
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Check with forum member 'Silver Threads'. I know they do curtains, but I think that they may also do cushion covers. They have a web site in their profile here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/memb...ads-15902.html
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Check with forum member TBRich - they do cushion covers and curtains for Airstreams

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You can take your cushions to any local upholstery shop. They'll use them as a template in making replacements to your specification. We did this with our Argosy and it worked out well. Of course we went with all new foam for something 30 years old.

Bedspread? How fancy do you want it?
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:47 AM   #6
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Check with forum member TBRich - they do cushion covers and curtains for Airstreams

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Good to know! I wasn't aware of this.
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:33 PM   #7
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A good local upholstery shop can take care of you. I just had all new cushions made for the dinette I built in my 25er. They are beautiful (but expensive....).
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Well, I ended up making slipcovers for the cushions. They're not perfect, but I'm happy with the way they turned out. To give a sharper edge to them, I flipped the cushions so that the bottom is now the top and (for the backrests) the back is now the front. I'll take pics and post them. IKEA has a great selection of contemporary fabrics, and we selected a bright lime green for the seats, with a bright orange for the backs. We found red, patterned comforter covers with lime and orange elements, and bought those and lightweight comforters for the bed, also at IKEA. Changed the brass hardware on the bath door, and the kitchen shade pull, to brushed grey metal finishes. Removed the valances, and repositioned the snaps to expose the outlets hidden behind the drapes. Mounted an aluminum finish clock on the wall. IKEA had coathooks that look like the pop-out closures on the cabinets, so I put up a couple of those to hang the trash bag, dog leash, etc.
Did you know that velcro holds very well to the mousefur interior surfaces? It's held the clock in place despite some severe bumps.
Anyway, thanks for all the suggestions - now our Bambi looks up to date!
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Forgot to mention that we found that the twin size comforter is just right for the curved Safari bed, and also for the dinette when converted to a bed.
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I called JC today asking about buying cushions from the factory since they would have the easy, no-brainer, exact fit cushions to use. We're looking to change the fabric in our '07 Ocean Breeze and it would be a little easier to have two full sets of covered cushions to swap in and out based on our mood and level of dirt on each cushion. She steered me away from factory purchase and said to go to Lowes and buy seat cushion material. Anyhow, I didn't think Lowes would have this product but after work I checked it out. They do not. Joann Fabric carries a 5" high density cushion material but I'm not certain that it is the right stuff. Plus, it's $52.99 per yard! Ouch! The material was modestly priced, but I can see the cost of the cushions easily doubling the price of the project. Tomorrow I'm going to get a quote from the upholsterer. It has to be cheaper for them to do it all. A foam cutter is $269 on the net. It looks like a cheap scroll saw with a long blade on it.

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Compared to the cost of the furniture, re-upholstering is cheap. It is always sad, to me, to see an otherwise nice coach that is filled with hand-me downs and such. The pleasure of "being away" is enhanced by nice surroundings. Otherwise, resort hotels would go out of business. We, all of us, make the point that RV'ng wisely is less expensive than those nice hotels, and more spiritually satisfying than the cut-rate places. So why find this cost to be prohibitive?

The first thing my wife and I did in our trailer was to get rid of all the hand me down furnishings, upholstered or case, and we measured for custom curtains and flooring. The difference was night and day. We've a ways to go yet.

Want expensive? Try nearly $2,000, new, for a complete dinette set of booth and table from one of the major suppliers. I'll find, second-hand, a dinette set that I can re-finish, and have CUSTOM upholstery done.

And if I don't like it, I'll have it re-done.

This stuff is just normal wear-and-tear, and the value of the coach is maintained when done properly.

Our curtains, nicer than the OEM factory ones, were over $1,000 because the fabric and the work weren't cheap. They're gorgeous. Now we can have bedspreads made and work with living area furniture that will look great as well.

When I go on vacation, I want to get away. To a nice place.

(Note: By the way, the local foam place told me that a $20 electric knife was what he used for about 10-years before getting a "proper" cutter. I bought one and s-l-o-w-l-y cut up a memory foam mattress topper to fit our x-long twin beds (as the old king bed was given away when we sold the house)).
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The $$$ problem with the foam and many of the fabrics is that they are petroleum based. Right now, that really drives the material price.

I made a custom dinette and installed it for less than $500. I had to have the cushions custom made, since I did not have anything to re-cover. I used 5 inch foam. They were 3X what the dinette cost me to make, but they were beautifully done.

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Check with forum member TBRich - they do cushion covers and curtains for Airstreams

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Thanks for the plug, Jim and Rod... Greg is amazing with that sewing machine and he has made several decors (I've lost count) in the form of slip covers and matching curtains for our Bambi...he's also made curtains and silp covers for a friend who has a 19' CCD...they are great and are better than the originals. Greg is most comfortable with newer Bambis because he is familiar with the furnishings, but he's one clever dude... PM us if you are interested or want pics of what he has done...

Here's a pic of our "Cayene" decor (pic #1)...one of the "Cabana" decor (pic #2) which has ultrasuede cushions that we can mix with other decors...and "Golden Zebra" decor slip covers, cushions and bedspread (pics #3 & #4)...
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Holy catfish files.....Batman!

YOU GUYS ARE GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just might have to make a quick stop in AZ on my way West if time permits. My CCD stock interior is just a little boring and needs some ....pizzazz!!!

The best part is.....if it fits your trailer.......it will fit mine!
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Holy catfish files.....Batman!

YOU GUYS ARE GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just might have to make a quick stop in AZ on my way West if time permits. My CCD stock interior is just a little boring and needs some ....pizzazz!!!

The best part is.....if it fits your trailer.......it will fit mine!
Well thanks, Lew...we've read some might fine things about you, too! It would be great to meet you, so come on down if you can!
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Here's a pic of our "Cayene" decor (pic #1)...one of the "Cabana" decor (pic #2) which has ultrasuede cushions that we can mix with other decors...and "Golden Zebra" decor slip covers, cushions and bedspread (pics #3 & #4)...
AMAZING! It would be hard to pick just one as a favorite if I had to. It's quite an improvement over some of the standard offerings from AS!

By the way... cool pic in Saveur. We're envious!
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By the way... cool pic in Saveur. We're envious!
Thanks!

For those who are wondering what Jim is referring to...we were named in an article by Bruce Littlefield in the June issue of Saveur magazine...about cooking in Airstreams...we also sent them pics of our tiny Bambi galley to use with the article. Jim and Rod referred Bruce to us for information for the article... We haven't seen the article yet, but we've received calls from friends about it...Saveur is sending us a copy soon. Anxious to see what they said and what pictures they used...
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Sofa for 73 Argosy?

Hi folks.. I'm new here.

I restored the exterior of a 1973 20' Argosy. It looks nice. I replaced the dinette with a desk and shelves (Retired, but still teaching online). I love the unit! Problem: For two years I have been sleeping on an inflatable mattress because the sofa cushions were missing when I bought the trailer. I've noticed from online searches that several older Airstream and Argosy models seem to have the same pull out sofa design (My floor plan is sofa across from sink, port side forward of closet).

Could anyone please send me a photo and/or description and dimensions of the cushions? Or direct me to a site where I can see detail? I've been scratching my head over this for two years (Seems like there had to be three cushions to make it work). The sofa is the one thing I'd like to restore to original.

I can make the cushions and backing myself, but need specs and explanation of how it worked. Still getting used to using groups.. Would appreciate sending both here and dgulick@udel.edu just in case I miss it here.

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Hi folks.. I'm new here.

I restored the exterior of a 1973 20' Argosy. It looks nice. I replaced the dinette with a desk and shelves (Retired, but still teaching online). I love the unit! Problem: For two years I have been sleeping on an inflatable mattress because the sofa cushions were missing when I bought the trailer. I've noticed from online searches that several older Airstream and Argosy models seem to have the same pull out sofa design (My floor plan is sofa across from sink, port side forward of closet).

Could anyone please send me a photo and/or description and dimensions of the cushions? Or direct me to a site where I can see detail? I've been scratching my head over this for two years (Seems like there had to be three cushions to make it work). The sofa is the one thing I'd like to restore to original.

I can make the cushions and backing myself, but need specs and explanation of how it worked. Still getting used to using groups.. Would appreciate sending both here and dgulick@udel.edu just in case I miss it here.

Thank you. Regards,

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Nice looking rig! My 20' Arg is a 72, but I'm sure the gaucho is the same size. I'll measure it when I get home and PM you the dimensions of the cushions (there are 3 parts).
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Hi folks.. I'm new here.

I restored the exterior of a 1973 20' Argosy. It looks nice. I replaced the dinette with a desk and shelves (Retired, but still teaching online). I love the unit! Problem: For two years I have been sleeping on an inflatable mattress because the sofa cushions were missing when I bought the trailer. I've noticed from online searches that several older Airstream and Argosy models seem to have the same pull out sofa design (My floor plan is sofa across from sink, port side forward of closet).

Could anyone please send me a photo and/or description and dimensions of the cushions? Or direct me to a site where I can see detail? I've been scratching my head over this for two years (Seems like there had to be three cushions to make it work). The sofa is the one thing I'd like to restore to original.

I can make the cushions and backing myself, but need specs and explanation of how it worked. Still getting used to using groups.. Would appreciate sending both here and dgulick@udel.edu just in case I miss it here.

Thank you. Regards,

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BTW - What is that dartboard looking thing in the front window?
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