Mac's upholsters recreational vehicle interiors, campers and trailers. We also custom-fit RV carpeting, headliners and wall liners for recreational vehicles. If you need new foam or new covers for RV cushions, give us a call.
Recreational vehicles and campers are a big part of outdoor life here in the Pacific Northwest. While RVs are rarely used as often as family cars, they're subjected to extra wear and tear; fishing gear snags carpets, cushion fabrics tear, upholstery foam gets muddy and compressed.
The craftsmen at Mac's Upholstery repair camper cushions, reupholster RV interiors with the latest fabrics and restore recreational vehicle foam padding.
When hunting for an RV upholstery shop, it's important to remember that a recreational vehicle interior is not the same as a car or truck seat. RV upholstery is more like something you'd find in a family room, except it has to be more durable and fit better. Consider the RV upholstery we fabricated below. The owner wanted to replace the out-of-date fabric with something bright and tough. Red Crypton® was a perfect choice.
Original RV Cushion & Cover
Damaged Cushion Foam
Steam-Treating Damaged Foam
Before cutting new fabric for the cushions, we noticed the upholstery foam had gone flat in places. Some shops would toss the old foam and use new stuff. Instead of doing that, we restored the old foam with steam and a few tricks of the trade. As you can see above, the damaged foam turned out good as new.
Damaged RV Foam Repaired
Measuring Crypton® Fabric For Cushions
At this point we'd normally strip the old fabric covers and use them to pattern the new ones. Since the owner wanted to keep the old covers, we had to do everything from scratch. Not a problem – it just took a little longer.
Attaching Zipper To Fabric
RV Cushion With Blind Zipper
Reupholstered RV Cushions
When it was all said and done, the only challenge we faced was designing covers for the cupped surfaces. Fitting fabric neatly over a concave surface is not for a do-it-yourselfer. Two of the RV cushions were cupped, but it was nothing our skilled craftsmen couldn't handle.
Repair Damaged Seat Foam
You've probably seen this sort of damage before – the safety harness on an RV rubs against the captain's seat, tearing the fabric and shredding the upholstery foam. If caught in time, it's a relatively easy fix. When it gets to this point (below center) the repair can be a lot more difficult.
Damaged RV Seats
Replace Damaged Foam
Because it was originally manufactured with poor quality foam, the seat deteriorated in no time. Before repairing the fabric, it was necessary to rebuild the cushion. We replaced the cheap foam with high quality polyurethane. Then we reinforced it with special padding material underneath. Fortunately, we were able to salvage the fabric. With the cushion repaired, we reattached the upholstery fabric and that was that.
The owner could've saved a chunk of money by bringing it in before the foam was shredded – something to keep in mind if you notice this sort of thing happening to your seat.
Matching Stitch Patterns
Often times it's unnecessary to replace an entire seat cover when only a section of the seat is damaged. Finding the right fabric for a sectional repair is pretty straightforward. Matching the original stitch pattern is where things get tricky.
Matching Stitch Pattern
Perfect Replacement Stitching
A seamless repair requires aligning the thread and fabric with the existing stitch line, then matching the stitch length. When the stitch length is right, the thread used in a sectional repair slides precisely into the existing stitch holes. As you can see from the pics above, there's no way to tell the seat's been repaired. The stitch line looks original.
New Vanagon Pop Top
Volkswagen long ago stopped manufacturing the Vanagon Bus (a.k.a. Westfalia Eurovan) for the U.S. market. The company says there's insufficient demand for a van-sized camper. Try telling that to folks devoted to their Vanagon. Despite the vehicle's notorious mechanical flaws, Vanagon owners still delight in the ability to pop their tent top and camp almost anywhere.
Since Vanagon afficiandos can't buy new models here, they're keen on maintaining the old ones, such as this camper in need of a new pop top tent canvas.
Vanagon Roof Shell Removed
Old Vanagon Pop Top
Prepping For New Pop Top
Installing New Pop Top
Sealing Pop Top Canvas
New Vanagon Pop Top Installed
We could custom-manufacture a new tent top for this Vanagon, but there are plenty of affordable replacement tops in the aftermarket. Installing the top is the hard part. To do the job correctly, you have to remove the shell and tent component in a certain way. The same goes for replacing the top and reinstalling the shell.
Our Vanagon expert has learned a few tricks to flawlessly replace your pop top tent and get you back on the road in no time.
Restoring 1966 Airstream Interior
Mac's Upholstery recently enjoyed the rare opportunity of restoring the interior of a vintage 1966 Aistream Trailer. The snapshots in the first row were taken before the restoration. The pictures below were taken after we fabricated and installed the new padding, upholstery and curtains. What a difference!