our Astroflyte dinette seats have damage from mouse urine. SO all of the soft stuff has been discarded. Some of the wood will need to be replaced along with cleaning the springs then rebuilding... With all that work ( we are DIY'ers) I am thinking it may be easier to just switch to foam. Who out there has done this??? I have not idea of the cost either way. And sources for foam?
Post by swirlygirls on Aug 15, 2013 5:41:43 GMT -8
You found a good price Universal. I had my seats professionally redone as well and I'm so glad I did. I first got a quote from an auto restorer for $900 but then found another person who charged $400 for her labor, the materials were $200. Still pricey but worth it.
With all that work ( we are DIY'ers) I am thinking it may be easier to just switch to foam.
Are you DIY'ers or looking for the easy way out? That's the first thing you need to decide on. I have been paying anywhere from $350 per pair to $550 per pair for recovering and rebuilding the old hinged seats including new padding and any spring adjustment. Foam is just OK... Original seats make your trailer era correct. And if you are looking for easy, just buy a new trailer altogether. That's easy.
I have also rebuilt my own and it wasn't all that hard. But I don't know how to sew and do not have the machine to sew with. So I leave the covering to the upholstery guys. The word "easier" just isn't used much in this hobby. It's all hard work but when you are finished you have something you can be proud of because you did it yourself with a little help from your friends and the upholstery guys. Want a challenge?
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...
Look down in the interior forum--there's a tutorial for rebuilding the dinette seats. It's pretty straightforward. I was thinking of switching to foam just for comfort, but after talking to everyone on here decided to rebuild the spring seats. Besides, doing it yourself also means you can add as much or as little padding as you want.
Post by gonekayaking on Aug 16, 2013 7:07:07 GMT -8
I'm the author of the tutorial that's posted here. It really is very easy to do if you have any sewing experience. That's the hardest part. And my personal opinion is that the spring seats are much more comfortable than foam for sitting, and make a darn good mattress too when used as a dinette. You can always throw a topper over.