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Old 08-17-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone:

I just purchased an 11' Sunliner Camper which will be delivered tomorrow. Does anybody have any ideas on where to get new cushions, or how to cover the old ones? I was thinking perhaps getting some " faux leather " from Walmart and installing grommets on the backside where I could tighten it up. Thanks, Kate
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You can order foam from most fabric stores but new foam is pretty expensive. They would also probably have a list of seamstresses that would be capable of making new covers. Barring that, you could sew them yourself....in the end, they are only squares. It would probably be cheaper for you to purchase a new cheap Singer or brother sewing machine from Walmart and sew your own http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-26...achine/4764723
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Thanks for you suggestions Anita ! I'll know more tomorrow when I get the little Sunliner. I plan on using it for the kids to use as a home base at the local horse shows. It should be fun !
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You might not want to sew but it's all sewing a straight line....how hard can that be? There is tape that you can put on fabric and then iron to join seams but it wouldn't work for cushions...too much stress. It would work for curtains though.

If the old cushions smell I would try washing them (just the cushions....not the fabric) on the deck by dumping soapy water onto them and walking all over them to squish the soapy water through them. It would probably take awhile for them to dry.

To put your cushions back in the cushion cover you will need to wrap the cushion in a large plastic garbage bag. Slip the cushion covered in the bag into the cushion cover and then slip the garbage bag out. Otherwise it is almost impossible to get a cushion in a cushion cover decent.

If your floor looks dirty even though you washed it, I used to Armstrong no wax floor stripper on my camper floor and then put 5 coats of Armstrong no wax finish on the top and it looks fantastic. I bought mine at Menards...a large hardware/building store.

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Anita: Thanks for the great information ! I'll try both suggestions ! Thanks again, Kate
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Hi Kate,

Yes, foam is crazy expensive these days. I had some bench seats made for a boat this past winter (two bottoms, two backs, about 5' long), and it was close to $500 for the foam pieces and vinyl.

You can buy foam in different thicknesses at JoAnn Fabrics, but it's one density. Put some down on the floor and see if it's good for you. You'd probably need 3 or 4" thick. I have a denser foam on the boat seats to prevent them from bottoming out when hitting waves.

Since the factory cushions are just fabric over foam, I'd see about having some new ones made. Have zippers sewn into them to just pull over foam and then be removable for washing. Another option is finding some low noise plastic to wrap the foam in. They did that on my boat seats for moisture prevention, but you could use it in case of spills.

If you think the cushions just need to be replaced because they're old, you might be surprised. The fabrics they used then seem to hold up well and may just need a machine washing on cold water after you remove the covers from the foam. The same goes for the curtains too- just unhook the curtains, then remove the hooks from them, and throw them in the wash.

FYI, it looks like you have a 1981 13.5' RD (rear door). Sunlines are measured overall, so it's 13.5' overall.
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Hello:

Thanks for the information ! My new 1981 11' Sunliner camper was delivered last night ! It's adorable, as well as practical. The cushions look like they need a good cleaning, but I think recovering them as you said may be more affordable than buying new ones. Thanks for your ideas! Kate
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Kate...go to Pinterest.com website and in the search just enter "covering camper cushions"..the process is easy to understand..lots of pics..also how to wash foam cushions is there also. Have fun with your new camper! Janalee
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Thanks Janalee ! I'll check out the Pinterest.com website. Thanks for the information ! Kate
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Welcome,

The 1st thing I did when I got my 1983 Sunline T-1550 home was strip the covering off the foam and put coverings into the washer. The results were that I washed years and a ton of dirt out of the fabric. I noticed one of the dinette covers outer fabric separated in and area of heavy use. This may have been that way before the wash, however the white backing was intact. I did get some pelleting (little balls of fabric) and some very fine fiber particles. After allowing to air dry I reassembled (as mentioned by Anita 1) it isn't easy. I didn't use any plastic slip sheets. I'm very glad I did wash as they are very fresh and smell good. I did have to vacuum well to get the small broken strands of fiber cleaned up.

Oh I should point out that the pelleting was on the liner/backing material, which also held some very fine grit...like blue stone particles. The fine broken strands was the outer covering material. I vacuumed both inside and out. Hope this helps.

The foam in my case I didn't touch as they were in good shape and weren't dirty. Hosing and soapy water as mentioned should do the trick as mentioned.

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Hi Bunjin:

Thanks for the information ! I inspected the cushions this morning, and although they are dirty, they are not smelly. They are plaid on top, and have a water proof backing on them. I'm really looking forward to using it !

Thanks again,

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Sunliner,

Sweet, that is great the cushions are in great shape! We used a Rug Doctor (and regular floor soap) to get our cushions and covers clean. Worked like a charm.

When I said "wash the cushions and not the fabric" I meant using the method described....putting it on the deck and squishing cleaner through it. I didn't mean don't wash the fabric lol

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Anita: What's a Rug Doctor ? A company or a spray ?? kate
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A Rug Doctor is a carpet and upholstery cleaning machine. You can rent them from stores in your area Rent Rug Doctor or you can purchase one for about $500. There are other carpet and upholstery cleaning machines and any of them would work. Many people own them so you might want to check around with your friends. I own 2...one of them the Rug Doctor machine....so it is very common for people to have these types of machines.
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Anita: Ohhhhh..lol.....I have all wood and tile floors, so I'm out of the loop ! Thanks again for the info ! Kate
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We had new cushions made from Page Foam Cushioned Products, 850 Eisenhower Blvd, Johnstown PA 15904
814-266-6969 Toll Free 800 422-0669

We had the choice of getting fabric from them or purchase our own and send it to them. We purchased our own.

Cory the salesman was fantastic and gave us options and told us how much we needed for the size dinette we were making. We purchased the fabric we liked, shipped it to them, and received out cushions in a couple of weeks. They did an excellent job. It was a lot cheaper, (half the price) than a quote we got here in Connecticut.
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Thanks for the information about the custom cushions ! I appreciate your help !

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We had new cushions made from Page Foam Cushioned Products, 850 Eisenhower Blvd, Johnstown PA 15904
814-266-6969 Toll Free 800 422-0669

We had the choice of getting fabric from them or purchase our own and send it to them. We purchased our own.

Cory the salesman was fantastic and gave us options and told us how much we needed for the size dinette we were making. We purchased the fabric we liked, shipped it to them, and received out cushions in a couple of weeks. They did an excellent job. It was a lot cheaper, (half the price) than a quote we got here in Connecticut.
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Carol, that is an excellent source. Even though I've never worked with them, Page Foam was the OEM supplier of cushion and fabric products to Sunline for many years, probably back to the '80s and up through '07. I'm sure if you told them exactly what you were using them for, they'd know all about it.
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Yes I told him we had a sunline and he mentioned that they made cushions. I was glad I found them I did quite a few searches and liked what I saw on the Website.
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Sounds kinda funny/ironic to read the post mentioning Page Bedding and to see where you all are from. I never would have thought of them and they are only a 2 hour drive from me.
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