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Old 07-05-2010, 04:11 PM   #1
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I installed seat covers.

Att"n moderator: I posted this thread twice on product evaluation and was not allowed to submit because they said I wasn't logged in. I was logged in then and I am logged in now. Here goes.

I ordered a set of "Universal" seat covers for our ten year old Safari Trek on June 7, 2010 from Automotive Enhancement. They arrived on June 21, 2010. The costs for the seat covers for the drivers chair, copilots chair and arm rests was $109.06 plus $17.50 for Shipping.
In anticipation of the installation process I set about to remove the arm rests. Their removal was difficult. For our coach the chair backs must be tipped rearward to the max. The arm rests are then pushed inward and then rotated forward until they are about 120 degrees as related to the chair back. The metal fittings inside have very little tolerance and are not lubed so it takes a lot of pushing, pulling, wiggling, and swearing, but they do come off. The various makers of seats have different methods of arm rest removal.
The tan color was perfect for our coach and the seat covers were gorgeous in design. The seat covers are "Universal" which means one size fits most. Four of the attachments were logical and useful. Two attachments made no sense. Two calls to the supplier and maker gave me not a hint as to what they were for. I cut the two attachments off. It became apparent that installation can be done with out removing the arm rests, however, a nicer job is easier with them off. The chairs are built very close to the floor so good access to the bottom is impossible. Unbolt the chairs and turn them upside down. The resulting installation will depend upon your patience and imagination.
Some of the items I found useful were:
1. Waxed carpet twine
2. Assorted curved, straight, short and long carpet needles.
3. Hog rings with hog ring pliers
4. Thread of matching color
5. Assorted curved quilting needles
6. Needle holder, a surgical item, also in some tackle boxes.(not needle nosed pliers).
7. Chuck of Beeswax to apply to thread to prevent tangling and knotting.
8. Thimble and scissors.
9. Ratcheting 3/4 inch end wrench for removing chair bolts.
This was my first attempt at "universal" seat covers. I would do it again if necessary. I saved a ton of $$$$ and they look good. The easy way is to get a large blanket with USC on it to cover your chairs.
Have fun

Joyce, Milt 2000 Safari Trek 2830
Kettle Falls, Wa
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Old 07-05-2010, 04:53 PM   #2
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Just goes to prove what a determined man can accomplish. Sounds as if your plan was well thought thru. If a person had to pay shop rate on all the repairs there would be no gas or camping monies left in the account.
Keep up the good work...
Safe travels...
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