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Old 01-08-2012, 07:54 PM
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Default RV-4 Seat Cushions and Upholstery

What seat cushions have builders used for both the front and back seats of their RV-4 and where were they upholstered? I would be interested to see some pictures too. If anyone has rolled their own seat cushions I am interested in the foam materials used.

Does Vans provide cushion templates?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:43 PM
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Default Oregon Aero

Anthony,
I think you will be hard pressed to beat Oregon Aero cushions for comfort. I use my -4 for comutting. My "hand rolled" seats were killing me. Phillip Campbell, here, turned me on to the OA cushions. I just threw in the bare cushion to try & thought a MIRACLE had been performed. It transformed my 2 hour trips into pure joy. I was shocked at the difference. OA will send them to you raw or upholster them for you.

They are a bit pricy; but I'm telling ya, the comfort is outstanding. Don't ask me why the difference. I used to think "foam" was "foam"; but it obviously isn't. I can now put in a 6 to 8 hour trip, get out & walk. Whereas the old cushions just killed me in 45 minutes. The difference is just amazing. Sure made an Oregon Aero believer out of me.

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Old 01-09-2012, 12:14 AM
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Indeed, Oregon Aero provides the most comfortable seat I have ever sat in. They are worth every penny. I even have a seat cushion for my wife in the car, made by Oregon Aero. Their seats now days are much better than the older ones that were great also. The new seats settle to you fast, even when it is cold out.

There are several suppliers out there that make good looking seats for RV's, but Oregon Aero outshines with the inner material. These seats are better than I know how to explain. You owe it to yourself to check them out. They also consider ergonomics. After a few hours I always appreciate them.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:07 AM
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Not cheap but really comfortable and that is more important than cost!!

There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable or in pain when flying. I got mine upholstered locally in the Midlands in leather, cost ?500. I think there are some photos on my blog which can be accessed from RVUK.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:58 AM
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Not cheap but really comfortable and that is more important than cost!!

There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable or in pain when flying. I got mine upholstered locally in the Midlands in leather, cost ?500. I think there are some photos on my blog which can be accessed from RVUK.
So it looks like I will go Oregon Aero and get the cushions covered locally in Switzerland or Germany.

Steve, I could not find any pictures on your site unfortunately.

Thanks anyway all of you who answered my thread with a unanimous vote for Oregon Aero
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:47 AM
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Hi Anthony

I will post a photo of the front seat now for you. They make them to suit your body size and will put in extra lumbar support for you. As I have two crushed discs I found this very important.

They are very comfortable to sit in!......

Sorry I can only post the front seat as the back one is in the aeroplane which is masked up.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:34 PM
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http://www.cleavelandtool.com/rvinteriors/catsub4.html

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Old 01-09-2012, 01:01 PM
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Thanks for the link Mike.

Does anyone have any feedback on the above Cleveland product? I have dealt with Cleveland and I do know they are a very reputable company.

Where seats are concerned, I want the most comfortable available. I was almost crippled after sitting just for an hour in a Katana DA20 with extremely bad seats.
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:17 PM
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I would love to hear other feedback, but thought that I would chime in on the history. We started building seats (DJ's Custom Interiors) in the late 80's. We have been using conforfoam (temperfoam) since the beginning. Originally builders would tell us that you could sit in our seats twice as long as traditional seats, and that your bladder and the fuel capacity were the limiting factors. Much of our desig has been cloned now, and O.A. has taken a completely different approach to the use of the foam. However we are still making seats the same as we always have. Custom fit to the pilot's dimensions, and in the case of the -3 and -4, the aircraft's dimensions. They are still made by hand in our shop from hundreds of choices in fabric colors and patterns. With thousands of custom sets in the skies our seats have been very popular.

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What seat cushions have builders used for both the front and back seats of their RV-4 and where were they upholstered? I would be interested to see some pictures too. If anyone has rolled their own seat cushions I am interested in the foam materials used.

Does Vans provide cushion templates?

Thanks in advance.
He is a link to some pictures of my seats. I added extra padding and support On the front seat, so that I would have better support for my legs. I have been pleased with the results...

https://picasaweb.google.com/MarcDeG...eat=directlink
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