RV Upholstery Replacement vs. Repair: What’s the Best Investment?

May 11, 2023

Planning to redo your RV's upholstery before the camping season begins? Learn how much you could save by hiring Creative Colors International to professionally repair your RV upholstery fabric, vs. RV upholstery replacement.

RV Popularity Soars

Recreational vehicles are a $140 billion industry in the United States, according to the RV Industry Association. If you are mapping out a summer camping itinerary, you’re not alone. More than 65 million Americans planned to spend about $36 billion on RV campgrounds and travel last year.

RVs allow people to enjoy the restorative power of nature while sleeping in a bug-free, comfortable environment. It’s a cost-effective way to see the country and enjoy time as a family. Roasting marshmallows around the campfire creates lasting memories and traveling by RV eliminates some of the hassle of travel, such as eating out, delayed flights, and tight schedules. RV owners enjoy exploring far-flung locations and planning multi-state road trips. The U.S. National Parks are the top destination for RV enthusiasts, RVIA reports.

Give Your RV a Facelift

Getting prepared for the summer camping season is not only about booking the perfect sites and finding the proper routes. You need to make sure your RV is prepped and ready to hit the open road in style.

In addition to cleaning and organizing, refreshing your upholstery should be at the top of the list. Keeping your upholstery in good condition will bolster your RV’s resale value and prevent costly problems in the future, such as mold and mildew. Shipping delays and supply shortages for new seating can put a crimp in your camping timeline, making it best to avoid RV upholstery replacement. Making RV upholstery repairs is also an inexpensive way to upgrade your interior.

CCI specializes in repairing and restoring leather and vinyl in cars, planes, boats, RVs, and home furniture. Our technicians can come to your home or storage facility to spruce up your RV and get it ready for the season. We also form partnerships with RV dealers to make repairs to their used RV fleet to get them ready for the showroom floor. Making repairs is an environmentally sustainable solution, and it can save up to 90% of replacement costs. Our technicians can make seamless repairs to your RV’s upholstery in one trip.

CCI has experience making repairs in all the major RV brands, such as Coachmen, Airstream, Jayco, and Gulf Stream Coach. Here are some of the solutions CCI offers:

  • Interior restoration
  • Upholstery repair
  • Leather cleaning
  • Vinyl and linoleum flooring fixes
  • Interior trim repair
  • TPO roof repair

Your RV is your home away from home this summer, and creating a comforting and welcoming sanctuary will improve your mood and allow you to relax and rejuvenate on your vacation.

Pre-Season Checklist

To make sure your home on wheels is in tip-top shape for summer fun, CCI created a handy pre-opening checklist to ensure you cover all the bases. After you’ve made upholstery repairs to the interior, you can get started on your checklist. When all the boxes are ticked, you’ll be ready to start on your adventure.

     Inspect for leaks. Give the exterior of your RV a thorough cleaning and inspect the roof for leaks. Do an interior check of the doors and windows.

     Check the tires. Make sure the tread on your tires is in good shape for the summer. Check the air pressure on all your tires, including the spares.

     Visit the mechanic. Take your RV to the shop for maintenance. The mechanic will check for leaks, test the brakes and alignment, top off the fluids, and change the filters.

     Conduct safety checks. If the RV has been out of commission for more than six months, sanitize the water tank and perform a safety check on your propane tanks. Make sure your batteries are in good shape and test the appliances.

     Clean the Interior. Give the interior of your RV a thorough scrub and vacuum before you start loading it up for the season.

Conduct any manufacturer-recommended maintenance before you leave on your trip.

We Can Fix That!

Invest in your RV this summer before the camping season starts to prevent RV upholstery replacement and improve the quality and comfort of your vacation. Request a free quote from your locally owned and operated CCI, the mobile leader in leather, vinyl, and upholstery repair.