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SteveU

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New to this site and new to California ownership which we have just ordered and arrives in the spring! A great buying experience from the dealer in Liverpool but having signed on the dotted line feel a bit disappointed with the options on the upholstery. We really wanted a leather option. Having done a bit of research, an after market re-trim looks like an option. Bit nervous on a brand new van but can anyone recommend an upholsterer we can entrust our life's savings with?
 
Karlos

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Fowey
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Cali now sold
Have a chat to Mark at Wakefield Van Conversions, he has an inhouse upholsterer and would be happy to show you around his premises. He did a great job on our van conversion 4 years ago.
 
Seamelody

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Cornwall
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T6 Ocean 150
Check out the fitted covers in the club shop, had exactly the same thoughts and disappointed that VW haven’t addressed what’s been fed back for several years. I’ll post some pics later ( Or search my earlier posts ) but ours have been fitted for three years, still as new.


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SteveU

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Ringwood
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T6 Cali On Order
Have a chat to Mark at Wakefield Van Conversions, he has an inhouse upholsterer and would be happy to show you around his premises. He did a great job on our van conversion 4 years ago.
Many thanks - will check these people out shortly
 
Perfectos

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Had mine done by DK Schweizer

VW Dealers use them for their retrofits and lots of conversion companies use them they are’s based in Colchester.


the thread below shows various options also a link to a wider forum search to assist your homework


 
reserves

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They (Liverpool) have people they use so you can always as them to sort it
 
Algor

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T6.1 Coast 150
They (Liverpool) have people they use so you can always as them to sort it
Worth a try but when mine arrived with them in January they wouldn't discuss even adding sidebars or wheels let alone 3rd party upholstery. We were in lockdown though to be fair.
 
Perfectos

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They (Liverpool) have people they use so you can always as them to sort it
A dealer will simply put a healthy mark up on the price from a third party approved supplier and probably complicate the process to boot.
 
SteveU

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Ringwood
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T6 Cali On Order
Had mine done by DK Schweizer

VW Dealers use them for their retrofits and lots of conversion companies use them they are’s based in Colchester.


the thread below shows various options also a link to a wider forum search to assist your homework


Spoke to DK Schweizer today and looking favourite at this point. Thanks for the heads up
 
SteveU

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Ringwood
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T6 Cali On Order
A dealer will simply put a healthy mark up on the price from a third party approved supplier and probably complicate the process to boot.
Liverpool have been a bit more forth coming for us and recommend Trim Technik, Leighton vans or Highstone as leather upholsterers that they use?
 
Perfectos

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Spoke to DK Schweizer today and looking favourite at this point. Thanks for the heads up
A tip,

if you have requested colour swatches, take them outside into natural light to get the true colour.
 
Rebus

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Westgate on Sea
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T6.1 Ocean 204 4 motion
New to this site and new to California ownership which we have just ordered and arrives in the spring! A great buying experience from the dealer in Liverpool but having signed on the dotted line feel a bit disappointed with the options on the upholstery. We really wanted a leather option. Having done a bit of research, an after market re-trim looks like an option. Bit nervous on a brand new van but can anyone recommend an upholsterer we can entrust our life's savings with?
Did you ask the dealer? We didn’t like the material seat coverings and optioned the foe leather and suede seats. I can’t remember the option name
 
SteveU

SteveU

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Ringwood
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T6 Cali On Order
Did you ask the dealer? We didn’t like the material seat coverings and optioned the foe leather and suede seats. I can’t remember the option name
Yes we did look at this but it’s not leather and £1250 seemed a lot for what it was. Thanks for your input
 
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G3WRT

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Location
Ipswich
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T6 Ocean 150
Check out the fitted covers in the club shop, had exactly the same thoughts and disappointed that VW haven’t addressed what’s been fed back for several years. I’ll post some pics later ( Or search my earlier posts ) but ours have been fitted for three years, still as new.


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I bought leather offcuts off the web (15 quid) and intend to make socks for the arm rests and possibly seat covers by glueing them (rather than sewing) wife says i am mad. But hey customisation. I will try and if not I will buy a full hide and do it properly.
 
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G3WRT

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Location
Ipswich
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T6 Ocean 150
I bought leather offcuts off the web (15 quid) and intend to make socks for the arm rests and possibly seat covers by glueing them (rather than sewing) wife says i am mad. But hey customisation. I will try and if not I will buy a full hide and do it properly.
a complete hide is about 150 quid I understand? I am disappointed the smell of the offcuts are not strong.
 
dartmoorscott

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Devon UK
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T6 Beach 150
I used Van Haven which are near you in Dorset. Highly recommended and have many other options for "upgrading". Their website has all the details.
Can't beat leather for comfort.
 

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