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Old 03-15-2015, 01:10 PM   #1
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unusual furniture ware

I have a 2008 Berkshire and the furniture material is flaking off front seats and couches. Has this been seen in the past and can anything be done about it. I heard this is common with 2008"s.

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Old 03-15-2015, 01:37 PM   #2
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I don't know how common it is but I have heard of others having this issue. Not sure if anyone has posted on this topic before but you can try doing a search to see if it has been posted about.

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Old 03-15-2015, 01:55 PM   #3
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What kind of material is it?

Could be UV rays if a sun screen has not been used or it might be caused by cleaning agents.
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:56 PM   #4
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I have the same issue with my 2010 and it just started last month. My driver and passenger seats are shedding. I think there was a thread in the last couple of years. I think the seats are made by flex steel and the material is ultra leather. I am about to research to see if there is a remedy.
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:34 PM   #5
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I have the same problem, took front seats to a mobile upholstery vendor, and I was told that to reupholster the seats would cost about the same as new seats. They also told me that Hondas and Toyotas of the same year were having similar problems because of the material. The Flexsteel labels (you'll find them in the seat cushion springs) list them as vinyl, not ultraleather. I'm waiting on new seats (at my expense). They will be covered when the coach is not being used.

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Old 03-16-2015, 01:20 PM   #6
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unusual furniture ware

Thanks everyone for the feed back. I'll try the sales man as the coach was recently bought and this has happened rapidly since then, about one year. The coach had 16000 miles at time off purchase.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:35 PM   #7
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Furniture Fabric Problems


We have a 2008 and encountered the same problem. Bought the Coach new and the dealer did some minor repair (replaced a portion of the drivers seat cover). However that did not solve the problem, eventually we replaced the Driver and Passenger Seats with a better quality Flex-Steel and a better fabric. The vendor said there were some bad fabric runs from 2007-2009 and the peeling or popcorn effect was common. We are now seeing the same problem with the two sofas and will most likely replace them soon.

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Old 03-16-2015, 04:44 PM   #8
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Our seats did the same, took them to a local upholstery guy who does cars and picked out a high quality fabric and he recovered them both for around $800. Flexstel would not do anything except say go back to FR and see what they would do.

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Old 04-20-2015, 01:50 PM   #9
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Glad we're not alone

Hi Everyone . . . since our motorhome was the only one we knew with this terrible fabric wear and flaking, we thought we were alone. So glad to hear it's not just us. I was thinking it was something we used to clean the furniture or how the coach was cared for prior to our obtaining it (we bought it as a leftover). Now I'm thinking it definitely must be a defective fabric used by Flexsteel. I noticed where someone posted that Flexsteel wants to take no responsibility for using this defective fabric. As with many of you, our coach is a 2008 . . . long out of warranty. Has anyone considered approaching Forest River about this problem? If so, how was it received? I am in the process of getting a price on reupholstering both front chairs and both sofas. I'm sure the cost will be $$$. I really don't think it's fair that we owners should have to absorb the full cost of correcting this problem. My fabric started breaking down in 2012, I purchased seat covers for the 2 front chairs (not really my first choice), and then I was amazing at how quickly the sofas deteriorated. We don't use our coach more than a few times a year. Would love to hear comments!
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:56 AM   #10
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Our 2012 Georgetown is having the same issues with the captain chairs, recliner and couch - crummy material. We tried to get the dealer to replace the captain chair fabric and were successful after a long battle. However, they refused us any help with the recliner and couch.

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