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Old 04-21-2018, 06:16 PM   #1
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Major “Leather” Issues

I bought a new a 2013 Sunseeker model 3170 in January of 2014. In April of 2017 I notice some flaking on the back bunk bed couch. It was just a small spot and a covered in with a patch. Within a month I started seeing more flaking throughout the RV. Now in April of 2018 the leather is completely falling apart. Is anyone else experiencing this?Click image for larger version

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Old 04-21-2018, 06:25 PM   #2
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Me thinks that is Pleather.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:36 PM   #3
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It is not real leather. It will be described as a man made leather like material.
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It is pretty much an industry wide problem with materials. My 2014 Coachmen, built in 2013 had the exact same problem. I believe there is some relief available from FR. I never pursued it but others have been able to get new material to recover the seats. The cost of getting it done would not be covered. I suggest you try to contact the FR rep and ask. Use of honey is indicated.
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Yes, I know it was not real leather. I didn’t think I need to explain that. I just thought it would last more than three years.

I am also hopeful that FR reps are watching this forum.
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Old 04-21-2018, 07:06 PM   #6
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Yes, I know it was not real leather. I didn’t think I need to explain that. I just thought it would last more than three years.

I am also hopeful that FR reps are watching this forum.
You would be advised to contact Your Division of Forest River if you Hope for Relief on your "Pleather"! Others have had "LUCK"! Youroo!!
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The reps don't monitor the forum. You should contact them directly if you wish them to know.
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Old 04-22-2018, 12:41 PM   #8
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If I had to cover the cost of replacing the material, I would replace with a material that would last more than 3 years or replace the furniture with a better grade.
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Old 04-22-2018, 01:03 PM   #9
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If I had to cover the cost of replacing the material, I would replace with a material that would last more than 3 years or replace the furniture with a better grade.
Just went through the same thing with 2 recliners and sofa. Ours had three pleats and when I talked to a friend who does upholstery she said it would be cheaper to just buy new furniture due to the labor involved with all the seams. So we bought two wall hugger loveseats from Recpro. They seem to be of better quality but, time will tell
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Old 04-22-2018, 01:10 PM   #10
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Re-upholstered the interior of my 2014 SportsCoach this last year. We purchased it used and as a furniture retailer, I knew what I was getting into as I saw the beginning signs of peeling and cracking. I contacted FR and they sold me the cut and sewn replacement covers for the complete dinette, sleeper sofa and both Captain chairs for $700 and I have about 6 hours of my time into it. The new material from Williams was not bonded leather but rather 100% PU fabric. Many furniture manufacturers have gone the same route, bonded leather to a PU/PE fabric or blend.

What you will need to do the job is a furniture staple puller https://www.woodcraft.com/products/o...All%20Products, as there are many to remove, a good heavy duty stapler with a supply of heavy duty staples.

If you do the captain chairs you might also need hog rings and a set of pliers, https://www.lemproducts.com/product/...All%20products
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