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Old 02-23-2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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double recliner leather tearing

Our 2012 Columbus 320RS has the Ashley Furniture brand "leather" double recliner. We just noticed the "leather" tearing and separating from the backing fabric on one of the headrests and the other one is showing signs of breaking open soon. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm guessing we've only had our trailer out maybe 90 days over four years and it is garaged at our home in a covered storage where the furniture doesn't get exposure to sunlight. Therefore--no extreme usage. The defects in the leather were not caused by punctures. All I can think of is that it is from body oils from people's heads. I would have expected wear and tear on the leg rests or the seats, but they are in perfect shape. Any suggestions on how to get this repaired, since you can't remove the furniture without removing the slideout?
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Old 02-23-2016, 03:55 PM   #2
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Don't know about the repairs, but as far as removal....the back of the recliner should just slide off the seat portion, in two seperate sections, one for each side.
May be a bit awkward due to it's position, but try placing the recliner in the upright position, and firmly pull the back section up. May have to wiggle it a bit, but I'm almost 100% sure the back is made to come off.
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Old 02-23-2016, 04:07 PM   #3
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HMMMM! Leather with a backing is called vinyl. Anyway, the units have to come apart and if the recliner was opened to the fully reclined position it should go through the door. I think.
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Old 02-23-2016, 04:16 PM   #4
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Ashley sells alot of furniture that is "bonded" leather which is a thin layer laminated to a polyester backing

True leather will not peel apart ...

Cheap inferior product - lots of complaints online about Ashley quality


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Old 02-24-2016, 12:24 PM   #5
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Pleather > plastic leather. Not unusual, my media room recliners are the same thing.
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Long ago auto dealers found people to come to their lot and repair leather and cloth to the point it could not be found. Years ago I dropped my truck off on a Thursday morning and picked it after work like new. My seat had cigarette burns and a tear (never sit down with a large screwdriver in your rear pocket). Long ago at $35.
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CaptnJohn, indeed there were and I am sure still are upholstery repair companies out there. I ran restaurants for many years and we would have them come in and repair booth covers and chair seats. Could not tell where the bad spot was. Excellent suggestion. Perhap the OP can find one in their area to repair the cushion.
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Don't know about the repairs, but as far as removal....the back of the recliner should just slide off the seat portion, in two seperate sections, one for each side.
May be a bit awkward due to it's position, but try placing the recliner in the upright position, and firmly pull the back section up. May have to wiggle it a bit, but I'm almost 100% sure the back is made to come off.
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Most recliners will come apart. But, before you start pulling, check at the bottom of the back on each side, see if there is a bracket with a clip on it. Usually the back pivot slides into another bracket that has a clip at the top to keep it from coming out. You might have to press on that clip to get it apart. Have someone help you so you can pull the back evenly on each side. I used to do upholstery and this was the way some recliners, not all, come apart.
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:09 PM   #9
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Yep, for what it's worth our brand new Ashley reclining loveseat that is in our basement came in pieces. The back comes off but releasing and lifting up... Amazing how flimsy it seemed when it came in the door.

As for quality, I am assuming all the RV furniture out there is pleather, otherwise I wouldn't be able to afford the RV.
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At best, I'd call it pleather. I did a quick google search for vinyl repair in my locale and came up with a handful of vinyl repairers, including one that provides mobile services. I suspect you'd find it similar in your area.
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