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Old 01-11-2019, 09:03 AM   #1
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Upholstery only lasts 5 years, peeling off??

The Upholstery on my 2013-2014 Forest River Sunseeker 32 foot Class C is all peeling off after about 5 years. It's on the couch and and table cushions. Tan imitation leather looking stuff. I'm wondering what others have been doing to fix the issue? I thought about replacing the couch with two small recliners maybe and then having the table cushions reupholstered.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:17 AM   #2
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Hi Larry,
I can't offer much advice except to let you know that I have moved your post to the Sunseeker forum.
I also notice you have 3 distinct issues/questions and I suggest you post them as separate questions for clarity of responses.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:30 AM   #3
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The fake leather used in RV's isn't known for lasting or wearing very well. Having a local upholstery shop redo them in a good fabric is probably the best long term solution. If you do a Search there are folks here who have replaced their dinettes with tables and chairs.

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Old 01-11-2019, 09:40 AM   #4
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I did check the fuse and power at the relay. I have not put dc power directly to the motor from an external 12vdc supply. I might try that next, bypassing all the controls.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:04 PM   #5
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My 2013 Mirada upholstery started flaking and I contacted FR customer service and was sent all new ready-made upholstery at no charge. Since I was out of warranty I had to do the labor myself. Not too bad of a job. Note how everything comes off and have a pair of hog ring pliers handy.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:49 PM   #6
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You were lucky ours only lasted two years. When we travel we keep the blinds up and the sun has a major impact to peeling. Also the oils in your hair can cause failure to happen. Don't pay someone to try an fix it, we did and it lasted 3 months and started to fail again.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:44 PM   #7
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Imitation leather (bonded leather) has been discussed as nauseum here and other forums. No real solution other than reupholstery.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:59 PM   #8
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You are very fortunate on the upholstery. Most of us had problems after 2 years or less. Don't count on FR doing anything after 5 years. You may want to look at Layz Boy or some others for some quality replacement. Upholstery shops are not cheap for quality fabric. At least compare prices.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:41 PM   #9
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I and thousands of other owners. Williamsburg furnature made the furnature. Forrest river bought the fabric and shipped it to williamsburg furnature. Forrest river is responsible but they will need a lawsuit to make it right. Good luck
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:51 PM   #10
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It is bonded leather that is basically fake leather sprayed on a backing. All FR products have this problem. We bought leather recliners to replace our theater seating. They came with bonded leather on the surfaces that you don't come in contact with and they are starting to peel on those surfaces. We are going to fabric next.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:09 PM   #11
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Blended leather , it's a terrible thing . We had it in our home .it was in living room and wasn't even used because we hang out in the family room. I wonder if the upgrades to the lazy boy recliners are I have in my 5er is the same thing
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:28 PM   #12
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Blended or bonded leather is a way for manufacturers to rip off the public. Case in point, a year ago DW bought a knee length winter coat advertised as Real Leather, the tag inside the coat says 100% Leather. The other night she brought it to me and showed where the "leather" is pealing off under the arms where the inside is rubbing against the body of the coat. Both surfaces are peeling. As we examined the coat you can see where the outer layer on the back is separating and bubbling up from rubbing against the seat as she gets in and out of the vehicle. Looking at the peeled surface and the underlying material you can see it is not naugahyde or anywhere close to real leather. The "leather" isn't any thicker than a sheet of tissue paper. As it goes it seems as there is nothing that can be done about it. The company she got it from is coming up with all kinds of excuses, from using the wrong kind of cleaner, exposing it to chemical vapors, washing it in a washing machine, to leaving it exposed to strong sunlight. Caveat emptor doesn't work when the purchase is made from Walmart as only available for online purchase.

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Having the same issue with our old Winnebago about fabric, we decided to buy extra fabric for our Forester. I pulled the tag from under the sofa and found the faux leather on the web. Mine is Addison Mink and a fabric online outlet has it. We purchased 12 yds to use when the need arises. We have enough extra to make covers for the sofa and a dinette seat where our dog sits. Upholster said we have enough fabric to do any repairs and or recover the driver and passenger seats.
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Blended leather , it's a terrible thing . We had it in our home .it was in living room and wasn't even used because we hang out in the family room. I wonder if the upgrades to the lazy boy recliners are I have in my 5er is the same thing
I have the Lazy Boy recliners in my 5er and they lasted about 2 years before they peeled
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:31 PM   #15
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Anyone try RecPro Charles 67" Double Recliners?
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