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We have a Kodiak TT which came with a tri-fold sleeper sofa. It has that fake leather which has started to flake and crack. We would like to get another tri-fold fabric sofa sleeper to replace it. Recovering the existing one with the Sunbrella fabric my DW wants is more expensive than buying a new one. For those of you who have already done this, what did you get and from where? Thanks for the info and happy camping.


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there is nothing special about RV furniture. Measure and go to local firuniture store. I replaced mine foldout with a duel recliner love seat from Ashley furniture. I helps getting it in if the backs come off as many do. I used a sawsall to cut up my old one to get it out.


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How do you secure the new one?

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no need. old one was not secured.

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My current sleeper has a L bracket attached to each front leg and to the floor. My door is also 26” wide.

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Our sleeper sofa(loveseat)was also cracking and peeling very bad,so much so that I had covered it with a throw most of last year. I also looked into recovering it but the cost was more than I could justify considering how cheaply the thing was built.
While surfing Craigslist last week I found an RV power loveseat, less than a year old in need of a new circuit board. The seller was giver a new set under warranty. and he only wanted 100.00 for the old one. He told me Lippert had a 6 week wait on the circuit board and he traveled for work,so they just replaced the whole thing.
I have an email in to Lippert to order the board(less than 50 bucks!)
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A $900.00 unit for $150.00 plus change.


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Well, we have found that it’s cheaper to replace the whole sofa sleeper than to recover it. Even cheaper is the DW finding a slip cover on Amazon that fits perfectly and goes with the color scheme in the TT. Since we hardly ever use the sleeper sofa for sleeping this will work out fine for now. The cover was only 30 bucks. Thanks for all the replies.

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Cavie, You are right on the money! We had the same thing going on with the fake leather in ours too. We went to Nebraska Furniture Mart and went to the clearance area. Found a Flexsteel power reclining in REAL leather for $399 (regular $1500) and the backs remove. Went in the 5th wheel slick as a whistle. Only had a couple mars on the back that were very minor Zero clearance recline so it works perfect and is very good quality unlike the RV bunk it replaced.

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