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pigfarmer

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Posted: 01/12/20 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I started reading ChewyRV's post about upgrading to a newer model RV and decided I needed to post this as a warning. Our 2015 Fleetwood Expedition's furniture started to crack and peel. Now mind you, this furniture has been well taken care of. Cleaned with recommended cleaner and protected with recommended leather protector. No animals and no children. Bradd and Hall in Elkhart told us the "stuff" (play on words)the RV manufactures put in these units is not meant to last. They also told us they are making good money on replacing this so called leather furniture...as a final word on the subject, if you plan on "Upgrading" be careful of the furniture in your new unit. You could ended up down-grading. And as a foot note, Fleetwood reminded us of the "ONE YEAR warranty" And ChewyRV, rethink the Fleetwood part.

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Posted: 01/12/20 09:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The upholstery is NOT actual animal hide leather but a man made product that has prompted many complaints about it peeling and cracking.

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Real leather doesn't peel - you have bonded leather and cheap bonded leather at that. Pretty common problem and some mfg may help if you complain long/hard - but don't count on it.


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ksg5000 wrote:

Real leather doesn't peel - you have bonded leather and cheap bonded leather at that.

Yep ! The top thin layer is called "plating".

Modern "synthetic leathers" (vinyl) are much more durable. Personally, I like cloth, especially microfiber.

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While shopping for an RV in 2018, we found a unit that was in the sweet spot for price and configuration. That was, until the photos the owner sent to us showed slip covers on all the furnishing. I asked specifically about bonded leather failure, and the owner waffled until I asked for photos without the slip covers. The sale site was deleted and I never heard from the gent again. Caveat empor indeed.


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I could be wrong but the stuff thats failing isn't bonded leather. It's a bad run of man-made stuff that has been discussed here at length.

Sadly, very few are getting much help from either the coach builders who used it or the manufacturer who put the furniture together.


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If you want real leather, you need to buy a Prevost. Everything (including the seats in your ride) is 'faux' leather.


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Wow SidecarFlip...do you want to loan me a million dollars? We have a beer pocket book. Even at that, when you spend that kind of money on a diesel pusher you don't expect it to fall a part in less than 5 years. It looked like leather, it felt like leather...not being a leather expert we didn't know what we were getting. I just want others to be aware and don't make a mistake like we did.

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It's the same stuff you get on your massed produced car, "Pleather" plastic leather.

I worked for Honda for 25 years and the driver's "leather"seat bolsters were always cracking from constantly getting in and out of the vehicle.

Genuine leather would add thousands of $$$ to the price.


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Our 2005 has the ultra leather and is in great shape. A year or longer later they started using a cheaper ultra leather, or polyurethane I think it is. it was on these forums and others.
We looked at Winnebago, some American Coach and the others and their seat covers feel like the really cheap car seat covers from Japan 30 years ago as well as the seats being smaller and hard and not fitting us.

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