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Old 12-22-2015, 06:16 PM   #1
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Captain seats ---recover / replace? opinions and experience

Doing some stuff to the old girl, just had carpet replaced new couch on order and will change dining area and all window treatments.

So the 15 year old captain seats need to be recovered or replaced.

What has your experience been?

The link below is what appears to be a decent seat and at $495 doesn't seem so much, I have not checked on local recover yet but the new seats would bring a more modern look to the cockpit.

Paid so little for the MH these upgrades are well within budget so as to not be putting too much into older unit.


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Old 12-22-2015, 06:56 PM   #2
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We faced the same dilemma several years ago. We bought the brand of captain's chairs that you're considering. The product is not all bad. The upholstery is good.

Looking back, we should have had the original seats reupholstered. There are several reasons for this determination. The original seats were high end Villa seats, the new seats are low end replacements. The new seats did not fit the seat mounts properly. We got them installed, but it wasn't as easy as we expected. The new seats were not made to accept the cable mechanisms that release the seats to turn them. To date, when we want to turn the seat, we have to reach down under the seat and manually release the catch by hand. To date, I still haven't figured out a way to install the electric seat controls on the drivers seat, so it lays on the floor up against the wall. The passenger seat has the electric foot rest, the vibrating massager, the heat. All of these electrics in this seat have failed. I have jerry rigged the electric foot rest so it kinda works.

Like I said, we regret that we had not reupholstered the original furniture. Our second regret was that we discarded the original furniture. Had we not done that, we could have reupholstered them and reinstalled them, and discarded these lower end new ones.


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Old 12-22-2015, 07:09 PM   #3
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We spend a lot of time in those seats so we wanted quality. Since ours are Flexsteel Ultraleather we opted to have the surface treated to correct most of the sun damage. I'm not sure what they do, but they apply some stuff to the fabric and it looks nearly new. When the surface starts to look worn we'll probably cover with sheepskin.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:13 PM   #4
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check junkyards we just got a pair of flexsteel ultraleather 6 way power seats like new
for $140 for both
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:16 PM   #5
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I suspect the cost to recover with good material and rebuild the seat will be as much as the better $1,200 per chair new option.

We have 21 year old UltraLeather chairs that will soon need to be replaced/restored due to wear.

Since we would like to get rid of the wide navigator "buddy" seat and add a footrest to that position we will likely buy new but match the existing interior.
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Old 12-23-2015, 02:59 AM   #6
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Talk to a couple automotive upholstery shops. They will likely gave some good ideas. And the price should be good. Likely a lot less work than changing / adapting to new seats entirely.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:12 AM   #7
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The other thought that I forgot to mention is that usually all that's worn on these chairs is the material that's in contact with our bodies. Usually the rest of the chair is like new. A good upholsterer can replace only these worn portions to make the chair look like new again.


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