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Old 08-29-2015, 05:49 PM   #1
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We just picked up a 2011 Vista 30W this week and are out for our initial shake down run. So far so good, except the passenger captans chair arm rest material split open. The material some kind of vinyl pleather seems to be very cheap/thin. It's disappointing, I hope I can repair it. Seems like the padding inside moved and exposed the covering to some framework.
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Congrats on the new rig! Sorry about the chair mishap and I hope you get it repaired. Have fun!
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:29 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new rig.....I'm sure the tear can be repaired....


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Old 08-30-2015, 07:04 AM   #4
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Is there a zipper in the back of that arm rest cover that would allow you to remove it for repairs or replacement? I suspect you can get a replacement cover from the manufacturer, likely Villa or Flexsteel.
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Pull a sock over it.
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:28 AM   #6
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Check with a Winnebago dealer. They may be able to order you a replacement.
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Thanks for the replies. Today a new challenge; my driver side slide would not go in when we prepared to leave the RV park. After checking all the items in the manual nothing worked. Rather than cranking in the slide manually I called a mobile RV tech. It was costly, $225 but he tried everything he knew to do. He then swapped the two slide control panel/boards the driver slide then worked! And the passenger side slide would work with other panel board. I'm going to contact Winnebago customer service tomorrow and see if they will send me a replacement board? I hope they will at no charge. The unit is 4 years old? Any suggestions folks? Our 1st outing and a $225 repair charge. Not good.
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Thanks for the replies. Today a new challenge; my driver side slide would not go in when we prepared to leave the RV park. After checking all the items in the manual nothing worked. Rather than cranking in the slide manually I called a mobile RV tech. It was costly, $225 but he tried everything he knew to do. He then swapped the two slide control panel/boards the driver slide then worked! And the passenger side slide would work with other panel board. I'm going to contact Winnebago customer service tomorrow and see if they will send me a replacement board? I hope they will at no charge. The unit is 4 years old? Any suggestions folks? Our 1st outing and a $225 repair charge. Not good.
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Well, that's a bummer, Ednotes. Unfortunately the warranty on most RVs is one year on the "house", with some components having 2 years. What brand is your slideout mechanism (Powergear, Schwintek, etc.)? Winnebago will likely refer you to the slideout manufacturer for any warranty problem, though I believe your 2011 is no longer under warranty.

I am assuming that your coach was previously owned? Did the seller offer any type of warranty?

Good luck! And just FYI, a $225 repair is pretty small potatoes in the grand RV scheme.
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Congrats on the new MH, as for the Chair arm I'm sure you can get a new arm from Winnebago, Flexsteel may have it but I think Winnebago manufactures all their own furniture. For the slides on ours there are power limit adjustments on the slide controls, hopefully you kept the boards that were replaced, if so I would check and see if they have any adjustment capability. If they do then I would keep them as spares. Like said before $225 is a drop in the bucket when repairing stuff on a MH, and hopefully you got all the bugs worked out, if so you are ahead of the game. Good luck and have many safe and happy travels.
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Sometimes the circuit boards just need to be re-seated. If they both worked once the two were swapped, it was likely that either one was loose or the connector was slightly corroded. It happens in a moving house that is exposed to all kinds of weather and conditions. Things happen that are unheard of in a fixed site house.
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

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I also have a small tear in the passenger side front seat outboard arm rest. It appears there is very little soft foam padding between the cover and the metal frame, so it doesn't take much leaning on that rest to cut through the fabric...probably that same thin vinyl you have. I don't use the driver's side armrests, so they are ok. The inboard rest on the passenger seat is also not used as much as the outboard one is, so it is also in good condition.

I haven't seen a zipper or velcro (or hook and loop) release for the covers so mine hasn't been repaired or replaced.
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I ordered a new pushbutton contro!l pad from Arizona RV Parts today after checking the drawing on Powergears website. It was $150; so I'll replace the questionable one and save it as a spare, just in case. Thanks for all the input folks; its nice to network.
I do have a zipper on the torn armrest, so I'll see if I can take it off and do a vinyl repair.
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