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Old 02-08-2023, 10:27 AM   #1
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Upholstery Problem 2014 36LA Open Road

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We have a 2014 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 36LA. Over the years the upholstery on the Dinette, Sofa, and the Captain Chairs has gradually peeled away. I know this comes as no surprise. Tiffin had a number of problems with the line of furniture during the years when we purchased our motorhome.
We have tried patch products that have only made the problem worse. We purchased a pair of temporary seat covers for the captain chairs which are OK in covering the bald spots as a temporary solution while we try to deal with the dinette and sofa first.

I have asked local upholstery shops in the DFW area what the estimate would be to re-cover the dinette. For the two cushions to sit on and the two back cushions for the Dinette the quote was $800.00 for the four cushions. Other sections of the Dinette he pointed out were another $200.00 dollars each. Another upholstery company wanted about $4,000 to recover the sofa.

So, if you were in a similar position with your motorhome what did you do to repair or replace the furniture. Any specific suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Ken
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Old 02-08-2023, 03:06 PM   #2
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Probably not a good answer but we took out the booth dinette and put in two chairs. We also took out the sleep sofa and put in two recliners.

The two captians chairs were also peeling. Trevor Nichols in Red Bay installed two new captains chairs that he had taken out of a Phaeton. They were $750 each installed if I remember correctly. They are heated and have power lumbar support
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Old 02-08-2023, 03:16 PM   #3
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Hello,
We have a 2014 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 36LA. Over the years the upholstery on the Dinette, Sofa, and the Captain Chairs has gradually peeled away. I know this comes as no surprise. Tiffin had a number of problems with the line of furniture during the years when we purchased our motorhome.
We have tried patch products that have only made the problem worse. We purchased a pair of temporary seat covers for the captain chairs which are OK in covering the bald spots as a temporary solution while we try to deal with the dinette and sofa first.

I have asked local upholstery shops in the DFW area what the estimate would be to re-cover the dinette. For the two cushions to sit on and the two back cushions for the Dinette the quote was $800.00 for the four cushions. Other sections of the Dinette he pointed out were another $200.00 dollars each. Another upholstery company wanted about $4,000 to recover the sofa.

So, if you were in a similar position with your motorhome what did you do to repair or replace the furniture. Any specific suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Ken
Hello, yea and sorry anybody who bout rv's back in this time frame have this issue. I personally would check around as the price for the sofa is steep in my opinion. I too replaced my sofa and dinette for under 3000 dollars and spent another 900 on new front seat skins in the same material as the sofa and dinette. It all looks good now and the new material is thicker and richer than the cheap stuff that was put on before. I put the new seat covers on myslef. I had the company that originally made the seats get the material from the company I bought my sofa and dinette from. It all looks awesome. Good luck. there are plenty of places out there who can reupholster and also plenty of compaines who sell rv furniture. Take your time and make a good dicision on what fits your best interests
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Old 02-08-2023, 06:35 PM   #4
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Until last year Tiffin would send you the covers. We actually have our covers for our chairs and sofa from Tiffin and will be installing them ourselves, which should be a bit of an adventure.

You can buy the covers for the chairs, and maybe the sofa from these guys https://bauerrvupholstery.com/

The company was started by someone who worked at flex steal and has all of the patterns. Doing it this way should save you some money.

For putting the covers on there is some good youtube videos.

The dinette made by Tiffin, so Bauer won't be able to make anything for it. We have the table and chairs, so this isn't an issue for us.

Personally I'm not crazy about the look of most home furniture that gets put in RVs, although it's certainly an option.
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Call Lisa Bauer at Bauer RV Upholstery in Dubuque, IA. My sofa was $1,400 and they installed it. Tiffin used a lessor grade of vinyl, Lisa uses true Ultra Leather.

Many blame Flexsteel for the issue, but it actually is Tiffinís fault as they either provided the material to Flexsteel or specified it. Other builders did the same.

By the way, the workers at Lisaís shop are the same as those who originally did the work at Flexsteel. Our couch is gorgeous. Also, be very careful having an outside shop recover the front seats if the seatbelt is built into the seat and not attached to the wall. Lisa can explain why.
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Hi, thanks for the suggestion. After you took out the dinette did you keep the dinette table or use a different arrangement. Are the chairs storable when you travel. Thanks Ken
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Thanks for your response. Would you mind sharing the name of the company that replaced your sofa and dinette. When you put the new seat convers for the driver and co-driver were the cover premade to go over the old worn covers or did you have to strip the old covers. I am not handy enough to think that I good enough do any upholstery.

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As far as ot being comfortable doing the seats. Here is a very good video of what it takes. I would recommend watching it, and then decide if you are comfortable doing it.


https://youtu.be/dNLObRrycYg
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Thanks for your response. Would you mind sharing the name of the company that replaced your sofa and dinette. When you put the new seat convers for the driver and co-driver were the cover premade to go over the old worn covers or did you have to strip the old covers. I am not handy enough to think that I good enough do any upholstery.

Thanks,

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Hello, and if this question was not directed for me then I apologize in advance. I found my u shaped dinette and sleeper sofa on shop-4-seats. I also bought a 5 year warranty with it for a couple of hundred dollars. Any tears scrapes or problems just call them and they will send a technician out and if they can't fix it they will replace it. The ultr-leather II I purchased for this was very thick and comfortable. I liked it so much that when I re-skinned the driver and passenger seats because of the same peeling problems I had the original seat maker call shop-4-seats and they bought the same fabric and made the new seat coverings exactly like the originals. All I had to do was watch a few videos and peel old seat kinss off and put new ones on. I posted a picture of my new seat compared to the old one if you look up my name under my posts. Good luck, made my coach both look and feel very modern. I now have a bed because when I took the old L-shaped sofa out I put in an inflatable matress sofa. I now have a comfotable place for 2 adults to sleep as well as my u-shaped dinette for kids. Good luck
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Hi, thanks for the suggestion. After you took out the dinette did you keep the dinette table or use a different arrangement. Are the chairs storable when you travel. Thanks Ken
If you were asking me I kept the dinette table. I pull the two chairs up under the table and put a velcro strap around the two outside chair legs and the table leg. The have riddden that way fine. Never had one move.

I have a little plastic loop on one chair leg that keeps the strap from sliding down.
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I may be able to help. I sent you private message on this.
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