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Old 12-06-2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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Replacement Cushions - Where to Order?

We recently got a great 2013 25' Flying Cloud that we really enjoy. That said, we are looking to upgrade the cushions to the ultra leather option. Is there someplace online I can order these, can I go through a dealer, or does anyone have a better replacement suggestion? Just seems hard to find any info on the web. Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:59 PM   #2
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You can order them though a dealer. They won't be inexpensive. My guess would be $2000.
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Old 12-06-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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You might also consider having a local upholsterer make new covers for you using whatever fabric you choose. It might be less expensive than getting them from Airstream and you may have a better selection.

We stuck with the original covers on our cushions, but upgraded the cushions themselves since we found the stock ones to be way too soft!
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Old 12-06-2014, 02:02 PM   #4
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Anyway you go with the Ultraleather will be expensive. That stuff is nearly $70 a yard!
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Old 12-06-2014, 02:43 PM   #5
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I wonder how ultraleather would hold up to a cat jumping up and down.
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It's holding up well with my two boxers. If the cat was declawed it would work. I can't see it holding up to cat claws.


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Have you ever seen a video of a declaring. I would never do anything so cruel. Guess I will stay with cloth.
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A number of folks have opted to do this. As important as the outer covering is to replace the much too chintzy foam that comes stock. If you sit on an ultra leather seat long enough you'll soon feel the plywood underneath. (And I am well within the norms for my age in body mass index!)
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Our foam in our dinette seats has regressed enough that you feel very much like you are sitting on the plywood. While Ultraleather would be nice (it would match the sofa), the cloth is still in good shape on our dinette seats. Is there a type of foam to ask for at an upholstery shop that will provide better support over time? I would assume I could either measure the old foam and have them cut a piece to fit the cloth cover, or leave the seat with them and just tell them to give me a new foam insert.

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Ask them for foam in a higher density than the old ones. Bring the old cushions to them and see what they suggest. They can cut it to size for you as well.


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We wanted to recover the cushions in the 2011 Flying Cloud that we purchased this summer. The previous owners recovered the sofa cushions in an ugly fabric and we wanted to return them to the original material so that everything would match. Since Airstream would not let us order directly, a dealer quoted me a price of $2,818 for slipcovers for the sofa - four cushions (not including the dinette cushions) in cloth. Yes, $2,800 for four slipcovers (I thought my memory might be failing me so I just double-checked that figure in my email and it is correct). So, I would expect the ultra-leather option for be more expensive. Add in the dinette cushion slipcovers and you will be paying a crazy price to get the slipcovers from Airstream.

We ended up ordering just the fabric through our dealer and I think the price was $21 per square yard. We ordered 8 yards and it was more than enough for the sofa cushions. We just picked up the cushions from a local upholstery shop and they charged about $200 to use the fabric we ordered through Airstream to recover the cushions. I will also note that the dealer said we could not order just the fabric and I let them know I had already asked Airstream about it and yes, you can order just the fabric.

One final note... Our Airstream sofa has upgraded foam and it makes a big difference compared the stock foam in the dinette.
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I am in the midst of having our foam replaced. I sent our cushion covers to a foam and upholstery shop yesterday. New premium foam will be cut, shaped, and installed in the cushions. Beyond that I may well have new cushion covers made. I did not want to recover the poor quality foam that came in the trailer. So the foam is a first step and perhaps we will then move to new covers.

A friend used this approach and it worked quite well so I am giving it a go as well. It is not inexpensive but is an upgrade that was high on our list.

BTW, the upholstery shop vacuum shrinks and packs the completed cushions and ships the compressed cushions back to you.
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I have never replaced cushions in an AS. That said I have had almost every piece of upholstered furniture in this house redone. A good upholsterer can certainly help you out, a cushion is a cushion after all. The upholsterer I am currently using started out doing cars, he's a gem. Seams are straight, nap of the fabric faces correctly, patterns match perfectly. He says the life of foam is about 5-7 years depending. I found him through a Yelp review. In my earlier life I worked for an upholsterer so I am picky. A cushion using high density foam, Dacron wrapped should do the trick nicely. There are so many fabrics to choose from these days, I'm sure you'll find something to your liking. An auto restoration place maybe able to help you out with the Ultra Leather. Good luck, post pictures.
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I'd definitely have it done locally. You can normally SEE previous work by a local upholsterer. Getting stipes and plaids matched, plus having the nap running in the correct direction on every side of all pieces is important. Frankly the basic stuff Airstream does isn't always great. Now my EB is quite well upholstered but the old Safari, not bad, but not great either.

Not only are there different densities of foam, there is real rubber latex and chemical based. The natural latex is much heavier than the chemical kind, but the best of both worlds is to glue a 2 inch layer of natural rubber latex on top of the lighter stuff. Some say natural latex breathes better too.

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