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Old 12-16-2011, 04:39 PM   #29
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When I worked for Polo Ralph Lauren, I remember sitting on a beautiful soft leather sofa with one of the home buyers. I mentioned I'd be afraid of my cats doing it in. She said, brightly, "Oh no, not a problem!", made talons with her long red fingernails, and proceeded to scratch 10 long marks into the top cushion.

While I hoiked my tongue out my lungs, she busily stroked the scratches, which smoothed them into the background, though they didn't disappear at all. "You see?" she said. "You want a patina, or it will just look too new to be a home."

I later bought some gorgeous leather chairs from Pottery Barn, and my cats didn't bother them at all. I sold them to a friend, though, and his cat, who gets the midnight cat crazies at any time of day at all, is scratching them up horribly, and I think he's not keeping them cared for to minimize the damage.
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:00 PM   #30
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BTW, there's some nice (and nicely priced) outlet fabrics in Ultra Fabric's Outlet Market.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:34 AM   #31
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Thanks ya'll and Happy New Year! The sofa and dinette should be removed and ready for pickup by our upholsterer on Tuesday. We've selected a few samples of leather and Nauga for pricing and will move ahead with one or the other and take our chances. We had to get the old stuff off and move ahead. We look forward to the new look and just in time for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, S.C. in February which will be our first trip for 2012! Can't wait.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:35 AM   #32
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Told my wife when the cat died a few years ago (the one that always wanted to shread our furniture) that if we ever get another cat, it will be declawed.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:38 AM   #33
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Good idea for indoor cats! They do make little claw shrouds that can be glued on each claw but what a pain; however, cats hate them and are constantly trying to pull them off. We do love our pets though.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:39 AM   #34
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Oooh, pls have snip done - declawing is like removing your fingernails!
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:54 AM   #35
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Agreed.....won't do that ever again in this house. We either glue on the shrouds or reupholster.....hahaha!
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:54 AM   #36
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Sofa, dinette and S/O flanges covered with "mouse fur" are all removed in pieces and ready for the re-upholsterer to pick up and cover with leather hides selected for that purpose. We were happy to learn that our dealer, Out of Doors Mart, still carries the ivory colored vinyl Airstream used to cover the ceilings of our Classic. Our gal will wrap the S/O flanges with this after removing the "mouse fur". Gotta have ODM take pictures of the interior now that those furnishings have been removed. Onward towards our first trip in February.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:13 AM   #37
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We got ultra-leather in our new 25 FC. We weren't going to accept anything but. I think it make the whole unit look sharp and neat and very modern. We spent a week sitting on those cushions and I found them totally GREAT in all respects. Our last trailer we couldn't spend more than an hour in the am sitting at the dinette the cushions were so uncomfortable.

We have a dog, and that was part of the reason to get UL too. My test is always to look at the fabric in a 5 or 10 year old trailer. It usually show some wear patterns that look pretty bad. My hope was that the UL will hold up better/longer than that. Fingers crossed! Good luck!
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:26 AM   #38
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We got ultra-leather in our new 25 FC. We weren't going to accept anything but. I think it make the whole unit look sharp and neat and very modern. We spent a week sitting on those cushions and I found them totally GREAT in all respects. Our last trailer we couldn't spend more than an hour in the am sitting at the dinette the cushions were so uncomfortable.

We have a dog, and that was part of the reason to get UL too. My test is always to look at the fabric in a 5 or 10 year old trailer. It usually show some wear patterns that look pretty bad. My hope was that the UL will hold up better/longer than that. Fingers crossed! Good luck!
I was looking back over my old Airsteam file from 2004 and noted that we had priced at 2005 30ft Classic with UltraLeather and the larger AC unit. We opted for the in stock 2004 with fabric, a S/O and the smaller AC unit all for around $5K less than the '05 w/o S/O. Over the years we made several modifications including the larger AC unit, replacing carpet with faux wood flooring, sat. dish on the roof and now LEATHER. We've learned that it's much like owning a house and that nothings perfect. We just live with it and modify as we go along. The really nice thing about Airstreams over SOBs is that we all have a great foundation on which to build and modify.
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:56 AM   #39
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Furnishings all removed for re-upholstering including the flanges around the slide-out. We thank Mike Taylor of Out-Of-Doors Mart for "Going the extra mile" in taking these shots and emailing them to us. We're so fortunate to have a dealer like ODM here on "The Right Coast" to service our Airstream needs.
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Love our ultraleather but we are beginning to see small scuffs near the floor (cabinets under the seats of the dinette benches and gaucho bed are covered in ultraleather to the floor). Anyone noticed this on yours? Any solutions?
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Here's our U-shape that was just installed made of UL. Fit right up front with the right measurements. Bought it at Bradd and Hall and ODM did the install.
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I would like to find a source for the Ultraleather covers to install on our 2007 19' Bambi; the seat cusions, seat backs, and the "wedges". I contacted the supplier to Airstream, and they responded that they do not make the Ultraleather covers for our model.

Does anyone know of another supplier that would have the patterns? We like the taupe for the seat cusions and backs, and black for the "wedge" fillers.

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