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farmerdave 03-14-2015 11:57 PM

Black vs. Cashew Ultraleather with kids
Anybody have any thoughts on black vs. cashew ultra leather and how it might show dirt and scuffs with kids? I'm looking at buying a new bunkhouse and can't decide which would be better with my four minions dragging everything in with them.

Foiled Again 03-15-2015 02:12 AM

They're probably equally rugged. Everyone thinks dark is better... but black and white cars look dirty if they're not washed every week or so. A mid tone car shows a bit less dirt. Cashew would be my choice - plus I'd get a couple of cheap blankets OR big bath sheet sized towels to toss over the furniture too.


TCA and GPO 03-15-2015 03:42 AM

Black leather is great for a jacket but I , too, would vote for the cashew.
I think it will show less dirt. Plus in the heat of summer during the day the black ultra leather might be hot.

Landrum 03-15-2015 09:23 AM

We have beige in our 2014 which I believe is very similar to cashew. After a year with 3 kids (5, 9, and 11) it still looks like new. Food spills is the biggest mess we have, but it cleans up easily.

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moosetags 03-15-2015 09:54 AM

We have a 2015 Flying Cloud 25FB. We specifically sought out a new 25FB with the Black ultraleather. This is our second Airstream with the black ultraleather. Our first Airstream (2005 Safari 25FB) had a lighter cloth upholstery. We spent over 1,300 nights in this Airstream. With the heavy use that the 2005 got, the lighter material became dingy over the years.

When we traded the 2005 Safari for a 2012 Flying Cloud 23FB, the slightly used unit that we found had black ultraleather. We traveled in the 2012 extensively in one year and spent 150 nights in it. The upholstery still looked like brand new. We camped in Florida Summer weather and did not experience any extra heat problems with the black ultraleather. This experience prompted us into looking for a new 25FB with the black ultraleather. We have now spent only 60 nights in the 2015 25FB. We are still very happy with our choice.

One additional issue that pushed us to the black ultraleather was our experience with the tan leather interior in our 2011 Silverado pick-up truck. We ordered the truck new and were able to choose between tan and black leather interiors. We chose the tan thinking that it looked nicer. That was a big mistake. We have now had the Silverado for 3 1/2 years and have driven it almost 90,000 miles. The tan seats and door panels look really dingy. We have thoroughly cleaned the interior several times. It looks good for about a month before the dinginess returns. Please keep in mind that we really use our truck. We spend a lot of time on unpaved roads exploring the back country. We even ordered the truck without carpet on the floor due to hard use we give it. The tan interior is better suited for a shopping trip to the mall.


karenjude 03-15-2015 10:33 AM

We had the lighter beige ultra leather in our 2005 34 and loved it. Very easy to keep clean, washed up nice, and still looked great after 3 years when the kids stopped wanting to come with us and we got a 27. We had shoe scuff marks on the wall mouse fur ( don't know how that is possible but kids are very resourceful) that were hard to wash off but the couch always looked spotless.

DuncanK1 03-15-2015 11:33 AM

I'm for Black/dark for the reasons above. I have an old Ford Explorer with tan and it never looks clean. The Camry with almost white leather is a pain to keep clean. My old BMW with black looked as new as the day it was built. Plus I think black is a way cooler look.

If it doesn't work out there is also the option of buying new replacements. Who knows what Airstream will produce next.

larryglarson 03-15-2015 11:34 AM

Have 2014 Classic with cashew ultraleather. We eat and do every thing on it and after almost 2 years looks like new. Love the lighter color for v/s our old trailer that was darker material.

richw46 03-15-2015 12:57 PM

Years ago when we were raising 3 kids, we purchased a white Oldsmobile Cutlass with white (pleather? vinyl?) interior. The white seats would get hot in the sun but nothing like black vinyl. The exterior helped keep it cooler. The white vinyl was easy to care for and we kept up with spills, dirty fingers, etc.

The exterior always looked good except in winter when the dirt-snow-salt would get on it. I've owned several white cars and they don't show dirt all that much. We have a black car now, just coming out of winter and I think it still looks pretty good. We're all in-city drivers so not much highway grime.

I dunno, maybe we're just not that picky about what you'd call "clean". :) But I have sat on black seats that have been in the sun and I'd never have them. I still prefer the cloth seats anyway, even dark colors won't burn you.

Cleanup is much easier with a light colored leather, much easier to see the dirt to get rid of it so it doesn't build up over time.

MichelleNC 03-15-2015 01:01 PM

I'm not a huge fan of the black ultraleather -- mostly for its proclivity for heat-retention - but what really bothers me about the Cashew UL is that it doesn't quite match the vinyl right next to it!

bullet661 03-15-2015 02:34 PM

We had a chance to buy one of two 2014 30' bunkhouses both with cashew ultra leather and we opted to drive 4 hours north to a dealership that had one with black ultra leather and buy that one. I don't have any solid experience with the cashew vs. the black but I figure the black will withstand greasy little fingers from my rugrats more so than the cashew.
Plus my wife and I agreed on the look of the black over the cashew.

BTW the two cashew bunkhouses are still sitting at the dealership near by.

farmerdave 03-15-2015 05:25 PM

Thanks for the input. Lots to consider.

ckottum 03-15-2015 05:58 PM

We traveled with the Golden (beige) Ultraleather in our FC 25 for 14 months total (actually living in it) and they looked like new when we removed the seats to install beige leather recliners, which also are perfectly clean after 20 months travel and actual living with them. We like the light color to brighten the interior and match the cabinets beautifully.

Choose the color which looks nicest to you, either will wear and clean up very well.

cheryl k

Artvez 03-16-2015 08:20 AM

We went with the black because we have an active six year old. All of the dealer's golden ultraleather trailers showed dirt, pen marks, etc. when we were looking. If you don't have messy kids I'm sure the lighter color is fine but we went with the black so wouldn't have to constantly be wiping it down. Also the ultraleather is cooler than vinyl or real leather and in our part of the country a lot of the camp sites are shaded.

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