Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-25-2018, 10:42 PM   #21
2 Rivet Member
 
Grants Pass , Oregon
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 33
I love hearing about how people make it work!
Now I just need an Airstream
__________________

__________________
Proud owners of a 2007 23' International Signature, Ocean Breeze.
Sometimes adventure blogger, looking forward to seeing more and more of our amazing world.
shadesofhippy.com, Facebook and Instagram
shadesohippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2018, 10:26 AM   #22
Rivet Master
 
dkrug's Avatar
 
2012 30' International
Vintage Kin Owner
Bad Axe , Michigan
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 564
Images: 5
Our dogs sleep on the couch all the time. Our six year old ultra leather still looks like new. We lived in ours full time for a couple of months with 3 dogs and a parrot. I LOVE the ultra leather.
Click image for larger version

Name:	3couch.JPG
Views:	67
Size:	100.0 KB
ID:	315626
__________________

__________________
2012 30' International Serenity
1947 Spartan Manor
2005 28' Safari LS - traded
1977 31' International Sovereign - sold
2012 Ford F250 Superduty Crewcab

WBCCI# 1007 Air#2158
dkrug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2018, 11:05 AM   #23
Sam and her wheelman Zeke
 
upnorththree's Avatar
 
2014 25' FB Flying Cloud
Northern , Illinois
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 164
It WILL scratch

I didn't think the upholstery "leather" would scratch, the salesperson scraped it with a fork and there was no mark left. So I was not worried about our two retrievers. We traveled for many miles and many months and then all of a sudden, dog nail scratch marks appeared. So it WILL scratch. It is not noticeable in our case, you have to turn it so the light hits it a certain way. Still, I made covers. I also did this because I find that pebbled surface difficult to clean. I can just toss the covers in the washing machine.
__________________
Popeye, Olive Oil, Baby Girl and Little Boy riden' on 20's.

2018 RAM Limited 2500 Diesel 4x4 Crew Cab and RAM boxes
upnorththree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2018, 11:20 AM   #24
Rivet Master
 
TinShack's Avatar

 
2005 28' Safari S/O
Paradise , California
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 3,444
Images: 28
The ultra leather is surprisingly durable. After 12 years and thousands of miles traveling with two 100 lb Labradors, the sofa still looks new and no scratches or punctures. I lay down a piece of cowhide or a sheepskin on the surface for the dogs to lay on though.
__________________
Steve
"THE OLDER I GET, THE BETTER I WAS"
TinShack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2018, 11:45 AM   #25
2 Rivet Member
 
Ray Graves's Avatar
 
2019 27' Tommy Bahama
2015 20' Flying Cloud
Port Townsend , Washington
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 20
Juno

Juno loves the leather with or without a blanket. From Atlantic to Pacfic, Alaska to Utah and onto Newfoundland and it still looks as good as new.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DB8E4992-FA1F-4DE5-88C2-CDED843B9EE8.jpeg
Views:	56
Size:	132.2 KB
ID:	315642  
Ray Graves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2018, 12:31 PM   #26
4 Rivet Member
 
2017 27' International
Lake Havasu City , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 307
It's good to hear that Ultraleather is so durable, even with large dogs. Here's another idea, for those who prefer not to let their pets on the couch in the first place. Within a little over a week, the "ScatMat" I bought last month completely cured my cat of jumping up on the dinette and kitchen counter. When stepped on, it gives an unpleasant but not painful tingle.

After a week or so of alternately leaving the mat out on the table and the counter, she stopped even trying to jump up—something she used to do the instant I turned my back. I thought I’d never get her to stop, but this gadget did it. ScatMats come in various shapes and sizes from 30" x 16" to 60" x 12", so you can cover almost any area.
Paprika is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2018, 04:58 PM   #27
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
2001 36' Land Yacht XC Diesel 300 hp w/slide
Woodbury , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 97
Quote:
Originally Posted by shadesohippy View Post
Hi all,
The Airstreams we've been looking at have this amazingly soft leather on all the cushions. I can't wait to lounge atop these buttery soft cushions, coffee in hand gazing out at amazing vistas through wrap around windows.

We have two large dogs, I know AS says these are durable, but probably not against 200lbs of dog durable. With limited space I don't know how logical the "No dogs on the couch rule is" besides, I like to cuddle my dogs. How do you protect your seats? Throw blankets over everything? How durable is the upholstery really?
***********
The best way to protect leather upholstery from canines is to keep their nails cut short and to use a nail grinder (a Dremel will do) to smooth the rough edges. It may take several weeks to whittle the toenails down if they've gotten long, but it's worth the effort to avoid cutting the quick, since doing so will tend to make even a creampuff dog run for the hills when you pick up the nail clippers. Using some sort of washable covers or throws after the pedicures will help to keep your AS from acquiring that Eau de Chein fragrance.
windfallsp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2018, 09:08 PM   #28
Rivet Master
 
TheGreatleys's Avatar
 
1974 27' Overlander
Baltimore , Maryland
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 1,014
Quote:
Originally Posted by windfallsp View Post
***********
The best way to protect leather upholstery from canines is to keep their nails cut short and to use a nail grinder (a Dremel will do) to smooth the rough edges. It may take several weeks to whittle the toenails down if they've gotten long, but it's worth the effort to avoid cutting the quick, since doing so will tend to make even a creampuff dog run for the hills when you pick up the nail clippers. Using some sort of washable covers or throws after the pedicures will help to keep your AS from acquiring that Eau de Chein fragrance.
The nail grinder is a good idea, though we haven't went that direction yet. We use the clippers (carefully) along with a peanut butter anesthetic applied to the other end of the dog.

Neither of my pups seem to mind anything I do, as long as they have access to a spoonful of peanut butter while I'm doing it.

Sent from my Nexus 5X using Airstream Forums mobile app
TheGreatleys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2018, 07:26 AM   #29
3 Rivet Member
 
TRIPPPIN's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Southwestern Ontario , Ontario Canada
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 230
Images: 5
Send a message via MSN to TRIPPPIN Send a message via Yahoo to TRIPPPIN
Ultra Leather is not leather

Don't worry Ultra leather is not leather. It is vinyl and can be treated like any vinyl product. It can get wet and it doesn't breathe. I personally hate the stuff as it makes me sweat sitting or sleeping on it. I think it should not be permitted to use the word leather describing this product.
TRIPPPIN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2018, 11:38 PM   #30
2 Rivet Member
 
Darby Mc's Avatar
 
2017 20' Flying Cloud
Appleton , Wisconsin
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 21
Images: 9
Blog Entries: 2
I buy fleecy material on the bolt, someplace like Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc. and double it over, tucking it into where the side and seat cushions meet, and under the seat cushion. This protects the seat material from being punctured by big dog nails, and she likes looking out the window from a cushy spot. The fleecy material is washable too.
Darby Mc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 12:09 AM   #31
Len and Jeanne
 
Len n Jeanne's Avatar
 
2005 16' International CCD
2015 19' Flying Cloud
Creston Valley , British Columbia
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,725
Are we the only hard-hearted dog owners here?

Toby is a 90-lb. love sponge, but he just isn't allowed on the bed or furniture. He sheds a lot, and is apt to have dirty feet. At home he sleeps anywhere on the floor except in our bedroom, or on a folded quilt by the woodstove; but in the Bambi, he voluntarily decided to sleep under the dinette table. When we have to leave him alone (for short periods, naturally,) we might put some things on the bed to discourage him from jumping up.

I think there are some good ideas here for folks who feel differently, like putting covers on any furniture where the dog is allowed. Or just teaching the dog that different standards apply at home and away.
Len n Jeanne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 12:20 AM   #32
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 8,010
Different dogs have to be handled different ways. They also need to listen and obey their owners. That said some can get Ďcreative Ď when the want to. Daughter fell asleep, and Titus, a 155 pound lapdog saw an opportunity. Daughter slept blissfully on...
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0426.JPG
Views:	44
Size:	676.4 KB
ID:	315993
When he settled, she fell over on him, and he froze in place so he wouldnít hurt her. Three hour nap, and dog never even twitched a muscle the whole time.
__________________
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 08:51 AM   #33
3 Rivet Member
 
Joannadannna's Avatar
 
2018 23' Flying Cloud
Dungville next to Donkeytown , Alabama
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 160
Quote:
Originally Posted by Len n Jeanne View Post
Are we the only hard-hearted dog owners here?

Please donít take this as criticism, rather to understand how good folk donít allow their pets access to hh amenities. Our dudes (2 dogs+2 cats) have full privileges to every room and its occupants laps. Donít mistake these allowances to refer to a messy home. Those sprinkles of hair or roaming hairballs are unicorn dust byproducts for the immense pleasure we gain from the free range cuddles and pac comfort.

Yep, dirt attracts dirt and those muddy paws are cuffed by a quick brush of pads (small horse bristle) prior to entering the home. Otherwise we vac more often and curse under-breath for not keeping up with the clan.

I couldnít imagine laying my head down for the night and not feeling my dogs breath and hearing the rustling of fluttering chops as he snores into sweet dreams. Or better yet, the entire clan packed tight as a tin on a McMansion sized lounge watching and *living* a wonderful life.
__________________
~Joanna

You had me down as a damsel?
Darling, I'm the wolf.
Joannadannna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 09:55 AM   #34
3 Rivet Member
 
Leilanisteve's Avatar
 
2015 19' International
Boise , Idaho
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 146
Our previous owners sewed custom covers for the ultra leather on the front dinette seats to use with their dogs. We use them all the time. The smaller dog is a fan of sitting on the cushion. The larger one is just too big. You can see part of the cover in the photo. Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1090.JPG
Views:	45
Size:	485.7 KB
ID:	316017
Leilanisteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 10:02 AM   #35
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 8,010
Yup, The joke around our pack of pups is, in some homes, dog hair is a condiment...fortunately only one of ours sheds a lot. A built-in vacuum system solved this by picking up the big chunks when it gets a little too messy. Porcelain tile floors throughout the first floor 'dog area' makes it easy to clean up the occasional 'marking contest' and the dog hair and the stuff they track in from outside. (A built-in vac is on the to-do list for Airstream improvements.)

We have gates and fences inside our home to control access to house areas that are not dog-friendly. The first accessory we install in our homes is a dog door to a clean outside area for the pups. Furniture, if it's fragile, is covered with fluffy dog-friendly blankets that they love to push into a nest and sleep under in cold weather. And, they occasionally share their favorite spots with the people in the pack.

Yeah, there is nothing like the blissful soft breathing of a sound-asleep happy dog, jammed into your lap with his buddy two deep because that's where they want to be--as close to their people as possible. If a human is napping, the dogs will check on them at intervals very quietly, just to make sure all is still well.

Two of ours were lost on the street for at least six weeks according to witnesses. They were alone, scared, and starving when we rescued them. They were so scared it took an hour and a half to get them into the car, and then straight to our Vet to sort them out and make sure they were OK. (The resulting massive Vet bill instantly got them their names--Mr. Cash and Mr. Karey) They took a while to trust again, but now they are 'lap magnets' and probably the most loyal of the bunch.

As someone on the forums pointed out, dogs burn brightly with unconditional love for their humans, and that is part of the reason their lives are short. That joy they always show to us is the reward for the pain we ultimately feel when they leave us. Personally, I cannot imagine being without a dog or two as loyal companions in life.

Cats, well, IMHO, Dogs have a pack and family that they love to interact with, and are eager to please humans. Cats were once worshiped as gods, and they have never forgotten that. They have a staff to cater to their every whim...at least that's the way every cat I have ever known acted!

From a prominent sigh in my Veterinarian's office, "If dogs could talk, they would tell us how much they love us. If cats could talk, they wouldn't."
__________________
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 10:30 AM   #36
Rivet Master
 
turk123's Avatar

 
2019 30' Classic
Canfield , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 2,079
We have not had any problems with the leather and our 80 lb. dog. That said, go to Bed Bath & Beyond and look for their bath mats. They have a sort of rubber backing and they stay in place over the leather. They come in two sizes and about 10 colors. One of the colors is the same as the oyster beige of our AS seats.

They are also great to sit on yourself. No more sliding off the seat (that faux leather is slippery)!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	mat1.jpg
Views:	44
Size:	320.2 KB
ID:	316022  
__________________
x\x/x\x/x\x/x\x/x\101970\x/x\x/x\x/x\x/x\x/x\/x\x/x\x/x
2017 Airstream International Signature 27FB Twin
2019 Airstream Classic 30 Twin
turk123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 10:36 AM   #37
3 Rivet Member
 
Joannadannna's Avatar
 
2018 23' Flying Cloud
Dungville next to Donkeytown , Alabama
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 160
Soon after submitting my love of dog less dirt - Walter greeted me all grins after doing a line of garden crack. Lol Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0425.jpg
Views:	44
Size:	220.9 KB
ID:	316023
__________________
~Joanna

You had me down as a damsel?
Darling, I'm the wolf.
Joannadannna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 10:45 AM   #38
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 8,010
We can usually tell our two white Malti-poos are rolling in the dust on the back patio--they come in looking gray all over. Then, of course, they rub all the dust off on us or the furniture...while cuddling. Sneaky beasts!
__________________
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 11:04 PM   #39
Rivet Master
 
rowiebowie's Avatar
 
2012 Avenue Coach
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 1,412
Our 72 lb. poodle TY (aka: TYphoon the Wonder Dog) is not allowed on any furniture at home or in the Avenue. He does fine between being on the floor or on his bed between the front seats (his preferred travel position). We find many other ways to spoil him, in return for all he gives back.

His "cheat" position is laying his head on the seat or in our laps at times. And as I previously posted, he will ascend to the front seats if we step out and he's "looking to see where we went". For this reason we put a cover on the front seats. But once we are back, he knows he is to be down.
rowiebowie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2018, 11:22 PM   #40
Rivet Master
 
rowiebowie's Avatar
 
2012 Avenue Coach
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 1,412
Some examples:
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_7620.JPG
Views:	40
Size:	548.8 KB
ID:	316094   Click image for larger version

Name:	20180511_212959.jpg
Views:	43
Size:	268.7 KB
ID:	316095  

Click image for larger version

Name:	20180513_134948.jpg
Views:	39
Size:	282.8 KB
ID:	316096   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_7777.JPG
Views:	44
Size:	720.8 KB
ID:	316097  

__________________

rowiebowie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
UT, Bryce Canyon, Arches & Pets/large dogs FishinHatteras On The Road... 26 05-30-2015 12:46 PM
Traveling with large dogs mprokop87 The Pet Forum 10 07-03-2014 07:30 AM
medium, large or really, really large batteries bukib Land Yacht/Legacy Motorhomes 3 11-14-2010 10:00 PM
soft spot repair stellablu Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 2 08-08-2003 03:18 PM
Soft floor kenny Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 2 01-19-2003 06:21 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.