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Old 04-29-2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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Angry Fabric on driverís seat wearing

With less than 40,000km (25000 miles) there is obvious wear on fabric on the driverís seat. Itís along the short seam that goes toward the center of the seat from the door. Neither of us are big people so it appears to be a flaw in the fabric or too much tension on the seam. Airstream claims itís not a warranty issue. Is anyone else seeing the same wear? Any suggestions for how to repair other than re-upholstering the seat?
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:58 AM   #2
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Might consider ordering a set of seat covers, which protect the seats and are washable.

Our drivers seat had specific wear from my husband, how he got in and out, what was always in his pockets, etc.

The covers have been great, had them several years.

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Same issue we have - same mileage - 25,000 miles on our 2016 Interstate - It is totally a due to the selection of a non-durable fabric - its soft and pleasant otherwise. I work in the auto industry and Airstream has designed and refines its interiors for mild use - not the 150,000 mile 90th percentile usage that the auto industry engineers to. Its just the way it is - I will be adding a seat cover to my two front seats.
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Neoprene or commercial grade Ultraleather from Coverking have worked well for my other vehicles. Their Rhinohideô material is Thick, Durable Vinyl Skin that Resists Abrasion, Tearing, and Puncture 5 Year Warranty. It's probably the most durable seat cover around but that durability comes at the expense of slightly less comfortable and much harder to install (patience a must). It the only one I know with 5 years warranty anywhere.
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Hmmm. Are you aware that late model MB Sprinters have seat airbags? Seat covers are not to be used.
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Hmmm. Are you aware that late model MB Sprinters have seat airbags? Seat covers are not to be used.
There are seat covers designed to work with side curtain airbag built into the late model seats. Here is just one example. . .

https://www.sprinterstore.com/produc...g-seat-covers/
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Hmmm. Are you aware that late model MB Sprinters have seat airbags? Seat covers are not to be used.
1919 - are you aware that Coverking Custom seatcovers take into account every seat airbag configuration? Seatcovers CAN be used. These are custom made to the specific MY & configuration for the different makes & models. They are not the cheapo generic seatcovers that you may be talking about. These are Custom Molded seatcovers.
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Alex, I stand corrected.

I stand corrected on the seat covers, was not aware. Never had a vehicle requiring a seat cover.
I wish that Airstream would have just left the MB original seats in, I think some other coach builders do. My Leisure Travel Van had a better material than what is in our Interstates. Not a fan of pleather.

For the price of our Interstates, they should have used real leather on the front seats.
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I stand corrected on the seat covers, was not aware. Never had a vehicle requiring a seat cover.
I wish that Airstream would have just left the MB original seats in, I think some other coach builders do. My Leisure Travel Van had a better material than what is in our Interstates. Not a fan of pleather.

For the price of our Interstates, they should have used real leather on the front seats.
I agree that the OEM seat materials from MB are more durable. If I get another van it will be a custom build with stock seat materials in cab area. They are only in black however.
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