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Post by SomersetLes Fri Aug 26, 2022 12:12 pm

I have a 2018 Nuevo and have noticed the brown vinyl that covers the padded shelf above the cab seats (apparently it's called a headbanger) has developed wrinkles in the corners.  Has anyone tried applying gentle heat to these to see if the vinyl will shrink back?

I have noticed this on new unregistered vans also, but see that Auto Sleepers now use a stretch fabric rather than vinyl.


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Post by Tinwheeler Fri Aug 26, 2022 1:07 pm

I’ve read about it before but not heard of a 'cure'. When you think about it, a straight piece of material is not going to fit a concave curve without being tailored to fit. It needs tucks stitched in the corners to achieve a formed fit.
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Post by wilksy Fri Aug 26, 2022 1:32 pm

Rubbish isn't it my 2021 Corinium is exactly the same although not yet as bad, I will get it retrimmed by someone that knows what they are doing.

Pretty bad for such a costly item
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Post by SomersetLes Fri Aug 26, 2022 1:37 pm

Auto Sleepers will sell you the newer fabric so you can re-trim it (it's just glued onto the grp moulding, easily removed as it's only fixed with 2 screws), but I just wondered if it could be shrunk back before I go that route.
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Post by wilksy Fri Aug 26, 2022 1:48 pm

Pity they can't do it right in the first place really, my Lexus cost less than my Corinium and if that had a piece of trim coming away, firstly I would be amazed and secondly it would be fixed without any questions.
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Post by simontm1959 Fri Aug 26, 2022 2:40 pm

'Oh, they all do that' I was told.................
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Post by Page Turner Fri Aug 26, 2022 4:48 pm

Ours was replaced when we bought it two years ago (with the same faux leather material).  It looked amazing for about 2 days then there was a day of sunshine and it did exactly the same.  Interesting about the new fabric, I wonder what extortionate price they would charge for it though. I did have the intention to re-do it myself with fabric but I never got round to it.
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Post by SomersetLes Sat Aug 27, 2022 9:32 am

They charge £42 + delivery for a metre of the fabric, which is enough to do the job.  They commented that they use a special adhesive so you need to check with them exactly what it is.
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Post by Page Turner Sat Aug 27, 2022 12:56 pm

£42 a metre? <gulp> 

I think I might investigate a local fabric shop before I buy that,
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Post by breakaleg Sun Aug 28, 2022 12:19 pm

When our 21 reg Nuevo was delivered the vinal was attached to flat boards so it can't twist.
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Post by SomersetLes Sun Aug 28, 2022 12:25 pm

breakaleg wrote:When our 21 reg Nuevo was delivered the vinal was attached to flat boards so it can't twist.
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Any chance of a picture so we can see how that works?
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Post by Caraman Sun Aug 28, 2022 4:08 pm

Our's has the wrinkle.  It would be better if it didn't but its not something that bothers us sufficiently to do anything about it, like replacing or covering with fabric.  I don't think applying heat will make it disappear.  It might make things worse.
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Post by breakaleg Mon Aug 29, 2022 10:49 am

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Post by SomersetLes Mon Aug 29, 2022 10:56 am

Thanks for the picture. They have obviously redesigned how the 'headbanger' works. No doubt due to the wrinkling vinyll problem!
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Post by breakaleg Mon Aug 29, 2022 11:04 am

I would imagine so, we didn't know it was coming like that.

they didn't put a lip on that shelf though, this made it useless to put anything up there whilst driving.

So we got an expanding curtain rail, and a piece of pipe insulation, my wife found some material and covered it, so far, a year on it has stayed in place, only ever put soft items the hardest being a box of tissues but at least it isn't a total waste of space, lol.
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Post by breakaleg Mon Aug 29, 2022 11:05 am

We bought the van from Westcountry motorhomes and are down your way often.
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