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Old 07-12-2016, 08:46 AM   #1
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Cabinet repair/replacement

Is there anything unique about cabinets in an RV that would require a specialized repair service? What I'm really asking is, can I use a normal cabinet maker to replace my cabinets?

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The only difference that I know of is most Rv cabinets are very cheaply made with particle board and staples.

The top edge of the Rv cabinet may be sloped to match the curvature of the roof.

Any decent cabinet maker should be able to make replacements.
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The only thing about standard cabinets is you may be adding a lot of extra weight especially if your kitchen is on a slide.Most good quality rv cabinets use a 3/4"x1 1/2" interior framing with a 1/4" panel ,if a divider is needed and 3/4 vernier plywood on exposed ends, and 1/2" plywood on the bottom and back if a back is needed. with solid wood face frames and doors.This makes them light weight and surprisingly sturdy . Upper cabinets have the solid face frames and doors but use the 3/4"x1 1/5" framing with 1/4" vernier on both sides for the bottom, and either 1/2"-3/4" plywood on the ends.The only cabinet that may need to be over built would be a overhead old style TV cabinet.
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Any cabinet guy will be able to make whatever you want. The finish will be the interesting part. A number of coaches were made with the cabinet wood wrapped in a stick on plastic printed with wood pattern. Since finding this stuff to match will probably be about impossible, you'll need to talk to your cabinet guy to see what he can do or recommend. I make cabinets for my Tiffin all the time, but I know they're solid cherry and have only a lacquer finish. This fact was a big selling point when we special ordered the coach. I wanted something I could duplicate and got it.t
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My long term goal is to replace all the crappy decal wrapped wood with quality sanded/stained and sealed light maple or oak (roughly the same color as what the coach has in it now.

The other reason I wanted to make the change is that solid wood is far lighter than particle board, and stronger.

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Smart move. Go for it. Any competent cabinetmaker will be able to do it.
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I own and operate a cabinet business and believe me, any cabinet person should be able to do what you want. I took the dinette out and put a cabinets and a bar in its place and they weigh a lot less then what I took out. Real wood weighs a lot less than the MDF used by the cheap crap cabinets that they put in the motorhomes.
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