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Old 10-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Wanting to change corian counters with granite

Does anyone know whether or not granite counters would be too much weight for slide outs? Currently have corian.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Probably depends on many variables you have not yet mentioned. What coach/model, specs, engine, etc.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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Need more info, what RV, how long is cabinet and what powers the slide?
I was one minute late.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:20 PM   #4
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I would contact the manufacturer for input, For sure they would know
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:23 PM   #5
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I did this to mine, but used 3/8 thick granite tiles vs a slab which would be to heavy.
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We just finished remodeling the kitchen and bath in our Dutch Star with kitchen slide. We almost went with a quartz counter top but didn't due to the weight. Aside from the weight on the slide out check your base cabinets. I was surprised to see they were not 4 sided cabinets like you would have in a house, They had no backs. just the side frames attached to the wall. I wouldn't want to put a lot of weight on them without reinforcement. We wound up just using Formica
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Granite requires upkeep and maintenance.
http://m.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-Granite-Countertops

Corian needs little of that.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:12 PM   #8
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We have granite in our house and I can say that there is no way I would put in a motorhome, it is way to heavy.

You might look at something like this Granite-Light.com - Lightweight Alternative & Replacement Granite Countertops
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2006 Gulfstream Friendship G7 41 ft with Cummins 400hp Maybe 6 ft counters. Thought about using thin granite.
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Are the Corian counters bad or scratched or something? On our high end coach either Corian or granite could have been chosen. The previous owners chose Corian and I agree with that decision. The granite in our SB was VERY heavy. I would not want to carry this weight all over the country. Plus, unless very well supported granite, especially thin granite, is susceptible to cracking. It cannot flex at all. I would think some sort of granite tiles might be the better choice in that case. But then you have the problem with a tiled surface versus a solid surface. Seems to be a catch 22!
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Here are a couple pictures if mine. I put down 1/2 plywood first and then the granite tiles. I glued the tiles together so no grout line and then used clear silicone to glue them to the plywood. This will allow for flexing. So far it's held up perfect.
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Looks great, congratulations on your modification!
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Granite requires upkeep and maintenance.
Take Care of Granite Countertops - wikiHow

Corian needs little of that.
I agree with the posters about weight. Granite is very heavy. However this post about the upkeep and maintenance I disagree with. Newer granite countertops have a granite sealer installed under pressure. The granite does not need to have maintenance on it like in the past. Even the maintenance from the past was basically just periodically put on a sealer. Several of the new sealers for tile grout or natural stone is just a spray on product. We have granite in the stick house and there is basically no upkeep. When the grandkids spill cool aid , jelly, orange juice, apple juice etc on it we just wipe it down and go on. One thing you might look into when you get new counter tops is whether or not you can get a granite sink. This is basically a sink made of manufactured granite. They are very light and hold up extremely well. We love ours.
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Here are a couple pictures if mine. I put down 1/2 plywood first and then the granite tiles. I glued the tiles together so no grout line and then used clear silicone to glue them to the plywood. This will allow for flexing. So far it's held up perfect.
Nice work ... looks terrific and a workable solution !!

I have a very similar install in my home only it's Marble tiles...
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