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Old 10-14-2015, 09:00 AM   #1
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Improving Look of Woodwork

Noticing that the wood paneling in most TH's (in our price point anyway) is less than high quality. Has anyone done anything to theirs to improve the look? I'm thinking maybe something along the lines of marine grade polyurethane. Ideas anyone?

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In my opinion, changes can be made to anything in our units as long as we have the skills and ability do so without affecting the functionality or reliability of the home. As long as we consider weight (and balance) of our changes so we don't create unsafe towing conditions, one should be able to make any change they would like to try.

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Old 10-16-2015, 09:27 PM   #3
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You would have to look on your model because I know on our XLR a lot of the wood work is not real wood. Cabinet doors are real wood but the cabinet faces are not.
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:18 AM   #4
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Not as permanent as refinishing but it does make the laminate and hardwoods shine: http://www.amazon.com/Pledge-Revital.../dp/B00J5HIA5G
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Most RV manufacturers used pressed board with a laminate wood finish. Even cabinet doors that you swear are solid wood...are not. Most RV owners really don't research this...or really even care until a couple of years later when hinge screws pop out. Many of the drawers will be wood, but then the cabinet fronts and frames are pressed board. I've read many comments from owners that discount the pressed board issue and say manufacturers do this to reduce the overall weight, but they really don't know what they are talking about. Real wood is lighter than pressed board. I can this as fact since I owned a mill shop for 25 years and I can you anything you want to know about millwork. With that said... a lot of the millwork in an RV...mainly wall panels isn't even pressed board...it's foam board with wood laminate...which is even cheaper grade. It's not used because it's flexable...it's used to reduce cost...so it's just cheap! And to be very frank...it's crap! Even DRV uses foam board...all manufactuers use this...so don't be fooled by "look"...look under and around millwork..."feel" the millwork and "smell"...you can smell the difference many times. I've taken our TH and upgraded many of the finishes, but it everything is relative to cost...and that's what you have in most low end to some high end RV's.
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Old 10-18-2015, 02:48 PM   #6
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Off hand the two issues I see with wood are stability and availability. Good wood seems to be getting hard to find. The various forms of "fake" seem to be more stable, uniform and available thus lower in cost to both obtain and fabricate.

The more exotic "fakes" like veneer over foam might be even more expensive but are more stable and lower in weight if done right. They are used to save weight with a consistent high quality look and feel of the veneer.

I'm not saying solid wood is bad but I will say it is not always the ideal material. All materials have their issues.

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