Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Toy Haulers Discussion
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-14-2015, 09:00 AM   #1
muleman1's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Lake of the Ozarks
Posts: 39
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?

muleman1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-14-2015, 02:56 PM   #2
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Arizona
Posts: 79
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.

2012 Ram 3500 DRW, 6.7HO
2016 Dutchmen Voltage 3970
Alsdas88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2015, 09:27 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 22
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.
the.wilsons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 06:18 AM   #4
Senior Member
Rocky Larson's Avatar
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 452
Not as permanent as refinishing but it does make the laminate and hardwoods shine: http://www.amazon.com/Pledge-Revital.../dp/B00J5HIA5G
04 Allegro 30DA, WH 8.1, Banks, 03 Honda CRV/2012 Jeep Liberty Jet, Brake Buddy Adv Select, 300watts Solar, 7 Group 31 Optima AGMs, 2000watt PSW inverter
"Philippians 4:11-13 KJV"
Rocky Larson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2015, 10:38 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 132
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.
suprdave1958 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2015, 02:48 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,032
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.

nothermark is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Improving Internet Access Vanwill Monaco Owner's Forum 23 06-22-2015 07:44 AM
Improving a "fatigued" chassis SuzyCothran Class C Motorhome Discussions 6 06-19-2015 12:30 PM
Improving Sterring Stability in Class C MH Hen Class C Motorhome Discussions 2 04-28-2015 11:17 AM
Always 3 things need fixing or improving Triatik Just Conversation 21 09-10-2014 08:33 AM
Recommendations on Improving Irv2 Pusherman Forum 101 | Announcements | Member Concerns 7 04-11-2014 06:57 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:49 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.