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Old 09-07-2019, 02:39 PM   #1
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RV drawers seem flimsy.

I looked at a few companies Class Cs, and travel trailers. Regardless of cost, they all seemed to have drawers that were stapled, and the guides felt flimsy.

Do all the RVs have the same quality drawers? They look like a problem, waiting to happen. Am I too pessimistic?
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I believe more powerful DPs can afford the weight of the full wood drawers, lighter As and Cs cannot. Tile floors, WDs, etc., etc., etc.
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Old 09-07-2019, 04:24 PM   #3
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flimsy common in class c

wouldn't worry too much about the wood it's the plastic latches on the drawers that are gonna break...
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Old 09-08-2019, 06:29 AM   #4
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wouldn't worry too much about the wood it's the plastic latches on the drawers that are gonna break...
Flimsy is being kind.
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You will find that the lower end mh’s including some gas A’s will have lesser quality cabinetry. This is for cost savings as well as weight. Many are so close to max weight when you get it that you can’t take all that you want to.
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That's because the are,, want good stuff spend 400K or more then you get the quality.
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Old 09-08-2019, 01:07 PM   #7
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Our 25 ft Chinook Glacier Class C has wood cabinet drawers with glued dovetail joints and full ball bearing soft close drawer guides. It also has ceramic tile floors in the galley and bathroom. And corian countertops in the galley and bathroom. But, the Glacier is no longer being made. Last year produced was 2006.
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Agree with the Value vs application but IMO I have a 96 Minnie 29RQ.. It has 32K on it and is clean.. The Draws are a nice hardwood face and plywood bottom but the perimeter wood is a compressed sawdust product,, they are dovetailed and glued well...

The only faults i have is the 2 draws under fridge sustained some water damage from thawing fridge.. They swelled and one broke,, I just rebuilt the one from some 3/8 plywood I had,, there is no weight change as I had both out.. so it is about the dollar.

The other issue was on those draws the rear of the runners are cheap plastic, i had to repair them.. especially after 23 years that plastic is a bit brittle..

I have seen many newer units with alot more flimsy construction and some pretty nice builds..models vary alot
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RV drawers seem flimsy.

...and there lies the problem with quality vs price. You either pay more for quality or, as many have, buy a quality built, USED m/h to meet your price point. My 20 y.o. Class C has all high end details and materials at the price I wanted to pay. I couldn’t be happier.
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The Draws are a nice hardwood face and plywood bottom but the perimeter wood is a compressed sawdust product,, they are dovetailed and glued well...

The problem with this drawer is not the "compressed sawdust product" per se, it's the binder used to hold it together and the amount of compression used to make the product. If the correct amount of compression and a good waterproof binder, like polyester resin, is used the product is fine. It's when the binder is water soluble and the compression is low when the problem occurs. Yes it is about the money, but it's also about the consumer. If the consumer didn't buy the cheap product the manufacturers wouldn't sell it. It called capitalism. Personally I vote with my dollars, if everyone did the cheap crap wouldn't be so common.
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The problem with this drawer is not the "compressed sawdust product" per se, it's the binder used to hold it together and the amount of compression used to make the product. If the correct amount of compression and a good waterproof binder, like polyester resin, is used the product is fine. It's when the binder is water soluble and the compression is low when the problem occurs. Yes it is about the money, but it's also about the consumer. If the consumer didn't buy the cheap product the manufacturers wouldn't sell it. It called capitalism. Personally I vote with my dollars, if everyone did the cheap crap wouldn't be so common.
not gonna debate the product in any political sense sorry...

Other than if it was a solid good pine or birch it woild have lived , maybe.. the cheaper products are what they are..
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Buy LTV...problem solved. Simply put, you get what you pay for.
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You can find motorhomes built to the higher standard. You just have to be willing to pay for it.

We didn't go over the top with quality, but the first time we walked into the likes of Tiffin, Newmar, we knew we had found something fairly close to our expectations.
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You can find motorhomes built to the higher standard. You just have to be willing to pay for it.

We didn't go over the top with quality, but the first time we walked into the likes of Tiffin, Newmar, we knew we had found something fairly close to our expectations.
There are some nice units out there,, research, for a newbie you are overwhelmed... You can overpay,

Research ask, even go rent one, borrow or visit friends with their units..

Even my old new to me 96 Minnie winne, has some impressive features and good set up that i dont see in newer units but then the gadgets and modern materials of the new rigs are awesome..
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