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Old 07-04-2020, 07:30 PM   #1
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Cabinet Fake Maple Finish.

Made an error when I didn’t fix my lower cabinet door hinge, it made the problem worst.

The upper hinge single screw into the cabinet opening was stripped. I close the door (after attempting to tighten the hinge) and said not to use the door for now”.

Ooooops! After hours of driving the loose hinge caused more damage to the fake wood finish than I like to admit. Plus the “paper like” wood product screwed up more of the maple “paper” finish.

I’m going to assume others have had this happen with the non-wood product cabinets.

I purchased some filler and applied it before locking up the Terra. I’m going to get a slightly longer screw to reattach the hinge and cabinet door. If that doesn’t work, what’s a owner to do.

I’m thinking the filler maybe a bad choice of products and should had gone with plastic wood putty. One good thing, the color of the current filler almost matches the “fake paper product color” so matching colors won’t be a problem.

I know the reason for using non-wood products, but this stuff is really on the cheap side. Sauders makes a better and more durable product that Fleetwood should have used. I’m thinking in the future I maybe better off having lower cabinets made to replace the current one. Or, just the one that is damaged and possibly non-repairable.

One thing, my old ‘77 Sovereign had plastic and metal cabinets. Over time the plastic deteriorated and the Trimble sliding doors begin to fail. The thing is mine were still in great condition after 40 plus years. These “non-wood” product cabinets don’t look like they’ll last a few years on the road.

I like the Terra, the style, but there’s some QC issues in both manufacturing and supplier. Lucky for me I have a friend that built cabinets for the rv business for 26+ years. Bad thing, he’s on the west coast. Time will tell if a road trip is necessary to correct these defects.

Oh, but I still love my Terra. Tires hold air, ac blows cold, pulls up the Alleghenies like a Big Boy pulling a load of coal.

It’s a learning curve, one that I’m still in the right hand turn.

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Old 07-04-2020, 07:49 PM   #2
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Most common fix for a worn screw hole is a tooth pick and white glue. Fill the hole with glue, jamb a tooth in and attach the hinge with screw. If the hole is really worn you might need two or three tooth picks. As for fixing the paper? If its just loose maybe you can glue it with a tab of super glue.
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