Hi all! New guy here. 1st post.
I have a 1993 Cobra Passport 25' Ford E350 Class C. Above the stove is a Goldstar microwave. Years and years of bouncing down the road have taken its toll on the steel mounting flange that holds this microwave in its cabinet space. Even though there's a block mounted inside the cabinet to support the back of the microwave the stresses were enough to put cracks in all four corners of this flange.
I've done some perusing of this site and found many microwave issues related to power problems or the microwave itself. I did find one mount-related post where a poor soul had his entire microwave fall through the cabinet. Ouch.
I've mulled over some solutions in my head, the first one being a replacement made of heavier sheet metal. (I have to bribe a sheet metal shop foreman for this.) I might estimate this cost to be around $100.
Another sound fix is sheet metal patches held in place with rivets. Total cost: zero dollars. The little woman says it can't look "ghetto" so this one is out.
RV salvage yards in Washington state all seem to be closed today. I'll try them tomorrow.
My last option is ditch the metal and go with wood. The original flange was punched for ventilation purposes so I believe it would be well to ventilate the replacement. Simply drilling holes in the wood will lean toward "looking ghetto", so I'm considering rectangular cutouts with rounded corners above and below, adhering grain-matching finishing tape to the inside of the cutouts (assuming that I'm not buying a real piece of white ash or whatever that wood finish is...), and then tacking pieces of metal mesh material to the back. This solution involves trying to find a piece of pressboard faux-finish wood that matches the cabinets. (And hitting up my cabinet-maker buddy for some shop time.)
Any and all thoughts, comments and criticisms are graciously welcomed. Thanks for listening to this long-winded first post.