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Old 10-21-2015, 10:58 AM   #11
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I refer to it as cr-p. I really think FR and other manufacturers have all their employees save the cardboard tubes that are at the end of toilet paper rolls. When enough are accumulated they make all the trim by breaking down the cardboard, pressing it into a form, and then covering it in a vinyl overlay they probably get at a discount through Wal Mart.
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Now that is funny....

I do not even think the Cedar Creeks use real wood anymore. But, this is what "we" want.. A low price point 5er that I can pull with my Prius Hybrid...

Wait.... What... That will not work?? What do you mean, the salesman said I could tow that!!!

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Old 10-21-2015, 11:03 AM   #12
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Using solid wood leads to many problems!

1. Weight
2. Cost
3. Moisture

In a normal home you have solid wood framing to nail solid wood trim to the walls. In mobile homes and RVs you have composite walls that will not hold nails or screws, so solid wood trim would just warp under the moisture changes and pull free.

The engineered products are more stable to moisture changes unless they are soaked with water.

The best option for quality wood work in a RV would be real wood veneer on a non-wood fiber base/structure.

I was thinking about building a custom RV and found a great product for interior wood work. It was a composite product made from carbon fiber and looked like cardboard. I found some info on applying wood veneer to it, but in the end it was really expensive!

Even on those million dollar motor coaches they use engineered composite wood bases with plastic laminate veneers that look like wood.

To me it is funny to see these expensive MC with Formica interiors! The same people would not have it in their homes?


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Old 10-21-2015, 04:39 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=elundquist;1015755]Using solid wood leads to many problems!

1. Weight
2. Cost
3. Moisture

In a normal home you have solid wood framing to nail solid wood trim to the walls. In mobile homes and RVs you have composite walls that will not hold nails or screws, so solid wood trim would just warp under the moisture changes and pull free.

The engineered products are more stable to moisture changes unless they are soaked with water.

The best option for quality wood work in a RV would be real wood veneer on a non-wood fiber base/structure.

I was thinking about building a custom RV and found a great product for interior wood work. It was a composite product made from carbon fiber and looked like cardboard. I found some info on applying wood veneer to it, but in the end it was really expensive!


The only response I have for this is that when I built our custom W 900 Kenworth MH in 1976 I took the compleated chassis cab over to a shop in Napenee In. that would build custom coaches,horse trailer LQ's , and the like.The cabinet work was all either solid , real wood ,or cabinet grade plywood. Our 2009 Merhow LQ horse trailer is also solid,real oak,except for cabinet grade oak veneer plywood for drawer bottoms.Both of these units are just as nice today as when they were built. The only cardboard used*was what they put dow on the floor when they were building it.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:43 AM   #14
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Has anyone bought replacement wood from Coachman or a dealer? We have the same problem at the bottom of our 2013 Apex 249RBS entertainment center. This appears to be cause by a plumbing leak in our kitchen slide which has been repaired.

I am considering replacing with real wood but am not sure I can match the stain.

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I have had a couple pieces of the trim on the kitchen slide come loose. After pulling the staples and brads that FR used I tried to use longer brads, no luck they would not hold. I used construction adhesive and held the trim in place for 24 hours with the adjustable cargo bars from my truck. That was several months ago. I filled the brad and staple holes with a dark scratch repair pencil I got from the Home Depot paint department, much closer match than the putty FR used.
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