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Old 10-12-2015, 09:18 PM   #1
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Interior Trim & Wood Finish

Not sure where to post this as there isn't an Interior group.

Our new to us park model has been great, other than the quality of the trim and wood work inside, which some of it seems to be cheap wrapped partical board.

Last weekend it was rather cold and we had turned on the electric fireplace to try out, and ended up putting the furnace on. In the rush to pack up last Sunday evening, we didn't notice that the fireplace was still on, but at the lowest possible setting. With the temperatures cooler, it was generating a little heat, nothing excessive, but we noticed that "fake wood" framework it's mounded in, had the paper foil like wood finish bubble up and came unglued.

This is somewhat disheartening given our Salem model was supposed to be top of the line or so we were told. Our last trailer which was R-Vision brand, at least had all real wood fronts to everything.

Anyone have this happen, and how did you fix it?
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Old 10-13-2015, 01:50 PM   #2
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We have the same type of "wood" (ha!!!) trim surronding the slide outs, even on an "upper level" Lexington 283ts. It's basically an "engineered" wood product with a vinyl overlay.
No way to repair it to look original. What I'm looking to do is replace it with real wood trim, stained in cherry to match the rest of the interior. It's on my to do list over the winter. It's not expensive to do and you may end up with something that looks much, much better than the original.
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:14 PM   #3
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My back-up plan is to eventually redo it in real wood but that means rebuilding the entire entertainment unit and shelves. There is some loosening in the bathroom area as well, so I suspect at some point I will be making a lot of the same trim pieces for throughout the trailer ... kinda sucks that they cheaped out here.
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:35 PM   #4
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are all the staple heads showing with smears of putty all overthe like ours?
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:44 PM   #5
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My last 2 trailers, an Alumascape and a Flagstaff have all been engineered wood with vinyl overlay. I went looking for real wood in a trailer and couldn't find it in anything less than a $100,000 5th wheel (10years ago). It is a real problem if there is any moisture problems in the trailer. On one occasion, we had milk spill in the fridge, running down to the floor, it caused the 'wood' trim at the floor to swell which in turn caused the vinyl to split. Even washing the floor, take care not to use excessive water where the 'wood' trim meets the floor.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:28 PM   #6
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I find it so sad that we as consumers continue to spend as much money as we do on this kind of crap.
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:42 AM   #7
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Check the slide wood trim on a Cedar Creek. Check the factory and see what wood is being used.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:33 AM   #8
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Its all cardboard
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:57 AM   #9
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I refer to it as (PLOOD)= Paper covering Wood! The OP unit is a 2008. Youroo!!
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:36 AM   #10
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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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