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Old 01-23-2013, 10:13 AM   #11
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Yes, if I'm seeing this right, it is just a bit of sloppy workmanship. The file marks on the radius of the laminate top suggests laziness (tool marks on a laminate top are a no no) and the fit between the edge strip should be right to bottom the top laminate.

I am a retired finish carpenter, cabinet maker and kitchen installer and I routinely cringe when I see the workmanship and fit and finish on most RV's on the market. I have rebuilt about half of the cabinetry in my Lexington, SO FAR. I was less than pleased to find they used wood grained contact paper to cover over large gaps between a few cabinet stiles...

The way they build these things, from the inside out, make them prone to poor final fit ups. It you're not aware, most of the lower cabinets and interior walls are installed before the exterior walls are hung.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:07 AM   #12
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Just me, but I would flat out let the dealer handle this one. Several possibilities here as some have said. POOR workmanship, wrong size edge banding or T-moulding.What's worrisome is the GAP between the edge banding and the surface, it looks like the particleboard or MDF is exposed and in that case have the dealer or FR build a new one. DON'T EXCEPT a repair job.

As a MFGr's REP in architectural wood products for many years I think this will only get worse as time goes by with just a repair job if in fact the sub-strait is exposed.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:19 AM   #13
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After second look at the photo of the top. This problem is about fit or possibly swollen particleboard... could have gotten wet in the storage or manufacturing process????? .With good tight joints , counter tops will last many years but this one is very suspect.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:18 PM   #14
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It absolutely is bad workmanship ! It will swell more in the future . Any temporary fix will be just that "temporary". As in , it will go bad AFTER the warranty expires ! I'll bet almost every one on this forum has had a counter top swell ,at home or in one of our campers. Either on the edge or at a corner miter ! If it was mine I would try to get this fixed while I had a warranty . Jim
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:29 PM   #15
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Prob. MDO Not partical board. Mdo is a water resistant mdf. (medium density fiberboard) common to use this as laminate substrate
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:08 PM   #16
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clarify

Just to clarify,

MDO Medium density overlaid plywood.

MDF Medium density fiberboard.(a composite panel)

Particleboard is what it says... particleboard.

Particleboard : Composite Panel Association

Medium Density Fiberboard : Composite Panel Association

MDO (Medium Density Overlay) Plyform - Concrete Form Panels | APA - The Engineered Wood Association
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MDO plywood generally comes with ext. glue.

MDO generally comes with int. glue. It can be had with moisture resistant or ext. glue.

Particleboard generally comes with int. glue, but can be purchased with ext. glue.
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In case anyone is wondering OSB ( oriented strand board ) .
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:20 PM   #19
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Just me, but I would flat out let the dealer handle this one. Several possibilities here as some have said. POOR workmanship, wrong size edge banding or T-moulding.What's worrisome is the GAP between the edge banding and the surface, it looks like the particleboard or MDF is exposed and in that case have the dealer or FR build a new one. DON'T EXCEPT a repair job.

As a MFGr's REP in architectural wood products for many years I think this will only get worse as time goes by with just a repair job if in fact the sub-strait is exposed.
I bought this unit from an individual who used it twice. She bought it in March 2012. I don't think the warranty is transferable. I guess I will try and seal it with colored caulk and hope that I don't bugger it up too badly. Thanks to everyone for the helpful info.
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I bought this unit from an individual who used it twice. She bought it in March 2012. I don't think the warranty is transferable. I guess I will try and seal it with colored caulk and hope that I don't bugger it up too badly. Thanks to everyone for the helpful info.
First see if there is any remaining warranty, if there is will it transfer ??

Here is a website for a product called Seamfil made specifically for plastic laminate... many colors available.Lots of good info. on this site. Just a suggestion, if you have a local counter top shop or cabinet shop stop by and get a quote on repairs or they may have Semfil available for sale.Check the link below.

SeamFil : Laminate repair. Repair nicks, seams and gouges : American Technology Inc.
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