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Old 01-22-2013, 12:31 AM   #1
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Counter top material question

I recently purchased a 2012 Flagstaff Micro Lite 21FBRS. I looked at the material used in the counter tops and now I am panicing. They look like formica covered particle board with a edge covering (wrap). My question is: What material is this and if it is indeed particle board, what can be done to stop water from rolling off and down into the edge where it will swell and be useless.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:16 AM   #2
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I recently purchased a 2012 Flagstaff Micro Lite 21FBRS. I looked at the material used in the counter tops and now I am panicing. They look like formica covered particle board with a edge covering (wrap). My question is: What material is this and if it is indeed particle board, what can be done to stop water from rolling off and down into the edge where it will swell and be useless.
Formica covered particle board is pretty standard in RVs and homes.

My kitchen counter at home is L shaped and the long leg is 10 feet long made of Formica covered particle board. Our kitchen is 25 years old and still no swelling or delamination.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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There is a gap where the top meets the side in my RV and it is not a gap in my home counter top. (Water can get in easily). Anyone have any suggestion as to how to seal this? I will try to post a picture soon.
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I would use a waterproof cement/caulk; they come in colors so try to get one close or get a paint-able caulk and use hobby plastic model enamel to mix a color that is an exact match (or close enough to blend in).

Leave a slight dip in the sealant so the enamel will lie flat when it dries.
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We posted at the same time. The "leave a dip" should not be a problem. They also make a dark brown caulk so, no painting.

Hard to find in squeeze tubes, they are all over the place in 10 oz caulk gun size.

https://www.google.com/#q=dark+brown...w=1402&bih=843
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Thanks herk7769! This looks to be the answer that I am seeking!
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You have a new unit under warranty . After looking at the picture it looks like bad workmanship . I would contact forest river or your dealer and request a replacement of the counter . It is not built right . Jim
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You have a new unit under warranty . After looking at the picture it looks like bad workmanship . I would contact forest river or your dealer and request a replacement of the counter . It is not built right . Jim
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Judging by the picture, it's the countertop moulding on the outside edge of the counter. I had a similiar problem on an inside curved corner on a TT. These moulding are glued in place and this has come loose.

I'd try to soften the adhesive a bit with a hair dryer and push it back in place. If you fit the moulding back in place around that curved outside edge, it will have to be worked along each edge away from the corner. The moulding should stay in place once it's cooled and adhesive is set.

Yes, this is warranty work that should be done by the dealer, but how much inconvenience do you want to endure for a 10 minute fix. If you have a list of things that need to be addressed, by all means take it to the dealer.

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