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Old 08-08-2015, 02:01 PM   #1
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Cabinetry in 2304 DS

I just got my Rockwood back from warranty repair for my fridge going out. They did a great job of fixing that, but today as I was going thru things, I was looking for my digital thermometer and attempted to open one of the cabinet drawers next to the stove/range top. I could not get either drawer to open. Figured something was caught up as they would open slightly, but not enough to get a hand in or even see in. Finally with some persuasion, I got the top drawer to start to open and found that the bottom had fallen out letting everything wedge between drawers. The bottom of the drawer is maybe 1/4 inch thick. I had kitchen utensils in this drawer, so not like I had it loaded down way over expected carry limits. Called dealer and they will schedule me in for another fix. This is a relatively new unit that I have had out only four times since I purchased in May. Anyone else experience cabinet failures like this?
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Hope this works, picture of the cabinet for reference.
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Did the cabinet joints fail of was the bottom piece to small?
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I meant drawer joints. Sorry
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My opinion is poor construction. The bottom is maybe 1/8in at best and fits into groove along sides, by maybe 1/8 in also and then tacked at front and back along the bottom.
With highways and roads to get to campsites not being smooth as glass, I guess the stuff I had in drawer bounced around and caused bottom to let loose.
Thinking of having a cabinet friend add a 1/2 inch bottom insert to this to help support. I opened one of my other drawers and barely pressed down and you can see where it would easily break loose.
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I forgot to mention, no signs of any glue used anywhere in assembly. That would have help a lot.
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If your friend can't help right away put the drawer together and use some silicon around the entire drawer bottom edges should give you some added strength. Good luck, I know is a pain with these issues on a new unit.
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If your friend can't help right away put the drawer together and use some silicon around the entire drawer bottom edges should give you some added strength. Good luck, I know is a pain with these issues on a new unit.
Thanks jgahlhoff, I finally figured out how to release the slides on the drawers and have taken the drawers out to basically rebuild with Gorilla Glue (for wood) between all joints and the slide in bottom. That should help a lot and should have been done at initial construction. And it gave me time to wash the exterior while I wait for the glued joints to dry properly before I stab them back into place.
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Great,always good to have a solution. Hope everything else about your unit is good as well. Happy trails
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Thanks Jerry, it is just me and my two puppies, so this unit is perfect for me. I love everything about it and not even that bummed about the poor quality of the cabinets. Dealer was more than willing to fix the drawer for me, but honestly, as decent as they are, I am sure they would have just tacked it back together with no glue and I would be having the same issue again. Don't mind repairing minor things.
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