Originally Posted by Norcal8312ss
Don't want to sound like a know it all or anything but.................
The cabinet facing material is bonded to the aluminum frame which is actually, part of the structure of the trailer ...I know this because we made fun of our salesman who repeatedly sat on the couch, flipped the overhead cabinet door open, and swung like a monkey from the cabinets to demonstrate this :-)!!
The caulking is just sealing the cabinet face to the adjoining wall and by no means is part of the structure
Yes you're correct about how the walls, roof and floor are thermo/vacuum bonded to form a "solid" structure. Our problem is with the interior structure, or lack of, that is meant to support the shelves in the various closets and cupboards with in the trailer. For our application, a Mini-Lite 2304, the shelves have 3/4" X 3/4" (approx) cleats screwed to the supporting wall and cabinet structure to rest on. The shelves are then pin nailed to the cleats and edge sealed with caulking. Again, in our unit more than 50% of the shelves either have no cleat support, cleats that are not screwed to the surrounding structure or were just caulked in place with no support at all!!!! That is how we found the problem, our toilet kits etc ended up in the water distribution compartment behind the toilet.
Our dealer has been made aware of this problem/concern and is in touch with Forest River on our behalf. We have made repairs to the area so we can continue to use the trailer until a "cooperate" solution is put forward.
As an aside, our dealings with our dealer, Parsons Motors, has been exceptional. They have always supported our concerns and gotten problem resolutions either through warranty or themselves with no hesitation for both of the Rockwood products that we have/had. I expect this shortcoming will be no different.
Our biggest frustration, and we expect it to be that of most RV owners regardless of manufacturer, is the lack of Quality Control demonstrated within their respective facilities. Virtually all the problems we have had with our two trailers has been with basic quality in the manufacturing process. The design, floor plans and equipping of the various units is acceptable for what each purchaser is looking for to meet their individual needs. But for the price that we, as consumers are required to pay for our leisure it is rapidly becoming too excessive because of the quality of the product. Most of us doesn't mind paying if the quality is there. For us, we like our unit and will retro-fit and modify the trailer to replace the frustratingly poor quality of manufacture. If I was an employee of one of these companies I'd be ashamed of the product I was producing, but such is the mind set of the "big" N. American market place. They don't appear to care to fix the systemic problem but will appease those that are willing to complain. I guess it is corporately cheaper.
For those that have read this far in our rant we thank you. To those that want to see the photos of quality American workmanship you're welcome to email us.