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Old 09-30-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Question Replacing Counter Tops

We have done a lot of interior mods to our 2006 Rockwood 5ver. Replaced all the linoleum, new carpet, reupholstered the sofa, dining room chairs and all the valances, memory foam bed, got rid of the 2 crappy swivel rockers and put in a nice leather recliner with a ottoman, we even replaced the toilet. I am not a carpenter and a guy at one of the campgrounds we frequent said he could do it. We want to replace the kitchen counter tops (along with the foldout and the extension) and the one on the little sink in the bathroom. He said it would cost $800-$1000 depending on what materials we choose. So My question is that a good price? The price includes not just new Formica but replacing the particle board underneath it with real wood. I have seen this guy's work he is good.
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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Never use real wood as the substrate for counter tops. Use the recommended partial board, which will limit the movement under your laminate. Real wood moves considerably, especially in an RV that has much greater temperature /humidity swings, than you would encounter in a house. As for the price, divide the lineal feet of counter into the cost. To compare, just call a kitchen counter top joint or two and ask them in general terms what laminate counter run per foot installed. That will answer your question.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:49 PM   #3
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Never use real wood as the substrate for counter tops. Use the recommended partial board, which will limit the movement under your laminate. Real wood moves considerably, especially in an RV that has much greater temperature /humidity swings, than you would encounter in a house. As for the price, divide the lineal feet of counter into the cost. To compare, just call a kitchen counter top joint or two and ask them in general terms what laminate counter run per foot installed. That will answer your question.
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I agree stay with the particle board. A couple days work for someone you believe in for quality work including labor and materials, I think his quoted price is reasonable don't cut corners and get someone and wind up with inferior work. Getting everything cut and fitted properly requires a skilled person, removing and replacing sinks, stoves etc is no small job so I don't think your going to do any better. Try this pull your TT into a dealer and get a quote from professionals and compare.
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Some people use good grade no voids plywood as it is also dimensionally stable and stronger than particle board or MDF. just an idea and probably what your countertop guy is talking about
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:59 AM   #5
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Some people use good grade no voids plywood as it is also dimensionally stable and stronger than particle board or MDF. just an idea and probably what your countertop guy is talking about
This would be OK in my opinion. Due to the laminations, plywood is stable. However, if you keep it water tight, the particle board would be OK.
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I have done quite a few counter tops over the years and have used both particle board and plywood. Today all I use is a good grade of plywood. I like formica with a decorative oak edge on the counter tops with a tile backsplash.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:23 AM   #7
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Particle board or good quality plywood are your best substrates for Formica. You have different choices edges, self edge with the formica or you could a solid wood edge. Themself edge would be cheaper but the wood looks great and is way more durable. Something else to consider is backing the underside with a thin laminate, they make a backing material which is inexpensive. This seals out moisture from underneath and makes the top even more stable.
I don,t know what costs are where you live so can,t comment on that.
Worked as a cabinetmaker for many years, built many tops.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:27 PM   #8
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He said what kind of wood and it was probably some kind of high grade plywood. I just don't remember things like I used to. I have every confidence in this guy after seeing his work just wasn't sure if the price was good.

BTW Thanks for all the replies.
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I have considered a solid surface upgrade for my travel trailer. I was considering trading up to an Aviator trailer, and it has Corian tops. Anyone have experience with having a Corian top made. I just upgraded to a stainless sink, because the plastic sink cracked. You can see that under... Travel Trailer/Surveyor/ Some quality Issues here on FROG The factory counter tops are adequate, but sure look cheezy....
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Solid surface like Coriander will be HEAVY. As in you will quickly reach your GVWR. Stick with proven material for RVs.
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