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Old 10-17-2020, 08:33 PM   #1
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Cabinet over refrigerator in G19QB

If I have any pet peeves about my GeoPro, my number one would have to be the cabinet shelf over the refrigerator and bottom shelf in the pantry/closet. Both shelves are made of crappy thin non reinforced Luan. Both shelves sag in the middle by as much as 1/2" with little or no weight on them (see before pic). The construction of these cabinet shelves should have had at least 3/8" plywood or at least a couple of support joists.


Today's project was to fix this deficiency. I added supports under the cabinet shelf above the refrig as well as to the bottom shelf in the pantry/cloths closet. See before and after pics... no more sags.


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Old 10-18-2020, 08:12 AM   #2
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the shelves and such are built that way so that these rigs can be pulled by smaller vehicles plus keeping the mfg cost low.
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Old 10-18-2020, 02:47 PM   #3
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the shelves and such are built that way so that these rigs can be pulled by smaller vehicles plus keeping the mfg cost low.
Point taken and I get it, towing weight is important as well as keeping costs down. But the retail cost to me for the materials was less than $1.00 and the total weight was probably only about 4-6 ounces.

That is pretty insignificant ($20K+ for this TT) when you are considering structural integrity. Also, I have heard others complain about these shelves here as well as on other forums. As an engineer I take a proactive approach because I don't want the wood to fatigue which would result in more expensive repair cost and effort.
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