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Old 10-29-2020, 05:16 PM   #1
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Put cabinet door in solid panel space.

In another trailer, we purchased from Forest River, cabinet doors to replace the solid panel which makes it difficult to reach behind. Has anybody owning a Rockwood model #2703WS replaced the solid panel with a door? FR is finding it difficult to get us a 16”w x 10” tall without glass. Just wondering who you dealt with & a phone #. The picture shows the middle panel we want to take out & replace with the door, but do not want glass on it. It is located over slide dinette. The cabinets over our bed are exactly the size we need. We were told our size is no longer made because it’s a 2017 (old)!Click image for larger version

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Old 11-03-2020, 04:04 PM   #2
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solid panel replacement

I have removed a panel in my Wildwood and will be just installing an elastisized net across the opening. Haven't found the right net yet but LOTS of new rigs use those nets instead of doors these days. Just a suggestion.
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Old 11-03-2020, 04:52 PM   #3
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Find your local cabinet maker and have him or her build one for you. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-03-2020, 05:26 PM   #4
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There was a topic on this earlier this year, perhaps do a search. There were some good ideas.

Here's my panel knock out, I didn't put a door on it though. It was a blind panel between the microwave and corner kitchen cabinet. You may find that there is no floor or ceiling panel behind, or a bunch of wiring.
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Old 11-03-2020, 05:32 PM   #5
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I saw on here where someone removed the panel and put magnets on it and in the opening to easily access the area behind the panel
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Old 11-03-2020, 09:49 PM   #6
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Go to Lowe's, Home Depot, or wherever and pick up a door, hinges, knob, and stain.
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Old 11-04-2020, 08:24 AM   #7
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You say the cabinets over the bed are exactly what you need for that space. Have you checked with some RV salvage yards to see if they have some of the cabinet doors from a model like yours?

If you can't find one take one of the doors to a local cabinet shop and see if they can make you a couple and just use the new ones in the bedroom and put one of the old ones in the space. That way everything matches.
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Old 11-04-2020, 12:57 PM   #8
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I had a solid panel in front of the water heater winterizing valves. I had to either pull the drawer just above, and with ball-bearing slides, it was a pain to manipulate both stops just to get a bit more room. Plus, I couldn't avoid the silicon on the slides.

Alternatively, I had to pull the six screws on the panel.

After swapping the dinette set for theater seats ( https://pbase.com/brucemac/2015sunseekerseating ), I had two spare drawer faces, so I mounted one of those faces in the blank panel, as follows:

Door mounted in panel, ready for mounting in cabinet:



Back of panel showing the bracing for hinges and the latch:



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Cabinet with closed door:



Fortunately, I had a matching door as far as the material & finish.

Your panel is probably stapled from behind. A door can be added if you can make one, or as others have mentioned, find one or have a cabinet shop make one if they'll take on such a small/tiny job.
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Old 11-04-2020, 02:21 PM   #9
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I would check with FR to see if they still have seam tape that matches the color.
What I've found on our 2020 Freedom Express (and our previous Vibe) is that all of the doors have what appears to be vinyl stickers on top of the 'fake' wood.. to simulate wood grain.
If you can get a hold of that (and we were able to for our 2019 Vibe and our current 2020 FE), and you can get a 'blank' door built, you can then cover it up with this seam tape and you're good to go.
Our 'tape' came in rolls of 25 or 50 feet, 6 inches wide and they call it 'seam tape'. If you refer to that, FR will know what you are asking for.
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Old 11-06-2020, 07:44 PM   #10
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Built a one panel door, stained to match (kind of), installed spice rack. Bask in the adoration of happy wife.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-07-2020, 09:22 AM   #11
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We use this area as our pantry (as its easily accessible with the slide in for loading) and got sick of the old "reach around" for stuff in the middle. Found another cabinet door in the camper that would work and contacted the dealer. To my surprise only $19 complete with hinges and pull. Took 3 weeks to get here but worth the wait.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-11-2020, 04:52 PM   #12
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Did you go thru Forest River? We just got estimate from Camping World, where we purchased our trailer, $41.25 + $20-25 SHIPPING FREIGHT TO CAMPING WORLD!!
Your door looks same size as ours. Was this this year?
Thank you in advance
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Old 11-11-2020, 05:49 PM   #13
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Mine isn't an FR product.
My camper is made by Cruiser but this is the most informative forum board I've found that I stayed here after selling my Palomino.
I did, however, purchase the door about 2 months ago (and failed to mention the $10 shipping from dealer to me).
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Old 11-16-2020, 06:00 PM   #14
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I used the blank panel and then built a frame around it for our TT. Slightly different wood grain and the handle is a bit different but it passes my filters.
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