Tent Trailer Cabinet Modifications

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Project by sugarpine posted 02-11-2016 04:06 AM 1723 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first experience working on a recreational vehicle, a pop up tent trailer. The project was to modify an existing corner cabinet to both store and use a Porta-Potty and to make a three door cabinet with accessible top lids. Modifying cabinets constructed of 3/8” MDF, attached with 3/4” X 3/4” pine strips and with 1/2” particle board laminated countertops was a challenge. The only thing providing any stability in these two cabinets were the counter tops. Once they were removed things got very flimsy. Both cabinets required additional framing since the countertops would no longer offer any support. In order to use piano hinges, each lid and the corresponding area of the countertop had to be rabbeted and a hardwood strip glued in place to accept multiple screws. All exposed particle board edges were filled with spackling compound, sanded, then painted to match the gray laminate. It would have been much easier to install new counter tops of laminated baltic birch plywood but the client’s budget didn’t include that expense. Home Depot did and excellent job mixing up small sampler jars in the required matching colors.

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 05:00 AM

Looks like a fun project. Turned out nice.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 05:46 AM

That’s a mighty fine modification for sure. Definitely looks like it was meant to be there.

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 12:34 PM

Good job, modifying any travel trailer can be a chore because they weren’t designed for change. You mod looks factory

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 03:29 PM

nice job

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