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Old 07-06-2011, 06:09 AM   #15
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I have not done the mod yet, however it would look just like the hinge on your main bathroom door or drop leaf table.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:51 AM   #16
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Got it, thanks.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:31 AM   #17
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One of our brackets broke today in the same place as the one in this thread. I am wondering if anyone has found a better substitute yet.

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Old 09-17-2012, 02:47 AM   #18
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Check out marine parts stores for stainless steel hardware (hinges, brackets, nuts and bolts). Boats take a lot more pounding than land yachts, and stainless steel is better suited for RV use than hardware from Home Depot and Lowes. However, be prepared for sticker shock. The good stuff is expensive, but you probably won't have to replace it ever again.

See link below for examples of typical hardware. However, the same or similar parts are available from other local and online sources, probably at better prices.

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Old 09-17-2012, 05:58 AM   #19
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We lost our second bracket recently, and the counter extension now shamefully resides on top of a cabinet in the garage...
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:51 PM   #20
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One of our brackets broke today in the same place as the one in this thread. I am wondering if anyone has found a better substitute yet.

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Well I did not find a substitute. I did order two new ones from Out of Doors Mart. They were not on their web site, so I ordered them by phone. They are called "collapsible shelf brackets". They cost 4.95 each plus 10.95 to ship both of them. According to ODM, they cost about 10.00 each, if purchased from Airstream. I ordered two ,so that I will be prepared for the next one to break. In all due respect to the bracket, it broke on the worse pot-holed interstate I've towed on.

Unlike the one that broke, these did not come Pre- "bent out of shape".

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I noticed the bracket on my Brother in Law's 2012 Classic is a different design.
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Well I did not find a substitute. I did order two new ones from Out of Doors Mart. They were not on their web site, so I ordered them by phone. They are called "collapsible shelf brackets". They cost 4.95 each plus 10.95 to ship both of them. According to ODM, they cost about 10.00 each, if purchased from Airstream. I ordered two ,so that I will be prepared for the next one to break. In all due respect to the bracket, it broke on the worse pot-holed interstate I've towed on.

Unlike the one that broke, these did not come Pre- "bent out of shape".

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Let us know how it goes.

I really wouldn't mind some type of quick-detach that would allow easy stowage elsewhere in the trailer, and easy, but sturdy hanging when we camped. I just don't have the materials or tools to fabricate such a device.
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I noticed the bracket on my Brother in Law's 2012 Classic is a different design.
Oooh. May have to investigate.
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Oooh. May have to investigate.
Please post your findings.

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Will do.

I shamelessly lifted the below pic from a 2012 Classic 30 on Colonial's website. The pic clearly shows a different counter bracket. Since my trailer is still under warranty, I plan to call Colonial this week to see if they will ship me a couple of the new brackets. More to follow.

P.S. Patrick, if I need to remove the pic, please let me know. Thanks.

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I played with the bracket on the 2012> It operates more smoothly and easily than mine too.
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Thanks for posting the photo, I don't imagine Colonial would mind as long as you are not trying to sell a trailer with it.

I don't have our trailer handy to check, but it looks to me that there is extra wood piece on the cabinet side which seems to make it unnecessary for the bracket to have that extension piece where the breaks occur.

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I agree, there seems to be thicker wood there.
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