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Old 06-10-2011, 01:03 PM   #1
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Anyone come up with better Corian counter extension bracket?

Just broke our first one (thank you very much I-70 in Indiana), and I'm not too keen on letting the same bracket fail again. It's off for now. I've read about similar experiences and multiple bracket failures from other Classic owners here in the forums.

If it gets loose, that thing can do all sorts of damage in a trailer on the road. That sucker is unreasonably heavy.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:12 PM   #2
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I am thinking Nascar. Get some of that 200 mph duck tape and that should fix it. Do you have a picture of the bracket that failed. Did it come loose from the cabinet or did the bracket just break. If it just came loose can you use bolts instead of screws to hold it on. Pictures!!
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On my 2002 ASCL 31' the corian top of the extension became “un-adhesived” within the first few months of purchase; and yes it is damn heavy. It fell to the floor (no damage) because the factory didn’t use enough adhesive to stick it to the extension’s plywood backing. I got a big tube of silicone rubber and slathered the entire back side of the corian, pressed it on, squeezed out the excess and it hasn’t come off since.
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Iv'e used this for a lot of repairs... boat, Airstream and automotive.
A really good all around repair option, tough as nails...Marine Tex, epoxy resin, adhesives, silicone grease, engine treatment, cleaner, repair, bond, fill, seal, fiberglass, aluminum, plastics, Starboard, wood
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:35 PM   #5
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Thanks, gents. I wish it were that easy. At the end of the day, I could ask Colonial to send me a new bracket, and I am sure they would comply promptly. But I have absolutely no confidence in this design. What I need is a better (stronger, etc.) bracket that has the needed slack built in to assure a proper mating to the fixed counter.

Here are a couple of pics to illustrate the issue a little better, and sorry for not posting them earlier.




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Mine came off of the side of the cabinet because the screws were too shallow. I think it's on with bolts and a nut and washer inside now.

I believe the bracket is fundamentally a sound design but you may have to shim it a little bit so that everything lines up a little better.
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My bracket is just like yours. In the collapsed position the vertically hanging top can flex the right angle of the bracket at the mounting which could fatigue the bracket at the angle, which is what seems to have happened to yours. Mine has over 32,000 miles of towing on it and I don’t see that mine has fatigued. Maybe you just got a bracket that was faulty, i.e. weak or work hardened at the angle which failed. Try another one since mine doesn’t show any sign of failure.
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Gotch'a, thats the extension that hangs down next to the door.

If it broke in the folded position I wouldn't depend on the OEM replacement doing any better. Ours has held up well but it's a wooden extension of the Corian counter. I would see about getting a HD replacement at one of the BB stores. Take it with and explain what you need.

So this just may be your first up-grade.... Good Luck.
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:31 PM   #9
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Thanks for the opinions. Hmm...what to do? The original bracket failed at less than 3,500 miles.

I think I'll head down to the HD and see what they've got. Certainly couldn't hurt. If no luck, I'll ping Colonial for a warranty part and give it another go. This military-gypsy lifestyle doesn't exactly lend itself to maintaining a shop and tools where I could fabricate a bracket.

Thanks again for the help, and please continue to chime in if there any other ideas.

P.S. Bob, this would be my second upgrade. I drove home last week from Alumapalooza on new 16" Michelins.

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thank you very much I-70 in Indiana
There's your problem! That road is pathetic. We avoided it on the way back by taking US 36 across. Much better road and scenery. Of course it took a little longer than I-70 but the time was worth the savings in wear and tear.
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There's your problem! That road is pathetic. We avoided it on the way back by taking US 36 across. Much better road and scenery. Of course it took a little longer than I-70 but the time was worth the savings in wear and tear.
I wholeheartedly concur. But most interstates are not even close to being that bad. Headed east, we hit I-64 from just west of St. Louis to visit family in Kentucky and it was much better.

If time allows, we definitely need to get off the beaten path more.
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We also had a failure. It was replaced with same bracket. We now use blue masking tape to prevent it from bouncing as we travel. I-5 around Stockton, Ca most likely caused it. Nevertheless, Airstream should have designed it to lock down.
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We lost then same bracket at about 15k of towing. It appears to be really thin metal and mine broke with the safari butcher block cutting board which is definitely lighter than the corian.

I am possibly thinking a fine stainless piano hinge would be better.
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I am possibly thinking a fine stainless piano hinge would be better.
Care to elaborate? Got a pic?
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