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Old 08-05-2010, 01:33 PM   #1
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Cabinet attatchment

I am replacing my old cabinets with new, custom built cabinets. Is it best to attatch this cabinets back to the interior skin with screws or rivets?

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Old 08-05-2010, 01:42 PM   #2
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Good question. We have all the mid bunk cabinets top/bottom out and are ready to replace with mahogany cabinetry. You are right that the original were riveted. We are planning on using angle aluminum attached with screws to the back of the face frame (overhead cabinets) and then rivet to the inner skin. Bunk cabinets will get anchored inside with pocket screws to the floor and again use angle aluminum to sidewall skin with rivets. My feeling is that original used rivets...should probably stay with rivets. Screws could back out from repeated vibration/bouncing of trailer. Would like to see what others have done. Good luck. Post some pictures of your progress.


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Old 08-05-2010, 02:02 PM   #3
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screws, with their short grip length, will over time loosen up. whereas a rivet swells on the other side of the hole, in effect squeezing the wall between the two ends of the rivet. brackets should be riveted to the wall, screwed to cabinet and floor.
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I intend to follow the OEM pattern, by and large. I want to make everything easily accessible. Almost everything I've removed from my trailer so far was attached with screws. It looks to me that the company that made the trailers bought rivets cheaper than they bought screws and I believe in some cases the choice was a matter of economics not engineering.

Anything I might want to access or change, I intend to screw.

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