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Old 02-08-2012, 06:35 AM   #1
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Cabinet options in a '76 Sovereign

Hi all,

I am curious what my options are for restoring/changing the cabinets in my 76 sovereign. Its my understanding that that year, they are fake wood laminate, not even veneer wood. Is that correct? If its plastic, obviously refinishing is not an option.
Can I overlay veneer wood with contact cement on all the surfaces to change how it looks or is it basically a scrape job and hire a cabinet maker to build new cabinetry?
My overhead storage is in fair shape, but the sides and trim on them are vinyl, not wood so I am curious what my options are here as well.
Please advise.

Thanks everyone!

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Old 02-08-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
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I ran into the same thing on my 77'. The only good thing that I can say about these cabinets is that they are relatively lite. I would think that you are better off just scrapping the cabinets and then putting in what ever you want. That way you can change the layout and make it fit your needs better. I have yet to run into anyone that said keep a 70's original. Particleboard and plastic veneer look cheep. It may have been the rage back then, but I don't see it ever coming back. Even if you could put veneer over the cabinets, I think you would be better off starting from scratch. If money is tight, you can certainly clean up the cabinets and make it usable and functional. Remember, the whole point of an Airstream is to use it! I have spent considerable time making mine look good, on the inside, but when we go camping, we are hardly inside the camper. Good luck
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:33 AM   #3
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I may have some suggestions.



Details of my build are on my blog.

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Old 02-08-2012, 08:44 AM   #4
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Here's a thought...

This question may be a bit off-topic to your thread, but I am wondering if you have done a complete over-all assessment of your trailer to make sure where your priorities should be?

I don't recall seeing you post anything like that, and I'm concerned that you might be heading toward spending money on your interior before the trailer has been confirmed and in good shape operationally "under the skin".

A good way to start might be taking the checklist that you can access here and do a really complete investigation of all the systems in your trailer.

I may be way off base here, but completing that list might save you from doing some work twice.

If you have done all that stuff, then here is what I found as my Golden Dream of what I would like to see in the kitchen area of my trailer.



And with the pantry tray open:



And here is the sink area:



Have fun with your designing!
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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Splitrock,

can you please post a link to your blog? I would love to hear your info!

Aage,

I understand what you mean about what the priorities are. Obviously I am the most concerned with the overall structure and condition of the bones of the trailer more than the aesthetics. I have been pretty thorough on almost all of the stuff on the checklist before I considered buying it, and final inspection will reveal anything that was incorrect or inaccurate. If it was just for me, I would leave it as-is and I am as happy as a pig rooting in sh*t. I think many of the men on this board can understand and appreciate the element that a wife adds to the equation. It is a rare occurrence where a house, travel trailer or practically anything else goes untouched from a style and decor standpoint unless said femaile picked the whole damn thing out from the get-go and it was built EXACTLY to their specifications and requests.

I am only asking because when she decides that she would like to modify some things, I just want to have some idea what my options are. Overlaying wood on some surfaces of cabinets sounds easier then gutting them because they aren't stained the way she likes. If I had it my way, I would cover everything with stainless and call it good. Waterproof, easy to clean. Simple. But everyone knows that females don't usually think for ease, logic, or simplicity. I am no rookie to working with wood, steel, or aluminum. I just want to know if others have done similar things and what their successes (or failures) have been.

I really appreciate everyone's input and help, although my wife is surely going to be meddlesome with some of this stuff, we are both extremely excited with the journey we are beginning in an airstream.

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Old 02-08-2012, 01:51 PM   #7
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Iíve been replacing the laminate cabinet sides and countertops in the Tradewind over the last few years. The originals were scuffed with extra holes , knobs and tiedowns left over from the last 3 owners.
IMHO it is easier to pull the laminated sheets out of the channels and replace them with ď1/4Ē inch hardwood veneer plywood that to attempt to apply rolled veneer. You can use the sheets as templates to simplify the job. Staining and finishing is easier with the panels laying horizontally in the shop than vertically inside the rig.
The extrusions that form the face frames carry plastic strips that can be slipped out and replaced with real wood veneer.
Iím doing the front in Hickory and the bedroom in Walnut. So far Iíve gotten positive comments on the results.
If only making tambour was that easy.

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Old 02-08-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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Hunter,

I tore out the plastic and anodized aluminum interior of my 1976 Argosy and "contemporized" it, largely following the original floor plan, which I thought at the time worked for me.

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All of this covered in my main thread here:

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