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Old 01-07-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Using Corian in kitchen and bath

I am considering using Corian for new counter tops in the bathroom and kitchen of our 72 23' Safari.

I am somewhat worried about the weight but I am more concerned about attaching the material to the base cabinets. The general recommendations is that the weight of the material holds it to the base cabinet with a little silicon adhesive. I am not sure that is appropriate in a camper.

The bathroom is at the rear of the camper so it is possible that a mistake while towing it may tend to launch the counter top if it isn't adequately secured.

I know that Corian and other solid surface materials are often used in RVs so there must be appropriate solutions.

Any ideas or recommendations?

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Old 01-07-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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We installed Samsung Starion (similar to Corian) from Home Depot. HD would not warranty the product, but the installer said the adhesive he used would not likely fail. We've logged about 6,500 miles since the install with no problems. Granted we haven't had a countertop launching panic stop, but I think it's as good as you'd expect from any surface. The installer felt we were "weight neutral" comparing the old formica and particle board to the new material. I think we picked up some weight, but not a significant amount. We installed in the both the kitchen and bath.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #3
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Tom,

My Classic came with Corian countertops. They are about 1/4 inch thick. There are strips of wood attached to the underside with a white adhesive that looks to be caulk of some type. There are strips along the front and back and then some smaller strips running front to back as well. The strips are then screwed to the cabinets and back wall. There's been no problem with the kitchen countertop. The much smaller one in the bathroom did turn loose and had to be re-adhered at the mothership.

Also, from what I've read, there isn't much of a weight penalty with them being done this way.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:25 PM   #4
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Most construction adhesives are very strong. In most cases the adhesives ate stronger than the material you are gluing.
i wouldn't hesitate to put corian in.
I have 3cm travertine stone in my 34, no issues.
There is so much cut out of it (sink/stove) that the weight it's less than you would think
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:45 PM   #5
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So are most of the RV installs using 1/4" or 1/2" thick material?
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:37 AM   #6
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I used Corian in my trailer reno with no issues. It has lasted through about 4500 miles of travel without a problem. All I did was after constructing the counter, I adhered it to a plywood panel with ample amounts of silicone.

For a few more details, see my thread here, post 291

Mine was 1/2". I couldn't imagine working with 1/4" if you were to do it yourself. Not sure how much total footage you need, but its not that heavy
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #7
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I installed Corian counter tops in my 1976 31' Sovereign about 5 year ago. I used the 1/2" material. When you take into account the cut out for the sink and stove top yop are not looking at a lot weight. I also installed a under mount sink which sits on a 3/4" plywood base and the Corian is attached with silicone to this. I have not had any problems after a lot of miles down the highway.

Here are some pictures that includes before and after shots as well as some of the construction shots.

Good luck with your project.

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:29 PM   #8
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Very nice ... The pictures are inspiring. I like the idea of the underneath sink mounting supported by the plywood.
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I have corian in my 34', no problems at all
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