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Old 02-26-2009, 07:05 PM   #1
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We have just purchased a 1972 Soverign. This is our 2nd Trailer, but the first didn't need cabinets. The roll up cabinet doors are destroyed or missing in the refrigerator cabinet area. We want to replace completely or replace the roll up doors only. Not sure. I have exhausted my efforts trying to find. I thought Ikea cabinets, but too square and really want modular style, besides I was told they wouldn't hold up to vibration and too heavy. We want to modernize and go modular, so I also thought of stainless options, but not sure where to find any of these. Fabricators want to help, but usually huge money. Does anyone know where we could find acrylic/plastic doors or entire cabinets you see on several AS remodels online?
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We have just purchased a 1972 Soverign. This is our 2nd Trailer, but the first didn't need cabinets. The roll up cabinet doors are destroyed or missing in the refrigerator cabinet area. We want to replace completely or replace the roll up doors only. Not sure. I have exhausted my efforts trying to find. I thought Ikea cabinets, but too square and really want modular style, besides I was told they wouldn't hold up to vibration and too heavy. We want to modernize and go modular, so I also thought of stainless options, but not sure where to find any of these. Fabricators want to help, but usually huge money. Does anyone know where we could find acrylic/plastic doors or entire cabinets you see on several AS remodels online?
Finding cabinets from the home industries, that fit your Airstream, that are sturdy and light weight, is probably slim to none.

We can help you with tambour doors.

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Old 02-26-2009, 10:37 PM   #3
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Pdxmom, You might try to find out from Jackson Center if any of the cabinets and overhead lockers from '08 or '09 trailers will work in your coach. If so you would have to get part numbers and dimensions from them and order the cabinets/lockers thru a Airstream dealer. Depending on the curve of the wall to ceiling (radius) some may work with little to no modification. The base cabinets should also work for light weight and modular needs. If you want to go the cheaper route you can check with travel trailer salvage yards such as Cherokee Rv Salvage or Colaws Salvage as to if they have any newer damaged Airstream trailers that have available interiors. I am sure if you check you will find some things available that might meet your needs at a reduced price Vs. trying to buy new. If you want to call Airstream in Jackson Center someone can post the number for the parts/service center. I would go to their web site at Airstream.com and send them an e-mail to see if they can help you with new items. Hope this helps. Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:23 PM   #4
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Thanks for all your help. I might try to fix the tambour doors or modify someone until I can find new or go the salvage route. Thanks for all your help!
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We're going to do "custom" on all cabinetry. I really dislike the flimsy aluminum channel ('67 Overlander). The brownish color looks cheap to me and it just doesn't have the strength I would like. I'm leaning towards using an aluminum frame covered by a thin wood (birch?) plywood. Personally, I find the cabinet door hardware in the overlander pretty cheesy. We have hinged doors rather than tambour... with all due respect to those of an earlier generation, tambour doors scream "lime shag carpet" to me.

We have saved all the cabinets for templates. Maybe it's just me, but I think if you take your time, you could fabricate something much better than you could buy off the shelf and better than OEM Airstream.
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There are some really cool replacement tambours available. This is a polished aluminum 4' x 8' sheet, you can use to cut doors from, for $253.24/ sheet.METALLIC TAMBOUR
There are also mirrored tambour doors for that disco pimpmobile effect.
It's amazing how many different types are out there.
Building all new cabinets isn't for everyone. If you can salvage what you have you can save some time and money and sometimes come up with a unique look all your own. I would only recommend replacing them if you want to change the layout or if the existing cabinets are too far gone to repair.
I saw an old AS that someone had put nice new maple raised panel doors on all the cabinets. it looked great, but it probably doubled the weight of the cabinets and eventually it will result in the upper lockers seperating from the ceiling. It's important to pay close attention to the weight of things when you are working in a trailer that was built to be very light.
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Pdxmom, You might try to find out from Jackson Center if any of the cabinets and overhead lockers from '08 or '09 trailers will work in your coach. If so you would have to get part numbers and dimensions from them and order the cabinets/lockers thru a Airstream dealer. Depending on the curve of the wall to ceiling (radius) some may work with little to no modification. The base cabinets should also work for light weight and modular needs. If you want to go the cheaper route you can check with travel trailer salvage yards such as Cherokee Rv Salvage or Colaws Salvage as to if they have any newer damaged Airstream trailers that have available interiors. I am sure if you check you will find some things available that might meet your needs at a reduced price Vs. trying to buy new. If you want to call Airstream in Jackson Center someone can post the number for the parts/service center. I would go to their web site at Airstream.com and send them an e-mail to see if they can help you with new items. Hope this helps. Happy Trails, Ed
I've seen the CCD Cabinets being built at JC. The wall curve on older units is different, but the front/bottom of the cabinets could be used - possibly without modification. The problem? They make those cabinets from 1 inch MDF covered with white laminate. IMHO, 1/2 to 5/8" mdf would work fine and weigh less. They just take a flat piece of MDF, use a depth controlled radial saw and make about 8 to 10 relief cuts in the back, bend the mdf to the correct curve, then use contact cement and a somewhat thin laminate to cover it inside and out. Once the laminate is on, the curve is permanent. They then mount the slides for the doors and attach the side pieces.

The thing that strikes me when I see an older Airstream is that the old cabinets are so much smaller - shallower and narrower front to back - but of course the vintage units aren't wide bodies either.

You don't have to have a custom RV workshop to do this kind of work. A good custom cabinet worker can do it. I've even seen a project done by the local high school's shop class on a park model for a disabled woman - and it was darned impressive. Of course the kids were closely supervised.

Oh, and I'm lousy with the SEARCH function but I think I've seen a thread about the tambour doors.... New doors can still be ordered. You might even choose to go for an entirely different color.

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We have just purchased a 1972 Soverign. This is our 2nd Trailer, but the first didn't need cabinets. The roll up cabinet doors are destroyed or missing in the refrigerator cabinet area. We want to replace completely or replace the roll up doors only. Not sure. I have exhausted my efforts trying to find. I thought Ikea cabinets, but too square and really want modular style, besides I was told they wouldn't hold up to vibration and too heavy. We want to modernize and go modular, so I also thought of stainless options, but not sure where to find any of these. Fabricators want to help, but usually huge money. Does anyone know where we could find acrylic/plastic doors or entire cabinets you see on several AS remodels online?
pdxmom,

Unfortunately, you will need custom cabinets and like any custom work, not cheap. Check out www.area63productions.com Uwe is a member here and only about 275 miles away.

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Old 03-13-2009, 06:58 PM   #9
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We're going to do "custom" on all cabinetry. I really dislike the flimsy aluminum channel ('67 Overlander). The brownish color looks cheap to me and it just doesn't have the strength I would like. I'm leaning towards using an aluminum frame covered by a thin wood (birch?) plywood. Personally, I find the cabinet door hardware in the overlander pretty cheesy. We have hinged doors rather than tambour... with all due respect to those of an earlier generation, tambour doors scream "lime shag carpet" to me.

We have saved all the cabinets for templates. Maybe it's just me, but I think if you take your time, you could fabricate something much better than you could buy off the shelf and better than OEM Airstream.
Keep in mind, that since the trailer flexes, the cabinets must also have a little give.

If not, then either the mounting screws tear up the aluminum walls, and/or the furniture comes loose and winds up in the aisle, or breaks within itself.

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Old 03-13-2009, 08:10 PM   #10
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pdxmom...welcome to the forums (sorry about the belatedness )

Keep digging around on the site and make sure to check in the photo sections. There are plenty of talented people on this site that have restored old cabinets, built completely new interiors and more. It takes a bit of time to find and digest the information but you will be richly rewarded. FWIW I have a 1975 with a couple of tambour doors in sorry shape. One is being replaced by a larger swing up door, some are going to be rebuilt. The AS cabinets of our era were pretty unique in the RV world.

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I here it is costly $$$$$$$$$ to get new ones made. AS of Ak is one place that I would look, if you what new ones.
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Does anyone know where i can get the metal trim that goes around cabinets and counters in 71 soverign land yatch. it si copper colored now. Wife wantd to change color
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It would be easier to use a new color metallic paint on those edges than to try to replace them.
The metal edging is probably a T-molding set into a slot cut in the edge of the countertop. If you search Google for metal t molding or try Outwater Plastics or Louis And Company, you might find something you can use for replacements.

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We have tambour rails we've taken out of our trailer and will not be reusing. Problem is, we don't know what goes to what as they had already been taken out when we bought her. If you're interested, they will cost you the price of shipping.
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