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Old 07-21-2016, 12:30 PM   #1
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Flying Cloud medicine cabinet door

We have a 2016, 25ft. Flying Cloud. I am tall and find the top hinged swing up medicine cabinet door awkward to use. Has anyone changed that type cabinet door to horizontal sliders? Was it difficult and do you like it better?
Wonder why Airstream uses that type of door instead of sliders?

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Old 07-21-2016, 01:16 PM   #2
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Wow. What a great idea. I hate that door on a good day. After every trip, I grab a screwdriver and tighten the loose hinges. I have to hold it up with my head while I look for what I need.


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Old 07-21-2016, 01:29 PM   #3
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That was one of the things that bothered us when we took possession of our Flying Cloud FB '25. I searched the forum and found that some people have put pneumatic lift hinges on the door to keep it open. There are also pictures of the install. Haven't done it yet, but it is on the project list.

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Old 07-21-2016, 05:36 PM   #4
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I put a "boat hatch support" or something like that on our 27fb top-hinged med cab door in our Pete from West Marine. It's a spring rod maybe 20" long that mounts to the bottom corner of the cabinet doorframe and the bottom corner of the mirrored door.

When you open the top-hinged door, the spring "locks" open and the door stays there, no headaches. To close the door, lift the door slightly, bend the spring so it folds onto itself and whalaa. A little tricky to get mounted but once in it works great.

Hope this helps.

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Old 07-21-2016, 05:47 PM   #5
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I put "piano bench" hinge supports on the medicine cabinet door and the door over the fridge on our 2014 25fb and it solved all the issues. I got the idea from a previous thread on the same subject.

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Old 07-21-2016, 05:59 PM   #6
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Here's a short video of my solution. A simple pneumatic lifter. Two screws. Maybe 20 minutes to install.
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Old 07-21-2016, 07:05 PM   #7
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Here is another solution:

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Old 07-22-2016, 11:39 AM   #8
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The cheap lightweight plastic latch on our very heavy mirrored medicine cabinet lift-up door broke on our first long trip in our 2016 FC 27 - found it hanging loose on the upper hinges when we checked things at a rest area. That mirror door is way too heavy for that application. Also, as has been said, it's inconvenient to actually get things out from the shelf while trying to hold door open. Husband took door and hinges off entirely for the rest of the trip.

So far I don't mind having just the open shelf up there - mostly miss the mirror (been propping a hand-held up on the shelf for now).

I had been thinking about a sliding mirror/door that would cover maybe half the space. Now we're thinking instead about simply putting up an acrylic mirror with glue or strong tape on the flat wall to the right of the sink just above all the switches and leaving the shelf open. Figure the acrylic won't break if it falls, it's lightweight, and can be cut to fit the space.

Still thinking of options...............
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:47 AM   #9
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Great Idea! Where did you get them and what sizes did you use? Did you put one on both sides or just one?
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:50 PM   #10
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Scherzi - great idea. Tim A - also a good idea. Hardware store here I come.
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Old 07-22-2016, 01:53 PM   #11
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Kscherzi & Tim - like both of these! Now to show the resident handyman (aka spouse) & see which one he likes. Also much cheaper than new mirror.
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:03 PM   #12
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I fixed that frustrating FC Medicine cabinet "lift up" door", and also the similar "up opening" door over the refrigerator by adding these simple "gas shocks". Now both doors stay fully up when wanted and still close and stay latched when traveling.

Apexstone 100N/22.5lb Gas Struts/Gas Springs/Gas Strut Lift Support/Gas Shocks Lift Lid,Set of 4

Worked well for us.
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:32 AM   #13
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Here is what I did on our 2015 19' FC:
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:33 AM   #14
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Amaier7771, did you use two struts per door or is one each adequate?

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