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Old 10-10-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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The European style cabinet hinges on our new Flying Cloud have repeatedly separated while underway. The hinges have a trigger on the end which, when pressed, cause the hinge to separate. Any moveable object in the cabinet is capable of activating the trigger. Any suggestions on eliminating this annoyance?
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:26 PM   #2
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Picture? Can you get to the back side of the trigger and put a piece of hard foam rubber under it?
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:40 PM   #3
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The European style cabinet hinges on our new Flying Cloud have repeatedly separated while underway. The hinges have a trigger on the end which, when pressed, cause the hinge to separate. Any moveable object in the cabinet is capable of activating the trigger. Any suggestions on eliminating this annoyance?
You are still under warranty, I would take it back to the dealer and make them "make it right." It could be that you particular batch of hinges is bad.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:42 PM   #4
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Hinges separating? Has there actually been more than one? Reason I ask is that I've had to take these hinges apart several times and I've had a heck of a time getting them open. Hard to picture them coming apart simply by being hit by something while traveling. Possibly a defective hinge or one not snapped together tight to begin with?
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:51 PM   #5
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This has happened in ours a couple of times. I'm not sure there is anything that can be done......that's just how the hinges work. We have the European hinges in our house and occasionally they come apart as well.


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Old 10-10-2014, 02:53 PM   #6
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Those hinges have adjusting screws that too often loosen making the doors jam or get lopsided.
Seems that using them on a moving, bouncing RV is not a best idea.
They work well with household cabinets and are easier for the cabinetmaker to install and to adjust. But not in an RV, as they can be a pain for the average person to fix and adjust the doors.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:08 PM   #7
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Yes they are a pain to adjust - I've been down that road several times. But I've never had one come completely apart on its own and I've towed 3 Airstreams several hundred
thousand miles in the past 8 years.
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As a cabinetmaker who uses these hinges everyday, I find adjusting Blum hinges to be very easy. Up and down is the screw on the base plate that the hinge attaches too. In and out is the very back screw in the hinge itself, and the side to side adjustment is the screw closest to the door.

I'm very surprised that these hinges are coming apart so I suspect the quality of the hinge maybe at play. Blum make a great hinge with a very positive catch system. Yes, it still has a trigger release at the back of the hinge but the tension required to release is pretty high so an accidental release would almost be impossible.

You could probably replace the existing hinges with Blum or Hafele hinges easily as they all use the same 35mm hole mounting system.

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I find it particularly annoying in the cabinets under the bed. With is where I store heavy stuff- like a plastic tub full of dog food. I can't seem to remember to pick the tub up high enough to clear the release lever that makes the hinge come apart. It's easy enough to pop it back together, but annoying. Especially since on the front bins they use ordinary hinges.
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That's what happens with me.....I hit the back of the hinge with something heavy which causes the release.


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Hinges separating? Has there actually been more than one? Reason I ask is that I've had to take these hinges apart several times and I've had a heck of a time getting them open. Hard to picture them coming apart simply by being hit by something while traveling. Possibly a defective hinge or one not snapped together tight to begin with?
Three doors have come off, one twice.
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There are cheap euro hinges out there.

Look to see if they are marked BLUM

If not replace with BLUM hinges.They are high quality.
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Put some lock tight on the threads.

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Adding my voice to this. I can trigger a hinge release by pulling a blanket out of the closet shelf (2015 International). They are very easy to release. The same thing happened on my 2004, but those hinges were easy to pop back. These are impossible -- I'm completely stumped on putting it back. And I have euro hinges in my home, so I thought I was familiar with them.
Am I seriously going to have to buy and carry a rubber mallet with me, or is there a trick to this that I'm missing?
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