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Old 12-24-2015, 08:35 AM   #1
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Interior laminates - Intl Models

Wondering if anyone knows what airstream is using for the laminates on the new trailers? Specifically looking at the International Signature Oyster Leather color pallet. Or Possibly the lighter serenity laminate color. My Wife really likes these and we're undergoing a full remodel of our 72. The decision is to follow a decor close to the modern trailers.

When Airsteam says laminate, are they using a formica type material laminated to thin board? Or is it just a thin facing sheet?
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Specs for the intl serenity are at bottom of first post here

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Thanks. Glad to know they are using these types of laminates for the cabinet and wall facings. Now I just need to figure out what to use for the actual wall boards which I'll adhere the laminate to.

I've debated building lightweight wood cabinetry, but I think I may attempt to stay in the spirit of the trailer and construct a alu cabinet structure skinned with a laminate sandwich.

I guess I should start a proper thread on the rebuild. It's going to be a long go.
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Cabinet material in my 2013 is plywood.
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Any idea on the thickness?
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I think it's 1/2 inch. Either 5 or 7 layer. Fairly stable material. I think they use 1 x1's at the joints to use screws to secure to pieces together. Surely someone here, a cabinet maker, can be more specific in regards to materials.
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There are many, many fine laminates out there, Formica and WilsonArt being two that immediately come to mind. A good store will have samples that you can bring home to try out in place. WilsonArt's glue works quite well, much better than big-box bargain brands.

I would go with 3/4" ply for the countertop surface, and build the rest of the carcass out of 1/4" ply with whitewood stringers around the edges. You can even go nuts like me with super-light Eurolite plywood. The stringers hold screws far better than the edge of plywood.

Something to keep in mind is that when you laminate two sheets of 1/8" ply together, and then torment it into a curve, you have a very strong panel that weighs a fraction of what standard construction does.

We're Airstreamers, we love the curves!
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