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zigz 07-21-2016 12:30 PM

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?

AstroBruce 07-21-2016 01:16 PM

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.


abqdor 07-21-2016 01:29 PM

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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ShinyPete 07-21-2016 05:36 PM

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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gandttimes 07-21-2016 05:47 PM

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.


kscherzi 07-21-2016 05:59 PM

Here's a short video of my solution. A simple pneumatic lifter. Two screws. Maybe 20 minutes to install.

Tim A. 07-21-2016 07:05 PM

Here is another solution:


Kittycatcat 07-22-2016 11:39 AM

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...............

rocco52 07-22-2016 11:47 AM

Great Idea! Where did you get them and what sizes did you use? Did you put one on both sides or just one?

VT Wanderer 07-22-2016 12:50 PM

Scherzi - great idea. Tim A - also a good idea. Hardware store here I come.

Kittycatcat 07-22-2016 01:53 PM

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. :D

amaier7771 07-22-2016 07:03 PM

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.

BoscoMN 07-23-2016 10:32 AM

Here is what I did on our 2015 19' FC:

FishByFly 07-30-2016 08:33 AM

Amaier7771, did you use two struts per door or is one each adequate?

because I catch fish on a fly...

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aftermath 07-30-2016 08:49 AM

Here is another one of those "I am scratching my head" posts. I have a 2006 25 FB with the bathroom mirror that you describe. Mine came with, and still has, a metal piano lid support type of latch. I have never had trouble with it not staying up and I haven't had to use my head to keep it open.

The gas shocks do look like a sexy alternative and I will probably look into something similar for the little door above the fridge. I see where the complaints come from late model owners. Did they put in a "new and improved" version of this latch?

My wife has never liked the mirror because she has to always look up to use it. Of course when we looked inside the new Classic with that full wall mirror, she said this is what she wants. :D

jayseejay 07-30-2016 10:53 AM

Hi Aftermath, the new units with that mirror have nothing at all to hold the mirror in the up position - except your hand or head. Best, Joe

MomcatA 07-30-2016 02:30 PM

Thank you amaier7771! Purchased a set from Amazon- they're going into the trailer next week. Love the Forums- have a problem, just wait long enough and there will be a thread about it.

aftermath 07-30-2016 03:00 PM


Originally Posted by jayseejay (Post 1828555)
Hi Aftermath, the new units with that mirror have nothing at all to hold the mirror in the up position - except your hand or head. Best, Joe

Wow, I find that quite unbelievable. I wouldn't be happy either. I guess $80K doesn't get you what it used to.

Thanks for the information.

robi 07-30-2016 08:10 PM

That I can attest to with my recent non upgrade in an AS trailer. Funny, I had the same complaint with my 19 ft., more than a few forehead bruises and fixture adjustments after a long day. My new 25 ft came with a small vanity swing out mirror. Way better as you can move it according to weather you are blow drying, plucking, or just admiring your attire for an awesome night in your Airstream. May be worth taking a look at on video and installing on the side if you can avoid having to get in the cabinet so much for stuff. Sometimes retail solutions are better, try "googling bathroom storage in an rv."

duncans 07-30-2016 09:24 PM

The Flight of the Phoenix
All of this time I had thought that the lousy closure on the medicine cabinet door was due to the fire!

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