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Old 02-18-2020, 01:18 PM   #1
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Cabinet door came unglued

We purchased an "untitled" 2018 27' Airstream Globetrotter last fall and have towed it for about 5,000 miles. Then it was stored since mid-November in Florida. On our first trip since, now mid-February, we had the front of one of the kitchen overhead cabinets come unglued. It didn't fall completely off, but one side came unglued and it would have fallen off if I had not decided to just pull it off. To my surprise, the overhead cupboard doors are just glued on. There are no screws, rivets, fasteners, just a couple of strips of glue. See pictures.

My Airstream is under warranty, but I usually fix what breaks by trying to improve on the installation. So my solution to fix this issue is to use 3M 4950 VHB Tape. I have successfully used this 3M 4950 VHB tape to attach solar panels to the roofs on two Airstreams. I figure if a few inches of this tape is good enough to hold a solar panel on the roof of an Airstream at Interstate-highway speeds in gail-force winds, it should be able to hold a cupboard door in place inside the Airstream.

The first thing I did before pulling off the cupboard door was draw a line around where it was mounted with a pencil, so I knew where to reattach the door. I then put the VHB tape under the entire mounting location and stuck it on based on the pencil outline. We shall see if this works. My next planned trip is in mid-May when I will be returning to JC with my warranty repair list. If the cupboard door falls off on the way there, it will be added to the list. If not, I will post that the 3M VHB tape is an improvement.

My initial feeling is that this is going to work. The door is being held solidly in place. Its a much more solid attachment than the glue. I checked all my overhead cabinet doors and the glue is loose on all of them. I don't think I will rip them all off unless they start coming unglued, but I will have extra 3M 4950 VHB Tape in my toolbox if needed.

Please share if you've had this happen and what you did to fix it.
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Old 02-21-2020, 06:23 AM   #2
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Just looked at the cabinet door over the sink in our 2020. It looks like they are staying with the glue technique for attaching the doors. I’ve never used the 3M tape you referenced. It must be pretty strong stuff to hold solar panels on.
I wish my GT would have had the solar install option, with the monitor and controller inside.
That’s why I think I’m just going to look at the suitcase solar and keep it simple.
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Old 02-22-2020, 01:30 PM   #3
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Sounds like I better buy an extra roll of VHB for the tool box.

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Old 02-25-2020, 07:14 AM   #4
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Sounds like I better buy an extra roll of VHB for the tool box.

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And draw a pencil line around all the mounting locations now so you know where to reattach the doors when they fall off.

I've been back to my Airstream, in storage, under the hot Florida sun, and the VHB reattached panel is still stuck on well. I used two other cheaper double sided tapes before the VHB tape and both failed within 24 hours under the hot sun. One was that very sticky grey 3M tape which just melted and stretched like bubble gum. The other was a cheap foam centered tape, similar to VHB tape, but the foam center peeled apart. The 3M 4950 VHB tape has not displayed any of these negative characteristics of the other two failures.
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Glad to hear the doors are holding. I recently put a 3rd solar panel on my roof with 3M VHB 5952 (same adhesive and thickness as VHB 4950 but more conformable foam.)

VHB tape needs 72 hours for a full cure, for more info on surface prep for different substrates see the link below.

Don't leave home without it!

https://tinyurl.com/ucxqgm4

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Just amazing that a solar panel will stay on the roof of an AS going down the highway, being passed by semi’s on a windy day, can be held on with nothing but double stick tape on four small mounting brackets. It is obviously way better than drilling a bunch of holes in the roof.
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The 3M 4950 VHB tape is outstanding - I have learned to always keep a roll in our rig. We had our lavatory mirror fall off the wall while in transit - crazy - rig was still in warranty at the time, however, like AirMiles above, I prefer to make some repairs by myself to ensure an effective fix.
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Well the 3M 4950 VHB tape was a fail. I went to the Airstream today and the cabinet door was loose again. The VHB tape had stretched about an inch. Next attempt will be Liquid Nails Fuze It. This construction glue has great ratings. I will let you know if this works.
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Sorry to hear about the VHB fail. Good luck with the Liquid Nails.

Let us know how that works.

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