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Old 02-22-2024, 07:20 AM   #1
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Flip Up Countertop Extension

When the wife and I were at the Tulsa show we noticed a number of fifth wheels, including a Pinnacle, had a flip up countertop extension at the end of the island. Ours did not come with one and I'm thinking this would be a useful and relatively inexpensive mod. For those that have one are they useful? Also, if and when someone has the time could you post a picture of the folding mechanism? And maybe the measurements of the top? In know, asking a lot and I apologize.
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Amazon offers these folding "brackets" - may be the start of as new project for you!
VinBee 2 Pcs Folding Shelf Brackets 8 inch Heavy Duty Metal Collapsible Shelf Bracket DIY
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You should be able to get it directly from Jayco. Just find the vin for a trailer that has it and send it and get a price. You'll just need to order through a dealer as they don't sell direct.

Our 2022 Pinnacle has the first version of this which was a slide out mount and then you put the extension on top. Otherwise it's stored under the bed. But to this day we've never actually used it. I know some people have put the extension on top of stove to cover the burners to add extra room as well.
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We do not have a flip up extension.....instead we have a pull out drawer to install a butcher block counter extension. Glad we do not have one....unsightly/cluttered and unless locked in place will bang the side of the cabinet whwn towing.
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My I laws just purchased a trailer today with very little counter space, so I sent them the following link :
https://www.amazon.ca/Camco-43423-Ac...s%2C106&sr=8-1
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My I laws just purchased a trailer today with very little counter space, so I sent them the following link :
https://www.amazon.ca/Camco-43423-Ac...s%2C106&sr=8-1
That’s what we have. It was easy to install, but you have to make sure the folding bracket is attached to something solid. I anchored it to a “T” made of a 1x4 inside the cabinet wall. It has gotten a ton of use in 6 years and still going strong.
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My flip out for extra counter space made the kitchen area work to my liking. The bracket is an 8” and I purchased them on eBay.
I pulled out the stove and moved the microwave down in its place & for cooking we have both induction and butane ( butane is great for outdoor use cooking in conjunction with the grill)
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My 2 burner portable induction that we use sometimes in the house
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Wow. That looks great. Nice job. I'm going to tackle this before we start our travels later in the spring.
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Do you have a photo of the extension in the down position? I want to do something like this on out island.

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Do you have a photo of the extension in the down position? I want to do something like this on out island.

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We have the 2023 Pinnacle MDQS with the butcher block extension. Yes, it's nice to have that extra space especially if you do a lot of cooking. It stays securely in place during travel and is sturdy enough to handle food prep. The counter must be lifted up and pushed in to lock it. Then pulled out then down for storage.
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Hope this helps and I’ll try for another picture with it down tomorrow using better lighting
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Well I guess I’ll have to do it. That doesn’t hang out as far as I thought it would. My wife really liked the extra space the extension would provide. She was also concerned about the strength, I told her about those under braces and the different weight ratings they came in.
Thanks for the photos.
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[QUOTE=TowerMonkey;1151623]Well I guess I’ll have to do it. That doesn’t hang out as far as I thought it would. My wife really liked the extra space the extension would provide. She was also concerned about the strength, I told her about those under braces and the different weight ratings they came in.
Thanks for the photos.[/QUOTE

It holds a lot of weight so that shouldn’t be a major concern but just make sure that your backing on the inside of the cabinet where you screw in the bracket is like a 5/8” piece of plywood.
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Not the same RV as you but I added one.....
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As you know that little addition is worth a fortune as far as food prep goes and you no longer have to use the table. Now there’s a place for the dirty dishes that makes cleanup a piece of cake & working from left to right getting the job done quickly. It’s also strong enough to set that bag of groceries you just bought back from the store.
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That does look good. Thanks for the ideas
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Heavy duty brackets and easy to collapse.
https://www.amazon.com/Folding-Shelf-Brackets-inch-Heavy/dp/B09JP2LXGD?pd_rd_w=Bijac&content-id=amzn1.sym.452c3ac5-14f8-4a5d-834c-a18a40246a9b&pf_rd_p=452c3ac5-14f8-4a5d-834c-a18a40246a9b&pf_rd_r=RJ5Q1680NX4B846QGA79&pd_rd_wg =eCTJ2&pd_rd_r=c6e41d45-0a6c-4ee8-8d06-2233aae007ff&pd_rd_i=B09JP2LXGD&psc=1&ref_=pd_bap_ m_grid_dv_rp_0_108_i

Cutting board top works great with the 18" brackets above.
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Thanks for the help

I have completed the island extension using one of our home kitchen cutting boards that I had planed to the thickness of the counter top, used a hand jig saw to cut the radius, and hand sanded to fit.
I did use the 18" Amazon foldable wall hinge in black.
Also, drilled a hole in the folded hinge for a clevis pin to keep the heavy board from flopping around during travel.

Thanks for all the input and photos.
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Great job on that extension & it will be used every day without a doubt and making it flush only adds to its functionality
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