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Old 01-20-2015, 08:56 AM   #1
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Replacing Countertops

We took delivery of our special order 2015 Jay Flight 27RLS yesterday. This is our first towable RV having downsized from a diesel pusher we just were not using enough to justify the cost. I am considering replacing the countertops and table tops in the trailer. It is the only thing interior wise that I just really don't care for. I guess that's wrong, I am going to swap out the rockers as well, but that is because a Euro lounger will be more comfortable!

It seems like a relatively small amount of material to change out on the Formica. Has anyone done solid surface? Any concerns (weight, stress cracking from bouncing down the road) in doing so? I don't object to doing a nicer Formica, just thought maybe a solid surface would be nice upgrade.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:08 AM   #2
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Um.. Solid surface like what? The cabinetry may not support solid surfaces, due to the extra weight. It could also void your warranty.
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JAYCO uses Hy Mac solid surface in the upper end units. It Holds up very wrll
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:35 AM   #4
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John LLRV, solid surface like a lighter weight Corian or something similar. I know there are thinner solid surfaces out there, just not sure of the brand names at the moment. Will check on Hy Mac as noted by Grumpy.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:44 AM   #5
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It's too bad that the fuax granite look alike solid surface counter tops scratch so easily. In our last two trailers both counter tops scratched with nothing more than setting something sharp on them. We never used them for a cutting board. But with just general use. Even setting a metal spatula on it we got scratches. I'd much rather have Formica style for wear and tear. Solid surface definitely looks nicer. We had a dark version of SS in our 1st TT and it showed scratches worse than the light colored we have now in our 5er.
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Roger that. Just wanted to make sure you were not thinking solid granite or something!
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It's too bad that the fuax granite look alike solid surface counter tops scratch so easily. In our last two trailers both counter tops scratched with nothing more than setting something sharp on them. We never used them for a cutting board. But with just general use. Even setting a metal spatula on it we got scratches. I'd much rather have Formica style for wear and tear. Solid surface definitely looks nicer. We had a dark version of SS in our 1st TT and it showed scratches worse than the light colored we have now in our 5er.
Years ago we did a kitchen remodel. We had installed a Formica (? not sure of the brand name) counter top. We picked a surface had a 'pebbled' texture (for lack of a better name) with a satin, non-glossy look. It did not show scratches from moving things on it etc. We were very pleased with it. If we decide to remodel, we would pick that style again.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:59 PM   #8
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I am going to get a price on both Formica and solid surface (lighter colored--thanks for the heads up goducks). There is not much in the way of material, but a fair amount of fabrication. I think if I am going to replace the vanity top, I will go ahead and replace the plastic sink and faucet in there as well.

One of the places I called suggested granite since they would have remnants large enough to do it, but I just think it is a bad idea. Besides being all around too heavy, I worry about it cracking from all of the bouncing going down the road.
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I've made some cabinets from formica style laminate it wasn't all that hard, if you were thinking of DIY. Or call a countertop place. If you can deal with Stainless its not all that heavy as a sink. The place I got my supplies from gaved me a huge lanyard with all samples of what is available, its great and you can see the hundreds of styles. So those are available to take a panel home to the TT and look at it. A wooden edge attached to the countertop where the laminate overhangs it, then they can use a router to make a 45 degree edge treatment - this looks great and works well.
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Having been in the cabinet and countertop industry for almost 50 years I can attest to the quality of Hi Macs solid surface. It is made in Georgia now. Just make sure there is enough support under the top, not sure how well the original tops are supported. We have not picked up or unit yet, but the tops are one thing that bothered me. They are using Thermofused Melamine rather than a high pressure Lamintate ( Formica, wilson art, Pionite, Nevamar etc). To my way of thinking it's penny wise and dollar foolish...I will be replacing mine. The new laminate patterns are wonderful and would hold up well, even with some minor abuse. Much better than the TFM they use.
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