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Old 10-20-2014, 03:03 AM   #1
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Counter top Cracking

The counter top in my 289RK Denali is starting to crack on the curved part about 1 inch in from the outside rim. The counter top appears to be a plastic material. Cheap Cheap should not do that. So far the crack is about 5 inches long. It looks like the whole curved part will break off if the crack keeps going. I wonder if I could put something in it to prevent it from going further? Are others having the same problem?
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:25 AM   #2
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The counter top in my 289RK Denali is starting to crack on the curved part about 1 inch in from the outside rim. The counter top appears to be a plastic material. Cheap Cheap should not do that. So far the crack is about 5 inches long. It looks like the whole curved part will break off if the crack keeps going. I wonder if I could put something in it to prevent it from going further? Are others having the same problem?
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Old 10-20-2014, 04:22 AM   #3
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I had the same thing. Dealer replaced my counter and several others on the sales lot.Seems it was a factory default that failed in cold weather coditions
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I had the same thing. Dealer replaced my counter and several others on the sales lot.Seems it was a factory default that failed in cold weather coditions
Guess I will have to see how good my extended warranty is that the dealer talked me into. because it is out of factory warranty.
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:11 PM   #5
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Mine started splitting, the dealer is fixing it. It is still under warranty though.

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Old 10-20-2014, 04:08 PM   #6
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Mine started splitting, the dealer is fixing it. It is still under warranty though.

That is due to water intrusion... mine is doing it in one corner. Not that bad. I am going to pull the nose part way off and lay a bead of sealant in there. Particle/chip board with a shove in nose piece AIN'T water proof.

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That is due to water intrusion... mine is doing it in one corner. Not that bad. I am going to pull the nose part way off and lay a bead of sealant in there. Particle/chip board with a shove in nose piece AIN'T water proof.

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It better not be, there are no water lines close, and no evidence of a roof leak It "mysteriously" appeared after the first round of warranty work, after they fixed the shower surround which is less than a foot away from the counter top.
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It better not be, there are no water lines close, and no evidence of a roof leak It "mysteriously" appeared after the first round of warranty work, after they fixed the shower surround which is less than a foot away from the counter top.
I meant water intrusion into the counter top...

Ours was from excess water that got splashed up from the sink. The trailer was a bit off level and it ran down to the corner behind the stove then out to the front edge.

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I meant water intrusion into the counter top...

Ours was from excess water that got splashed up from the sink. The trailer was a bit off level and it ran down to the corner behind the stove then out to the front edge.

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Ah, I see. We've only used it 4 times, so hopefully it's them and not us. I'm fairly paranoid about water in a camper, I even wipe down all the shower walls after each use.
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Ah, I see. We've only used it 4 times, so hopefully it's them and not us. I'm fairly paranoid about water in a camper, I even wipe down all the shower walls after each use.
If the new one is the same style it will do it again. I just checked mine and in a couple of places the nosing is slightly above the countertop which means it will catch water and lead it into the chipboard. I am considering replacing my countertop with a better version made out of something a bit more durable, like moisture resistant MDF or 12 ply furniture grade plywood.

We are OCD when it comes to a lot of our stuff. But it pays off. We sold our 10 year old Coleman Niagara popup for 125% of book value because it was in like nearly new condition and had quite a few upgrades on it, we did use it quite heavily for 7-8 of the 10 years we owned it.

I am in the process of building a larger carport to accommodate our 2015 Coleman CM16FBS, my wife doesn't want it up at the big barn. So I am working on the 28x40 carport off the back of the house.

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I have a buddy who does solid surface and he volunteered to replace it, but I wanted the dealer to do it first. The kitchen counter top is ss, I don't know why they cheaped out in the bathroom.
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I have a buddy who does solid surface and he volunteered to replace it, but I wanted the dealer to do it first. The kitchen counter top is ss, I don't know why they cheaped out in the bathroom.
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My Coleman is near the bottom of the line, everything in it is cheap. But we knew that when we bought it. I have the style of counter top you pictured in the kitchen area. There aren't any counter tops in the bathroom... too small.

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