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Old 05-06-2014, 10:12 PM   #1
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Casita cupboard and closet doors

We have noticed on some of the older Casitas we looked at before we bought our new to us 2010 F/D 17 that the closet and cupboard door for some reason have a tendency to swell on the edges. Does anyone have a suggestion how to prevent this from happening? Thanks Kip
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:34 PM   #2
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Sounds like a moisture issue. Keeping good ventilation in the trailer would help- even when its in storage.
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altho i've not done it i'ver been told that sealing the edges of the doors with wood sealer will help prevent this issue.

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I sealed the door edges and the edges of my sink cover with a slightly thinned coat of spar varnish applied with a small brush
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Wood swells because of moisture. I agree with Carol. Or try a passive dehumidifer like Dri-A-Air. You can bet if the doors as swelling, you may have moisture elsewhere. Like the fabrics and cushions. Too much, too often and you'll get mold.
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We are not having a problem in our 2010F/D but noticed it in some of the older ones we looked at prior to buying this one. Venting ours is easy it is parked inside when not being used. I am trying to find out if anyone has sealed the edges and what they used. Someone said varnish the edges which is what we will probably do I am looking for other options besides venting. Thanks
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Sounds like a moisture issue. Keeping good ventilation in the trailer would help- even when its in storage.
The problem we encountered was with the door and drawer edges directly below the kitchen sink. The washing of dishes was the source of the moisture and the problem not lack of ventillation . I sealed all of the door edges , especially the bathroom door as a precaution
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I sealed mine, with a clear acrylic (I think). It was a long time ago, so I can't tell you which product. It probably doesn't matter much which brand or type you use. I like the acrylic because the brushes clean up with water - yet it's pretty permanent when it's dry.
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Gloss oil based Minwax Polyurethane works wonders and brings out the color of the MDF, Medium Density Fiberboard "Casita Wood", it's not wood that soaks up moisture like a sponge. It takes a couple of coats but will prevent swelling and the fake wood layer from flaking off.
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"Wipe on Poly" available at Home Depot seals well and can be wiped on with a lint free rag and comes in gloss and semi gloss
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Thanks to all we are planning to seal the door edges hoping it will prevent a problem in the future.
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Thanks to all we are planning to seal the door edges hoping it will prevent a problem in the future.
Sealing is a great idea, but only for prevention. Once swollen the doors will never return to their original thickness. After drying they may shrink a bit, but you won't notice. Most particle / flake boards, OSB, etc. do not do well around water. Plywood is more more stable and lighter weight but more expensive and seldom chosen in the RV industry. Still sealing is a good idea for any wood product in the presence of spills, high humidity or liquid water. Sealing will be pretty effective on doors, probably not so much on floors. All sealers are permeable to water/water vapor, but they do slow down the process which is often enough. Best course is to avoid water.

Stay dry, john (50+ years messing with wood)
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I maintain, if the doors, etc. are swelling you need to remove the moisture from the trailer...
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I maintain, if the doors, etc. are swelling you need to remove the moisture from the trailer...
and then seal all raw edges as suggested in the above post.
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