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Old 11-10-2011, 11:04 AM   #1
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Tabbing fiberglass cabinetry??

People have talked about tabbing and I understand the concept. I would love to see close up pictures of how people "tabbed" their fiberglass kitchen into their camper. It seems like I could pretty much just glue the cabinets onto the inside of the shell. Though that seems a little bit permanent...

I ask because practically all the rivets have pulled through on my "new" toy, so I figure I might as well fix it the right way.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:35 PM   #2
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Took this picture at the Scanp factory. Click on it to enlarge.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the pictures. It looks like they just epoxied the the wood straight to the inside of the shell. Maybe using something with some fiberglass filler in it. Good to know. I was afraid that you'd need to fiberglass over the wood. The way its shown in the pictures looks like it will add to the rigidity of the wall, which seems like a good thing. I would assume once you've done the tabbing you can then screw any cabinets right into the wood from the side with wood screws. The wood here looks like pine, but I'll probably use a hardwood just because. 2x1's it looks like.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:20 PM   #4
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People have talked about tabbing and I understand the concept. I would love to see close up pictures of how people "tabbed" their fiberglass kitchen into their camper. It seems like I could pretty much just glue the cabinets onto the inside of the shell. Though that seems a little bit permanent...

I ask because practically all the rivets have pulled through on my "new" toy, so I figure I might as well fix it the right way.
Here is a picture of our trailer under construction. You can see a lot of blocks tabbed to the walls for interior wall and cabinet installation.

It almost looks like the person in the trailer has been "tabbed" to the back wall!
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:40 PM   #5
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I wonder what type of bonding material they use to keep the tabs there?
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:10 AM   #6
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At Scamp it looked like they just used resin and fiberglass tape. Keep in mind they were bonding to a clean fresh surface. West Systems makes an epoxy bonding filler which comes in a calking gun tube. I think I would use that on the surface between the wood and wall, then resin and fiberglass tape on both sides of the wood. On my next floor replacement I plan on using the West System filler to help fill voids when attaching the floor to the camper walls.
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http://www.westsystem.com/ss/six10-t...poxy-adhesive/

One note about theSix10 epoxy adhesive. The two parts of the epoxy is mixed in the tip. Unless you plan on using it all at once you should order extra tips. If you remove the tip the tube will squirt out both parts of the expoxy mixture and then you can then mix it with a putty knife or plastic tool. You can only use a tip once.
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The front gaucho portion of my Scamp has a tabbed piece for the hinges and to provide support when in bunkbed mode. It's definately fiberglassed/resined into place. Not only the backside, but over the entire piece.
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Thank you for the replies.... good to know this stuff in case the need arises.That epoxy in a tube is pretty neat too.... I saved the link just in case.
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