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Old 06-04-2018, 07:13 AM   #1
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89 lil bigfoot reno. Recommend glue?

what is the best glue to use to reinstall wooden support "ribs" that the cabinets are screwed to (the ribs i speak of would be glued to the shell)? Any tips? This is not something I plan to do twice.

I was thinking of just using wood carpenter glue, but not sure due to vibration heat cold issues.
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:53 AM   #2
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Definitely not wood glue. Do a "site search/google" (bottom of the search menu) on "glue tabs to shell" and you'll get some helpful threads. Here's one to get you started:
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:24 AM   #3
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Not sure what the glue is but our 91 lil bigfoot has metal ribs coming down that support our cabinets. If you are replacing anyway, it may save you some cabinet space!
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:52 AM   #4
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Tab in with fg cloth and resin if attaching right to the fg shell
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:56 AM   #5
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Tab in with fg cloth and resin if attaching right to the fg shell
Yup, I'd tab them back into the shell with fiberglass matt and resin. I can't imagine any other glue that would hold while supporting the weight of any of the interior furniture/cabinets.

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Old 06-04-2018, 11:53 AM   #6
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If it was my trailer I would glue the ribs in place with pl adhesive just to hold them in place and then use fiber glass and resin to make permanent connection to the wall.


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Old 06-04-2018, 12:08 PM   #7
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I did the same cabinet repairs to my 87 Lil Bigfoot. The original wood was glued to the fiberglass. I don't know what the original glue was but it eventually failed. I won't be storing anything very heavy up there anymore.

I researched other modern adhesives and settled on PL Premium (Loctite or Lepage). I pre-tested some on scrap wood and fiberglass. It seems very strong and it's lasted 3 years so far and I travel lots of bumpy roads. Time will tell, but I am pleased with the result.

If you want a more flexible adhesive, I have also used E6000 Industrial Adhesive with very good results. They claim it is 2X stronger and 60X more flex than Polyurethane.

Whatever you use, strip off all the old adhesive from fiberglass and wood strips (if you re-use original wood strips).
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Old 06-04-2018, 02:24 PM   #8
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If it was me, I would tab in some marine grade plywood and resin both sides of the wood like a boat.
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