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Old 01-12-2014, 09:58 AM   #1
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Manufactured Wood/OSB?

I was looking at the youtube video for new owners and saw under one of the benches at the dinette, OSB, manufactured wood. I am wondering how much and where Escape uses this or if they still do. We have had a few RVs and OSB has consistently created a problem especially in the counter top around the sink. Thank you.
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hmmm... I haven't done an extensive survey, nor even particularly paid attention as I've worked on my various projects. But working from (rather poor) memory here...
  • The various blocks that are fiberglassed into the shell for supports are all plywood.
  • The bed (on the 19) is a mix of plywood and solid wood.
  • The cabinetry is mostly plywood. The reinforcing or frame inside of a panel may be a manufactured composite -- I haven't seen it, but putting a screw into it doesn't feel like solid wood -- too dense. There's also some solid wood making up the internal frames and rails/stiles in the doors.
  • The counter top itself is a standard kitchen product, so is a high density wood composite laminated with the decorative surface. Yes, like any kitchen this area is rife for problems, particularly if you let water leak under the sink.
  • The dinette... This I'm having a hard time remembering. There's certainly some plywood involved, but I'm also seeing (in my memory) some OSB. But I can't be sure -- don't take my word for it on this one.
  • The floor is plywood.
Generally I'm pretty impressed with the materials that ETI has chosen to use (and that's coming from a hobbiest cabinet maker with pretty high standards, and a distinct hate for OSB, MDF and similar travesties).

Hope this helps.
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Escape did use OSB originally, under the bed and dinette but switched over to all plywood in the last 5 years, my 2012 had no OSB and neither does my 2014.
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No idea what Escape uses but it's pretty much standard practice to use counter top grade particle board for laminate counter tops.

Not to be confused with OSB.
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All counters in our Escape are plywood NOT OSB nor particle board. It is one of the reasons we opted for Escape. I have found none of those anyplace in the trailer.
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Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is called "Beaver Puke" in some circles. It has its usefulness in some applications in the building industry where cost reductions are needed. I am happy that all plywood is used in our trailers.
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A lot of the materials that used to be prone to water damage can now be had in waterproof forms. I've seen both MDF and particle board that, when left soaking in a bottle of water for a couple of days, suffered no damage whatsoever. I was amazed but happy to see the improvements in these materials.
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The first OSB made many years ago did have a few drawbacks and problems, but the stuff made now has just as much strength as an equivalent thickness of construction grade plywood. It also makes use of lumber way better, with next to no waste at all. Still, a lot of folks dwell on the lesser product it was when first introduced.
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The first OSB made many years ago did have a few drawbacks and problems, but the stuff made now has just as much strength as an equivalent thickness of construction grade plywood. It also makes use of lumber way better, with next to no waste at all. Still, a lot of folks dwell on the lesser product it was when first introduced.
REI uses a lot of OSB sanded and finished in a lot of their locations; benches, counters etc. it can be quite attractive. Starbucks in Portland has also used it effectively as part of the overall decor. So, it cannot only be structurally sound but decorative as well.
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