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Old 08-06-2016, 01:20 PM   #91
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The reinforced wall W6 costs $100. I believe from what I've read that it's just a sheet of 3/8 plywood installed in the wall.
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Old 08-06-2016, 01:37 PM   #92
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The reinforced wall W6 costs $100. I believe from what I've read that it's just a sheet of 3/8 plywood installed in the wall.
I believe it is 3/4",the same thickness as the framing.

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Old 08-06-2016, 01:49 PM   #93
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If you decide to mount a microwave, here is a place that makes trim kits for most models,

Microwave Oven Trim Kits - Custom Microwave Kits - Micro-Trim, Inc.

I didn't care for the way Escape mounted their microwave - looks kinda tacky.
An issue with those trim/mounting panels (which are the method normally used to put standard microwave ovens into cabinets) is that they are very large. To leave enough room for airflow though the louvers, they are much larger than the face of the oven.

The small brackets used by Escape leave the surrounding space for airflow completely free, so the cabinet opening can be closer to the size of the oven cabinet. In a typical kitchen or RV the mounting panel hides the edges of the opening and the interior of the cabinet, which are unfinished; since the Escape cabinet interior and opening are finished (using it without the microwave oven just requires a door) the small brackets don't need to hide anything.

Appearance is a matter of personal preference, but I like the Escape mounting brackets.
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Old 08-06-2016, 01:52 PM   #94
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We do a dozen kitchens or so a year, and haven't used a microwave trim kit in 10 years s the are just too bulky looking. E just leave about 1/2" asking all sides for ventilation.

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We do a dozen kitchens or so a year, and haven't used a microwave trim kit in 10 years s the are just too bulky looking. E just leave about 1/2" asking all sides for ventilation.
I'm guessing that was supposed to be "We just leave about 1/2" around all sides for ventilation"...
I didn't use a trim kit with my home kitchen microwave oven shelf, either; however, in an RV it's a good idea to anchor the appliance, not just have it sitting on a shelf. Escape's brackets secure the appliance while allowing the tidy and close spacing that Jim describes.
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I believe it is 3/4",the same thickness as the framing.

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Is that instead of 1/4" plywood, or is the 3/4" plywood in addition to whatever is the standard wall? I assume that would add 15 to 20 Lbs. per wall?
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Is that instead of 1/4" plywood, or is the 3/4" plywood in addition to whatever is the standard wall? I assume that would add 15 to 20 Lbs. per wall?
It's 3/4 between the 1/8th inch skins. It also doesn't completely fill the void in the 2016 and earlier designs as it stops short of the curves at the shell.
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I was under the assumption the reinforcement was 3/8 so when added to 2x1/8 walls you had a little over 1/2" of solid wood. Adding 3/4" would make the walls an 1" thick of solid wood, certainly overkill for a lightweight trailer
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I was under the assumption the reinforcement was 3/8 so when added to 2x1/8 walls you had a little over 1/2" of solid wood. Adding 3/4" would make the walls an 1" thick of solid wood, certainly overkill for a lightweight trailer
Sure, but this is a modification to standard construction, and only used in selected areas. The walls are designed to be hollow, and 1" total thickness of a hollow wall is reasonable.

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It's 3/4 between the 1/8th inch skins.
Without the reinforcing panel, the 1/8" plywood panels are attached to 3/4" thick wood framing, right? Then 3/4" plywood would fill the void in the wall (in the area where it is installed), which makes sense.
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You missed my point, adding 3/4" reinforcement to a 1/4" thick stock wall would give you 1" solid walls, I do not think the reinforcement is 3/4" but is 3/8" adding to the stock 1/4" thick walls.
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