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Old 03-17-2017, 03:23 PM   #1
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Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Retrofit

Decided that the bathroom needs some better storage. Really like that Escape now offers a medicine cabinet in newer units with a newly molded bathroom to allow it to be recessed. I would like to recess one as well to not encroach on the bathroom space. Found a lightweight plastic mirrored medicine cabinet at Lowe's that I think is perfect. My plan is to recess it into the rear wall on the 19 which puts a few inches of it into the wardrobe. I added 4 additional magnetic closers to keep it securely closed during travel and take stress off the hinges. Snuck in a GFI weatherproof outlet within the cabinet for hair dryer use, etc. Will most likely power this off the dedicated circuit that is now free from the removal of the overhead A/C unit (in favor of our mini-split that is powered off another breaker I added). Any thoughts before I cut a ~17"x13" hole?

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Old 03-17-2017, 03:30 PM   #2
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Any thoughts before I cut a ~17"x13" hole?
..let us pray...
interesting project especially with vac in wet bath.....there are some very creative craftsman with Escapes!
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:32 PM   #3
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Decided that the bathroom needs some better storage. Really like that Escape now offers a medicine cabinet in newer units with a newly molded bathroom to allow it to be recessed. I would like to recess one as well to not encroach on the bathroom space. Found a lightweight plastic mirrored medicine cabinet at Lowe's that I think is perfect. My plan is to recess it into the rear wall on the 19 which puts a few inches of it into the wardrobe. I added 4 additional magnetic closers to keep it securely closed during travel and take stress off the hinges. Snuck in a GFI weatherproof outlet within the cabinet for hair dryer use, etc. Will most likely power this off the dedicated circuit that is now free from the removal of the overhead A/C unit (in favor of our mini-split that is powered off another breaker I added). Any thoughts before I cut a ~17"x13" hole?
Looks like a good project. I would consider adding some sort of lip or retainer bar to the shelves so that when you open the cabinet all the items don't all of a sudden slide out.

How are you planning on attaching the cabinet to the bath wall? Of course it will need to be sealed.

Interested in seeing how this works out . . . I have a 19 also.
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:32 PM   #4
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interesting project..there are some very handy craftsman with Escapes!
The whole I cut through the shower and outer trailer wall to add the bath window made me a little nervous! This is easy.
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:42 PM   #5
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The whole I cut through the shower and outer trailer wall to add the bath window made me a little nervous! This is easy.
Hi: rubicon327... You still have to "Measure twice and cut once". Alf
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:54 PM   #6
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I assume the mirror is glass?
Any concerns with the glass breaking and being in the shower?
The ETI supplied mirror in our trailer closet door is plastic, unbreakable (not in a bathroom).
I'm looking for a replacement mirror that makes me look younger so I can continue to justify doing things I shouldn't still be doing!!
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:34 PM   #7
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Oh man! I NEED this in Ten Forward. I have an assortment of baskets hanging off the walls. And while they work, THIS is a clean and neat solution. I wouldn't mind the encroachment into the wardrobe. It doesn't look like much space is lost.

I'm going to follow this mod carefully. Please post lots of pics as you go along.
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Does that make the mirror over the toilet?
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Caution: Do not cut the hole on the exterior wall for this retrofit. Just sayin'......

I had always planned to do something like this in my 19. Glad to see someone doing it. My first thought was a surface mount over the toilet where it is out of the way, but this might be better.
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Old 03-17-2017, 05:11 PM   #10
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I like a toiletries bag. You can take it to the campground shower or use it in the trailer. Just hang it on a hook.
No worries about the aspirin bottle falling out of a cabinet into the toilet.
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