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Old 07-04-2016, 11:56 PM   #21
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Hi Ralph... I got my hinges and I'm staring at your picture and realize I need to attach some wooden blocks inside the cabinet so I can securely mount the hinge. Will you reveal how you attached your wood blocks? Epoxy?

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Hi Doug. I just used wood glue to glue small pieces of 1x2 which I ripped down from 1 1/2" to 1 1/4" wide. I held them on with spring clamps until the glue dried.
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:06 AM   #22
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Would it be awkward to have the door hinged on one side?...Just wondering...My microwave cupboard door was hinged on the side in my 17B and I had ETI put them on the top with the "air shocks" to keep it open....just the reverse..
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:08 AM   #23
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Hi Doug. I just used wood glue to glue small pieces of 1x2 which I ripped down from 1 1/2" to 1 1/4" wide. I held them on with spring clamps until the glue dried.
Also, make sure to place the hinges far enough toward the edges of the door that the outside screw nearest you (toward bottom when the door is closed) catches the thickest part of the wood on the frame. If you look at my pictures, the right hinge is about right. The left hinge is actually not quite as far to the left as it needed to be, as it didn't completely catch solid wood.
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:26 AM   #24
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Received those two hinges via China Post the other day and went out to install them but couldn't get them to move one way or the other in my hand. I had seen another option in another camper's trailer; this is what he bought:

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Old 07-05-2016, 12:45 AM   #25
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Received those two hinges via China Post the other day and went out to install them but couldn't get them to move one way or the other in my hand.
Yes, they seem really stiff when you try to open and close them in your hand. But when you install them they are actually just right - about the same tension as the up-swing doors with hydraulic lifts.

Also, they actually pivots out slightly when they open, which is what allows the door to overlap the door opening and still be able to open without binding against the cabinet face. That pivoting makes them a little harder to open/close in your hand.
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Good to know; will go ahead & install- thanks.
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:49 AM   #27
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Probably like most, we hated trying to get something out of the cabinet above the microwave in the 21 because it doesn't have a hydraulic lift to keep the door open. I searched everywhere and couldn't find one small enough to fit (which I assume is why ETI doesn't put one there).

That's for posting this. I have been using a small block, as Ginger posted, to prop ours open. Since we full-time, I may try to find these hinges at Lowe's or Home Depot.





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Old 01-26-2017, 11:53 AM   #28
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I would be interested to know if the spring-loaded hinges pop the door open while the trailer is being towed. One good bump might do it. Or are they not under tension when the door is closed?
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Old 01-26-2017, 12:09 PM   #29
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That's for posting this. I have been using a small block, as Ginger posted, to prop ours open. Since we full-time, I may try to find these hinges at Lowe's or Home Depot.
Fred...I did a little search. Maybe these could work for you?

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Old 01-26-2017, 02:23 PM   #30
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I seem to remember a door holder that folks use on Casitas that was a spring that bent in a "u" shape in the closed position. When you opened the door, the spring straightened out to a linear shape. Can't find it now. Hmmm?
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