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Old 12-28-2015, 03:38 PM   #51
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Just going off what Jon said about 66% of his hinges being broke and needing fixing . Why not do it right the first time?

Especially if we are planning on hanging towels off it...
Jon is our resident durability tester since he probably spends as many days in his trailer as about 5-6 average folks here combined.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:55 PM   #52
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Just going off what Jon said about 66% of his hinges being broke and needing fixing . Why not do it right the first time?

Especially if we are planning on hanging towels off it...
I agree, but there's not likely to be a hinge of the same type that's more durable.

I don't like the current set-up and the topic has been discussed before. Some have made modifications to deal with it. The problem is that the hinges are cabinet door hinges, not door hinges. They were never designed to carry a door, so they're the weak link.

Compounding that problem is that the door can't fully open and when it's sticking out into the walking area any bumps by occupants bend and distort the relatively weak hinges.

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Old 12-28-2015, 04:52 PM   #53
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If (or when) it ever becomes necessary to replace my broken door hinges I will first search for a stronger hinge. There's plenty out there to choose from. Only design-matching issues would be, 1. keep it same nickel plated color, and 2. keep it as low profile as possible.

Bigger issue would be making certain installing the new hinges does not screw up the door alignment to the latch.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:09 PM   #54
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You can replace the hinges but, yes, a problem may be on the other side at the latch. Ours would not latch after hanging something heavy. It is possible that stronger hinges would have prevented the door from becoming misaligned though.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:13 PM   #55
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One interesting thing to watch for when (and only if you need to) replacing the bathroom door hinges - most of the replacement hinges have springs to close them. While it might help keep the bathroom door closed, having it chase you when you climb in might not be what you want!

The same hinge (at least in my 2011 17B) is used for all the upper & lower cabinet doors.
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How about asking ETI to sell you a couple spare hinges, and then, not hanging heavy stuff on the door?
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Nah. Not if you're here in the lower 48, where those are stock items in any Home Depot. Parkas are heavy, towels -- not.
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Question is, do those hinges have a custom bend in them or do they come like that?
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That bend must be a custom one. Would be a surprise if ETI orders anything but the stock version. If like them I didn't want to cut down the wood flange I would put my Home Depot hinge in a vice and give it a few taps with the ball peen.
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There are all sorts of 3M Command hooks and suction devices that can be attached to shower walls for hanging towels.
What may seem like a good idea at the time will soon morph into clutter.
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