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Old 07-26-2021, 05:34 PM   #1
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Removal of Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

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We have an Escape 19 and in 2018 (or so) Escape started installing a medicine cabinet in the bathroom behind the toilet. We pretty much have learned to hate this think over the past two years and would like to remove it.

Has anyone tried to remove one of these, and if so, what is behind it?

Just tired of hitting my head against something that everything spills out of when you open the door, so I really want to remove this if at all possible without ruining anything.

Thanks!
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Old 07-26-2021, 07:40 PM   #2
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4 screws and it removes leaving a hole.
Someone on Facebook removed the cabinet and put in a recessed shelf on the other side.
Not interested in that so I did not take note of what they did with the big hole in the shower.
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Old 07-26-2021, 08:02 PM   #3
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As Eggscape says, four screws and it comes out leaving a large hole. I have pulled mine several times for access behind the walls with various mods and projects.

Ours came such that the door opened away from the shower curtain leaving it in the middle of the bath. I turned it over (top to bottom, it's symmetrical) so the door opens against the curtain. Also added a 3/4" lip to the bottom of each shelf using 1/2 x 3/4 angle aluminum from our local hardware store and VHB tape, and bungee cord stretched across each shelf to hold things in place. (Not too tight.) We still make sure the toilet lid is down when we open it but have almost no items falling out when we get into it.

There are a number of posts in the Forum on how other folks have treated the medicine cabinet. I'd encourage you to search around and see if you can fine a simple mod that makes it useable for you.
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Old 07-26-2021, 08:31 PM   #4
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Where did you find bungees small enough?
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Old 07-26-2021, 08:39 PM   #5
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Where did you find bungees small enough?
Our local general everything / hardware store sells bungee cord on spools by the foot. I used 3/16 just because the 1/8 looked too skinny... Drill a hole for it to go through, put a knot on the back side, and with just a little tension on the cord it keeps things in place without deforming the plastic over time. Many stores (hardware, marine, REI, etc.) that have rope on spools include bungee cord on spools. I ran one continuous cord through across all of the shelves and up the back side of the cabinet between shelves. This allowed me to equalize the tension over all the shelves.
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Thanks! On spools in a hardware store is a new one on me!
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Old 07-26-2021, 09:57 PM   #7
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Where did you find bungees small enough?
I did bungees too with the hook end bent out slightly and inserted into a small hole drilled on each side of the cabinet. They work well.
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post190247

Search for mini-bungees. 10” should do the trick.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hyper-Tou...c-Jar/36867011
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Old 07-27-2021, 12:40 AM   #8
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Hi,
We have an Escape 19 and in 2018 (or so) Escape started installing a medicine cabinet in the bathroom behind the toilet. We pretty much have learned to hate this think over the past two years and would like to remove it.

Has anyone tried to remove one of these, and if so, what is behind it?

Just tired of hitting my head against something that everything spills out of when you open the door, so I really want to remove this if at all possible without ruining anything.

Thanks!
If you decide to keep it, we had cut some plexiglass strips about 1.5" and attached them with double sided tape to block off the bottom of the shelves. Left a small gap so water could escape if needed. Works good, nothing falls out but leave toilet lid down just in case.
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One more solution - clear 1" corner protector strips (designed to protect outside sheetrock corners). I used pop rivets to attach them, but VHB tape would have been a better idea.
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Ours came such that the door opened away from the shower curtain leaving it in the middle of the bath. I turned it over (top to bottom, it's symmetrical) so the door opens against the curtain.
I've been waiting to hear of someone who has flipped this cabinet over. It opens the wrong direction.

Now it's going to bug me until ours gets flipped!

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Old 07-27-2021, 11:23 AM   #11
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We drilled two small holes on each side of each shelf and inserted some small aluminum rods to keep things in place. Works well for us
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I turned it over (top to bottom, it's symmetrical) so the door opens against the curtain.
Curiosity has me wondering why you wanted it opened backwards. They are always mounted with hinges away from access direction. Just like any door.
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Curiosity has me wondering why you wanted it opened backwards. They are always mounted with hinges away from access direction. Just like any door.
Backward or forward, several folks here have expressed a different preference for how the med cabinet door 'interacts' with the shower curtain and swapping the hinge-side (simple inversion of the cabinet) seems to yield satisfaction for them - YMMV and/or no worries!
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I'd just glue the door shut and hang my stuff in a mesh bag from a Command hook. Just grab and go, if using the camp shower. Can hang it so the shower curtain keeps it from getting wet.
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Curiosity has me wondering why you wanted it opened backwards. They are always mounted with hinges away from access direction. Just like any door.
Tired of fighting with the curtain every time we close the door. Besides what's backwards to you is correct to others.

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Tired of fighting with the curtain every time we close the door. Besides what's backwards to you is correct to others.

Enjoy,

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Our shower curtain tied back when not in use has no effect at all on the medicine cabinet door.

You seem to want to blame what I think as not being the normal standard, yet I have installed many hundreds, even thousands, of doors and cabinet doors and am quite aware of what design standards are. I have heard nothing of complaint from customers.

Nothing wrong with changing this if you wish, I was just curious as to why.
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Just tired of hitting my head against something that everything spills out of when you open the door, so I really want to remove this if at all possible without ruining anything.
You could just remove the door and caulk any opening and use it as an open shelf.

We used aluminum angle to keep things from falling out of ours.

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The aluminum angle goes under the top two shelves to add some additional support. The attachment screws for the cabinet are under the white buttons. We just removed the buttons and loosened the screws. The aluminum angle has a slot cut in it that went over the screw. Tightened the screw down and put the plastic buttons back on.

The bottom aluminum angle is attached with VHB tape.
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Old 08-04-2021, 12:04 PM   #18
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I find it strange that Escape doesn't put in something better than this? Casita has molded shelves right in the bath and a huge storage compartment. This is my one biggest con with the Escape vs Casita. The bathroom is not as nice. At the very least they need to put in a cabinet that we don't need to mod so things stay in place. I'm not sure why they aren't addressing this
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Because you'd have nothing to complain about.
I'm perfectly happy with no cupboard in my bath.
And, your profile, what is a 2010 Escape RV?
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I find it strange that Escape doesn't put in something better than this? Casita has molded shelves right in the bath and a huge storage compartment. This is my one biggest con with the Escape vs Casita. The bathroom is not as nice. At the very least they need to put in a cabinet that we don't need to mod so things stay in place. I'm not sure why they aren't addressing this
There is a LOT of people who dislike the molded-in Casita one piece sink/cupboard. I've seen hack jobs to remove most of it. It's in the way for a number of people sitting on the throne and the cabinet is not waterproof. Guess it depends on how one defines "nice."
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