At the end of our last camping trip we noticed the aluminum surface of the kitchen ceiling was coming loose from the underside of the wood cabinet, mainly around the edges but especially noticeable near the light fixture & right edge. Of course, by the time we got back home and could deal with it, our warranty period had expired, and fixing it myself seemed like a better option anyway since our dealer is located in another state.
I picked up some of these stainless steel #8 pan head 1/2" sheet metal screws for reinforcement.
I drilled small pilot holes every 3.5" around the perimeter about a half inch from the edge & put the screws in with a drill driver. It's nice to have the driver with clutch settings for jobs like this. The hardest part was measuring & marking all the spots in this awkward space for using a center punch & hammer to make a small dent for drilling.
As one might expect, the problem was primarily just on this right half, above the stove, presumably due to the increased temperatures in this area affecting the adhesive. We've always made a point of opening the front window & running the fan when using the stove, though we do tend to run it at lower speeds now that we have a continuous fan speed control, as the noise is much more tolerable.
I wonder how many have had this issue? If I was a new [email protected]
owner & knew this could happen, I'd probably do this proactively to reinforce it.
-Brian in Chester, Virginia
TV: 2005 Toyota Sienna LE (3.3L V6)
RV: 2018 [email protected]
320S, >60 mods