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Old 06-16-2018, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Dodge Roadtrek 190 cabinet removal

We could use more interior space and less storage in our van and I was considering removing the cabinetry back from the shower on the passenger side and back from the galley on the driver side keeping the rear cabinets next to the AC. Does anybody have experience with this? I am particularly interested to know if the cabinets are simply screwed in or if they are also glued in. I have emailed Roadtrek with this question a week ago and they haven't replied so that might mean removal is not recommended?
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:53 PM   #2
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Both cabinets are held in by screws only. Removal was straight forward except for 2 screws inside the top right of the TV cabinet. These screws required forcing the roll down cover out of the track partially to gain access to the screws. I plan to use thin wood paneling to cover up the exposed insulation and wiring. This worked well with the microwave removal that I did in the past. Removal of the cabinets opens up the living space nicely and saves 86 lbs of wood.
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Old 07-04-2018, 03:16 PM   #3
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I am curious. Did you save the cabinets you removed?
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Yes, I saved the cabinets. They came out without any damage at all to cabinets or rest of van. They take up quite a bit of storage space so I'm not sure that I will hang onto them. I have saved the microwave and associated hardware, 3 rd seat/seat belt/storage base, tv, and vcr and wrapped them in cellophane in case I would sell the van. It can all be remounted pretty easily. Now I have my eyes on the AC and generator and remounting the spare where the generator is. I have two decent coach batteries so I only use the generator to run the AC but my wife doesn't like AC so both the generator and AC will likely be removed soon. The best mod I've made so far is the addition of Timbren rubber springs with additional 1 inch spacer for the rear axle. Pretty straight forward install. No more tail wagging the dog in curves and windy conditions (marriage saver)! Another simple and dramatic modification is addition of the OEM amp for the radio. It is plug and play and can be found cheap on ebay. Replacing the dash speakers is a must.
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:26 AM   #5
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Do you have any pictures of how it looks after removal?
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:31 PM   #6
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First picture is 3rd seat delete.

Second picture is removal of kitchen head bangers. I plan to use paneling to cover exposed areas and webbing to hold items on top shelf.

Third and forth pictures are removal of cabinetry that opens up living space. Again, I plan to use paneling and mount electrical items in paneling.

Last picture is removal of AC and overhead cabinet doors. I plan to make a modular cabinet to fit the AC space so that if I wanted AC in the future I could remove the cabinet and insert the AC. The long cabinets on the side I may cut back to give more head room.

If anyone has finishing ideas, please let me know.
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Looks great, I was planning on orienting the rear bed side to side, it would make the bed smaller but open up the living space.

Now that I see how easy those cabinets are to remove I'm thinking perhaps floor to ceiling closets.
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:28 PM   #8
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Cabinet removal opens things up nicely. I also plan to make a cutout in the left galley support to mimic the new Roadtrek 190 layout sort of.

If you do remove the cabinets and/or air conditioner know that each piece seems to have a "mystery screw" or two that took my a while to find. At first I thought there was glue somewhere but the cabinets come out completely unharmed when done with care and without harm to headliner. Also, disassembly of the AC and DC outlets is needed prior to removing the cabinet and can be reassembled and remounted.
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Thanks for that. I'm also planning on pulling the AC and redoing the entire U shaped cabinet to make every inch usable. Perhaps set of long roller doors.
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Pulling those cabinets that on either side of the AC is what I considered too but it didn't seem as straight forward as the other cabinets so I plan to modify them (cut them back) in place but I'm still trying to come up with a plan. Modifying them outside the van sure would be nice though. Please let me know how they come out if you do take them out.
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