If you’ve spent a single night in the Outback 324CG, you’d know that brushing your teeth in the bathroom is a challenge at best, embarrassing at worst. When leaning over attempting to release your mouth of the foamy slurry, the top of your head is met with the cabinet, which for most people means that your mouth is well past the sink’s edge and directly above the counter. In fact, fellow bloggers over at C’est La Vie Three did several great reviews at the Florida RV Super Show, and the ability to spit in the bathroom sink was comically addressed, though a reality for us 324CG owners.
Today the wife and I were talking about about this very issue and she suggested very casually, “Why don’t you just move the cabinet?” Ummm… (insert Tim Allen inquisitive grunt) that’s something I’ve considered, but… (getting up from the couch to inspect closer) well this is totally possible! So began our collaboration of what we both envisioned and then I got to work.
Here’s the cabinet as shipped. It may not look like it, but it really is difficult to empty the contents of your mouth into the sink. I’m not sure Keystone spent any real time testing this out, or their testers were under 10 years old.
I took the mirrored door off to lessen the weight and prevent damage to it before moving it. Under each shelf is a 1/2″ bar stapled to it. There are two wood fasteners going through each shelf for a total of 8 horizontal attachment points.
After removing all the fasteners under each shelf and trying to relieve the wall from the cabinet, it still wouldn’t detach. So it must be secured in another location and my fear was that it might’ve been glued. I began carefully removing the trim piece on the left side (near the shower wall) and once I pried it away some I saw that there were additional fasteners running vertical along the left edge.
With the trim piece finally removed the next task of removing the remaining fasteners seemed impossible. They must have mounted the cabinets before the shower was installed. The fasteners aren’t really accessible at this angle, then I remembered the cool flex-extension that was included with the trailer! These are the parts you’d use to move the slides in manually if you lost power for some reason. I put in my own bit and began to slowly back them out. I did put the top two horizontal shelf fasteners back in beforehand so it wouldn’t fall down.
Taadaa, its out and still in one piece!
We’d already test fit the the cabinet in another location… can you guess where it might go?
Apparently Keystone doesn’t clean as they build our RVs. This is what we found after removing the cabinet.
If you guessed the opposite wall for the cabinet, you were right! I first located what felt like a wall stud and taped either side of it so I could pre-drill new mounting holes into the cabinet. Where you see horizontal tape is where the shelves will land. I’ve also removed the switch and power outlet to see if modifications were necessary.
Here’s the cabinet being test fit again. You’ll probably notice that the cabinet is up high and turned upside-down now. The open cubby is now at the top. This is intentional as we considered a few things. (I also removed the top trim piece from the wall so it sits flush)
- Mounting the cabinet up high like this would mean seeing the unfinished (previously under-side) of the shelves. Turning it around shows the nice finished sides.
- If it wasn’t reversed, opening the door towards you (instead of towards the wall) would’ve been difficult and awkward to see things and I also didn’t want to make new holes to flip the hinges around.
- The door handle that was low is now high minimizing hitting your head on it.
- Mounting up high just clears the electrical outlet.
I removed the electrical gang box to see how far the stud was in the wall and it’s a good thing I did… ITS NOT A STUD! Its actually the anti-siphon vent pipe that goes from the black tank to the roof. Wow, that was close, I almost drove wood screws into it! There are no studs in the middle of this wall actually. Of course I had concerns about the rigidity, but combining the cabinet mounting to the wall it’s pretty strong and rigid. The fasteners are also dipped in gorilla glue.
While the electrical outlet location was fine (just), the switch block needed to be moved over a bit. I extended the right side of the existing opening with a saw by 1/4″. The decorative finishing plate will need to be trimmed quite a bit too, but the wife said it’ll look fine. You can now see the wood screws since it’s upside-down which will end up being covered by medicine cabinet shtuff anyway. They were previously hidden under the shelf in the other location above the sink.
Next up was considering what we were going to do with the space above the sink now. Especially to cover the 12 holes that once secured the cabinet. A mirror was an obvious choice so we left camp and drove an hour to the nearest town looking for something inexpensive for now. We’ll get a nicer mirror later on. I’ve also attached the finishing piece on the right-side of the cabinet hiding the vertical fasteners. With careful placement I was able to use the existing staple holes.
Not a bad mirror really, and the only one we could find that would fit the 20″x 40″ area above the sink after trying about 6 different stores. This one measured just 19″x 23″. Excuse the mess, the project is still underway.
I removed all the fasteners hooks and staples before pre-drilling the cheap frame.
The cabinet door is now attached and the cabinet loaded up (that was fast). It looks strange at first remembering how it was before, but I think we’ll get used to it quickly. Also complete is the switch-block finishing trim and the trim strip along the top of the wall.
One more thing… we bought these with the intent of mounting them above the windows next to our bed. Currently there isn’t any type of nightstand and we randomly saw these at Target and thought they’d be perfect! Well, upon seeing the mirror not covering the last two screw holes under the new mirror and wanted something to relieve precious counter space, this was the perfect solution. I quickly cut it to size, drilled some holes and mounted it to the wall under the mirror.
There it is, all done! It may not look the best, but it’s very functional!
Here’s a wide angle shot showing both sides completed.
And best of all, no spitting on the counter anymore!
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Best regards – RVTherapy