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drawer glides in PC 2350

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echo11

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drawer glides in PC 2350
« on: August 26, 2012, 09:18:47 am »
The kitchen drawer glides are metal ball bearing and work well.  On the other side of the RV, under the closet there are 2 drawers with metal drawer glides that slip into rear plastic brackets.  I do not use these drawers often and only keep light items in them.  One bracket totally broke and Carol sent replacement brackets.  When I went to replace the broken bracket, I noticed the 3 other brackets were also cracked and ready to break off.  Since Carol sent me 4, I was able to replace all 4.

These glides only have two attachment points.  One is on the front where the draw slides in and the other is into the back bracket which is plastic.  The glide floats in the air between the 2 points.  I realize it is only a matter of time until they snap again.  I would think others have had this problem. 

Has anyone found a better solution to this type of glide?  Since there is nothing riding along the side of the drawer (no wall or stable area), the other type of metal ball bearing glide wouldn"t seem to work.   Does anyone have suggestions or alternatives for the drawer glides?

Thanks- Roni

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Re: drawer glides in PC 2350
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2012, 12:27:10 pm »
I remade the plastic brackets out of 12ga sheet metal and that pretty much solved the problem.  I will say the tight space to work in made measurements and installation a joy, though.

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echo11

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Re: drawer glides in PC 2350
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2012, 06:02:22 am »
I agree, it is a very tight spot to work in!  Unfortunately, I am not handy enough to remake the brackets out of metal.  One would think that since the slides themselves are metal that metal end brackets (sockets) would be made- but they don't seem to exist.
Has anyone replaced with the back attached metal ball baring type glides?  It seems like it should be possible, except they seem to be wider.  The side dimension of the slide/ glide looks like it would take up more room between the side of the drawer and the cabinet.  Would a notch need to be cut out of the side of the cabinet?
Any other suggestions?  Thanks!
Roni

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Re: drawer glides in PC 2350
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2012, 07:35:10 pm »
The high quality ball bearing drawer glides are offered in many different lengths at home improvement centers.  Is it possible to use them instead?  You will need the same drawer-to-cabinet clearence as you have with the kitchen drawers.  Or possibly place them under the drawer if not.  I think some roller glides work for horizontal applications.
Ron (& Irene) Dittmer

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TomHanlon

Re: drawer glides in PC 2350
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2012, 06:42:01 am »
I had this same issue in both my PC2350 and my Winnebago before it. Like you said "no wall or stable area" to hook sliding drawer hardware too.  I could not find anything better around here. I checked all the major and minor hardware stores I know of. I did find at a Winne dealer a stronger rear bracket, still made of plastic, that seem to last a little longer. My guess is that Phoenix has not been able to find anything better either.

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Re: drawer glides in PC 2350
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2012, 01:59:07 pm »
I had the same problem, Roni, and Carol (what would we do without her!) sent replacements. I'm going to put L shaped brackets under the plastic fittings for support. It's not a replacement, but I'm hoping it will help.
Jack