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Old 04-18-2005, 01:52 AM   #1
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The bath is out !!

Well I worked on my Caravel all afternoon. I removed the lower section of the fiberglass bath. What a job ! The PO had put expanding foam under the shower pan to hold it up. I guess the fact that there was no real floor left didn't occur to them. Just the top layer of plywood is all that remains in the back of the trailer. I sure hope I can get the enclosure out the door. I am going to have someone else refinish the fiberglass. I just don't have the time to do it. I have pics from todays progress posted in the members photos section. I stopped there. I had to regroup. Now that I am down to removing the rotted floor I have to organize and store everything that came out so I don't have to dig thru everything to put it back in. What came out first goes to the back of the attic and so on. I am wondering how to get my black tank off my shower pan tho. Anyone have any ideas ? The toilet mount that goes on top of the tank was cracked, now it is in 2 pieces. I hope I can get a new one. If I can get it out of the black tank, otherwise it looks like I may be getting a new black tank too. It looks like I may have to cut it off. I sure don't want to buy a tank too. I am nearing the end of the "taking it apart phase". Just a few more steps then it is repair time.
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Old 04-18-2005, 07:44 AM   #2
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I am wondering how to get my black tank off my shower pan tho. Anyone have any ideas ? The toilet mount that goes on top of the tank was cracked, now it is in 2 pieces. I hope I can get a new one. If I can get it out of the black tank, otherwise it looks like I may be getting a new black tank too. It looks like I may have to cut it off. I sure don't want to buy a tank too.
Does your black tank sit above or below the floor? If it is above the floor, is it a soft, thick plastic, or a hard (ABS) plastic?
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Old 04-18-2005, 10:17 AM   #3
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It seems like a hard abs plastic. My tank sits on top of the floor. Right under the commode.
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Old 04-18-2005, 11:13 AM   #4
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It seems like a hard abs plastic. My tank sits on top of the floor. Right under the commode.
I do not have a 60's vintage however it sounds like what I found in my '75.
Take a look at my web page and see it this helps??

http://www.balrgn.com/Airstream/airs...oject_2004.htm

(just click on the small pics to see the larger one)
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Old 07-31-2005, 01:13 AM   #5
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The bath is back in !!

Yep, the bath is back in. 3 months, 13 days. It was a chore to get it back in since I had done a little re-engineering. But it looks great now. I did scratch it in a couple spots while attaching it. I think I can buff it out, however. I still need to run the sewer lines, finish up the water lines, and attach the toilet. The black tank fit good, if I did it again I would make it 1 inch thinner to make room for the water lines, but other than that my new black tank fits great ! Very happy with it.

I had to finalize this thread. One more hurdle crossed.

It sure came out easier than it went in

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Old 07-31-2005, 08:43 AM   #6
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It sure came out easier than it went in

Chris, Your bathroom looks great. I'm convinced that as you remove parts from the inside of the trailer it shrinks just a little bit...
I look forward to seeing the lil trailer all done. Lee
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Nice Job!

Congrats! Looks really good. Should be downhill from here.
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Sure is weird to see the bathroom sitting there without any closets or curtain around it. Looks like camping in your trailer might be a little awkward with guests until you get that fixed Good Job, Chris!
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Old 08-03-2005, 02:40 AM   #9
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Well the rv store had my flange seal in stock ! Happy day. The commode is mounted and ready to go. The bowl holds water and it flushes great. That 3/4 inch piece of marine ply under the toilet/on top of the black tank worked well to stabilize the fiberglass that the toilet sits on.

Thanks for the positive comments !

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wow, looks great. I just looked at your whole photo album. got a couple of questions:

1: how did you get those large sections of floor in place?

2: you mentioned "apex industries" as the manufacturer of your replacement tank. got a website for them? looks like a pretty decent price for that custom job...alot less than I've seen quoted from others.
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Nice work. I'm always impressed with someone who takes on such a major restoration. I looked at all of your photos and looks like your making excellent progress. Looking forward to seeing the finished result.
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