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Old 11-04-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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Bathroom Wall Mod

Hi all,

I am looking for an image or images of the so called bathroom wall modification.

I understand that some may have modified that little extension that prevents the toilet seat lid from being fully opened. Curious to see what other have done before I do this mod myself.

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Hi all,
I am looking for an image or images of the so called bathroom wall modification.
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Grmok1 on the Yahoo Groups forum has done this mod. Pics are posted here: Yahoo! Groups
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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Wayneskid,

Thanks for the link.

That is certainly one way to do it but leaves it......unfinished looking.


Anyone trim the piece that sticks out for clearance?
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Wayneskid, Thanks for the link. That is certainly one way to do it but leaves it......unfinished looking. Anyone trim the piece that sticks out for clearance?
Removed a portion of the expandable part of bathroom wall so that toilet seat can now be raised without having to open this extension.

The panel is just flush now and you don't have to go through a bunch of rigaramoris to use the bathroom.

Another great feature is that since the panel is still mounted on the piano hinges and not restricted to opening only 5", you can actually swing it out for ease of cleaning or airing out.



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I did it that way so as to be able to put it back in the original configuration if I ever sell it. I wasn't too concerned about how it looked.

The lower trim piece really can't be trimmed. It will leave a gap to the outside hall area. It's purpose is solely to close off the bath from the hall when it is expanded.

The expanding door is about a the dumbest thing Airstream does-you would think they would improve it after all these years but hey, why improve anything when you don't have to? It adds maybe four inches-to the very back of the bath where you can't get to. Maybe if you have really large shoulders while you sit on the john where it may add an inch or two, but for me, it was just nothing more than a bother to deal with and rattled to boot.

Roadtrek, on the other hand, actually knows how to design an expanding bath door. It expands in the middle, not the end, and actually increases the room inside with usable space. They should take a look how it can be done correctly.

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Wayneskid,

Thanks for the link.

That is certainly one way to do it but leaves it......unfinished looking.


Anyone trim the piece that sticks out for clearance?
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Teamaron,

What kind of a stop did you put on the door to keep it from opening (or trying to open) past 90 degrees and thus ripping the piano hinge off the door? I assume the opened door would clear the counter top.
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Teamaron, What kind of a stop did you put on the door to keep it from opening (or trying to open) past 90 degrees and thus ripping the piano hinge off the door? I assume the opened door would clear the counter top.
Never thought about a stop. Good point!

But I rarely open it, only for cleaning mostly. And when I do I've only opened it about as far as in the picture.

I think it would clear counter but I also think the hinges don't allow it to open that far. I'll have to check and get back to you.

As far as staying in closed position, I left the original slide lock in place.
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What kind of a stop did you put on the door to keep it from opening (or trying to open) past 90 degrees and thus ripping the piano hinge off the door? I assume the opened door would clear the counter top.
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I think it would clear counter but I also think the hinges don't allow it to open that far. I'll have to check and get back to you.
I think the way that piano hinge is installed it will allow the door to swing nearly 180 without damaging the door or the hinge.

Probably the best field-expedient stop would be a piece of parachute cord (or similar) attached to the top corner of the door near the latch, and to the wall. The door will only swing open to the limit allowed by the cord, and you can adjust that to suit your preferences, or remove the cord to swing the door all the way open for cleaning.
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Thank you all for the images and feedback.
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