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Old 04-21-2018, 08:59 AM   #15
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Got a question about the shower build, so here we go.

Bought a household 32x32" alcove shower pan. Built a platform out of 2x4s, which I ripped to the minimum width I needed to have the proper slope for the drain. Not pictured, the part I cut out for the drain pipe run.

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Here's the pan in place with the bench. It's important that the surface of the bench gently slopes toward the drain. I did a 1/4" rise in the 10" depth of the pan. If I had to do it again, I'd make the slope more aggressive, since the trailer is not always dead level. The gray door sitting in the shower pan is a waterproof marine access panel, which I will use to access the area behind the water heater. I want to be able to get back there for maintenance on the water heater, there are low point drains in that compartment, and there are also valves to isolate the shower valve for winterization. I also installed an LP detector here, since the water heater has an LP connection in a relatively confined space.

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Here's the framing for the shower wall. The idea is to build a floating box that's only loosely attached to the side of the trailer. I don't want a lot of vibration and flexing from the trailer frame to transfer to the tiled wall.

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Here it is with the plywood walls in place. The walls are 1/2" plywood.

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Tile choices...

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I covered the three plywood walls and the bench with Kerdi waterproofing membrane. I covered the two side walls with allclad aluminum instead of tile to save on weight. The sheets were cut to match the walls and glued in place with sikaflex 221.

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Working on building the bathroom cabinet. Framed in pine 1x2s and 2x2s, finished with cedar boards.

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Old 04-21-2018, 09:10 AM   #16
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There are never enough clamps.

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Installing the vessel sink on the counter. It's glued down with sikaflex.

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Finished shower tile.

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Leanne liked the tile in the shower, so I used that to finish this little section of floor, too.

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Finished shower enclosure with shelves.

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Old 04-21-2018, 02:06 PM   #17
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Looks great! Congrats!
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Is that a standard house hand wand? We have a similar combo wand / rain shower in our house which I was considering for ours.
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Is that a standard house hand wand? We have a similar combo wand / rain shower in our house which I was considering for ours.
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Thanks-- like installation. We're not so handy, so we'd probably see if our nearest AS mechanic would do it.

Did you order yours from the manufacturer?

Does it require a power source or minimum temperature to operate efficiently? Winterizing?

OK, sorry to get down-and-dirty about this, but the product is what it is.

Is this the kind of composting toilet where you have to bodily separate one's "liquids" from "solids" while "in the act" for it to work properly? (How easy for women of a certain age and weak bladders?) I did find this: https://airheadtoilet.com/the-air-head/female-friendly/

And frankly, it's not just with boondocking in mind. We've had two icky-poo problems at campgrounds: one with hookups and the other at a sani-dump, partly due to a black water tank diagnostic that doesn't correlate well to the actual tank level; and also due to a poor waste-water hose connection.

Funny, my husband just offered to buy me some nice jewelry for an upcoming birthday. Would I seem unappreciative or non-romantic if I asked for a composting toilet instead?????

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Yes, we ordered ours directly from the manufacturer and I self-installed. Installation requires bolting it to the floor and running the fan outside (a 1-1/2" hole if I recall correctly -- I went through the belly pan). The fan runs on 12V with a very small draw, which we tied into the Airstream's 12V system. If you're removing an existing RV toilet, the black tank will need to be capped. Others have had Airstream techs do their installs, so I don't see why you couldn't find one to do it.

"Composting toilet" is kind of a misnomer. There is no composting going on in the toilet itself. If you want to compost your waste and you have land to do so, pick up a copy of the Humanure Handbook. We just bag our solids and put it in the trash, same as we would do with dog waste or dirty disposable diapers. Liquids find their way to a friendly tree if we're in a sufficiently remote area, or in a public toilet if one is accessible.

I'm not aware of a minimum operating temperature, but I imagine it might be hard to stir the solids tank or empty the liquids if it froze solid. For winterizing, just empty the liquids and solids tanks.

The Air Head (and very similar but more popular Nature's Head) easily separate solids from liquids automatically for a seated passenger. There is a door that opens/closes for the solids, and it might take a few tries to get used to lining yourself up with the hole, but it becomes second nature very quickly. The liquids run forward to the liquids tank, and it would be very difficult to miss with the liquids when seated.

I'm a big fan of the composting toilet. It works wonderfully for our lifestyle. My only gripe is that I don't know why they all seem to cost $1,000+. There just doesn't seem to be a $1,000 worth of plastic there. I guess that's just the price the market will bear.

As for romance, I can say this. I feel much better about having an exhaust fan constantly running on our toilet when my wife is sleeping just a couple of feet away. Not only does the fan remove odors from the toilet tanks, but it captures odors emitted by the passenger as well, which is a big plus for marital bliss in small quarters.
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