Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-27-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
2010 27' FB International
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 7
Has anyone used real tile in restoration?

Hey, all,

I'm looking at a remodeled 1960s era Airstream. The bathroom looks beautiful, and has glass tiles on the floor. I'm wondering, though, if real tile will hold up through towing, repeated setting up/taking down, etc. Has anyone used tile in a restoration or remodel? Thoughts? Advice? Thanks! --Elaine
__________________

__________________
Acker997 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Jim Clark's Avatar
 
2012 28' International
Currently Looking...
New Orleans , Louisiana
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,077
Images: 6
I would think the weight is an issue and flexing would crack the tile or grout. Has the trailer been towed or is just a restoration with no road miles?

Jim
__________________

__________________
Jim N5TJZ Air# 174
2012 International Serenity 28
2005 Safari 25 SS Traded
1968 Globetrotter Sold
2011 F150 Ecoboost
Jim Clark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Acker997 View Post
Hey, all,

I'm looking at a remodeled 1960s era Airstream. The bathroom looks beautiful, and has glass tiles on the floor. I'm wondering, though, if real tile will hold up through towing, repeated setting up/taking down, etc. Has anyone used tile in a restoration or remodel? Thoughts? Advice? Thanks! --Elaine
Keep in mind, that an Airstream trailer "flexes" completely and totally.

The inner and outer walls, the floor, the cabinetry, all flex.

Anything that is as rigid as tile, will eventually crack and/come loose.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 03:18 PM   #4
Moderator
 
HiHoAgRV's Avatar

 
1991 34' Excella
1963 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Central , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 5,326
Images: 29
Blog Entries: 49
I did ceramic tile in my bath...3 years and a couple of trips around the USA it's held up great. I glued down the tile with Liquid Nails and used a sanded silicone grout.
__________________
Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
A honkin' long 34' named AlumaTherapy http://www.airforums.com/forums/f205...num-54749.html
and a 26' '63 Overlander, Dolly http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ome-71609.html
HiHoAgRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 03:29 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Aviator's Avatar

 
1997 34' Limited
1970 27' Overlander
South of Atlanta , Georgia
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,655
Images: 2
I haven't seen them on the forums lately, but a family in our GA Unit used Travertine tile on the floor in their bath and it has held up very well. He put either hardboard, or cement board under it as a single piece, then attached the Travertine to that. It looks great!
__________________
Craig and Carol
1997 34' Excella 1000
1970 27' Overlander, International
2009 Ford F150 5.4L
ProPride hitch with 1400# bars

AIR 41028
TAC GA-8
WBCCI 10199
Past President Southeastern Camping Unit (12)
Aviator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 04:08 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
1994 30' Excella
Mississauga , Ontario
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 939
My trailer is a '94 and 12 by 12 ceramic tile was installed when new as an upgrade option. I bought in 2004 and it was flawless. I'm sure the trailer had not travelled much in those ten years. We have towed a lot and there are now two tiles with cracks in them and one grout joint has lost some grout.
My wife hates the floor because it is cold underfoot but it is very easy to clean.
When I bought the trailer my first comment was, how stupid to put in so heavy a floor finish.
When we go to rallies everyone goes on and on about the nice floor.
My personal choice for flooring would probably be real cork since it is light weight and warm underfoot.
Al
__________________
Al and Jean

TAC ON-3
BigAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 08:30 AM   #7
1 Rivet Member
 
2010 27' FB International
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 7
Thanks so much everyone! It hasn't been towed much (yet!) and now I've got some great questions to ask the guy who did the work. I'll find out more about how the tile was installed. I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! --e
__________________
Acker997 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 09:21 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
TouringDan's Avatar

 
1966 24' Tradewind
1995 34' Excella
Lynchburg , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,472
Elaine

It may crack, but nobody knows how long it will take or how may miles you will travel before it cracks. When it cracks just replace it. It is a small area. I would not let this affect my purchase decision.

Dan
__________________
TouringDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 09:25 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
tkasten's Avatar
 
1965 22' Safari
Vassar , Michigan
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 847
Images: 6
I installed glass mosaic tile on the backsplash behind the cook top and it has held up perfectly with 8 trips most into the hunting property (very ruff dirt roads). I used flexible mortar and grout.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN0157.JPG
Views:	142
Size:	322.8 KB
ID:	146101  
__________________
Tim
TAC MI 14

Everyday is a Saturday
tkasten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2011, 08:47 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
1981 31' Excella II
New Market , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5,648
I would not use it accept in the bathroom because of the weight and cracking issues. I put ceramic tile in a laundry room at home that was 6' x 12' and the tile amounted to a few hundred pounds not counting the grout.

Perry
__________________
perryg114 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 06:58 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
TouringDan's Avatar

 
1966 24' Tradewind
1995 34' Excella
Lynchburg , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,472
Perry

I don't think that weight is a real issue since the amount required for an AS bathroom would be quite small- just a few square ft. Also flexible grout is available.

I am not a proponent of it but if somebody wants the look, I believe it can be done.

Dan
__________________
TouringDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 07:37 AM   #12
Aluminum Falcon Mechanic
 
Darkspeed's Avatar
 
1972 31' Sovereign
Wesley chapel , Florida
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 1,169
Images: 6
Smaller the individual tile the better.. I.e. sheet of 1"x1" rather than a 12" tile.

They also offer a latex additive to make the thunder / grout more flexible.
Darkspeed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 07:41 AM   #13
Rivet Master
 
1981 31' Excella II
New Market , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5,648
My point was to use in small area because of weight. Someone above mentioned silicone grout to solve the flexibility issues. I expect that small tiles and some sort of backer board would be sufficient for a bathroom especially a center bath one like mine where there is maybe 3-4 square feet including the toilet floor area.

Perry
__________________
perryg114 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 08:06 AM   #14
vintage travelers
 
scorpiontimo's Avatar
 
1972 31' Sovereign
Johnson City , on the road
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 395
Images: 20
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by perryg114 View Post
My point was to use in small area because of weight. Someone above mentioned silicone grout to solve the flexibility issues. I expect that small tiles and some sort of backer board would be sufficient for a bathroom especially a center bath one like mine where there is maybe 3-4 square feet including the toilet floor area.

Perry
Sounds like a cool remodel. I have used tile in the smaller overlander and one in a Bambi. I have not tried it in a 30 or 31 due to the tail sag that is common in these lengths always try to keep it lite in the back but just my opinion pic's when your done would love to see your work good luck
__________________

__________________
HAPPY CAMPING IS WHERE THE SLIVER LEADS US
scorpiontimo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Buddha Baby A Restoration wasagachris 1960 - 1964 Sovereign 136 06-30-2012 09:56 AM
1967 Caravel One Year Restoration: Photos vonzellen 1966-68 Caravel 37 02-29-2012 05:07 PM
El Camino Real wkerfoot WBCCI Rallies & Events 7 11-17-2011 12:34 AM
Importance of being in shape and AS restoration Lothlorian Off Topic Forum 3 08-18-2011 11:29 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.