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Old 08-23-2015, 11:27 AM   #1
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Moving the bathroom

Any problem moving the bathroom from the rear to the center , other than the plumbing . 1976 Tradewind 25'

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Old 08-23-2015, 11:39 AM   #2
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:33 PM   #3
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Just was thinking about the weight distribution type things.
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:21 PM   #4
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I have been on caravans with that vintage trailer with the rear bathroom. They pull fine. The weight distribution seems to be fine. Airstream knew what they were doing.
One big problem with moving the bathroom is the tanks. The toilet is connected to a flange built into the tank. The drop is straight in. If you move the toilet you will probably have to get a new tank built that fits under the floor where you want it and with the flange in the correct place. I do not think there is enough room or fall to run the slewage horizonatal between the toilet and the tank. You would also have to move the vent for the toilet. You may or may not have a gray water tank. Lucky if you do. The general rule is to pull with the gray and black tanks empty and the fresh tank full. So moving the bathroom really will make very little difference in weight distribution. Only in rare instances do we run with more than 1/4 full in gray or balck tanks.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:51 PM   #5
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Thanks Bill M.
Very good info. Will be doing a complete remodel on my 1976 Tradwind, new to me and can't wait to start on it. My plan is to move the bathroom to the center along with the shower. And have the bedroom in the rear. So the tanks and venting will have to be figuered out. So it seems that the tanks are different for each configueration on a certain model. I will have a better idea of how to move the tanks around when the interior walls are off and lift the body off for new sub floor. But at this point I'm working on a master plan on paper.
Also my wife tells me that are home bathroom remodel comes first.
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Old 08-28-2015, 12:17 PM   #6
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Besides the vent stack, the other issue might be the placement of the water heater. You could leave it back where it is, or move it closer to the the center. If you move it, just plan on patching the hole. I would also look at putting the sewage discharge somewhere in the middle as well, all the way at the back makes for a long hose to the pipe in the ground at the typical campsite.

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That's hard to answer without sounding mean

If someone asks a question like thatů.they most likely will have trouble executing the modification. It would be a big job. ( I happen to prefer a rear bathroom )

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Old 08-29-2015, 07:59 PM   #8
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It is not really all that hard to answer his question without sounding mean. How about saying, "I don't think that is a good idea. Here's why (followed by a dispassionate analysis).
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:38 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the info and your thoughts, I was just asking to make conversation and talk about my idea of moving the bath room with people that probably have done similar type of thing. I'm a contractor and have a lot of experience building and fabricating . I don't think I will have much of a problem with the renovation , with the info and help that I have seen on this forum. Such a great resource .

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