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Old 06-10-2010, 10:01 AM   #15
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........... I even put down area rugs, but grit still gets tracked in.
We travel mostly to Florida and the beach so grit is a regular issue for us. My wife is obsessed with vacuuming the Airstream when we travel. I bought one of these and require every one in the family to scrape their shoes before entering the trailer:



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I also always take my shoes off as soon as I enter the trailer. These two activities has greatly reduced the amount of sand, grit, and dirt that we have.

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And last but not least in our battle against dirt, we always use a patio rug, even on our shortest trips.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:52 AM   #16
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errrrrr

You serious? About loving repairs? I'm seeing sarcasm I think..... He has to finish some stuff he started at his mom's house before he dives in. Literally, some of that stuff looks like he will be on his head.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:39 PM   #17
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tearing down or access

This is a 97 trailer. Were these not by this time designed for access? My husband is under the lavatory and to get beyond that box, I found screws on the left for 2 maybe retainer type cabinet work? And then a rectangular hole that I assumed gained access to that plumbing there. According to my husband not very good access.
Is this thing going to have to get more torn into?
Betcha my husband becomes very religious at winterizing after this ordeal
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:30 PM   #18
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Shower plumbing access and/or tool

Howdy all,
My husband did not winterize and he had to replace all the PVC plumbing or practically replace it all. Now he is at the shower. The toilet is out and the panel is down. You can see the plumbing but the brass fittings need to come off. Is there a horizontal style wrench? Or any other ideas?
So things are getting tackled a bit at a time. He was out of town for over 2 weeks and he couldn't take the trailer since it is all torn up.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:55 PM   #19
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Not sure what type of wrench your are asking about. A picture would be helpful.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:41 PM   #20
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Dang on pics

Hi,
Just tried to take pictures, all blurry and bad. I have a corner back shower and the shower knob is on that left back wall. The panel is open to the side by the toilet and you can see the pipes tying into the shower. 3 brass fittings with not much space to get torque to loosen that are connected to the pvc pipes.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:09 PM   #21
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Bessie,

Do you mean the fittings on the shower valve itself? Those might not unscrew from the PVC pipe. The shower valve should have a cover plate that you can remove from the interior of the shower. Once the plate is off, you should be able to see how the valve is attached to the shower wall or the trailer wall. The simplest thing might be to cut the PVC pipe and remove the shower valve. Then you can unscrew the pieces of PVC pipe attached to the valve, install new PVC pipe, and re-install the whole assembly inside the wall.

Another option might be to approach it from the other side if you can. What’s behind the shower valve area? Is it a closet that you can cut an access hatch into?

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Old 07-07-2010, 05:42 PM   #22
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Can't find the instructions for the shower fixture. I assume the 97' Airstream used Moen in there also. So from the front, my husband doesn't know how to get the knob and flange off. When he tries to wrench off the fittings, the fiberglass just doesn't have the strength to resist the force. There is no closet, just the skin of the trailer.
\How come there is no insulation back there? Just curious.............
So now he is looking to tear out the whole shower thing and fashion it back.
Any idea what model faucet was used in 97' Airstreams?
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:12 PM   #23
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Is this a single handle valve? If yes, look for a cap in the center of the valve handle. Pry this off, and you should expose a screw. Remove the screw and the handle will pull off. The cover plate may be held in place with a threaded ring that's directly behind or even under the handle. It should only be finger tight or so, and should also screw off the valve. Then the cover plate should come off.

Another option is that the cover plate is attached to the valve body and will not remove. In that case, the cover plate would be held to the shower with a couple of screws. The screws may be behind small caps as well.

Hope this helps.
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Oh well,
no way to pry anything off the handle. Solid.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:48 PM   #25
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Can't get the screw out off the plate because the knob is in the way. Sheesh!!!!!!!!! Not even a hex wrench screw to be found.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:38 PM   #26
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continued...........
It took a razor running it around the top of the knob and finally found a very slight indentation and WHAHLAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! The knob is off.......
Now on with the soap opera...................
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:23 PM   #27
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Your hubby must be loving this! Maybe you can post a few (stealth) pics of him contorted into a pretzel, stuffed beneath the toilet? Or with his arm stuck back behind the shower trying to undo a pipe with no room or leverage(and maybe the wrong pipe). I would pay to see someone else in that predicament, now that I've been there.

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Old 07-07-2010, 11:14 PM   #28
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Ahhh!
Thank you Viking!!!!!! My husband loved that pat on the back from you. I had the trailer looking good and spiffy ready for its next trip, but now it is all torn up with tools everywhere!!!!!!!!! There's a good shot for a pic there. The toilet is in the shower and oh boy!!!!!!! He says when he puts it back together, he will improve upon it from this ordeal to make it more accessible. But slowly the leaks are getting taken care of as bit by bit we are getting very knowledgeable about the complexities that go into a self contained travel trailer.
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