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Old 05-24-2005, 05:42 PM   #1
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Access to shower control?

We have to replace our shower control on our 1978 AS but I can't see any way to access under the shower enclosure. Can anyone give me advice on how to do this? Thanks for your help.
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Old 05-24-2005, 05:53 PM   #2
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Is your coach a center bath or rear bath?
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Old 05-24-2005, 06:17 PM   #3
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It's a rear bath.
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Old 05-24-2005, 09:18 PM   #4
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Gotta pull the shower

We have the same problem. Shower mixer valve broke and pipe leaks.
I have instructions in our tech manual but it's for a 77 Overlander rear bath. Still should be about the same procedure.

I will be documenting once we get to that point. But for now it's removal of carpeting, etc...
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Old 05-25-2005, 07:39 AM   #5
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Shower Control Removal

You don't have to remove everything (just a lot).

To access the control, you need to remove the horizontal ledge above the tub (to the left).

To do this (at least on my Overlander which is probably similar), you have to remove two screws that hold the end of it to the bath/bedroom wall. (You also have to remove the trim strip from the aluminum channel above and below the ledge piece so you can remove the rivets which connect everthing together.

The biggest frustration is having to remove the bedroom wall (double wall with pocket door inside) in order to remove those two screws on the end of the ledge piece. The aluminum channel is no big deal, although the plastic trim insert will probably crack up when you remove it (old and tired).

We replaced all of the plastic trim insert with linoleum strips cut to size...looks much better now.

Hopefully in your Sovereign, you have a closet or something just forward of the tub and you'll have easy access to the screws. (And won't have to remove a wall.)

(If your bath is totally different from mine, than disregard all advice. )
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Old 05-25-2005, 04:15 PM   #6
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Pizza,

Looks great. I am going out today to start pulling ours. Lots of mouse droppings!
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Old 05-25-2005, 09:08 PM   #7
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Try cartridge repair?

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We discovered owner manual in later model had detailed info on removal of cartridge, which otherwise appeared un-removable.. While our model not supported at local hardware or Home Depot/Lowes, there were commercial plumbing shops that were able to recognize and order replacement parts for it, and since plumbing in the connectors on all 4 sides in tight space is real challenge, it is worth second run at fixing the valve before replacing, unless the inlet and other pipes are also failed...

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We got the tob out!!!

We got the tub out but it cracked in one spot where it was accidentally glued to the vent pipe. Would have come out like butter if not for that. Found the cold water supply line had freeze burst.


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Old 05-26-2005, 05:09 AM   #9
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We got it fixed yesterday. The bottom panel in the small storage cabinet between the sink and tub came out. The access was tight but enough to replace the controls. Thanks to all for your help.
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