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Old 09-05-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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Crack in Shower Stall Floor...Help!

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our "new to us" 1975 Excella 500 has a crack about 1.5" long. It is along the outside curved edge on the floor pan. What have you all been using to make repairs? Is this a fiberglass repair or is it a molded plastic? Any help will be very appreciated!

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Old 09-05-2009, 09:18 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. I think that floor is a piece of heavy molded plastic. Since it's a shower stall, I'm guessing you have a rear bedroom coach, you should be able to get to it more easily than one in the rear. You can probably coat the entire floor of the shower with fiberglass mat and resin, and a coat of Tiger Hair over that, and a coat of epoxy over that to finish. The alternative would be finding an uncracked shower pan.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:28 PM   #3
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Hi all...

our "new to us" 1975 Excella 500 has a crack about 1.5" long. It is along the outside curved edge on the floor pan. What have you all been using to make repairs? Is this a fiberglass repair or is it a molded plastic? Any help will be very appreciated!

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Hi Susan,

When we bought our used 2005 Classic, it had a small crack about the same size in the bottom of a curved section of the wall. I left it alone for our first couple of trips, but had the impression it was growing due to trailer movement.

I'm sure there are better ways to repair it, but all I did was to drill a small hole at the root of the crack (a standard technique used to stop cracks from progressing) and then used a clear sealant I had that dries quite hard but still flexible to fill the hole and to seal the crack in order to stabilize it more and to prevent water entering.

Its not invisible, but doesn't look that bad either and I can keep an eye on it! When we are camping, it is usually hidden behind shampoo & shower gel bottles on the shower seat anyway!

Travelled a few thousand mikes with it since and no problem as yet.

I figured that in trying to repair it and make it look invisible, I'd probably only make it look worse and draw more attention to it!

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and a coat of epoxy over that to finish.
What kind of epoxy would you use?
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Floor Cracked

I thought I would bump this thread up because I have the same problem. Anyone have any new thoughts on this? My crack looks like it's just in the surface material and not all the way through. I haven't noticed any water below the trailer, yet.

Should I repair this? If so what is the current method to do so? Or just watch it and make sure it doesn't grow any worse?

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Old 01-18-2012, 12:19 PM   #6
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Randy,

If I found those cracks in our shower, first I'd try to talk myself into "it doesn't matter". Denial is soothing for a little while. I assume the surface coating is not only to look good, but to seal the rest of the shower material and whatever is underneath it from water damage. There's no way to tell if the cracks go all the way through. Water may not seep through them to the ground for quite some time as there are plenty of places for it to rust and rot and then dry out on the way to the ground.

I'm sure there will soon be posts about various sealants. Unless you want to resurface the entire shower, it isn't going to match perfectly. I'd be tempted to work super glue into the cracks—besides being a good glue, it dries clear. The cracks would show, but there wouldn't be a different color.

The problem with filling cracks is you can't be absolutely sure water isn't getting through pinholes somewhere unless you can get below the repaired surface. Water is the ultimate opportunist. So, it would be better to apply something over the entire area after the cracks are filled—perhaps there is an epoxy paint that will adhere to the shower surface and can contrast nicely with the rest of the shower as to color. If it is on the seat, just paint the seat; same deal if it is the floor. That way you'd have 2 layers of protection.

Perhaps Airstream's Service Center has some tips on how to fix this. You could call them.

I don't know how they install the showers, but it appears it is attached too firmly and the stresses the trailer gets are tearing at the plastic, fiberglass, acrylic or whatever in some trailers. Note to me: check shower for cracks.

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Thanks Gene. At present I'm in the "doesn't matter" mode, but will keep watching. I am stopping at the Service Center after Alumapalooza this year. I'll add this to my list.

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In new home construction, shower stalls get cracked and holes punched in them. Check with one of the local home builders, who fixes for them. May get some input at Lowes or Home Depot.
My home one was repaired and can not see where it was damaged.
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In new home construction, shower stalls get cracked and holes punched in them. Check with one of the local home builders, who fixes for them. May get some input at Lowes or Home Depot.
My home one was repaired and can not see where it was damaged.
Thanks Rebee. I'm going to Home Depot today. I'll see what I can find out.

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The Home Depot Solution

Home Depot carries a repair kit by these folks: Gel-Coat Products | Bath. It comes in many colors, and looks like it should do the job. Next step is to contact Airstream and see what they recommend, and maybe who makes the shower enclosures so I can get a good color match.

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I thought I would bump this thread up because I have the same problem. Anyone have any new thoughts on this? My crack looks like it's just in the surface material and not all the way through. I haven't noticed any water below the trailer, yet.

Should I repair this? If so what is the current method to do so? Or just watch it and make sure it doesn't grow any worse?

Randy
Randy,

Give these folks a shout, explain your problem and get their opinion.

I have used their products with very good results.

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Home Depot carries a repair kit by these folks: Gel-Coat Products | Bath. It comes in many colors, and looks like it should do the job. Next step is to contact Airstream and see what they recommend, and maybe who makes the shower enclosures so I can get a good color match.

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Hello Randy
Most of the products out there are for repairing fiberglass.
May be I miss it or not but according to our understanding most of the tubs, sinks and other fixtures are abs plastic.
What are yours made of?
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Worst case scenario, I saw a replacement shower pan available on Inland RV's website here: Inland RV Center Inc.
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we have the same issue here on our 72 and we did research a lot in order to fix it right the first time.
We found some interesting products and asked for some feedback but no luck ...
here...hope it helps.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f7/a...air-86274.html
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