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Old 11-16-2013, 03:35 AM   #1
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My shower is mis-plumbed.

My newly-acquired 2005 Bunkhouse is shaping up quickly. I'm camping out in it as I write this. (I have eight dogs at my feet and Lake Michigan in the distance behind me.)

After I replaced my water pump, I verified that the shower works strangely. After firing up the water heater I ran through the full range of the shower valve. According to the label, it should work like this:
9:00 full hot
12:00 medium
6:00 full cold

Instead, it works like this:
9:00 full cold
12:00 off
1:00 full hot
6:00 medium

I'm guessing that (at least) the outlet is connected to the wrong fitting on the valve.

It looks like I can access the valve behind a small wall between the toilet and shower. I haven't tried to remove the wall yet. Any suggestions for removal without damage?

While I'm in there, I'd like to install a thermostatic valve and a little hand sprayer.

Thank you.

--kyler
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:22 AM   #2
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Perhaps you need a different label?
You need the UK anticlockwise label...

No seriously sounds like backwards fittings. However, I have seen the cartridge at the valve fail resulting in improper temp mixing in home situations.
Maybe worth a look...

8 dogs... we had 9 Boxers. Is the air damp in your trailer? The transpiration can be awful! You at the Dunes?
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:16 AM   #3
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Remove the cartridge, rotate it 180 degrees, and re-install it.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:57 AM   #4
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Dang Terry, you beat me to it. LOL I had the same prob once when I replaced the cartridge, had it rotated 180 degrees.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:18 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys! I didn't have the hex wrench I needed to pull the shower knob off (which I assume I need to do to replace the cartridge). That's a lot easier than removing the wall, though!

I left my trailer in Chicago today. I'm looking forward to returning tomorrow and working on it some more. I was amazed at how little LP I consumed over the last few days. It's becoming a great home for me and my pack.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:47 AM   #6
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If you are in Chicago and are interested in a fun place to stay....
The McCormick place marshalling yard allows RV parking. The cost is $30? Night. No hookups so go with tanks full and empty. There is 24 hour security and gates. You are within walking distance from the lake and park. IIRC you have dogs....perfect for your pack.
Don't believe what people say about safety on the south side its a great place. We were there in June and were greeted by Gloria Estafans Prevost as well as Robert Plants coach. Overall a really neat experience.
One exit south of McCormik Place on S Lakeshore Drive (1 exit south of where I-55 makes you go north or south on LSD). You don't have cold yet. Once you Rev up the furnace water heater and the fridge you will gulp down the LPG!
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:37 AM   #7
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No need ro remove the cartridge. Just rotate the inter cylinder 180 degrees, You only need to remove the plastic handle with a philips screw driver. takes 5 mins.
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