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Old 06-09-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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NEED HELP with my '72 TW wet bath

Hello, this is my first time posting here. I love this Forum... On that note I NEED HELP!!! I bought my first AS and I noticed that the floor under the bathroom is rotted. In the process of removing everything, which was going well until I reached the bathroom. The wet bath insert started to fall apart, it's really brittle. Is there anything I can do to replace the wet bath? Has anyone out there reconfigured away from the wet bath? are there any resources out there for replacement items? Any help would greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:08 PM   #2
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I would be interested in the same advice. I've got a '71 TW with a wet bath that we are slowly taking apart to repair the plumbing lines. I am debating whether to just kill the shower and have only the sink and toilet. I don't think we will use the shower much at all but am worried that by removing it I will hurt the resale.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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I chronicled my work on a '73 overlander with a standard rear bath here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...up-100164.html

If the plastic is too far gone, then you may have no alternative then to replace it with new. Take some pics and you will get better advice, we love to look over your shoulder.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:38 PM   #4
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Will do. Thanks for the help!
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
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I agree that's why I want to have a shower. I'm hoping I can find a odd shaped shower pan instead of having it custom made. We shall see. I'll take some pics as I go.
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Here is some pics of the wet bath parts and the damage from the water. Any advice of converting to a dry bath would be very helpful. Thanks so much!
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:39 PM   #7
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Is there damage around the edges? Can't tell from the pix, looks like the bad spot was in the middle, which is unusual. The difference between a wet bath and dry is where the shower drain is. I would think if you start anew, a dry bath would be easier. In a wet bath, all the cabinetry would have to be water proof, not so with dry. Wet baths tend to be much more compact, its really a means to conserve space by not having a dedicated shower or tub area.
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Wet baths aren't very desirable. Maybe that plastic insert was early ABS instead of fiberglass. The fiberglass in my 66 Trade Wind was still sound, although badly stained.

Earlier Trade Winds had a full bath. Many folks have remodeled their Trade Winds to include a shower stall, vanity, and modern toilet. Check out the Trade Wind Knowledge Base in these forums. You will see some very nice work fellow Airstreamers have done. It is a huge project, and quite spendy. The "while you're at it" lists just grows and grows. Subfloor repair, frame repair, new waste water tanks, drain plumbing, fresh water plumbing, belly pan, and on forever! Be prepared to spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours. Many people have done it and your Trade Wind will be worth more when you are done.

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I'd rather go towards a dry bath however trying to find a shower pan that would fit in the space is going to be difficult. Is there any thoughts on where I can find one?
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I'd rather go towards a dry bath however trying to find a shower pan that would fit in the space is going to be difficult. Is there any thoughts on where I can find one?

Your space is no different than mine. You have the same location for the battery box and water heater. The pan I used was (I think) a 24 x 30 or 32 size. Paid 109 for it. Fiberglass panels came from HD or Lowes, about 34 bucks each. It's not that expensive a proposition, but it can be a good amount of work. I used some corian I had on hand, but you can also buy it online or find it in places like habitat restores or on CL. Here are a couple more photos from the install:












One other thing you could consider is changing from a rear bath, to rear bedroom layout. It looks like you have most of the trailer gutted, so if that is the case you could rearrange the black and add a gray tank if its not already there. If I had done a complete gut I would have seriously considered it, but I wanted to minimize the work so I stayed within the original floorplan.
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Its a little different. I too would like to stay with the original floor plan, I have three kids so ill be placing bunk beds on both sides of the TW in between the bath and the galley. The TW wet bath started just after the battery box (the battery box is under the full bed). It'll be a tight fit but i think it can be done. I PM'd "web spinner" for instructions on their shower pan. Hopefully they didn't move the walls forward to allow for more room.
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Picture look great BTW, Id love to see the finished product. I can spend hours looking at everyone's creative touches. I love these trailers.
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I ordered my shower pan 24x24. How did you secure it to the floor?
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I also used a small 24 by 24 shower pan, as that is all the room I wanted to use up. It is small, but I did swing the shower curtain rod out in an arc giving a bit more elbow room.

The fiberglass shower pan is secured to the floor with construction adhesive. The installation instructions describe this.

I elevated mine so I could run a shower drain line to my new gray water tank above the floor.

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