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Old 05-23-2007, 10:45 PM   #1
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Shower Run From Lavatory Faucet

I just heard of someone who, instead of tearing their shower walls out to replace broken water lines, ran a handheld shower which originates from their lavatory faucet. Since I am faced with tearing out my shower for a similar problem this solution intrigues me. I have found an RV lavatory faucet that has a diverter built in so I guess it is possible.
Has anyone else used this solution? Does it seem like a good alternative to tearing out the shower?

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Old 05-24-2007, 07:07 AM   #2
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Hey skip,

It should work, as most RV showers use the type of faucet that you describe......a hot and cold knob with a diverter valve in the middle. Just get a long enough hose and shower wand and you should be good to go.

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Old 05-24-2007, 07:18 AM   #3
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It might not be THAT bad to fix

Hey Skip,

I am in the middle of a coach wide replumb with PEX, I should be doing the shower in the next couple of days. I think it will be akward to replace the plumbing in this area, but here is my plan: cut out the old segments in large pieces and then construct the new segments whole. Thread the new segments into place and connect with the rapid connectors. You might want to keep an eye on my restoration thread to see how it goes

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Old 05-24-2007, 09:48 AM   #4
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Our Safari has a wet bath and the sink faucet works as a faucet and shower head. Really a great setup which is also used in our 1960 Trade Wind! You open the water valves as you would with any sink, get the right temp of water you want, then turn the flow off at the faucet end, pull out the faucet with long flex hose, place into wall holder then push on button and water flows, push off between shower steps, soaping, washing, rinsing to save water and them stays consistant.
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Old 05-25-2007, 03:35 PM   #5
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As promised, here is the report on the shower replumbing job. I have just finished the major parts of the re-plumbing job on my Trade Wind. I assume yours is simmilar to mine. Getting the old plumbing out is a pain, however, once you have it out you can use it to design the new plumbing. I pulled every thing in as large of sections as possible and constructed large segments to go back in. The snap together fittings make it much easier. The second hardest part for me has been standing at the hardware store trying to figure out what parts to buy, looks like I have another trip tomorrow, but thats OK. It is going to be nice having trust worthy pipes for a change. So the short version is this, it may be possible to do your repairs without taking the camper apart. Good luck!

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Old 05-25-2007, 07:13 PM   #6
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THe PO of my ole rig had finished some of the conversion to PEX. THey did not demo the old copper but left it in place so I will be disecting the old pipe. They had removed the shower faucet and capped the hole and had planned on using the sink faucet for the shower head. I think I will actually reinstall the tub faucet...but that does not look like fun.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:20 PM   #7
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I like that plan rmpray. I will need to completely replace my plumb as well. My shower faucet leaks at the connection to the valve so little pressure makes it to the wand at all. However I will look into replacing system with PEX and leaving original system behind.
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I had a whole bunch of issues with my faucets and the valve bodies being seized. I also discovered that the shower valve body leaked between the valve and the showere supply pipe. Wherever I've changed a fixture, I've cut out the copper, and gone with PEX. Trouble is, a lot of the existing tubing is a goofy size.

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