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Old 11-28-2014, 10:04 AM   #1
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tile in a tub?

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I was looking at craigslist and ran across this one. They tiled the bathtub. Looks great but would it hold up to travel?
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:16 AM   #2
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I was looking at craigslist and ran across this one. They tiled the bathtub. Looks great but would it hold up to travel?
Nothing that's rigid, will hold up in an Airstream, since the basic construction method is "monocoque", which means a load bearing shell, since the shell flexes and twists as that load varies, which happens every time the trailer hits a bump.

That coach looks great, but should only be used as a "guest house", so that it never moves.

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Old 11-28-2014, 11:09 AM   #3
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If it is done well I think it will hold up.

My only concern is that it might be a bit heavy right in the back, making sway a little to common.


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Old 11-28-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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I don't know about that tiled bathtub, either. If the tub is plastic, it may flex under stress, which doesn't sound good to me for the tile.

I'd be more concerned with the floor plan. If you like it, and plan to keep it forever, well, OK. I think it would appeal to a very small market, which would make it hard to resell.

The asking price seems high to me, considering you can buy something 20 years newer that is still in good shape for that or less.

I paid $30,000 for an '02 31' Classic (from a dealer) that had been loved and gently used. That was in June of this year. Just sayin'
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I agree with Andy on this one. Tile has a hard enough time with the flex in an off-grade house on pilings. In an Airstream that is actually going to be towed, I don't think that it would be very long before the tile is cracked and fails.

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It looks more like it was reno'd to be in one location.
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If it is done well I think it will hold up.

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Not a chance.

The trailer twists.

The tiles therefore will separate and/or crack.

Guaranteed.

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I've seen several " renovated" airstreams for sale w/ tile, always wondered how it didn't fall off or crack! Even w/ a modified thin set, I can't imagine how it would have a chance of lasting!


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There are elastic additives that can be added to the adhesive and grout, that may help with the situation. However, the weight can't be overlooked. We saw a beautiful vintage Airstream at a recent rally. The owner paid a lot to have it redone, and the shower - which was well behind the axles - was ceramic tiled. That shower was their one regret - they confessed that it was a handful to tow, regardless of how much weight they moved to the front. They were about to get another, smaller trailer redone so that they'd have one they could actually travel in.
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Old 11-28-2014, 05:22 PM   #10
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tile in a tub?

Those are all small tiles. I will stick with my above statement, if it is done well it will stay.

If it is tile over the plastic tub it won't, if it is not well framed and thought out it wont.

A hundred pounds more or less of extra weight in the very back of the trailer will get your donkey. My guess is that this trailer has sway issues.

50k? Not me.


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For the long term, that won't hold up at all unless the trailer is not moving. Even if it stayed in one spot, I'd not expect it to last long.
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Who beside me has ever taken up and removed ceramic tile?

I have, tile that size if applied well is not going to fall off with a little bit of flex.


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Who beside me has ever taken up and removed ceramic tile?

I have, tile that size if applied well is not going to fall off with a little bit of flex.


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Not to start an argument, but...... I have done plenty of tiling and there's no way I'd do that in a trailer. I have a feeling it would be a maintenance nightmare. Somewhere down the line it would all be removed from sheer frustration, if nothing else. "Not in my trailer." I hope that whomever buys that trailer eventually finds this forum and keeps us updated, whether they are towing it or simply using it in place.
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I wouldn't do that in a trailer either, but that wasn't the question.

As far as arguments go, I am not going to get angry over tile...



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