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Old 10-29-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Hi. This is my first post on the forum.


I bought a 1972 Overlander. My wife doesn't know about it yet.

I've gutted it. I want to get the electrical, mechanical, plumbing and window repair done before showing it to her and our kids.

My question right now is this; has any one made a custom shower stall out of fiberglass? What weight cloth or mat should be used? How many layers are required?

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Old 10-30-2013, 06:20 AM   #2
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Hi. This is my first post on the forum.


I bought a 1972 Overlander. My wife doesn't know about it yet.

I've gutted it. I want to get the electrical, mechanical, plumbing and window repair done before showing it to her and our kids.

My question right now is this; has any one made a custom shower stall out of fiberglass? What weight cloth or mat should be used? How many layers are required?

Thanks,

John
Welcome to the AirForums! You bought a trailer, gutted it, and already plan to remodel/refurbish/restore, and haven't even told the missus what you've done? You either have the most forgiving wife in the world, or you're getting ready to join the "Solo Streamers" when you finally get around to telling her about it!
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:08 PM   #3
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I broke down and showed it to her on Saturday.

I spent the next few hours looking at color pallets and talking design. She was pretty excited.

Now I just have to figure out how to make it work.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:36 PM   #4
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That is so cool.... it's a fun thing to share with your partner and you're lucky she's into it. I worked solo on ours for 8 years until we actually camped in it and my other half got into it.

It's a process...
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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Not to throw a wrench into the process, but have you checked out the frame, axles, and sub floor yet. The 60s and 70s trailers are know for problems with the rear end. Rear end separation and/ rot is common. Is it a rear bath trailer?
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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Congrats!

Yes, a shower pan can be made.

Do you plan to make it in place? That is what I would do.

Have you built a masonry shower stall?

The very short steps are:
1- Prepare plumbing and "stub out" drain and supply
2- lay a underlayment of PVC sheeting, cut carefully, ensure you have glued well and that it conforms to floor. Stubbed plumbing can now join floor drain. More of the drain extends above this level for your additional layers.
3- pour level of glass and weave 4oz if not much molding needed. 6oz if flatter. Use shredded if really compound curves.
4- all coats can be tinted and last layers (gel coat) actual color you want.

Here is one source with options:
http://www.clcboats.com/shop/product...ass-cloth.html

I am sure you can find others. I would make a test one close to shape outside the trailer. That way you might make a perfect drop-in! Hey, don't laugh, it can happen!
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:58 PM   #7
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Not to throw a wrench into the process, but have you checked out the frame, axles, and sub floor yet. The 60s and 70s trailers are know for problems with the rear end. Rear end separation and/ rot is common. Is it a rear bath trailer?
The guy who sold it to be said it doesn't leak. So I figured that I'd just replace the flooring and polish it.

Ok, not so much. It is a rear bath model. There is done rot, but not extensive. I need to drop the belly pan to check the condition of the frame. I will also add a gray water tank.

I'm taking the inner walls off to rehab the electrical. I saw a few things that concerned me, and I don't want my family sleeping in a camper with bad or dangerous wiring.

The axel is probably original. Another replacement. Side windows are ok. But the front window looks like it gas mold between the glass panes.

It's going to be a total rehab. The only question right now is frame on it off. I think it can be done frame in, but dropping the belly will answer a few more questions.
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I bet, if you focus on the rot areas you will expose enough frame to decide if a full refurb I'd needed immediately.

After all only a few handfuls of rivets to get you "camping"..... Then if camping proves sustainable, plan a shell off!
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:30 PM   #9
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I'm taking the inner walls off to rehab the electrical. I saw a few things that concerned me, and I don't want my family sleeping in a camper with bad or dangerous wiring.[/QUOTE]

I don't think I would ever take off the interior panels to redo the electrical. The wiring is grounded. Just replace the receptacles.

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I want to replace the actual wires. Is there a better way than removing the skin?

I found some damage on the wires, which is what prompted me to want to redo the system.
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Sadly no, the best way to remove the wires and replace them would be to pull back the panels. You could run new wires on the outside of the inner skin, I know the big box stores have channels that attach to walls to put wires in.

The 12 vlt is pretty harmless, just a pain in the butt if you have a short some where. The 110 vlt is a different story..
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