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Old 07-16-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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Removing Shower Capability?

I am wondering if it is wise to remove the shower pan (and thus showering capability) from a 25ft 1972 Tradewind. I think to shower in that little space is just asking for floor rot and prevents me from building some nice cabinetry. Of course if it severely affects resale value then perhaps I will leave it and figure out a nice remodel that can accommodate water.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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One of the advantages of an older trailer is being able to make it what you want with out worrying a lot about resale value
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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If you make the provision for an outdoor shower 90% of the problem goes down the drain so to speak.
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I would not remove it...But I really like my showers before I jump between the sheets.
I live in FL, you are in CA. Could be the heat and humidity here.
Like Rick says, it is yours so do what you want.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:34 PM   #5
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I personally would try to keep the shower too- it's one of the things that separates trailer-camping from car-camping or backpacking, the luxury of an indoor hot shower. I incorporated a space-saving idea in my total remodel of a '72, where the shower pan slides out for use and back under the bed frame when not in use. Perhaps you could dream up something like that, a dual-purpose space. -tim
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:26 PM   #6
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We use the showers in both of our Airstreams. Nice shower in the middle of the desert, how good can it get?

I have never heard of anyone passing on buying an Airstream because it had a shower, but many will pass if it does not.

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Old 07-16-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
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Tradewind Shower Pan

Is anyone familiar with removing the shower pan on a 70's Tradewind. Not sure if I need to take all the partitions out or if I should work from below if I decide to conserve the shower.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:55 PM   #8
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I am wondering if it is wise to remove the shower pan (and thus showering capability) from a 25ft 1972 Tradewind. I think to shower in that little space is just asking for floor rot and prevents me from building some nice cabinetry.
For what it's worth, I had to take up the shower pan of our 1980 Caravelle to get access to a freshwater line that ran under the edge of it, which was leaking at a fitting. I was pleasantly surprised to find the plywood under it looked like it had been cut yesterday. (Along with a couple of pop rivet stems and a cigarette butt that had been left there by the installer at the factory!) So it's not necessarily a problem.

Like many others, I would vote to keep the shower, as it's mighty nice to have, but it's your trailer.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:53 PM   #9
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Keep the shower, and if you would never use it, make some cabinetry which would fit inside it and could be removed by the next owner if they wanted a shower back. Personally I would never even look at a used Airstream which had the shower removed.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:14 AM   #10
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It looks like it is possible the pan might be able to slip away from the closet an bulkhead partitions if the back right edge of the pan is lifted and moved in that direction, but I don't want to stress and potentially crack the ABS pan if there is no way it will come out without removing the closet and bulkhead partitions. Anyone with experience with this particular pan?

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I would keep the shower

One of the nice things about our trailer......paula
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:15 PM   #12
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Got the pan out by removing the street-side partition and the aluminum lip at the bottom of the closet. The Airstream engineers must have figured nobody was ever going to have to do the repairs that most of use find ourselves doing.

And of course there was a little surprise for me under the shower pan. So now it looks like everything comes out in the rear of the trailer and I replace the rotten plywood.
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