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Old 01-27-2009, 09:26 AM   #1
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Ceramic Tile In Bathroom For AS

Is it possible to put ceramic tile in a bathroom without it cracking when moving my trailer. I was given some really cool small 50's tile and was wondering if it is wise to use it in the small bathroom.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:32 AM   #2
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It's probably heavier than the usual RV flooring choices, and it's definitely at risk for cracking if laid on the subfloor.

One possibility to incorporate it might be to make a sort of "bath mat" out of it. Lay it down on a properly prepared substrate maybe 2' x 3', and place that on the floor of your bathroom when not in motion.

Or make a removeable tile backsplash out of it in a similar manner.

But I would advise against laying it drectly on your trailer's subfloor, I just don't think it can withstand the various forces.

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There are far more reasons why you shouldn't than you should.

Weight is one consideration, flexing is another. I have only seen MoHos with factory installed ceramic and marble tiles. That isn't to say it's not possible in a trailer, but I would think that several modifications might be needed if you did....things like reinforcing the floor, the frame and possibly an axle upgrade....these are the initial things that come to mind.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:08 AM   #4
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Hi Cathy, Is it going on the floor or walls? I put glass tile as a back splash in our 67 with a silicone adhesive and it has held up for over 5 years. You won't have to worry about weight if you use your tile as an accent.
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Hi Cathy, Is it going on the floor or walls? I put glass tile as a back splash in our 67 with a silicone adhesive and it has held up for over 5 years. You won't have to worry about weight if you use your tile as an accent.
Lee, your backsplash tiles look great, and I love your flooring too. I'm about to install VCT in my trailer over my new subfloors, though I'm going with a muted neutral rather than the fun checkerboard pattern you used!

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I would not try it. Tile will not flex. There are some very good looking one piece flexible flooring that is available that would be so much easier to install and less likely to give you problems. Ceramic tile is also cold on the feet unless you install the heating elements during installation.
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Thanks Marcus, It was a fun project. I used muted tones in the 60.
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Your tiles look great and thanks again for your information about using tiles as an accent. Cathy
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I would not try it. Tile will not flex. There are some very good looking one piece flexible flooring that is available that would be so much easier to install and less likely to give you problems. Ceramic tile is also cold on the feet unless you install the heating elements during installation.
Hi Road Ruler, First off I'm not busting your chops. With that said, I was told that you couldn't put glass tile in an Airstream. If you keep in mind where the trailer will flex and plan accordingly you can be successful. You will also need a flexible adhesive and grout.
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Dal Tile has a very tough,flexable tile underlayment. it has a waffle texture, you apply thinsit to the floor,bed the underlayment in the thinset. Let dry ,apply thinset to the underlayment and lay the tile. In a stationary moble home it works very well, no cracking of grout joints 3 years later. It might work,it is about $2.00 a square foot. Adios, John
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I have a 74 landyacht that I would like to add a small/mini glass block tile backsplash too. It comes on a mesh backing and is flexible, so it should hug the bit of curve above the stove. Any thoughts on wherether this may withstand travel? Im thinking of doing the whole area, which is about 3x 2.4 feet ( rough guesstimate...)
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I have a 74 landyacht that I would like to add a small/mini glass block tile backsplash too. It comes on a mesh backing and is flexible, so it should hug the bit of curve above the stove. Any thoughts on wherether this may withstand travel? Im thinking of doing the whole area, which is about 3x 2.4 feet ( rough guesstimate...)
Sadiebynum, did you ever get around to doing this modification? I have been looking into it extensively, And although I have found some adequate flexible grout, I am looking for the perfect adhesive to use underneath. Have you found anything?
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We have friends with a early '70 AS- they placed decorative tiles higher than a traditional backsplash. Anything about 4 inches has come loose over the last few years. There was too much movement for the tile to stay on the upwards curve of the unit. The typical backsplash tiles stayed in place.
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I just installed tile in my bathroom.

Here is what I did:

First I stripped the existing floor down to plywood, removed a bunch of staples and generally prepped to floor to make it as even and level as possible.

Next I glued shower pan lining (thick vinyl) to the subfloor with construction adhesive to ensure I would be completely waterproof and would have a perfectly level base to work with.

I installed a stainless steel edging strip along the edge of the hardwood to keep the tile and the wood apart from each other and keep the edges clean.

Then I used flexible mastic to adhere the tile to the shower pan lining. This type of adhesive is lightweight and it's not supposed to crack. The tiles do appear to be stuck down really well. I used a v notch trowel to prep the adhesive.

Then after 24 hours of dry time, I used two part epoxy grout to grout the tiles - again this is very lightweight compared to normal cement based grout and it's waterproof. It was fairly nasty to clean the excess grout of the tiles - this stuff isn't water based so it makes a bit of a sticky mess.

We'll see how this holds up to flexing, but this isn't very heavy and I think it looks pretty good. I was a little concerned the tiles would be slippery, but I tested them out and had plenty of grip with bare feet.

I did a bunch of research on the tile forums and in google search about how to tile an RV before deciding to try out this method. The next level up from this is to use silicon adhesive and caulk which is pretty much guaranteed not to crack and is also lightweight - but it is much more of a pain to install.

Last step for tomorrow is to install baseboards. I'll be using 2 inch bullnose tiles for that.

I'll report back after a couple of trips as to how the floor is holding up.
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