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Old 07-12-2018, 08:57 PM   #1
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Shower Door Removal???

The shower door on my 2015 Signature 27FB has slid down and also separated at the upper right corner of the door frame. I have read the numerous posts regarding how to keep the door from sliding down on the hinges with nylon blocks, shims and bushings but I first need to tighten the frame corner where it has separated.

I can not figure out how to remove the door from the hinge/wall to repair the frame problem. Can someone shed some light on how to remove the door?

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Old 07-12-2018, 10:57 PM   #2
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We have the exact same problem!
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:04 PM   #3
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We have the exact same problem!
Our door fell apart glass fell out this should not happen in a airstream
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:50 PM   #4
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There are quite a few threads and posts on this issue. I first encountered it on my 2012 28í Intl CCD. I ended up pulling the door assembly out and installing a Sterling pivot shower door that I bought at Loewís. If you use the shower enough, eventually it will drop down into the bottom of the shower, entrapping you until you LIFT the door up so it will swing. This is a long-standing and well known problem. Unfortunately, AS refuses to fix it.

The basis problem is the entire shower hangs from a small screw at the very top of the door hinge. Many folks do a workaround and insert a nylon washer at the bottom to lift it up over the bottom threshold. Eventually, if not properly hung, I suppose the glass will fall out.

I removed the door from my 2015 Classic about 6 months ago and installed a Stoett Nautilus shower. Itís like a roller blind. About 25 minutes to install and it does NOT swing into the trailer and weight about 3 pounds.

Removing the door from the shower entails removing the frame around it. The frame is glued to the sides of the opening. I have now removed two of these and have been unable to remove the framing without destroying it. A heat gun is the best Iíve been able to do, but the aluminum framing bends at some point
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:16 AM   #5
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There are quite a few threads and posts on this issue. I first encountered it on my 2012 28í Intl CCD. I ended up pulling the door assembly out and installing a Sterling pivot shower door that I bought at Loewís. If you use the shower enough, eventually it will drop down into the bottom of the shower, entrapping you until you LIFT the door up so it will swing. This is a long-standing and well known problem. Unfortunately, AS refuses to fix it.



The basis problem is the entire shower hangs from a small screw at the very top of the door hinge. Many folks do a workaround and insert a nylon washer at the bottom to lift it up over the bottom threshold. Eventually, if not properly hung, I suppose the glass will fall out.



I removed the door from my 2015 Classic about 6 months ago and installed a Stoett Nautilus shower. Itís like a roller blind. About 25 minutes to install and it does NOT swing into the trailer and weight about 3 pounds.



Removing the door from the shower entails removing the frame around it. The frame is glued to the sides of the opening. I have now removed two of these and have been unable to remove the framing without destroying it. A heat gun is the best Iíve been able to do, but the aluminum framing bends at some point
The pivot door hold up I don't understand which door you are using now, what was the pivot doors model number.
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:30 AM   #6
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We took ours completely out ordered a new hinge assembly from SEA...shower enclosures of America.....also I use silicone rubber hose on the bottom edge to hold it up while traveling...no more problem....2 pieces 3” long shoved in at each corner.....
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:52 PM   #7
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The shower door in our 30' International just failed a few weeks ago. Usually when this happens, the screw from the hinge side has usually pulled through the track where it is inserted. It's a pretty weak design, in my opinion.

I contacted Vinnie at Vinnie's Airstream and he suggested removing and reassembling the door with some silicone. Here are the steps I took.

1) Remove door from hinge.
2) Unscrew the for screws holding the metal frame around the glass.
3) Go to hardware store and get slightly longer versions of the screws.
4) Remove metal screws and metal frame.
5) Clean the vinyl gasket strip that encircles the glass.
6) Apply a small bead of silicone caulk to inside of vinyl gasket and reapply.
7) Apply a larger bead of silicone caulk to the inside tracks of the metal frame. (This results in the glass being bonded to the gasket and the gasket to the frame).
8) Install the new screws and plastic bushings.
9) Let set overnight.

Note, it looks a lot more effort to remove the door from the frame that attaches to the wall. You have to remove the three screws and apply a pulling force to slide the door from the exterior frame. The hinge side of the door often has a bed of silicone holding it to the exterior frame. I had to use a very flexible putty knife to get the process started. It wasn't easy but with two of us pulling, we were able to get the door off.

To re-install, we had to clean the silicone off the inside of the hinge and exterior frame. I reapplied some silicone, slide the door back on, the screw holes aligned easily and inserted the screws. It's been very solid for the last three weeks. If it fails again, I'll probably have to replace the whole unit but I don't think it will for some time.
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:24 PM   #8
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Image of top corner of shower door

Here is an image of the top edge of the shower door frame, still connected to the exterior frame. I've labeled it with the terms I was using to describe the parts, which are probably not their official names.

In our case, that screw at the top was fairly bent, making it hard to remove until we got the door off the exterior frame. I started the putty knife at the top where the two frames meet.

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Pivot Shower Door

I donít have the model number of the shower I installed in my í12 Intl CCD. I sold the trailer in 2015. I bought the shower at Loews, it was in stock, and it was manufactured by Sterling (Kohlerís economy brand). It worked very well, but I like the Nautilus much better because it does not swing. It is to a shower door what a pocket door is to a regular door.
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Our door fell apart glass fell out this should not happen in a airstream
Our shower shattered on our trip this week. This Is After a factory repair of the falling door issue. Stupid design by Airstream. I will rip the entire door assembly out and switch to the retreating door.

Crazy they they are STILL installing this failed design.
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:41 PM   #11
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Hi BAB,
I am trying to install a Stoett shower curtain in my AS but I can’t get the side rails off after taking the 3 screws out. Looks like you have completed this amazing task.
Is it just as simple as applying a heat gun to it while prying it off???
My dad always told me not to use excessive force on some things.
Is this an exception?
Help in Texas. ����
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:57 PM   #12
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Donít be afraid! A good strong 2Ē putty knife and a heat gun will do it.

Youíll be covering the area with the new shower frame, and will caulk the edges from inside the shower so it will be fine.
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Stoett Shower Door

To BAB, what dimension door did you order? I understand they are custom made and not returnable if you order the wrong size.

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Hi BAB,
Thank you, will try your suggestions this evening on getting those side rails off.

My wife ordered the Stoett Shower door directly from factory.

Off their web site. Stoett Industries, Hicksville, Ohio.
I bought the Nautilus 68" x 36" wide door.
They sell it in several different lengths. you just need to cut the width with a hacksaw, miter saw, or grinder.
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Old 10-27-2020, 09:56 AM   #15
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their website for this door is:



https://shop.stoett.com/nautilus-ret...-doors-for-rv/




PS: get the tallest size possible to fit your opening.

Makes it easier to get into without hitting your head.
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