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CMSmith 06-12-2012 02:41 PM

repairing back half of a '75 Tradewind
I have a new to me TradeWind that we have had looked at and gotten a quote on having some work done. I budgeted for having work done for me when I purchased it, so I was thinking ahead. The interior will need to be removed from the back up to the mid point. This work that is being done will deplete my budget, but also get me to the point where I can do the work moving forward. The concern, though, is that some of the plastic (the shower housing and sink) in the bathroom may break because of the age and being brittle. Where can a replacement be found for something like this, or is there an RV equivalent to the Schluter System? Or something that will at least fit to allow the shower to be usable? I hope that it doesn't break, but I am trying to plan ahead and know where to go if it is a problem. Maybe even go ahead and get something new put in since something will need to go back anyway. Is there a new counter top/sink combo that is like what they put in new campers that fit? The ones that are a solid surface, but not as heavy as Corian or granite? Thanks

purman 06-12-2012 02:52 PM

Call Andy at Inland Rv (800-877-7311) they have some stuff on there website but carry so much more. I replaced some of my stuff with things I found at home improvement stores, sinks, counter tops etc, even facets. Rv ones are crap. even a cheap house one is better.

purman 06-12-2012 04:19 PM

Inland rv has some shower pans on sale for $425

CMSmith 06-12-2012 08:00 PM

Thanks. I will call them tomorrow. Do you know if they are model specific? And include the walls? Is there a perfect fit slide in option or even a sheet product that can formed to the space?

purman 06-12-2012 08:09 PM

You can buy wall shower sheets at Home depot or lowes. I think that shower cover 8-10 years of models.

CMSmith 06-12-2012 08:27 PM

Interesting about the shower sheets. I will go check them out too. I didn't know if they would be able to be formed as needed or if they would be able to be put together and deal with the movement of travel. Do you know people that have succefully used these?

CMSmith 06-13-2012 08:02 PM

Inland rv has the shower pan that will work, though we will need to rerout the shower drain a couple inches. But shower walls do not exist any longer. Has anyone used their old shower and sprayed it with fiberglass to make a new one? It is the old plastic liner now that is very brittle and will likey break when it is pulled out. Plus, we do not want to puta 30 year old shower in a brand new bathroom.

purman 06-14-2012 06:25 PM


Originally Posted by CMSmith (Post 1160440)
Interesting about the shower sheets. I will go check them out too. I didn't know if they would be able to be formed as needed or if they would be able to be put together and deal with the movement of travel. Do you know people that have succefully used these?

I used them on mine there 1/8 thick or 1/32 you can glue them to an existing wall. I used the 1/8 thick ones instead of the wall that was there.

perryg114 06-14-2012 07:23 PM

You can make walls out of Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) board. It is available at most hardware stores. You can glue it over existing walls as well.


CMSmith 06-14-2012 07:54 PM

So are you glueing them to the damaged old shower walls or framing a new one? Is this sort of a DIY bath fitters? This seems like a great option for me.

CMSmith 06-14-2012 08:00 PM

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This is my shower. We can get a new pan. So would the other panels be glued over the walls covering the seams and all? Or would we need to do it in sections like this is. I am assuming the sections are because of the curve, but I am not sure. This is great help and I really appreciate it.

We have jumped into a project that we were planning on doing over the next few years, spreading out the cost. Well, spreading it out is not an option any longer so we are trying to save wherever we can without compromising what we are doing.

purman 06-14-2012 09:51 PM

Don't see why you couldn't glue them to the old. I built a new one but I have a bath/shower. So it's a little different.

wahoonc 06-15-2012 05:39 AM

I would not glue them to the old. If the old panel fails/fractures the new panel is going to come loose and then you will have a larger mess to deal with.

I don't know why they sectioned the original panels, possibly because of the wall curve. I would go back with the largest you can fit.


CMSmith 06-17-2012 05:15 PM

I met with the people checking out my Airstream yesterday and was a bit encouraged by the results. The frame in the very back is in fairly bad shape. They are going to pull the grey water tank to see if it is cracked or if it just came loose with the weight of water after 3 years of no use. We are considering bypassing the grey water tank and just go straight to a sewer drain or rout it into the black water tank. Hopefully, though, they will be able to get everything connected back and get the grey water tank supported for normal use.
After the couple trips we have planned, we can reassess the more major fixing that needs to be done to the frame. It turns out that it does not go as far forward as I feared, and I am hoping that we can just grind and reinforce what is there. Apparently there is a concern of welding on the frame with the interior intact, though, because it will most likely cause a fire.

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