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Old 04-25-2016, 11:56 PM   #1
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Easy & effective shower mod

I have read several posts questioning the durability of the shower wall material and whether or nor sealing the wall and the tub to wall seams is a good or bad practice. I want to use the shower but like others was concerned about the effects of the water. My wife and I came up with a simple, inexpensive, and effective solution that is also not unattractive. First we bought two mid weight vinyl shower curtains and a card of Command brand semi-permanent hooks from WallyWorld. We cut them to length and spaced the hooks to match the grommets. The three walls were covered by the two overlapped vinyl curtains. Last step was to cut a slit to allow the bracket, shower wand and hose to be inside the plastic curtain. We reinforced the slit with Duct tape. When the shower is in use the water never touches the wall board and the cloth curtain pulls across in the usual way keeping all the water inside the tub. Each hook is rated to hold .5#, so there is sufficient strength to hold the curtains plus soap caddy, etc. Try it, this is easy and it works!
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:00 AM   #2
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Why are you concerned about using the shower??? As you can see from my signature I boondock on average 200 days a year. I use the shower all the time and have never had a problem..
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:27 AM   #3
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Brilliant! We avoided certain campers specifically due to their lack of real shower walls. If I had known this trick I might have considered them.

Are you worried about moisture buildup being trapped between the curtain and the wall? At least you can quickly pull them off to air out.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:56 AM   #4
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We just returned from a five day trip with temps from the 50's to the 80's and after twice daily shower use found no moisture trapped between the curtains and the wallboard. To facilitate drying we pulled the plastic toward the cloth curtain and used a few clip clothespins to fasten them together away from the wall for a little while. Between trips we intend to take them down. Putting them up is simple as pie. Thanks for your reply.
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Seems like a going overboard mod. We have no problem with moister problems or water getting in the walls. Just be sure the shower stall is properly sealed. But everyone like to make their own home.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:29 AM   #6
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Apparently on some trailers Jayco seals the wall board where it continues behind the tub and on other models it does not. I have read that non sealing is purposely done so when water runs down the walls it continues down behind the metal wall to tub piece and then supposedly drains into the tub. If that is a great solution then why would Jayco seal other units? On an unsealed tub would moisture collect behind the metal strip at the top of the tub and become a mildew farm? The cons of sealant is that unless it has 100% integrity, if any moisture finds its way behind the wallboard it will be trapped and surely will mildew. Neither way appears to be THE solution, hence my simple mod that doesn't put any holes in the shower walls and keeps everything dry. Thanks to all who have commented.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:41 AM   #7
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I have read several posts questioning the durability of the shower wall material and whether or nor sealing the wall and the tub to wall seams is a good or bad practice. ...snip... Try it, this is easy and it works!
Cool! That is one issue resolved and you no longer have to be concerned with it. Not everyone will agree on its necessity. Bottom line, now you can enjoy your showers.
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Our shower is not caulked at the bottom. We use it all the time and never a problem.


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The bottom of the shower wall should not be caulked. The tub has a lip that sticks up behind the shower wall. You do not need to worry about water getting behind the wall. It is left un-caulked so if any moisture does get behind the wall, it can dry out. I don't think your mod would hurt anything, but I don't think it is needed. We use our shower all the time and don't have any problems.
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We inquired to jayco dealer about ours and they checked w jayco. The answer was do not caulk the bottom.


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