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Old 12-01-2015, 09:59 PM   #1
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Cracked tub

This past season, we found that our tub was cracked. Unable to fix it right away and the camping season being about over for us, we decided to wait for winter to fix it. It appears that the support under the tub came up short on one end and this caused the crack. Has anyone replaced their tub and if so do you have any hints? I'll probable have to take loose the walls of the shower. Are they screwed in under the plugs or do they pop off? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 02-19-2016, 12:23 PM   #2
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Update:

After I couldn't find much information about replacing the tub, I figured I would tackle it blind. I ordered a replacement tub on eBay. I chose the one I did because it was the normal plastic outer layer with a fiberglass reinforcement sides and floor.

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This is the crack in the floor of the tub. I later found that tub support had moved toward the drain, which left nothing supporting the other end. This is what caused the crack.

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Old 02-19-2016, 12:41 PM   #3
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First I had to remove the walls. The walls were held up by double sided tape at the top and the bottom attaching it to the tub. Also used are plastic push pins, normally used on vehicle panels. Click image for larger version

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I had to be very careful not to damage the tub walls when freeing it from the camper walls. I sacrificed a few of these push pins by popping the heads off. Little did I know, white push pins are rare and hard to find. I settled for black ones. I used paint on the heads to match the walls. Ordering offline made these pins much more affordable.
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I removed the access door to loosen the drain. There were only two screws attaching the tub to the camper walls. I removed these and pulled the tub out.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:03 PM   #4
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The new tub is deeper, so I had to modify the bottom support by adding 2x4s. I also had To make a new side support to accommodate difference in dimension.

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I set the tub in and attached the drain, leveled the tub, and put the lip of the tub in the channel of the side support. After many words that would get me in trouble with my mother, everything is stable and I screwed the tub to the walls by first drilling a hole in the tub to prevent cracking.

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After this, I removed the residual tape on the tub walls and stuck on new. This tape is the foam double sided tape type. I put the walls up and drilled new holes for the push pins and installed. Then I resealed with silicone.

Hopefully this will be helpful to anyone who will be doing a similar repair. If there are any questions, I'll answer them if I can.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:22 PM   #5
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Nicely done. I would like to possibly change out our shower/tub combo to a shorter shower stall. I hope the walls behind the liner are long enough.
I think our tub is cracking toward the rear also. Just noticed it this last weekend.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:42 PM   #6
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Residential tubs and showers develop cracks too, often for the same reason. Not as rare as one would think. It IS rare to remove and replace though. Most often a repair is completed and almost never can it be seen or felt.
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Old 03-02-2016, 01:30 AM   #8
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Residential tubs and showers develop cracks too, often for the same reason. Not as rare as one would think. It IS rare to remove and replace though. Most often a repair is completed and almost never can it be seen or felt.

I checked into some of the repair kits, but most of them had a disclaimer that they were for a short term fix. I'm happy with the design of the new tub. Much better built!
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