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Old 01-15-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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Do I need to caulk the shower?

Hi.

We just picked up this used 07 27 bunk house... I've noticed the shower wall panels are not caulked where they meet the tub... yeah, I'm guessing they have caulk behind them, but I'm thinking it should be done on the face as well.

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Old 01-15-2009, 06:44 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about it

the caulking might end up tearing the wallpaper from the movement while the rig is in motion
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:52 PM   #3
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Yeah.. I knew I worded it wrong... The shower panels come down the wall and then meet the tub unit... essentially it's a 2 piece unit.. So it's not caulked where the wall panels meet the tub unit... hope that makes sense...
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:00 PM   #4
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They are not caulked for a reason............there is a flange from the shower pan behind them, and they leave it open to make any moisture that may get back there evaporate.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:57 AM   #5
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I would not caulk the bottom as stated before. The reason is if you do caulk and water gets behind the panels there would be no way for it to exit. I would check the caulk around the faucet.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:31 AM   #6
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Water should not get behind the panels in the first place. Had to caulk every joint in the shower to stop it from leaking out.
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:38 PM   #7
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mine was not caulke and leaked very bad. after it was caulked....no leaks
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:58 PM   #8
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I calked all edges and joints of the shower suround and folding door frame. No problems afterwords.
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To each his own............I've seen wallboards rotted out from moisture back there.

My 'Cat leaked through the faucet........
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:33 AM   #10
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Caulk only where you want to prevent water and moisture from getting IN, not OUT. Do not caulk the wall panels because you want air to get in there and evaporate any residual moisture. Ocassionally place a portable fan in the bathroom doorway and let it run for a day or so when the trailer is not in use. This will help circulate the air and dry things out. You will not get liquid water in behind the panels because water cannot run uphill. You DO want to caulk around the tub/shower fixture at the floor to prevent water from getting into the sub floor. You might also want to fill in any spaces around the water lines or other openings with expandable foam. I have gone through my trailer hunting down any opening that would let cold air or water in from the outside and filled them in with expandable foam like 'Great Stuff'. This includes getting underneath the trailer and filling in where the water and electric lines come up through the floor. You will be amazed at what you find when you go looking 'behind the scenes'. It certainly has made a difference in the invasion of cold air and moisture from the outside.
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