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Old 08-07-2014, 06:57 PM   #1
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No caulk on shower surround

After our fourth trip out, my DW noticed that there is no caulk around the top of the shower surround. I suppose water could get behind there as I am 6' 5" tall with water bouncing off my shoulders. Is this a concern? Is it possible to just caulk the thing or will traveling just bust it loose all the time?
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
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After our fourth trip out, my DW noticed that there is no caulk around the top of the shower surround. I suppose water could get behind there as I am 6' 5" tall with water bouncing off my shoulders. Is this a concern? Is it possible to just caulk the thing or will traveling just bust it loose all the time?
Yes, the lack of caulking is an issue and water could get between the wall and the surround causing water damage or mold.
My shower surround had clear silicone on it but it did seperate from the wall. I peeled the old stuff and ran a new bead. Took a 1/2 hour to peel the old stuff off but only a minute to put the new silicone on.
Yes, the twisting of the trailer will pop it loose sooner or later but do it now and check it in a few trips from now.
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:56 AM   #3
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I'll get some caulk on it before the next trip. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:10 AM   #4
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There quite a few folks on here that experience shower leaks with brand new trailers. Mine had no silicone top or bottom, and a severe gap in the centre bottom which would definitely caused a leak. I am a measly 6'1 and my wife 5'11, so my concern was the same as yours.

After my siliconing job I ran the shower till the grey tank was full, spraying all over. No issues. The little round knobs that hold the surround in place don't seem to be a problem.
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I have the same issue. Once was sealed but it has popped loose over time. I am considering injecting some construction adhesive behind it and then recaulking. What do you all think?
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I am keeping an eye on mine as well, as the sides don't fit too good to the bottom. I had been thinking of shooting some "Great Stuff" into the gap if it opens again to fill behind the space and prevent movement.
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I have the same issue. Once was sealed but it has popped loose over time. I am considering injecting some construction adhesive behind it and then recaulking. What do you all think?
I would be careful with the liquid nails. The silicone pops loose because the surround flexes with the trailer. I would be concerned that the permanent adhesive might cause the surround to crack instead of flex and you might get some discoloration from the adhesive biting into the surround if using a solvent based type.
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Last week made our maiden voyage (2015 3029W Windjammer). I noticed a very small amount of water after showering (coming out from under the wall on floor between sink vanity and shower). I searched all over trying to find where it was coming from. Ended up taking off the furnaces grill under the stove where I could see back where I thought the water was coming from. Found that the water was seeping around the round plastic push rivets they used to hold the shower surround against the wall. These push rivet are not designed to be water tight and Forest River should be installing them with silicone. Ended up sliding a couple tooth picks under the push rivet heads to get access to shoot some silicone under them. no more leaks.
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The bottom of my shower has no caulk and would make a serious puddle. The dealer is supposed to caulk it in while they're fixing other things.
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