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Old 10-27-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Shower Caulking. To do or not to do, that is the question?

Hello everyone. Just picked up my New 2016 FR3 30DS. Great unit. I noticed a gap in the shower between the floor pan and walls. Is this a miss or done by design? Should I caulk this area before it's used or does it not leak? Do I use normal bathtub sealant or leave it alone? Thanx in advance.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:28 PM   #2
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I dont have your unit, I have a TT but I have a tub and there was a gap between the tub and the wall surround. I caulked mine mainly because I have a 3 year old son that takes bathes and likes to splash. I wanted piece of mind just in case. I used regular shower caulk and it has worked fine for almost a year. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:33 PM   #3
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I have a corner shower with a bottom pan. It looked like it could leak and did immediately when I tested spraying the walls. Of course, this was after PDI. I used a clear shower caulk and fixed the problem. I do not understand why they do not do this simple task.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:37 PM   #4
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I was told that gap was intentional to allow for draining and prevent mold and mildew from forming. I was advised to leave it alone.



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Old 10-27-2015, 01:02 PM   #5
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I was told that gap was intentional to allow for draining and prevent mold and mildew from forming. I was advised to leave it alone.



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X2 the floor pan goes quite aways up behind.
Shower would have to overflow to get up and behind, and even then I don't think it would.
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Old 10-28-2015, 03:22 PM   #6
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You are right , there is a 1 1/2 " lip all the way around. Water will not get up there unless deliberately sprayed up into the area. The tub surround and base are designed to be able to move as the box of the RV flexes. I have seen how much movement there is in one. Back when I was at a training seminar and we set up a 35' fifth wheel with gauges in many arras of the unit. the gauge measured the movement and froze at the maximum movement. Unbelievable! I remember when we first put the tub surrounds in trailers. We had to replace most of them the first year. They glued and screwed them in place and they all cracked. That is what the step down area is for at the base of the shower wall.
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:23 PM   #8
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No lip on the base of the shower on my forest river. First shower I took the water ran out from under the shower.
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:43 PM   #9
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Since I am very paranoid about any water getting under or in any walls or flooring,I caulked the surround and shower base everywhere before it was ever used.I used non leveling white dicor. a year and 7000 miles later nothing is cracked or leaking.
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