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Old 03-29-2017, 06:23 PM   #1
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Silicone in the shower

Was looking at the shower walls and noticed the lining they use was not sealed against the wall across the top. Would it be beneficial to apply some silicone to prevent moisture from getting in there?
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Old 03-29-2017, 06:26 PM   #2
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Was looking at the shower walls and noticed the lining they use was not sealed against the wall across the top. Would it be beneficial to apply some silicone to prevent moisture from getting in there?
For clarification, we have a 2017 GW 26BH limited.
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Old 03-29-2017, 06:29 PM   #3
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We didn't have a seal on there either. To answer your question, YES, seal it. I had the dealer seal it when I brought it in for warranty issues. If you don't, it will leak and come out onto the bathroom floor.
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Myself I stay away from silicone because once it is on you can never get it off. I would use something that does not contain silicone
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Any suggestions Seadog? I've owned RV's just shy of a week and have a lot to learn.
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Old 03-30-2017, 07:13 AM   #6
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there are allot of go products out there Dicor makes stuff just for RV Proflex is another do some research try the search box at the top right there tons of posts. I just don't use silicone on things inside or the roof
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Old 03-30-2017, 07:33 AM   #8
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Use lexel you can find it at lowes or order off amazon...you can get clear or white obviously clear is what you want for this job!! I use lexel and dicor self leveling and non self leveling and that's it!
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I read on this site and others that it should NOT be sealed. I believe the reason was to allow any moisture to escape or dry behind the insert. The shower base has an extra high lip to prevent water from entering from the bottom.
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Old 03-30-2017, 01:42 PM   #10
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I read on this site and others that it should NOT be sealed. I believe the reason was to allow any moisture to escape or dry behind the insert. The shower base has an extra high lip to prevent water from entering from the bottom.
It's the BOTTOM that should not be sealed. It's the same as for your shower surround at home. Seal the top and any vertical joints, leave the bottom open.
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Well I messed up I sealed around the molding with silicon, but the water doesn't leak behind the tub and into the floor anymore.
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Myself I stay away from silicone because once it is on you can never get it off. I would use something that does not contain silicone
Not to argue with SeaDog. You can remove silicone easily with acetone. Pull the initial bead by hand and that finger nail polish remover your girlfriend or wife uses will wipe it away clean and easy. That include on engine parts with RTV like a water pump.
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I read on this site and others that it should NOT be sealed. I believe the reason was to allow any moisture to escape or dry behind the insert. The shower base has an extra high lip to prevent water from entering from the bottom.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Mine is not sealed and is higher than the shower head or where the water goes when showering. I suppose some builders may seal but I have never seen one that was
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Old 03-30-2017, 02:58 PM   #14
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My concern was more from steam than from running water. Hopefully the fantastic fan will pull it all out, but water and mold scare me in these things.
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I asked the same question about a month ago. The official line from the enclosure manufacturer for our Isata 3 motor home? The enclosure panels need room to flex when the unit is subjected to extreme cold. But the vertical seams ARE sealed/caulked. Made no sense to me.

We used a good quality silicone caulk which touted flexibility. GE waterproof if I remember correctly. Sealed top edge, bottom edge, anywhere we couldn't see an existing bead of caulk. Figured there would be no reason to remove the caulk if we put a quality one down in the first place.

We didn't leave the bottom open either because infiltration of warm moist air into a void with low/no air flow sounded like a recipe for mold formation, high lip or not.

Coming from an HVAC engineer's wife. YMMV......
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My 26rr was not sealed and leaked
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Actually, veni, maybe that's exactly why the leave both the top and the bottoms open to allow a flow of air from that moist vapor. Not alot because of the fan, so a little flow should dry it out just fine.
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Second motion recommending Geocel Proflex RV. Available in white, clear or black. Found online at Lazydays cheapest when I last bought some. Have paint thinner handy when you apply it. Good stuff and easy to remove or add to as necessary - both cannot be said about silicone, avoid it.
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Those are the areas I'm concerned about. Ran the water while de-winterizing and this happened.
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