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Old 11-20-2018, 03:28 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever installed a grab bar in there shower

We have a 23ikss and wonder if its feasible to install a grab bar in the shower. I am a Below Knee Amputee so at home I have a grab bar and use a walker to get in and out of the shower. Figure while we are camping I can just use crutches to get in and out. The walker will simply not fit the bathroom space. But trying to decide on whether a grab bar is going to cause more issues than its worth, not sure there is enough support behind the shower wall. There is the option of using a shower chair, if need be, but I have never been a fan of them.
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:49 PM   #2
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I personally think the grab bar won't have enough hold on the shower wall, plus it would have to be sealed real good so there won't have any water damages between the walls.
I think the chair would be your best option, and like everything else that comes with camping, we will get used to it.
There's also the option of using the campground showers which are bigger and probably more ease of access !
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Old 11-20-2018, 06:32 PM   #3
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If you can find a location with solid framework behind the wall and nothing on the outside, you can install an outside aluminum plate and through-bolt it.
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I personally think the grab bar won't have enough hold on the shower wall, plus it would have to be sealed real good so there won't have any water damages between the walls.
I think the chair would be your best option, and like everything else that comes with camping, we will get used to it.
There's also the option of using the campground showers which are bigger and probably more ease of access !
I am thinking about going the chair route for now. I tend to use the bar more for balance than support but at the same time I could lose my balance and don't want the wall coming down with me lol. I have used camp showers before. Just have not done it since the Amputation.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:26 PM   #5
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If you can find a location with solid framework behind the wall and nothing on the outside, you can install an outside aluminum plate and through-bolt it.
Not sure the wife would go for me mounting a plate on the exterior as the camper is new. Was hoping if someone else had done it the would have a reference to any possible studs in the wall panel. Whether they might be aluminum or wood.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:08 PM   #6
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I bought a stool - smaller than a chair
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Old 11-20-2018, 11:51 PM   #7
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I bought a stool - smaller than a chair
Have been looking @ stools on Amazon, never liked the shower chair as it took up so much room in the shower at home. Of course the camper shower is smaller than the one at home, so would definitely have to be on the small side.
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Old 11-21-2018, 05:22 AM   #8
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Would a walker fit ? There are some you can fold............ Not sure if that would work (Just a thought)

The only thing is you have to make sure the legs won't put too much pressure on the shower floor
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I take this one personally as Iíve had to do these types of upgrades for my mother after stroke.
Looking at your model, you have the curved shower doors with a cabinet to your left and sink to your right. The left back wall of the shower, the wall between the shower and the bed behind, is most likely framed with 2x2ís with thin plywood on both sides. I would look on the backside and see if I could locate those studs, look for where they stapled the wall covering to the studs. I might add a piece of floor to ceiling plywood fastened to the stud and top and bottom of the wall to help spread the load. You could mount the bar first and check, you may not have too.
As far as sealing it, silicone around the mounts and you will be fine.
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The right hand exterior wall you can look for studs in the same way. Look above the shower wall for those staples. Test drill a small hole, you can patch it with the same plugs they fasten the shower walls to the plywood with. Check behind the exterior door latch if your exterior walls are metal or wood studs to use the appropriate screws.
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