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Old 06-08-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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? re: tile on walls

Can someone tell me who has put tile on their camper walls, like in the kitchen, has the grout cracked? Or will it in time?
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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Never done it but I think it could crack of come off in time.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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I would not put tiles on the wall. The plywood is too thin and the grout will crack with the movement of the camper. If you want the tile look you could use tile board.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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Use silicone grout or caulk.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:57 AM   #5
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I have done that before....in fact....just finished installing granite tile and backspash on my Wildcat for the bathroom and kitchen.
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You could use the Peel and stick metal tiles that don't require grout
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:23 AM   #7
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There was a longer thread on this a few months ago with lots of info.

I would never attempt this in an RV until someone suggested using caulking material instead of grout. Ordinary grout will surely crack and fail due to substrate flexing. Caulk is available in a sanded version in various colors that looks more like regular grout.

That could be a lot of joints to caulk. Keep in mind that once caulk has dried, it does not stick to itself so you need finish it all at once. Also, it skins over in 5 minutes or so and you need to keep moving quickly and clean the excess off as you go. Don't wait until it has dried to clean it off. You should practice on a separate test area first. You need to be adept at laying down the caulk and cleaning it up before putting it down permanently on a finished wall.

I would at the least install a plywood backing sheet of say 1/4" thick and fasten it securely to the wall studs. You can then use Schluter edging to hide the ply and tile edge.

I suppose you could consider installing tiles without grout joints. It's "just" an RV and not a house where it gets grime + water on it 24/7/365.... I'd still install ply backing so tiles don't crack or fall off. Only problem might be that some tiles are not dimensionally consistent from piece to piece.
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Solid surface counter top material could be cut to size with the top edge and ends rounded over. The corners would be mitered. Very clean look and maintenance free. Install with liquid nails or something similar.
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