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Old 07-14-2019, 01:06 AM   #1
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Shower/Bathtub Question

Greetings Friends,

So I noticed my new Coleman by Dutchmen has a shower/bathtub and it has a gap between the tub and wall trim on the drain side. I think the tub has a lip and the gap on the drain side is done on purpose.

Is this accurate?
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Greetings Friends,

So I noticed my new Coleman by Dutchmen has a shower/bathtub and it has a gap between the tub and wall trim on the drain side. I think the tub has a lip and the gap on the drain side is done on purpose.

Is this accurate?
Let's hope the pan is lipped, if it isn't water is making it's way to the floor somewhere. If you want to be sure pull the trim and check.
Even if it is lipped a bead of caulk sure wouldn't hurt and help to keep that area clean.
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I have plastic surround walls in my shower, they are not tight to the tub pan. I don't think much of the design, but the tub pan does have a lip on it, so it really can't leak unless you're playing water polo in the shower. Those walls would worry me way more than that gap. I could never get comfortable with showering in a wallpapered closet.

My last camper had the same thing, I know it's supposed to be "water proof"

That's nothing a bead of silicone couldn't fix if it worries you. Don't even tell me that you can't use silicone on a camper.
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That's nothing a bead of silicone couldn't fix if it worries you. Don't even tell me that you can't use silicone on a camper.
I wouldn't even use silicone in my house! There are far better products that do a much better job.
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I wouldn't even use silicone in my house! There are far better products that do a much better job.
Now you're getting carried away. I've done many cultured marble showers, bathrooms and kitchens as a side job in years past, 100% silicone was the industry standard. People be acting like silicone kicked their dog
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We know the brand name of Dicor is the RV industries go to sealant. Much as CAMCO is a well known name in the industry.


If one is to search for the base components of Dicor lap sealant one will consistently find advertisements for Dicor products and how they relate to the RV industry.
Dicor products are good but they do have their limitations. Just recently I was on my roof replacing secondary slide seals. While up there I walked the roof for inspection of the sealant points and discovered cracks, shrinkage and open spots around roof penetrations. I have a few tubes of Dicor on hand so cleaning of the areas was needed before application of application of new sealant. It does turn black and is hard to clean and of course to remove.
It is advertised as being flexible but so are other sealants. According to advertisements it's the best thing since sliced bread. Cool, that's fine.
Silicone can be used in the appropriate application. Saying never to use on an RV is an overstatement. Silicone is used in a wide variety of environments including submersion in water.


RV owners do get caught up with what is shoved down our throats as the ONLY thing to use. I'll use Silicone sealants where appropriate and Dicor where needed. I can remove Silcone easier than Dicor products so that's not a concern. If my Silicone yellows or cracks after ten years then I haven't been doing due diligence in my maintenance of my RV.
In summary, an application of chewing gum used as a sealant is better than what the blind installers slather all over our RVs.
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Well I know there is a lip behind it so I think getting in and out of the tub/shower would cause the seal to not be solid in the long run. I think I will just let it ride as it seems near the drain side and there for a reason.
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I wonder how all those fish tanks I made held water?
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There should be some plumbers putty underneath that drain lip. I think you would benefit by caulking against that trim also to keep water from staying under the trim, even if it has a lip. I believe this is where some GOOD tub and tile caulk would come in handy. i would use the GORILLA stuff. You can't put anything over the heads of those screws since it will probably fall off in a short amount of time so maybe the answer would be to remove that trim and start over with sealing since water will probably run down the screw because of the angle.
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