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Old 12-08-2013, 04:12 AM   #21
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Default Re: Fixing the shower

A couple of months ago a loud crash happened while driving. I didn't know what the sound was and my wife informed me that the shower wand had fallen. I was shocked to see when we stopped that the bottom arm had fallen from the bar that the shower wand is attached to. I fixed it for the last month, I drilled out a hole next to the screw and used a plastic wall mount. Worked great for a time, but on the way back home from our last trip, there was that crash again. I tried to unscrew the remnants of the screw that came out the back of the shower wall, now that I have access. No go, but I tried to hammering it out with an awl and that hole I drilled last time came in handy.

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So the piece I need to hang is a tube with-in a tube. The inner one is water tight, screws to the wall, the outer one holds the bottom of the shower post. It's a strange design, not water tight at all, water than runs down the post fills the outer tube, potentially it can drain as the outside of the tube rests on the shower wall but is not sealed. There is air coming around the post so water will evaporate, also the shower wall has a hole thru it, likely for air too, hopefully not to drain behind the shower.

The old screw obviously didn't stay dry in the "sealed" inner tube as it rusted in half (above)

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Shopped for some time at the hardware store looking for a way to attach the mount now that the hole is bigger than it was, cannot just screw into wood anymore. I found this:

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Pushed the new 1" round head 10-24 screw thru the big hole in the wall and attached the 4-prong T-nut. The prongs keep it from turning and need to be pulled into the wood, when finished the screw can be removed but the nut will stay in the wall. I used pliers to keep the wall from getting damaged while I tightened the nut. Once it was set I could unscrew and attached the bottom piece of the shower assembly. I added a nylon washer to try to keep this screw from rusting, we'll see.

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This then is what it is supposed to look like, the screw went in that hole, thru the washer, the wall, and into the T-nut on the other side. If you are doing this be sure to rotate the post until it clicks in, there is a notch taken out of the post it keep it from spinning while you shower, it's less fun when it spins. There is a cap not in the photograph to help keep water out and to complete the install.

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There are lots of things missing from my shower, no skylight, like ALL OTHER RVs have, so a bit short for me, but my RV is only 9'6", I like that. The shower has a curtain, I think this is the LAST RV that has a curtain, they all have doors or retractable self-squeegeeing shields. But I like it. I am tempted to change it, but there is a window into the bedroom, the curtain blows in the hot moist air. And I am the only year that has the curtains... But I did shop for shower pans last week. Who knows what I'll buy for the RV next...

That thing on the curtain above that looks like a spider is a hair clip, we use to to clip the curtain onto the coat hooks mounted on the inner wall of the bathroom. I don't know where those of you with newer baths keep your robes and wet towels. The clip works perfectly, without it the curtain blows into my legs and grabs on. With the clip I have room to easily move around taking a shower. Got this the FIRST day we tried the shower, love it.

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Old 12-08-2013, 01:00 PM   #22
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Default Re: Added stuff, too much for the What did you do thread...

Looks like you got a lot of little repairs and tweaks done. Interesting to see what the water pump diaphragm looks like and what the symptoms are when it is damaged.
What accumulator did you install and do you have picture of it? Adding one sounds like a great idea, just like the pressure system I have at the cabin. Keeps the pumps from starting up every time the tap is opened.
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:24 PM   #23
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Default Re: Replaced the damaged Sherwood dash cover

[Sorry, have not installed the accumulator yet]

When I got the RV new the previous owner had been looking for places to attach their GPS and had attached the smooth circles that come in the box with GPS mounts these days to the dash under the radio. I didn't need them as I mount my iPhone in a cradle on the flat of the dash. When I removed them however it left screw holes that I hated.

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I finally called the guys at Sherwood and using the manual that came with the RV I ordered the replacement piece only for about $40, not the kit, which is over $250 w/o the LTV imprinting.

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Finally had some time and cleaned the dash of the old reside using the cleaning swabs that came with the piece that surrounds all the switches. The new piece dropped into place and completely hid the screw holes. It is slightly darker than the originals but who is complaining.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:27 AM   #24
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Default Re: Added stuff, too much for the What did you do thread...

Ouch! - screw holes in the carbon fiber panels? The adhesive patches that come with those circles these days are more than adequate to hold the device without damage like that. I'd rather deal with the difference in the shade of the panel like what you just got than the holes.

Why on earth would you want to put your GPS that far away from your line of sight when you are driving? Your dash location is the rational choice for my thinking.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:01 PM   #25
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Default Re: Added stuff, too much for the What did you do thread...

I was surprised too, but the adhesive destroyed the carbon fiber below it, or at least is extremely difficult to get off. The piece on the other side of the shifter I am still trying to clean. Whenever I am on a long drive I will use my fingernails and claw at it, trying to get the residue off. I would use something like goof off, but I used that on the other side and it MELTED the surface of the carbon fiber dash cover. Merged with the paper towel. It got ugly fast. Goof off is only for metal from now on (guess I could have read the label). So I am using elbow grease for the other side. It looks almost unnoticeable at this point.

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Default Re: Added stuff, too much for the What did you do thread...

I am now thinking I want to be very careful about where I use the adhesives for those GPS mounts. Any chance a heat gun helps for removing that stuff?
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Default Re: Added stuff, too much for the What did you do thread...

Adhesive has not treated me well in the RV. It's a 2007, so not new, but the laminate used to make the Serenity is VERY weak. I put a sticker on the wall below a voltmeter plugged into the 12v outlet in the back, and when it started to show dirt I went to remove it and the laminate came with it. Then the velcro the previous owner mounted couldn't be removed w/o taking the laminate. I moved to all wall damage free removable adhesive for hooks and when my wife pulled on my hat that was hooked it took the hook, the sticker and the laminate. So I am done with adhesive.

The reason for the issue on my dash is the dash covers, the Mercedes dash is not squishy like the Sherwood makes it, and that product is very similar to the adhesive so despite taking the dots off in direct sun in mid-summer, it still left LOTS of residue. Perhaps if I had one more dots to remove I would have used a blow dryer, but the dash cover might have come off.

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Default Upgraded water pump.

I know, I tried to fix the pump. When it broke and would never stop pumping I thought "well it's just this obvious diaphram damage", replacing the broken part was much cheaper ($12?) than replacing the whole pump. When I put the repaired pump back in it would turn off, but took an AWFULLY long time to do it. Perhaps it's simply the pressure sensor is askew, but it had other symptoms. When I was at a park and on city water the toilet was fun to flush, the showers luxurious, but on the water pump pressure I couldn't get much more than a trickle from the outside shower. Seemed that something more was wrong than just taking time to shut off.

You may remember my run-in with the garbage truck. I always feared that the incident did more than body damage, so the pressure issues had me scared. Today the pump I ordered from a local shop a week ago arrived. So much for quick local shipping. Next time I am going for price, but I only paid $140 and I got the biggest, newest Shurflo going. The 4048 Hi-Flow. Advertised as not needing an accumulator, which I had yet to install, and giving city water levels of pressure. Took about an hour to install, mostly because it was bigger than the original so I could not just put in in the same holes.

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Got it installed with just one crimp connector on the ground wire, reused the connector LTV had on the old pump. Probably should put a board under it, as the waterlines are a bit taught reaching the pump, but after clearing the air from the lines I was shocked how well the plumbing works now. Probably could have realized that if the city pressure worked well, the pump was the problem and not the lines.

As most of the fixtures are 2.5 GPM it will source multiple outlets at once w/o slowing and it takes just a second after shutting off the water for the pump to stop. It is noisy, but I like that. My first RV had a loud pump, this one was quiet and then I noticed it was running on and so quiet it could have been broken and running on for a week and I would not have noticed. They say to turn off the pump when you are away, but I never did that on the old RV and will probably go back to that now that I have a new pump. I like not having to find the pump switch to get water.

Next week, new speakers!

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Default Re: Added stuff, too much for the What did you do thread...

Updated my Subwoofer post: http://www.sprinter-source.com/forum...694#post298694 and now my RV Rocks!

Also per my post http://www.sprinter-source.com/forum...491#post282491 in the Best Tire Pressure Monitor System thread I have successfully started using the TireMinder TPMS. Got a replacement for the burned-out pump, and a replacement valve stem extender to mount the sender on.

After using the water pump shown above for a few weeks I think I will install the accumulator anyway, but the water pressure is unbelievable... And the pump turns off NOW when you close a valve. Sadly I lost the lovely original shower head, I guess the shower arm when it fell lost some of it's hold and now every time I turn a corner it drops the shower head on the deck. I purchased a couple of new ones cheap off Amazon as I cannot find the original shower head on the InterWebs and the Oxygenetics I tried sprays water everywhere. One of the new ones has a water-powered LED that changes color with the water temp!!!! Hopefully I can figure out the shower arm issue, as it has already dropped the new one a few times too.

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Default Re: Added stuff, too much for the What did you do thread...

This is to Randy

I have been meaning to ask how are your solar panels working out? Are they staying in place and are you getting the power out of them that your hoped?


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