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Old 10-18-2014, 12:42 PM   #251
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Can't wait to see some more pics of that shower! I'm sooooo stealing that idea!!!
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:17 PM   #252
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MORE PROGRESS ON THE SHOWER

Below are photos of our ongoing shower install. When it is finished we will give it a good polish and buff to bring out the luster of the stainless steel. The sides walls are slotted inside of the floor pan, thus avoiding any chances of water getting out. The sides are both welded and a special metal glue to hold everything together and make it water proof.










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Old 10-23-2014, 12:07 PM   #253
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STAINLESS STEEL SHOWER STALL
We really love the look of vintage AirStream trailers and their stainless steel showers. We wanted to duplicate that look. In my research I learned that you don't want to wimp out on the quality of the stainless steel sheets. You absolutely need high chromium content steel to minimize any possibility of rust. The stainless steel sheets were over $1,000.

The floor pan is also stainless steel. The key is to make sure that the steel walls fit inside the floor pan and not outside. You don't want any possibility of water getting through any seams or cracks.

Below are pictures of the shower enclosure. We really wanted the shower larger. However, it would have taken up too much floor space and screw up our other wants. It is also a custom size 27" x 31". The ceiling is one piece that exactly matches the curve of the Crown's ceiling and sides. That was a pain. This material is very expensive, so redoing mistakes was not an option. We used a cardboard template to get the exact curve of the sides and roof.

It has not been placed in the bus as yet. That comes next. It will require the windshield to come out of the bus. it is the only way to get the finished product into the bus due to its size. The problem was doing any welding inside of the bus. We have already put in the faux leather covered headliner, the wood floor, some of the side wall paneling, etc. Welding inside the bus would probably damage what we have already done. So, the welding is taking place outside of the bus, and then the windshield will be removed and the shower pushed through the opening. I kind of feel like the guy that builds a large boat is his basement and then realizes that there might be a problem getting it out of the basement. On the other hand, the final shower size had to wait as we finished other aspects of the actual placement of sofas, cabinets, walls, etc. We decided to move forward with the other aspects of the interior and then decide at the appropriate time what the actual shower size would need to be. Thus, the need to take out the windshield to get the shower into the bus.

The protective tape is still on much of the steel












We are planning on a frameless glass shower door.
Awesome looking shower! As a metalworker I love stainless and that is beautiful! What is the weight of the shower unit...it has to weigh a ton? Also, how much did it end up costing once it was all fabricated and welded? Did you consider making it from aluminum? Either way I love it!
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WEIGHT AND GAUGE OF STAINLESS STEEL SHOWER

The shower pan is 16 gauge high chromium stainless steel. We bought one sheet 48" x 96". It weighed 81 ibs. We purchased three sheets of 11 gauge high chromium stainless steel that were 48" x 120". They weighed 605 lbs. Total cost for the material was $1,157. We spent about $1,000 on labor to fabricate and installation. It was an expensive feature for the bus. But it is beautiful and has a Wow factor that is priceless.
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MORE WORK ON THE REAR AREA OF THE BUS

We are getting to the rear area of the bus. Starting to set up the bed area and continuing to work in the bathroom area.

Shower Area Looking From the Rear to the Front


Another View Looking Towards the Rear. The Cabinet is for the Induction Cooktop. That Cabinet Will Have Another One Next to it For the Kitchen Sink and Will Have a One Piece Solid Surface Top.


Bed Area Started. Headboard is Real Leather. Side Cabinets Were a Real Find. The Front Wood Area Slides Forward to Reveal Two Large and Deep Cup/Mug Holders. The Rear Area on Top hides a Deep Storage Area. The Platforms They Rest on are Rough for Now, But Will Get More Refined in the Next Week. Bed Platform will Fit Over the Back Seat Area and Will Include Storage in the Platform.




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Very nice. Queen size bed (60x80)?
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Yes, Queen bed, 60" x 80". It is a Sleep Comfort with the wireless controlled air chambers. We got it from Camping World for hundreds off what the Sleep Comfort website wanted for it. I am taking it to the bus today to install. Should have pictures next week.
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Awesome, love how you're progressing. premium shizzle
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SHOWER HEAD SELECTION

One of the issues I have heard over and over again is shower heads. Most RV shower heads do not conserve the hot water. When you have a limited number of gallons of hot and fresh water, a regular shower head makes for very short showers. I found this shower head at Camping World. I checked out all the reviews. It uses a mechanism that mixes oxygen in with the water stream and increases the pressure dramatically. The end result is a house style shower experience with a 70% reduction in water usage. I think this is the answer. It comes with a five foot brushed nickle shower hose.

The version I got is brushed nickle. A picture is below (this shows the chrome finish). It matches the plumbing fixture theme we are going with and I think will look great in the stainless steel shower.

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Filomena & I have that one in our house
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