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Old 09-11-2017, 12:58 PM   #1
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Question Glass Shower Door - Has Anyone Done It Before?

I'm in the process of building my skoolie and I want to put a glass shower door in. I was wondering if anyone out there has done this before and if they had any problems with it shattering on bump roads. I've attached 2 photos of examples of what I'm thinking. I think the swinging doors would have more problems than the sliding doors, but I don't know. Thoughts and experiences?
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:01 PM   #2
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I had a glass neo-angle shower in my last bus. I had to make sure that it was VERY secure before travel. I managed to put 250k miles on that shower without breaking anything.
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My current residence has a small shower stall. It is inconvenient and claustrophobic at about 30" by 30". 30" one way isn't too bad but I would like a longer dimension for bending down to wash my legs more easily.

Since a bus conversion would allow me to choose my floor plan, my dream would be a slightly sunken shower of about 36" by 48" with a half wall about 30" long on one 48" side with a glass divider on top of it and no shower door. The shower head would be aimed away from the half wall side to keep almost all the water in the shower. A good ventilation fan would control the humidity.

That would give me the long dimension to bend down, the glass divider would make it feel open and not claustrophobic but being on a half wall the glass would be lighter, smaller and less likely to break.

I see showers like this (just bigger) in custom homes all the time but not RVs for some reason. It does take up more space. I might compromise and make it 30" wide instead of 36" but it would still be a lot more spacious than a neo angle, nothing would need to be stowed for travel and I don't think I would feel bad at all for losing a few inches to make a nice shower in a full timing RV.

I really hope I can figure out how to do a sunken shower floor, it would make it feel that much larger and keep the water in the shower.

I'm also pretty baffled by not seeing any pocket doors in RVs. I think I want at least two. One would be the bathroom door and the other would be inside the 48" shower stall side wall (between the bath and kitchen) to close off the "master suite" from the living area. I figure an inch or two thicker wall would give doors that don't swing in to walkways and they make nice soft open/soft close sliders for them like fancy cabinet drawers, they are nice.
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I had a glass neo-angle shower in my last bus. I had to make sure that it was VERY secure before travel. I managed to put 250k miles on that shower without breaking anything.


Thanks for the info. I'm just curious... What exactly did you do to make it very secure?
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I've read that there's a film or sticker that you can put on the glass, so that when it does shatter it's not messy. Not sure if that's something you leave on 24/7 or you only put on when moving the skoolie. Anyone ever use that or heard of it?

I was also thinking laminated glass might be good for this application as well.
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I've been using these WonderKid child safety locks and am happy with them. They are on my refrigerator doors/drawers and glass shower door.
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I've read that there's a film or sticker that you can put on the glass, so that when it does shatter it's not messy. Not sure if that's something you leave on 24/7 or you only put on when moving the skoolie. Anyone ever use that or heard of it?
Solar Gard is one manufacturer of such safety films. They're available in a range of light transmittance from "clear and undetectable" to very dark tinted. It's a permanently installed product, not removable.
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Is tempered glass an option for the shower door? I have seen people use neoprene washers with the mounting hardware to give it a little bit of shock absorbency.
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Is tempered glass an option for the shower door? I have seen people use neoprene washers with the mounting hardware to give it a little bit of shock absorbency.
Tempered glass is also referred to as toughened glass. It is much stronger than regular glass, but it can break. Most shower doors should be tempered glass.

If it does break, it breaks into small pieces much like a car window, rather than jagged shards as a regular window would.

Better would be laminated glass. This is what car windshields are made of. They are a laminate of two sheets of glass and a middle sheet of plastic. When they break they stay in one piece ... but you pay for the privilege.

Properly secured, a glass shower door in an RV should not break ... but there is a clear difference between "should not" and "will not".
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