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Old 04-06-2012, 08:39 PM   #1
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Shower valve replacement

The shower valve in our coach broke and we got in the new assembly in from Newmar today. I tried detaching the valve mount from the shower wall and attempting to pull it out to access the rear...no such luck. Only minor movement, certainly not enough to access the rear.

Does this job require access from the rear ?? If so, looks like I'll have to cut a access panel in the bedroom wall. Does anyone have any experience with replacing a shower valve in a coach similar to mine, or cutting an access panel in the wall of your coach??
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We had to have the shower head connection repaired in our coach. Newmar had to remove the wall behind the shower to access it. So you're going to need to either figure out how to move the whole wall or you'll have to cut a hole.

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Keeping in mind that My RV is a Kountryaire 5er and the shower ajoins the living room wall. Behind the TV in the living room is a cover plate which accesses to the shower faucet and the shower head pipe. Perhaps you may be that fortunate also
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:35 PM   #4
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Do you need to replace the shower valve or the valve stem. Moen sent me a new valve stem assembly with a special plastic wrench insert to remove the stem. The Valve frame was not a problem, I just needed to remove the inner mechanism. This was in itself rather stressfull, as I was affraid I would break the plastic hoses, but help from a friend, lots of WD-40, and some carefully placed wooden supports finally did the trick.
Before you drill holes in walls you might want to consult a plumber. Yes it is a motorhome, but the plumbing fixtures are still the same.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #5
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Got a bit deeper into this issue today. Looks like the cold water valve thread broke off in the socket...therefore the handle and upper part of the valve steam just rotates round and round and leaks.

I may be able to get the broken piece out and just replace the valve itself. But, if I have to replace the whole valve assembly, believe I will have to go into the bedroom, remove a shirt closet, open up the wall with a flush mounted access panel, make the repair, then put the shirt closet back on the wall. The access panel will like be half in the closet and half out...partly out the bottom and partly out the front of the closet. What a pain !!!
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:31 PM   #6
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Before you drill holes in walls you might want to consult a plumber. Yes it is a motorhome, but the plumbing fixtures are still the same.

Great advice...was about to put in an access panel, but my wife called a plummer at the last minute. $40 and the faucet was changed...all is good. Sad part was DW watched him... but couldn't tell me how he did it. ...
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