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Old 06-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #1
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I need to cut an access panel?

There's a pressure water line leak behind my shower in my 1994 Sea Breeze. I haven't been able to fix the problem through the shower, so I need to cut through the wall in the bedroom to access the plumbing (I think).

I'm looking for recommendations on how big, where, and how to cut through. I'm also requesting nifty ideas on how to close the hole afterwards and make it look nice (and functional).

I figure it's easy enough to use a dremel and a cut off wheel, then I can just use molding to frame it back in. But I was looking for a better idea. If there was more room to stand there, I'd just put a full length mirror over that wall.... or something to that effect.

Ideas and recommendations, please? Thanks!
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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Would a nice clock work in that location to cover the access?

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Old 06-18-2013, 05:34 PM   #3
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Nice idea, but the access hole I'm going to make will be low, and more than likely in the bottom outside corner of the wall.

I see various manufactured access panels at Lowes, eBay and such. But was still looking for nifty ideas from veteran road warriors and DIY guys.

Maybe a good place for a fold out ironing board? Nah, that queen bed is just in the way....


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Old 06-18-2013, 07:05 PM   #4
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If your motorhome is somewhat like mine - a Seabreeze- I would try prying off the entire piece of paneling on the bedroom side. Use a good putty knife along the seams. Solve your leak problem and then replace the entire panel. The molding will cover the finish nails. Tap along the panel first to see if it is glued down anywhere.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:26 AM   #5
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Here are pictures of how National did it in our Tradewinds. This panel is behind the sliding door to the bedroom, and it's for bathtub plumbing access. As far as I know it came from the factory like this,

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Yep, Dick's right, it was factory, my Tradewinds has the panel too. Do you have a sliding door to the bedroom? Did you close it and look back there?

If you don't have an existing access panel, you could make one like ours.
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...... I would try prying off the entire piece of paneling on the bedroom side. Use a good putty knife along the seams. Solve your leak problem and then replace the entire panel. The molding will cover the finish nails. Tap along the panel first to see if it is glued down anywhere.
I like this idea a lot!!! I'll give it a try before I start cutting holes. Worse case scenario, I have to replace the whole panel. Which might be easier than cutting a hole and trying to make an access cover. Thanks ANNEB!
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Leak problem solved.

Taking the paneling off the wall did not go well. The molding was nailed in and the panel was stapled and every inch glued to the frame aft of the shower.

Still glad I took out the entire wall, but now I have to replace the whole panel because the last 6 or 8 inches broke in the upper outside corner. Oh well.... At least now I can take a shower without flooding the isle.
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