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Old 02-12-2015, 04:13 PM   #1
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Replacing shower faucet in Diplomat w/rear bath

Well, I have Googled, Binged and Yahooed to no end on this one. I have a 2004 Diplomat DST (1.5 bath unit) with the rear bath. It appears the faucet is leaking behind the shower so I need to repair/replace it.

I have found the small access panel in the side bay where I can see the "T" in the tubing going up to the faucet, but it is not clear I can get my hand up in there to loosen things and take the hold one out. Just wondering if there is any trick to this.

The faucet is against the outside wall and the shower/tub is one piece so there is no other way to get to it that I can see. I have emailed Monaco to see what they suggest. Surely someone else has been down this road...

Replies suggesting I go Google something will not be appreciated!
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No leaks yet, but to prepare for future needs, I have looked in that access port. Not much room but if you have a lot of patience and are used to working upside down you should be able to remove the faucet. A under counter faucet wrench would certainly be a necessary tool to make the job easier. Also making the opening larger might provide better access/visibility. I had a cracked fitting on my bathroom sink faucet so if you can remove the water connections and take a closer look I would check them first. They can usually be turned off by hand.
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Old 02-12-2015, 06:58 PM   #3
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No leaks yet, but to prepare for future needs, I have looked in that access port. Not much room but if you have a lot of patience and are used to working upside down you should be able to remove the faucet. A under counter faucet wrench would certainly be a necessary tool to make the job easier. Also making the opening larger might provide better access/visibility. I had a cracked fitting on my bathroom sink faucet so if you can remove the water connections and take a closer look I would check them first. They can usually be turned off by hand.
What was most shocking is where the leak manifested itself - on the carpet to the RIGHT of the bedroom slide. At first I thought it was related to my when my Norcold died - it is in the cabinet right there. Then I assumed the BR slide was leaking, but couldn't figure out where. Never would have dreamed it was coming from the shower faucet, flowing along the wall for about 10 feet before being noticed.

I started taking the base of the slide apart to try to find the leak. It was not until I noticed a wet spot under where the leveling jack pump is that it hit me what was going on!
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I am interested in what you find out regarding changing the shower faucet. I have the same floor plan and replacing the gold faucet is on my list of things to do.
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Do you have the second furnace under the refrigerator? If you do remove the access door and check the water feed to the Ice Maker. Mine comes through the floor there and there is a shut off valve there also. Those plastic lines can develop leaks.
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Do you have the second furnace under the refrigerator? If you do remove the access door and check the water feed to the Ice Maker. Mine comes through the floor there and there is a shut off valve there also. Those plastic lines can develop leaks.
Checked that already. No moisture under the fridge. It's definitely the shower faucet. Just need to figure out the best approach replace it.
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Have you checked access from under your coach? I was going to check this weekend, but had my grandson for the weekend. Baby sitting is a full time job with him! If you have not checked access, I will attempt it Wed or Thursday after the rain has moved out.
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Have you checked access from under your coach? I was going to check this weekend, but had my grandson for the weekend. Baby sitting is a full time job with him! If you have not checked access, I will attempt it Wed or Thursday after the rain has moved out.
Yes, as I mentioned, there is a small access panel in the ceiling of the bay where the air dryer is. When I first poked my head under there and peered up, it looked pretty hopeless. All you see are the water lines, the drain pipe and the gas line going to the water heater. Looks pretty hopeless.



This morning I crawled further under and from a different angle it actually looks doable, but still some need for contortions to get positioned to get a hand up in there. From this view, hard to tell if the leak is coming from just up where the faucet is connected and running down the water lines, or if the t-fittings on the water line might be leaking. Will just have to inspect more closely once I get into the replacement.

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Oh my! Keep us posted on your progress. Good luck.
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Good morning, making any progress on replacing the shower faucet?
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This might not describe your situation, but...Can you see enough of the faucet to see if it is leaking around the shaft?. I had a main household water line shutoff leaking slightly around the shaft, and a plumber told me to just tighten the big nut around the shaft. It worked, and was much easier than replacing the faucet. A year later, while working on a household toilet, the same sort of leak appeared on the shut off valve and a half turn tightening of the packing nut cured the problem.
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I agree with George......first tighten the white (whatever you call it at the end of the red and blue plastic line). Then apply water pressure and see if you stopped the leak. Sanford
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I agree with George......first tighten the white (whatever you call it at the end of the red and blue plastic line). Then apply water pressure and see if you stopped the leak. Sanford
Thanks for the suggestion, but I have been wanting to replace the faucet for some time anyway. A new one is on order and I have purchased new fittings locally. I should have an update within the week.
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The new faucet arrived today, so I got started on the project. Takes a bit of contortion and is not easy, but it is doable. I will post a full report when I am done.

I got the old faucet out and the new one into position. Got the cold water reconnected, but just could not get the hot fitting to thread. If you look at my pic above you can see why - the red tubing goes up at an angle. So it seems that fitting has had strain on it since new. Amazing it took it so long to fail.

I'll work on the water line tomorrow. Now, where is my Advil? I KNOW I am going to be sore!

BTW, I learned that there is another access panel in the bay where the power cord is - disguised with a bay light mounted on it. That gives access to the drain and trap.
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