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Old 04-24-2010, 12:13 PM   #1
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1992 E350 Dutchmen Shower/Water line

I left water in the hot water pipe during a long, hard freeze about 6 weeks ago. Water froze, busted the hot water line inside the wall behind the shower. I cut all the caulking, removed all the screws in the shower center section, and have broken down the hot and cold water taps as much as I can. Problem is, the taps have no more screws or nuts or anything but they are still connected to the center shower wall section and connected to the plywood board that is behind the shower wall.

Basically I can't get the things off in order to remove the shower section so I can get to the plywood...Remove it and then get to the pipes so I can repair them. Anybody got any experience in this or have suggestions, advice...At this point I am totally lost.
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:09 PM   #2
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Ouch! Sorry to hear that. Hopefully someone with experience will come up with an answer for you.

There is nothing unique about an RV shower - they use standard plumbing fixtures. Can you identify the brand of the faucets?
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There should be a way to access the faucet and plumbing at the faucet area from the back side (other side of wall). You may have to remove an access panel inside a cabinet, a mirror, or pull an alcove. Since I do not know your floor plan and what is behind the shower and faucet, I cannot specify how to gain access. If you can take pics or describe in great detail what IS located in this area I could help you better.
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Thanks guys for your help. You aren't going to believe this but...I had to take the drawers out of the dresser which is located under the closet. I can see the lines and access them. Of course, I need to be a certified contortionist to do this as I am six foot and 220 pounds. Regardless, I finally found the access panel at about 7pm last night. Ironically...It appears it was completely unnecessary to take that cotton picking shower apart. I could've done it all from the floor with the dresser drawer taken out. Go figure? That's ok too though. I probably needed to reseal and recaulk the shower anyway.
I sincerely appreciate all your help and suggestions. Hope everyone has a fantastic day!
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Well...I hope you're sitting down. Do me a favor and try not to laugh too hard when you read this. I wouldn't want to be the one responsible for you hyperventilating from how ridiculous this is going to sound. Guess what? Turns out the problem was that the hot water line needed to be tightened. Yes, you read that correctly. Somehow it had vibrated loose and simply needed to be tightened up. Needless to say...Everything is put back together and functioning properly. I only pulled two muscles and bumped my head, arm, and back about six times getting up and down from the floor. I'm thankful it wasn't seven. Once again...I appreciate all the help. Take care...
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Good to hear the solution was simple, once you found it. Having contorted myself more than once to reach some elusive RV component (especially plumbing), you have my utmost sympathy.
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