Shower & Tub Enclosures

Shower enclosures can be plastic laminate glued to the walls, plastic inserts of various kinds, or fiberglass inserts. The big concern, no matter what material you use, is to make absolutely sure the seams are sealed and it is impossible for water to get behind it.

Price is the determining factor. The plastic glue on panels run about $25 and heavy fiberglass units will be $200-400. If you do buy one of the fiberglass units make sure you order one that is made as a replacement, not for new construction. The replacement units come in two pieces so you at least have a chance of getting it into the bathroom without having to take down walls.

Installation will depend on the material you use so follow the manufacturers directions. Just make sure it doesn’t leak!

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olivia
Have a newer manufactured home,it was vacant for a year. We did have it inspected and it all checked out well.Since it has been in use we have noticed that the floor under the shower pan felt soft.Husband did hear me out and now we have a large area that needs repair including our laundry room this where our a/c backs up to the bath room shower wall,we also have a garden tub across the room,my thought is to take the shower out and relocate it where the tub is. Is this impossible to do? all I hear is manufactured homes are a pain to work on.
Paul
It will take some work, but I don’t see why it should be a big deal.
As far as mobile homes being a pain to work on, I think there are several reasons you hear that. The fact is that some parts of a mobile home are different than a site built house. This is especially true of plumbing. When I hear “pain to work on” I translate it to “not what I am used to”.
In my experience, lots of repair guys have attitude issues. Whatever way they learned to do things is the right way and all other approaches are dumb/stupid/ignorant etc. There is a joke that goes “He hasn’t been in business 30 years, he has been in business one year thirty times.” There is another saying that “It’s what we know that isn’t so” that gets us into trouble.
For example, consider plumbing fittings. The traditional way to connect water lines is with a crimped fitting. The fittings are cheap, but you need a crimp tool. The tool is a one time expense and not a big deal for anyone in the repair business. You CAN NOT make a water tight seal with an automotive hose clamp. If that is all you know how to do, working on manufacture home plumbing can be a pain. If you know about some recent innovations in manufactured home plumbing fittings maybe it isn’t so hard. The new style fittings cost a LOT more, but you only need a few and you don’t need a crimp tool or torch, and you really can’t do a bad connection.
If you feel like taking some before and after pictures and sending them, along with some comments about how things worked out, I will add to them the Reader Projects part of the sites.
Paul

Val
Can I replace my tub with a walk-in tiled shower in my manufactured home? I need a handicap accessible shower.
Paul
Hi Val,
Certainly the tub can be replaced with something else. All the interior things like tubs, vanities, etc. are installed after the walls and ceiling are in place.

I’m not sure I would go the tiled route in a mobile home. The tile and backer board is really heavy so there is a potential weight issue. In addition, mobile homes are horribly sensitive to water damage so if there are any leaks it would cause big problems.
I once special ordered and installed a fiberglass shower enclosure from Home Depot. It came in two pieces so each was small enough to fit through the doors to the bathroom. I thought it looked good when we were finished.
Paul

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