split in shower tray.

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  1. Welsh girl

    Welsh girl Funster Life Member

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    The plastic around the plug in the shower tray has split. How can we fix it please? We are in Portugal until the end of march. We have an insurance warranty on the van which is in the 2nd year. The van is 7 years old Autosleeper Hampshire.
     
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    This often happens when the wrong sealant or when chemical cleaners have been used. The ABS material goes brittle and cracks. You cant fix it, It needs replacing unfortunately.
    Believe me, I know, I used to make these types of trays and it was the number one problem.
    Dont use chemical cleaners, use soapy water only.
    Phil
     
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    So the captain trolleys creeping cracking cure won't cure it you say?
     
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    I don't think Captain trolley will cure it.. .. as soon as you put weight on the tray the crack will reopen..

    there are several companies that specialise in repairing cracked shower trays.. not cheap but cheaper than a new tray ..

    but as you are going to claim on your warranty when you get back to the UK that's s not much help at present..

    you need a fix now.. I found this on Amazon.. it MAY do the trick, haven't ever used so can't say whether it does what is says on the tin or not.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cracked-Shower-Repair-Paint-White/dp/B00FL8NJ6I#customerReviews

    or you could try just a temporary repair using a bathroom silicone sealer..
     
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    It might do a running repair ( so might sealant) but it wont last.
    You could be lucky if the crack is only in the top capping, but if its gone right through you will have to replace it.
    Phil
     
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    We've got something called gorilla tape, it's green and is like duct tape only stronger so that will do a temporary repair till we get back to the uk will it?
     
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    Contact the warranty people and ask them what they would like you to do. If they suggest doing nothing, ask if they will cover damage caused by water leakage to the support floor. If they suggest not using the shower, ask how much they are prepared to pay for your use of "full facility" campsites or municipal facilities.

    Cracks in trays seem to be remarkably common problems: when will the manufacturers learn? - Gordon
     
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    Hi Trish and Terry

    If the cracks are in the recess around the plug hole you can fix it no problem as I did this to our caravan and it lasted years untill we sold it.

    You need a round washer in hard plastic cut with inside diameter of the plug fitting and the outside diameter needs to match where the recess starts to go down, chamfer the underside so that it fits perfectly on the top radius of the tray plug hole area, remove the metal plug hole fitting and fit washer with plenty of Sikaflex and then refit the metal plug hole, clean up excess Sikaflex and it will be good.

    If you don't have the recess around the plug it won't work the same as it will raise the plug hole and won't drain.

    Good luck.
     
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    If you can remove the tray, you can reinforce the bottom using fibre glass/resin. This won't look pretty on top as the crack will still be there but it will hold until you can get a new tray.
     
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    gorilla tape will work as a temporary fix, but the tray must be absolutely dry for it to stick in the first place
     
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    Terry has done a temporary repair till we get back. Thanks for the info folks.
     
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    I still have 5 meters of fibre glass matting and a litre of epoxy read to repair mine. But the Duct tape has held out for over 6 months now. Really must get round to it :eek:::bigsmile:
     
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