Globebus tambour shower door question. (1 Viewer)

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Our shower door is playing up. The top runners have always been like the photo - located in the track but floating in the plastic slats of the door, so they don't support the weight of the door. A couple came out and as I fixed it I noticed that a couple seemed to be glued into the slats (like the one on the right). Could someone check their's for me, please, and let me know if they should be glued in and thus supporting the door, or does the door weight rest on the shower tray rail and the top guides float and just act as non weight bearing guides to keep it aligned the top track?
 
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Bump - Doesn't have to be a globebus one. If anyone has a plastic tambour door I'd have thought they were the same... Anyone?? Was yours like this Minxy ?
 
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Burgo Next time I visit my Adria in storage next week I’ll take a look at mine and come back to you if you don’t get an answer before then. I seem to think mine are held by the top ones and loose at the bottom but would need to check before confirming.
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Bump - Doesn't have to be a globebus one. If anyone has a plastic tambour door I'd have thought they were the same... Anyone?? Was yours like this Minxy ?
Having taken a tambour door out and removed a couple of slats previously (it was too wide) I seem to recall that the top inserts were fixed into the vertical slats as they didn't move in/out, the door was supported by the top runners and the bottom was just a guide which meant the bottom could jump out occasionally.

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Having taken a tambour door out and removed a couple of slats previously (it was too wide) I seem to recall that the top inserts were fixed into the vertical slats as they didn't move in/out, the door was supported by the top runners and the bottom was just a guide which meant the bottom could jump out occasionally.
Interesting. Our's, then, is the other way round; the bottom slides (or, more accurately, drags) it's weary way through a jungle of shredded Labrador dog fur bearing the weight of the entire contraption, while the top merrily jumps out occasionally.
 

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Interesting. Our's, then, is the other way round; the bottom slides (or, more accurately, drags) it's weary way through a jungle of shredded Labrador dog fur bearing the weight of the entire contraption, while the top merrily jumps out occasionally.
Maybe they do it differently on some PVCs? As for the dog fur ... that's why I've just made a fully fitted mat to go in our shower tray to try to prevent the stuff, along with grit etc off our shoes, getting into the plug holes and drainage channels round the side which are a pain to clean.
 

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Ours is a Globecar Summit Prime 2021. The tambour door doesnt look like the OP - not least because it has a "pelmet" surrounding the top. Even from the side of the door I couldnt see how it was attached. The bottom is on some sort of runner that seems to have a horizontal wheel. I would think the weight is supported at the top, but not sure. Sorry not to be more help.
Over the summer we didnt use the van from mid July until October (i had my knee replaced) and being summer we didnt think too much about the van, as you would in winter. Also not used to the high temps. Anyway what we assumed was the hot weather caused us problems in the bathroom e.g. an edging fell off (easily replaced) the loo had been left closed (always open in winter lay up) and had stuck. Also the tambour door wouldnt move. Once the van was cooler and being used, and a bit of careful joggling it was fine. When I went into the van today, loo door stuck again. In trying to sort it it came out at the bottom - not too surprising because the trough that it runs in has gaps at intervals, presumably to allow any shower water that gets in to escape. However, a runner pinged off as well. It's a sort of peg and ring. Not sure whether the ring is supposed to be complete or split - but it is now split! OH not pleased to have another job given him!
 
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Burgo I've checked mine today and the bottom is free of the shower base but fits within a guided track. The top ones are all very snugly fitted into the door and that then hangs in the top runner track. You can hardly see mine but I’ve put a photo here for you to see.
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Thanks everyone for the replies - it seems pretty sure that ours needs the guides inserted fully into the slats so it "hangs" on them. I'm minded to do a test on them, maybe temporarily wedging the guides in with a shim of card / toothpick / bit of inner tube rubber / whatever before wielding the araldite or pop riveter for a permanent fix.

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Hi Burgo,
I missed your original post and only found it on a search for a problem with my shower door.
Hopefully you have solved your problem but in case a couple of photos which might help.
All of my fittings, top and bottom, are securely screwed into the slats of the door.
My problem is with the plastic guide inserted into the aluminium runner on the floor, which cracked and had to be cut out for door to run freely, as you have found out, hanging on the top guides.
I am still trying to find a supplier for bottom plastic runner, 1.5 m, the cut off piece on the right of the 3rd picture Which squashes into the ali. floor runner,
Burgo I've checked mine today and the bottom is free of the shower base but fits within a guided track. The top ones are all very snugly fitted into the door and that then hangs in the top runner track. You can hardly see mine but I’ve put a photo here for you to see.
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All of my fittings, top and bottom, are securely screwed into the slats of the door.
Thanks for the info go. Ours seems to be a slightly different design, though. I've had it apart and our thoughts at present are that it seems as if the top "tee" runners are meant to be vertically free floating in the slats. I've given the top and bottom tracks a spray with PTFE lube and, touch wood, it's running better than new at the moment and hasn't derailed.
 

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I gave up and threw it away and fitted a curtain. Now have an easy clean shower with an easy to replace curtain.
 
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Thanks everyone for the replies - it seems pretty sure that ours needs the guides inserted fully into the slats so it "hangs" on them. I'm minded to do a test on them, maybe temporarily wedging the guides in with a shim of card / toothpick / bit of inner tube rubber / whatever before wielding the araldite or pop riveter for a permanent fix.
 
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Hi Burgo - sorry to bother you but I’ve been looking back at old threads regarding tambour doors and read yours with interest. We have a Globecar Summit Prime 540 with a rather stuck tambour door. Like yours I believe, the door is on a track at the top hidden by a wooden pelmet and at the bottom it runs directly on the shower tray on some kind of metal clips. Just interested to see how you managed to fix yours. Many thanks Jimjo 👍

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Have these doors gone out of favour? A few years back quite a few PVCs were fitted with them to extend the size of the shower cubicle into the walkway. Don’t think I saw a single example of such an arrangement at NEC this year?
 

hja

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Hi Burgo - sorry to bother you but I’ve been looking back at old threads regarding tambour doors and read yours with interest. We have a Globecar Summit Prime 540 with a rather stuck tambour door. Like yours I believe, the door is on a track at the top hidden by a wooden pelmet and at the bottom it runs directly on the shower tray on some kind of metal clips. Just interested to see how you managed to fix yours. Many thanks Jimjo 👍
I expect yours is the same as ours. We have a 640 Summit Prime. As mentioned up thread, ours got stuck in the sun & heat and a bottom peg came out. In the end the dealer had a look at it. They took the door off, not sure how and flattened it, weighted it down to enable the glue to ease so it would be flat and put it back. They weren't totally happy with, and have been in touch with Possle but no response. We just have to be careful and keep the door closed rather than open when the van is not in use, and beware very hot weather!
 
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Just interested to see how you managed to fix yours. Many thanks Jimjo
As per post of Apr 10th,really. The top guide rail is in two sections - roughly 66% and 33% of it's length. I unscrewed the shorter section, which allowed us to slide the door partly off far enough to get all the top sliders that were out. We then gave the bottom track a good clean and spray with PTFE lube (I ran out after a squirt or two so used Thetford seal lube). We then reinstalled the door, refitting the top "tee" sliders leaving them floating in the door channels (as the left one in the first picture). The final one which was glued on we left as is, and by squeezing the door lifted it high enough to get back into the track (the free floating ones just slid in to allow this). Rescrewed the short length of top track. The door runs really smooth still so far.
 
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Ours is a Globecar Summit Prime 2021. The tambour door doesnt look like the OP - not least because it has a "pelmet" surrounding the top. Even from the side of the door I couldnt see how it was attached. The bottom is on some sort of runner that seems to have a horizontal wheel. I would think the weight is supported at the top, but not sure. Sorry not to be more help.
Over the summer we didnt use the van from mid July until October (i had my knee replaced) and being summer we didnt think too much about the van, as you would in winter. Also not used to the high temps. Anyway what we assumed was the hot weather caused us problems in the bathroom e.g. an edging fell off (easily replaced) the loo had been left closed (always open in winter lay up) and had stuck. Also the tambour door wouldnt move. Once the van was cooler and being used, and a bit of careful joggling it was fine. When I went into the van today, loo door stuck again. In trying to sort it it came out at the bottom - not too surprising because the trough that it runs in has gaps at intervals, presumably to allow any shower water that gets in to escape. However, a runner pinged off as well. It's a sort of peg and ring. Not sure whether the ring is supposed to be complete or split - but it is now split! OH not pleased to have another job given him!
Hi HJA - just looking at your post above from last December. Can I ask if you sorted your tambour door. We have the Summit Prime 540 and our door is really sticking. I think the main problem is that the door has warped and unlike normal tambour doors, the inside of the door has a plastic covering which is causing the door to stiffen over time. I think the solution maybe just to try and replace the door with a standard tambour. Would welcome Ty our thoughts. Thanks

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hja

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Hi HJA - just looking at your post above from last December. Can I ask if you sorted your tambour door. We have the Summit Prime 540 and our door is really sticking. I think the main problem is that the door has warped and unlike normal tambour doors, the inside of the door has a plastic covering which is causing the door to stiffen over time. I think the solution maybe just to try and replace the door with a standard tambour. Would welcome Ty our thoughts. Thanks
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As I said in #17 we only have a part answer. The dealer took the door of to flatten it - they weighed it down with batteries! This was to help the glue get in the right places - sounds a bit weird. It is OK now as long as we are careful, and as I said, make sure the door is shut except when actually traveling - if yours is the same as ours you will know we are advised to fully open the door and latch it back when travelling. This summer it has been OK. We have been very careful to open the roof lights in hot weather if we are not using the van (it lives in front of the house) to try and avoid too much heat build up. Possle havnt been much help to the dealer, not a surprise. We shall just have to see how it goes.
 
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Thanks so much for that - sounds exactly the same as ours and as you say keeping it shut mah help to straighten it a bit. Cheers again Jimjo 👍👍
 

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