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Old 03-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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Adding a shower enclosure?

Hello All,

One thing I wish I could change about my family's 86 17ft Bigfoot Trailer is the lack of a shower. I just found this Craigslist post for a shower enclosure that was removed from a Bigfoot:

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Does anyone know if this enclosure could be added to the bathroom in our trailer? I'm not sure the vintage of the original trailer but it looks to be roughly the same dimensions...any thoughts?

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Old 03-04-2013, 11:15 PM   #2
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How did they get that out of their trailer? How would you get it in yours?
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:40 AM   #3
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That was the main concern when someone was interested in my Escape 15' without a shower. They wanted to put one in, but without taking the trailer apart there is no way to get a shower unit in a trailer after the fact. The single piece shower unit is one of the first things that goes into a trailer. The the walls and cabinetry is built around it and then the windows are put in. I was told it was impossible to take an already built trailer and then put a shower unit in.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:07 AM   #4
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Go through the floor, or cut it in two, get it in the trailer, and glass it back together.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:11 AM   #5
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Seriously, Sell your Bigfoot and buy one with it already installed. Bigfoots are "top end" campers and you'll greatly devalue it if you do a Mickey Mouse job.

It would be much easier to install an outside shower and purchase a stand alone shower screen/tent.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:50 AM   #6
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Difference between a unitized shower and a shower pan with waterproof wall panels. The realm of the possible always opens up more options.

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Thanks for your insights. I suppose an outdoor shower is another option. We love our BF too much to tamper with it's structural integrity

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:41 AM   #8
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Outdoor Shower

Hello,
Camping mostly in the summer I find the outdoor
shower option works fine using a 'shower tent'
from WalMart and a 5 gallon sun shower. If the
water does not get hot enough it can be heated
in a pot on the stove.... carefully. The little
shower tent is also a fine place to keep the
portapottie if you don't want it in the trailer.

Looks like the shower tent is up to $42 from
the $33 I paid at WalMart few years ago. It
takes about 10 minutes to set up. I like to install
it on a slight slope with the door on the uphill
end to facilitate proper drainage away form the tent.

I got my sun shower for $2 at the thrift store.
However, they are as cheap as $7 at Amazon.

Stay clean!
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:06 PM   #9
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I'm wondering if those parts are from the trailer advertised a few months ago at a great price but with an iffy background, no papers etc. Looks like quite a nice trailer got hacked up for parts.

Oh well, probably better than if someone had bought it as their dream trailer only to discover that it couldn't be registered or worse.

It would be tempting to cut and install the ready made shower unit but as others have pointed out it's a fine line between an improvement and a mod that devalues the trailer.
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Instead of cutting up the trailer, cut up the shower. Figure out what size pieces will fit through the available doors. Then reassemble the pieces in place. Grind the seams apply glass mat, sand smooth, paint.
Yah, I know it is more work then that.
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Hello,
Camping mostly in the summer I find the outdoor
shower option works fine using a 'shower tent'
from WalMart and a 5 gallon sun shower. If the
water does not get hot enough it can be heated
in a pot on the stove.... carefully. The little
shower tent is also a fine place to keep the
portapottie if you don't want it in the trailer.

Looks like the shower tent is up to $42 from
the $33 I paid at WalMart few years ago. It
takes about 10 minutes to set up. I like to install
it on a slight slope with the door on the uphill
end to facilitate proper drainage away form the tent.

I got my sun shower for $2 at the thrift store.
However, they are as cheap as $7 at Amazon.

Stay clean!
Larry H

I absolutely agree! And if you do it without the tent it's amazing how much privacy you will get!
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I absolutely agree! And if you do it without the tent it's amazing how much privacy you will get!
So that is why there were always plenty of empty camp
sites around mine!?!?

I used to not use a tent and sneak behind the trailer
wearing a pair of speedos and flip flops....hang the sun
shower from a tree branch. That worked OK but it never
seemed to fail that just as the shower was over the wind
would kick up a cloud of dust and I would be dirty again
before being able to dry. The tent is much better.

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:28 PM   #13
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Michael,
If your "Standard" model Bigfoot is like mine, there's much more required than the shower enclosure. Does your trailer have a hot water heater and a separate gray water tank? Also, the "Deluxe" models have no window in the bathroom/shower but mine has one. Adding a shower has crossed my mind but it seems too complex.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:12 AM   #14
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I don't have a clue what the biggest measurement of the shower surround is, but would it be possible to take out your largest window to get it in? I know Casita changed the rear window starting in model year 2003, because that's the only way to replace the refrigerator. Or, it may be possible to cut the smallest area and coil the surround around an opening to get it in (think getting a couch through a doorway). Then, you'd have minor fiberglass work to do.
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