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Old 02-08-2012, 04:31 AM   #1
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small bathtub install?

My biggest question is has anyone put a small bathtub in a ft trailer? Are the tanks big enough to hold enough for a small bath? If i have this right no tubs showers in 13 footers? From trying to live self sufficient, I've learned the bath is the most important thing to me, We hauled water into our earth ship. I'd rather have a tub than a kitchen or living room! Thanks so much.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:45 AM   #2
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Actually the whole trailer is a bath tub, you just need a good door seal.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:08 AM   #3
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You are so right!!! I needed to laugh thank-you! I need the tub for muscle aches, nothing works like hot water. I'd love to put a whirpool in but figure it would add too much weight.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:17 AM   #4
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bathtub under the dinette yes!!!

"I was checking out the vintage vacations website. The trailers are not fiberglass but the restorations are fun to look at. In a 1961 globetrotter airstream there is a dinette like the one many of us have for a double bed. When you lift the plywood cover for the storage area there is a bathtub! It's a little thing, but you could take a sit down shower. Why don't they sell these at Lowes?"
In the similar posts it shows a bathtub under the dinette, that would work great, i think
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Seriously, I think that you could build a tub out of fiberglass and put it in the front. Maybe have a topper with cushions to double duty it.

If you have never worked with fiberglass, do a Youtube search. It is not that hard.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:55 AM   #6
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Not sure what the intent here, but small tubs like 2x3 are available, (I have one in my unit) but if you want or need to lie in in like a residential tub and fill with hot water, you will need a bigger boat. In a 13 or 16 foot fg trailer there is not enough room. Maybe a SOB or bigger Airstream will have it but it would have to be at least 8' wide, strong frame and you would need a lot of hot water, maybe a 10g water heater would fill it.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:50 AM   #7
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I see RV bathtubs up to 46" long on line. If you wanted it longer, you could buy two and cut and join them with fiberglass matting. Then build a wooden frame to set it in and finish it.
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Prior to the hack, we had pictures of a fabrcated bathtub that was in the rear dinette on the door side. It took up the entire cabinet which made it nearly 44" long and cabinet "high". You just have to remember, if you're putting a tub in... something else has to go. In the one I remember, there was no longer a fresh water tank, because that's where the bathtub was. I'd be more inclined to buy a kids blowup pool and fill it when I wanted to rather than have something permanent. You could even put it in a screen house with an outdoor cooking stove and a big pot of water, you could then add hot water as needed.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:02 AM   #9
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thank-you thank-you

What awesome ideas. ok it can be done. that was my main worry with this whole deal. thanks again
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:33 AM   #10
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I took this photo of a bathtub in a 1935 15' Masterbilt Pioneer at a Tincan Tourist meet last year. So it can be done in a small trailer.
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Oh wow Carol, that is cool! Did it convert back into a bench seat when not being used as a tub?
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yes Melissa it did.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:31 PM   #13
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I suggest that your first step is to locate a little Scamp, Burro, or Casita to look at, if you have not yet done so. You need to see the size and the way things are arranged. Think about where you would try to put a tub, and would it be practical and economical to do so. Things theoretically can be done, but that doesn't mean those things really should be done. You have to see an egg for yourself, sit in it a bit, and try to visualize where you'll put your stuff and how it will all work (if it will work) for you.

The hot water heaters on these trailers are only, what, 4 or 6 gallons? And the fresh water tanks are about a dozen gallons... you'd empty your tank with one bath, and then what do you use to drink, wash dishes, etc?

I guess if I were setting up a tub, I'd probably try to rig something up in the aisle. But really, a shower would seem a lot easier. You get some sort of container to stand in, suspend a hula hoop from the ceiling, hang your shower curtain from the hoop, and you're in business. A "navy" shower can be had with 3 or 4 gallons of water, which is easier to deal with than a tubful.
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I can see how the tub thing would work with a water hookup and an on-demand water heater. Oh, I'd love to be able to take a hot bath after a day toting 25 pounds of camera gear over hill and dale!

On the other hand, think of the condensation you'd get!

I really love the tub in the little trailer photo.
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