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Old 03-10-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Well my ParkLiner like most egg's has the ratfur behind the galley. So far I have only made coffee in mine, but lets face it...eventually I will end up cooking in it and the last thing I want is to get splatters on the ratfur.

The first thing I did was unscrew the trim ring for the window. Mine was 12 screws, put them aside then measured the whole thing. 35.5" by 14.5" and went off to Home Depot.

I picked this up to be the backerboard for the tile. 5.0 mm x 2 ft. x 4 ft. Moisture Resistant Underlayment Handy Panel-1507142 at The Home Depot

I bought 4 pieces of tile, figured I would need 3...actually I had enough to do i with 2 12"x12" mesh backed glass tiles...cut and fit. For $4.99 each I wasn't really careing that much...so I have spares lol. MS International Spring Leaf 1 in. x 1 in. Glass Wall Tile-THDWG-CR-SL-4MM at The Home Depot

The peel off tile adhesive was the most expensive lol Custom Building Products SimpleMat Tile Setting Mat-SM10R1 at The Home Depot

Grout Custom Building Products #381 Bright White 1 qt. Premixed Grout-PMG381QT at The Home Depot

The peel off adhesive is real easy to use, just following the instructions I just worked it down onto the board with backside of a thick sharpie marker to make sure it was really sticking to the luan backerboard. Then started measureing and cutting the webbing on the tiles to fit, peeled off the top piece of plastic on the adhesive (its like double sided tape with a plastic/waxpaper on each side. I cut a few individual tiles and went outside and used pliers and broke a few tiles to try to get them to fit on the oval hole where the window trim piece goes... just to make it look a little more professional.

The grouting is pretty simple. Use a scraper, scoop some grout onto the tile and use the scraper to drag it around to fill in between the tiles. took me maybe 5 minutes to grout such a small area. Then I got a bucket and sacrificed the old kitchen sponge and carefully wiped the tiles down to get most of the grout off the tops of them... then switched to a wrung out papertowels... once it looked fairly clean left it alone till the next day when it was dry.

I again used a wet wrung out papertowel to clean off any "haze" left on the tiles. Drove over to my parents house to install it. Had to scrape some dried grout off of 2 spots when I couldn't get the board inplace but wasn't a big deal. Im really happy with the difference before and after. I did think about going with a wilde colour tiles but then decided the light colour does match the wood work and will keep the cabin feeling a little larger.

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Old 03-10-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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Beautiful job! The difference is amazing. All my peeps say WOW, that's cool!
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Thanks! Im real happy with the way it came out...adds a little colour and protection to the wall and is really a pretty simple mod. About $55 (would have been $10 less if I didn't toss the packaging for the 2 other tiles I havent used yet...might do another small piece of the wall behind the fire extinguisher.)


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Old 03-10-2013, 10:06 AM   #4
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Yup, excellent job Deryk!
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:11 AM   #5
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Looks awesome Deryk. I wouldn't want fabric behind my stove either. Did you have to cut individual tiles or was the trim wide enough to cover the edges?

I'll second the use of the peel off adhesive. I did the backsplash in my home with it. For a small job the extra cost was minimal and well worth the ease of use and clean up.
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Mark, I did have to "reshape" a few tiles to try to make it look better. Just broke them with a pair of plyers and stuck them down on the adhesive. Once the curtain is up the few little boo-boo's wont even be noticed.

Real easy mod to add some more charm to our beloved caravan's!

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Old 03-10-2013, 10:33 AM   #7
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Your glamping now Deryk!! Looks great. If you havent already I highly recommend putting a couple of coats of a *good* sealer on the grout. Trust me white grout has a way of attracting anything that stains. LOL

How did you attach the backer board? did you cut out the rat fur in the area behind it first to keep the wall thickness down?
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Yeah, Im gonna have to get a grout sealer. No I put the backerboard over the ratfur... just in case at some point I decide to change it...So I lose a 1/4" of space lol. Figure Im not gonna make too many permanent changes. But I doubt if someday I sold my ParkLiner that anyone would say "eww tile behind the stove" lol

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No I put the backerboard over the ratfur... just in case at some point I decide to change it...So I lose a 1/4" of space lol.
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How did you secure it over the rat fur? Was the window frame thick enough to go back on securely over the rat fur and the backerboard or did you have do some fiddling with that?
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I ended up flipping the trim ring around the opposite way and screwed it in...I might add a piece of wood at the top and bottom and each side to strengthen it, but its wedged in there pretty tight. I just tiled another peice if wood to go where the fire extinguisher is so that will press against the back splash and be screwed into the wall... should be fine (finger's crossed)


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Deryk, thanks for giving so many great ideas for sprucing up and improving the little Park Liner! The tile looks great!
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ok, the side piece...took measurements and trimmed the board till it fit. Put the adhesive down, cut the tiles to hopefully fit...stuck them down. Will need a piece of trim because the edge will be seen. I put the 2 screws in place where the fire extinguisher will hang...then grouted it. Waiting for it to dry.


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Thanks Carol! Especially since I lost my home (sailboat) from Hurracaine Sandy... the ParkLiner is my "mobile home lol" I want to make it all comfortable and cool looking inside.

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I ended up flipping the trim ring around the opposite way and screwed it in...
For windows that are still in production (or are at least compatible with current production retaining rings), these rings are available in various depths to suit various wall thicknesses. If flipping it over doesn't work in a happy coincidence as it did for Deryk, it might be possible to buy the required depth.
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