Shower wall "flexing"
Hello all, just picked our Little Guy Max a couple weeks ago and took the maiden voyage over the weekend. Everything went great, but I noticed one thing, the shower wall seems to have some "give" to it. In fact the top of the wall and the ceiling are not actually connected. I found this out when I stepped into the shower and pressed on the wall to catch myself and saw the wall come apart from the shower. The give is probably less than 1/2 inch if I were to guess.
Has anyone seen this before? Should the shower wall be glued to the exterior wall or is the space normal?
The wall/ceiling issue can be fixed with caulk but I am more concerned about the open space between the exterior wall and the shower with condensation build up.
Let me know your thoughts.
Hey afaber, welcome to the world of LG and the Forum. We've owned ours for a couple of years and yes I also noticed the flexing of the wall. I was more concerned about the gaps along the ceiling and corners more than anything. I didn't want water to get behind the shower wall. One of the recommendations I received from a long timer was to buy some silicone caulk, remove all the drawers near the floor and get a good bead in around opening where tubes come in. Next was to seal the shower. Now go under the unit and make sure all the black rubber goop is covering the holes and seams, especially around the wheel wells. You do not want road water coming into your unit. Then, tighten and/or replace all missing screws that attach the plywood to the frame. Over time these will loosen due to vibration.
Things like the shower are common in these little trailers. Everything needs to flex, not break, while traveling. There is a lot of great advice that's been learned over time on this forum, take advantage, we do. If you have any other questions, just ask. Hope that eases your concern. Enjoy the new LGMax.
@texaslgmax thanks for the feedback, I truly appreciate the help. We could not be more excited to have the unit in our hands and putting it to use. I will definitely give all the floor caulking a once over. Let me ask you this, do you have a bead running all along the front of the cabinets? I seem to recall the only base of the cabinets that had caulk was the "entry way," the middle of the unit had none. I assumed that was to help out with internal ventilation (gas and such), but I am not naïve to overlook what happens when I assume.
One last question, where in Texas are you out of? Any local spots you recommend near you? I am out of the Houston metro.
Well, let me see. Nope, no caulk along the cabinet bases. I would assume that if anything got in there you would want it to flow out somewhere so you could at least see it. The only caulking I did was anywhere the outside penetrated the inside. I also bought some clear silicone and did ALL the windows external, especially on their tops, the door, any external covering and/or element and along the curved molding that edges the side and top. That rail/edge has a rubber insert that sometimes comes out. Silicone sealer will fix that and is your friend. Over time you will see these edges dry out. Make it a yearly task to check along with the goop that surrounds your air unit on top and other ventilation. Lastly, the internal drawer and door stops are terrible. Replace with magnetics or you will be using bungee cords to hold stuff in. AND, make sure you put some kind of stopper on the external door. If the wind blows that open it WILL break the window. The plastic clips will break. I put in a magnetic plunger to hold the door when it flies open. Really easy to do. etrailer.com is your friend.
We are on Lake Texoma about 1 1/2 hours north of Dallas. Definitely some cool places up here and in Oklahoma. We lived in Houston, Cypress actually, for 8 years. Loved Houston. My top 2 recommendations would be Broken Bow in Oklahoma and Palo Duro Canyon. There's a bunch more. I definitely recommend getting a State Park pass, that will give you access to a bunch a great places.