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frp in the shower is to keep the water out of the wall. on you exterior walls the siding is to keep the water out.  if the siding leaks there will be evidence inside.  if your insides are waterproof and the siding leaks--how do you know, and how can it dry out

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Looks like there's a difference of opinion on FRP. I'm sure someone on here suggested using it. Also I found another thread in which someone was talking about using Marlite on the interior ceiling. Willing to hear opinions for and against - not doing a lot on the interior right now.

 

It looks like the walls I took pictures of yesterday are drying out. However, I uncovered more black wood in one of the cabinets, and the ceiling was sagging in that cabinet too - the one over the big side window next to the door. That's the only place it sags, though. So this is my plan over the next week:

- Buy supplies, including caulk/sealant (the self-leveling Dicor stuff) and butyl tape

- Seal the exterior. Do I start with the joints/seams and around the AC unit and vents? Or with the windows?

- Apply something to the black wood on the inside to dry it out. What? I saw something called Concrobium. Any good?

- Bomb the camper.

Sound good or is there another priority? 

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FRP is a bit heavy, but it's everything proof. "Old skool" marlite was Masonite with a painted surface it did OK in a damp environment, but was no good in a wet environment. The new marlite is FRP with a pattern molded in Same weight as plain FRP, but way sexier.

 https://marlite.com/artizan-digitally-printed-frp/ 

Luan or door skin are real wood and available in many different grains, varnished they can be awesome.

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 Check your actual seal on the A/C. It's not going to do any good to seal if the A/C seal is no good. They aren't expensive and really not that hard to change. If it looks like your A/C is sitting on the roof it needs replaced. With a new gasket it will sit up off the roof.

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Hello all,

I used Google Shopping to find FRP near me, and this came up. Any reason I couldn't use it for the shower? It's glossy so easy to wipe clean.

TIA for any info,

PJ

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First glance, NO. If you expand the full spec sheet, it says dry conditions only. I think that means no showers

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Yeah, it doesn't look too bad. I checked what was available yesterday at my local Home Depot - one *single* sheet, which I didn't buy (didn't feel like loading it on top of my Nissan Rogue, and then having to go back for more another time). But I'll look around at other stores.

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More surprises from Pandora's box:

- I don't have the keys to open any of the outside compartments (water tank, etc.). Thought maybe I could drill the locks, then use Velcro to secure all the doors. What do you think? Is there one key to open them all? If there is, can I buy that somewhere?

- The two main parts of the sofa have proper suspension, metal frames with straps and complicated clips to fasten the outer fabric. They add weight and they're rusted. Do I need those frames? Has anyone gotten rid of them and wished they hadn't? Anyone want them?

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1 hour ago, Plain Jane said:

Yeah, it doesn't look too bad. I checked what was available yesterday at my local Home Depot - one *single* sheet, which I didn't buy (didn't feel like loading it on top of my Nissan Rogue, and then having to go back for more another time). But I'll look around at other stores.


Most big box stores just stock one, maybe two, varieties, but you can definitely order many different textures and colors if desired. (Menards is local to me; I ordered two sheets of textured Nudo-brand FRP from them on my shower rebuild.)

 

I’d definitely recommend practicing a few cuts on a small scrap; it’s not the easiest material to handle, not like cutting ply or lauan. 

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I once took a key to a camper place to get a spare made. He pulled one off the shelf and told me it was a standard key that fit lots of compartments. That being said, I had at least three different keys for stuff. So I looked on Amazon and bought a package of cam locks that were keyed the same. Each lock came with both a straight and an angled cam and two keys. Now I have 16 of the same key for 4 outside compartments - I'll never run out of keys!

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FRP panels are up in shower, but there are gaps of up to 1" due to sloppy measurement and cutting. Is there a product like a strip to seal those gaps? Some are fillable with silicone bathroom caulk, but a couple are too wide for that.

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 I'm not being flippant or dismissive of your question, this is what I really do. When doing a project and I need something and there are no real instructions or kits I go to Lowes or Home Depot or wherever and just look around and see what I can find that I think might work. 

 

 There are corner strips you can buy but the best bet is to get a good idea on how wide you need and go look and see if you can find one. 

 

 Like this is 2 1/2 inches.

 

 https://www.grainger.com/product/PAWLING-CORP-Corner-Guard-49JP30?opr=PDPSDSP&analytics=dssubItems_49JP26&position=2

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Thanks, John Thomas. Going and looking around would be my impulse too but I'm trying to limit my time in stores, not only because of the pandemic but because of my budget right now. Last week in a minor victory I managed to run in to HD, buy a piece of FRP, and get out before buying anything else, and I'd like to keep doing it that way until things get better.

On a related note, has anyone ever noticed FRP releasing a fragrance like carnations or gardenias when you're cutting it? I know that sounds weird. I'm thinking maybe it absorbed the smell from something like soap or incense nearby during shipping, but just wondered.

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One trick to use when remodeling is save the old panel or piece your removing and use as a template for the replacement piece.

If that’s not possible, make a template with builders paper and transfer to the new work. Instructions can be found on YouTube or many box stores sell a do it yourself kit for vinyl floors. Same principle, just vertical rather than horizontal (for walls).

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Thanks all. I found the product that Linda S suggested at Home Depot and was able to get in and out with it in almost no time - thank goodness for CSRs who actually listen to what you're saying! Fred, I did make a paper template before cutting. It worked in most of the oddly shaped corners! 

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