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Cracked shower tray
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I guess this is one for emmerson, but all contributions gratefully accepted. We have a couple of smallish cracks in the shower tray/base of our 9 yrs old Bailey caravan. What is the best way to repair them, as replacing the tray would involve a huge amount of work?
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Nellie, you could try, I had a problem with a crack on the smoked section of our entrance door on our Coachman, I emailed them and took photos and full details, sadly they could not help me but they were honest in their assessment and said that they could not guarantee the repair, I believe they have a mobile service.

You could try emailing the Camping & Caravanning Club and ask them as they recommended someone a couple of months ago, not sure if these were the company, sorry I cannot be of further help as I binned the CCC Mag where they were mentioned




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#3
Are the cracks structural - i.e. does standing in the shower cause them to open up?  If not, there is a product used on boats that might be of use.  It is called "Captain xxxxx Creeping Crack Cure" and I've read of it being used on caravan GRP end panels.  If the cracks open up there is a deeper problem to do with the support of the tray and no amount of treatment from above is likely to help for long.

The material seems to have a surface layer to be smooth and shiney, and therefore difficult to get anything to adhere to it. As a temporary work around adhesive pipe repair tape from a plumbers' merchant could work but it depends on a wrap around for much of its strength, so the super-adhesive gaffer tape might work better.

In the end I think you will have to remove the tray to replace or repair from the underside.  That will also let you fix any water damage below the tray and build in better support to stop it happening again.

As I have a similar age Bailey I am interested to learn how the cracks might have come about.
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#4
Reading of people's shower tray problems on other forums, Speedcoat seems to be highly recommended. Read about them at:-
https://speedcoateuro.com/why-choose-speedcoat/
I discovered cracks starting to appear in my own tray two or three years ago. I decided to rip it out and fit a new one. You can read about it at:-
https://jondogoescaravanning.com/modific...my-rialto/ - You'll need to scroll down to article 15.
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#5
Thanks all for your replies. I will certainly look into them. The cracks don't appear to open up when either if us stand on the tray. I've covered them with waterproof electricians tape and it's been there for a while now. The cracks do not appear to have extended beyond the length of the tape so it doesn't look as if they are propagating. I'm not sure why they've developed as the base feels solid with no apparent flexing. I am reluctant to see just how deep they extend through the tray itself.
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(17-11-2020, 11:00 AM)Jaydug Wrote: Reading of people's shower tray problems on other forums, Speedcoat seems to be highly recommended.   Read about them at:-
https://speedcoateuro.com/why-choose-speedcoat/
I discovered cracks starting to appear in my own tray two or three years ago.   I decided to rip it out and fit a new one.   You can read about it at:-
https://jondogoescaravanning.com/modific...my-rialto/ - You'll need to scroll down to article 15.

The Speedcoat method seems a good line to follow, but as we are out on a limb where we live there may not be an engineer/fitter in the area.....I'll have to check because it they have to come a long distance it will add greatly to the cost.
The sides of the tray in our van sit behind the wall panels, so to replace it all 3 of those and the door surround, plus the shower fitting would have to come off first.....Not a task that I would willingly undertake.
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